I have had a crazy day so I haven't been able to write about it until now, but I still can't believe it!
I've been so amazed throughout the last 11 days at the compassion and generosity coming out of the woodwork — friends I haven't actually spoken to for years who have reached out and given me a virtual hug. It wasn't just that one incredible backer, it's the other 131 who came together and made this a reality. I'm so touched and privileged to count so many of them as friends and so lucky that the rest of them found their way to this project.
Donations are still coming in even after we hit our goal so now comes the big question:
Do we dare to dream bigger?
As many of you know, I started this campaign with a two-pronged goal: earn enough money to place a minimum print order for Dark & Light and fund Malachi's ABM lessons. The money we have raised so far will print 500 copies of Dark & Light and send Malachi on one (approximately $3,000) trip to the ABM center in San Rafael. With a new goal we can do even more. I have an idea of what I would like to do (hint: No. 2), but you are my community now and I want your input. Here are our options:
1. Print more copies of Dark & Light to have on hand when the hoards realize what a fantastic book it is. The more backers we get, the more copies I know will need to be printed, the cheaper each copy will be and the more money Malachi gets.
2. Fund the development of the second book in the series. As I mention on the project page, I have two sequels in mind but I need the time (i.e. childcare) to develop them. If we meet our new goal, all the project's backers will get a free ebook copy of the second book. In that way, we all benefit from growing this project as big as it can get.
3. Turn Dark & Light into an app with talking pages and other interactive features. I've had a couple of people interested in this option already. I would need to raise enough money to pay a developer to create an app, not to mention figure out how the app business works.
I wanna know what you think! Please vote for your choice in the comments section! And if you haven't already gotten your copy, don't wait!