Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Isn't crowdfunding wonderful?
Let's face it, there is no way a collection of haiku from an unknown poet would get published as a beautiful hardback by a traditional publisher in this day and age. They'd be mad to try it. It just wouldn't work for them.
Crowdfunding, on the other hand, has helped make this book a reality. We hit 100% last night and that means Weightless Fireworks will go into production. It will be an actual book. Quite remarkable.
Of course, it is only really happening because each and every one of you has coughed up some hard cash to bring it to life. I am extremely grateful. Thank you.
So, what happens next? Well, first up I need to finish writing the poems. I have a decent chunk done—this book has been 25 years in the making, after all—but I will want to fine tune these and compose a bunch more to sit alongside them. So that's the next few months of my spare time sorted.
Later in May I will be catching up with Vaughan Oliver to discuss design ideas. As you may well know, he is the legendary designer behind some amazing album covers from bands such as Pixies, Breeders, Throwing Muses, Cocteau Twins and others. He'll be creating the cover and also the typography for the book. It is going to be a really beautiful thing to behold.
I also need to start work on fulfilling some of these rewards. There are cakes to bake, for one thing.
In the meantime, the project stays live on Unbound right up to the day we go to print. I am sure pledges will drop off now that we have hit the target but people can still order a copy of the book, or any of the other rewards, right up until publication. I'd be happy to bake cakes for people for the next six months if there was demand for them.
Thanks again. It is amazing to have hit 100% after just a month. I am raising a cup of tea in your honour right now.