What a job well done! In under two weeks we have raised over two thousand dollars to get Mascara into print. I feel proud to know every single person that was generous enough to donate to this project. Such a pleasant surprise. About 70 people, some I have not seen in 15+ years, bet their own money on this book and on me. I’ll never forget it.
So what’s next for the campaign? I’ve decided to extend it another week for two reasons. One, there are still people interested in getting a signed copy. Two, I didn’t factor in GoFundMe’s cut, the design cost ($299) and the bar code cost. This brings the total to just over $2400. While people still want signed books, I still want to give them the opportunity to donate. I won’t however, annoy everyone with incessant fundraising messages anymore.
Onto the book printing. My very talented former editor at the Hudson Reporter newspaper is editing the manuscript as we speak, catching all of those last little errors that the eyes miss. Don’t want to print hundreds of books with a typo! 😳 I am shooting the cover on March 16 when I get back to town with a very amazing photographer friend who offered. I also have another wonderful friend who offered to conceptualize the design. Do I know incredible people or what?
Also, the book is currently being reviewed by a Teen magazine based in Florida which is really exciting unless of course they hate it. Yikes! All press is good press?
March is going to be a glorious and hectic time for this book and I will continue to blog the journey. 💙
I sat down on Thursday with the lovely Karina Huber – former A&E host, CNN and AOL business and finance reporter – to talk about Mascara and how the publishing industry has changed. The interview went perfect! Two hours of shooting and a million questions about the book and its characters and the journey in general. It’s so easy for me to be on the spot with this topic because I am so passionate about the book and about what we are doing. I told her, when it comes to the publishing game change, consider this: JK Rowling was rejected 12 times. Imagine if on the 11th time she thought, “Screw Harry and his magic, I’m not cut out to be a writer.”
That’s how these literary agents and publishing houses play God – by blocking the stories that need to be told. The stories that change a nation. My mother emailed me a list of rejected writers over time and you would not believe the authors and books that are on it. Here is the piece for those of you interested. Tune in Tuesday at 8PM to CCTV News for my segment. It’s a global news station so hopefully a businessman somewhere decides to bankroll millions for the film. 🙏💙