I am excited to announce that the KICKSTARTER funding campaign for Book 3 for the Daniel Dreamgazer series is now active.
Every year the Pawling Resource Center gives gift packages to families in need in the community.
The church I pastor in Pawling decided to participate by donating 24 grocery gift cards to be given to these families.
I decided to run a funding campaign in order to provide Daniel Dreamgazer books with these gift cards.
So I sent a message to my email list and put posts on facebook.
People responded and we were able to raise more than enough books.
In each book I placed a personalized message that the backers choose to say along with their name (for those who chose for it to be mentioned). This provided a nice personal touch.
Then I packed the Daniel Dreamgazer book and the gift cards in a nice slip case.
The campaign was a success. We shot passed the 24 books goal. We actually reached 41 books! Praise God.
So I was able to have 24 books packed with gift cards, and I was able to pack 17 other books to bless some extra families.
When I delivered these books to the Pawling Resource Center last week, the director's face beamed. She was so impressed with what the church and what the backers had done. Terry, the director gives her thanks to all who made this possible.
For those who may have missed this opportunity, the next place where I want to donate books is the Children's Village. Visit our Sponsor Youth page in order to donate a book to a young person.
What a rollercoaster ride.
There were less backers this time a round, but we actually raised more than or last kickstarter campaign. (I am not including funds that have come in outside of kickstarter which when calculated we are still in total higher this time then last time.) Praise God. It really didn't look good, because we got off to a fast start, but it really slowed down in the middle, but eventually picked up again. Which goes to show, you have to maintain your trust in God. It's never over until it's over.
And it's actually still not over, because if you or anyone you know want to still support they can visit our support page where they can either donate, purchase, or preorder.
My backers have done more than enough and I am not asking for more. I just wanted to thank you for the support and keep you up to date. It blows my mind how supportive you guys are. Some of you I have never even met in person, but yet you believe in the project so much. I am truly touched.
So tomorrow I will be sending you all surveys that you would need to answer in order for us to fulfill your rewards. For instance we will need your email address so we can send you the digital copy of the book, ect.
So look out for that email.
Then we will get to work drawing the pictures for those who selected commissions as their reward. We will also add the names of those who pledged $25 or more to the book. When that is complete I am heading to the local printer to get the books printed. I will be going to the local printer so that you as my backers won't have to wait so long to receive the books. The bulk order books won't be available for a while.
Then we will mail out to you your rewards. Estimated arrival is July 2020.
Later, I will work with a big printing company that will print the book in bulk. That will be available hopefully by September 2020. I will be taking pre-orders of the book on this website.
Prior to the pandemic I was in negotiations with a local book store and conventions. Soon, as things start to open up again, those conversations can begin to resume.
Please pray for that.
God has some good plans in the works. I know it.
So thank you again for this support. Every single backer has encouraged me more than you can know.
9 boxes of books arrived this week. Opened them up yesterday and they look great.
Here is a picture of our first bulk order we are sending out to this woman who ordered a 100 books for her church and family. We really appreciate the support.
All the books have been printed for our kickstarter backers as well as our first preorders.
On Monday we finished signing all the books for our kickstarter backers. I also drew the caricatures for all the backers that selected that pledge. By the time I was done my index finger and thumb was literally hurting. Had to spread out all the drawings so that the ink can dry.
Then I packed all the books in their slip cases and envelopes.
I mailed out the packages on Tuesday. The lady there told me it takes 1 - 3 business days to arrive. So either you got it by now or you will receive it tomorrow.
Tomorrow morning I will email the digital copy. If you want you take a picture with your book you can tag our facebook page Daniel Dreamgazer or if you are using Instagram tag Daniel_Dreamgazer.
The lady at the post office was really cool. We really connect the past couple of meetups. She was even showing me her family pictures. She was so helpful, helping me to navigate this whole shipping thing.
Thank you all again for your support.
This is so cool. Last Friday I went to the print shop and transferred the file. They printed a proof and it looks good.
This is just the proof so the quality will be much better in the finished product, but still this is exciting stuff. So awesome to see an idea come to life physically in your hands.
I brought in some comic books from home and asked for our book to be printed with similar paper.
However, I didn't realize how thick our book was going to be.
HEY! But with how thick the book was I realized it was going to need a thicker cover. So rather than comic book cover, I am going with a cover that has paperback thickness. It will make it sturdier. It will still be saddle-stitched.
I really like how it came out. When you are doing things on a screen you are not sure how it will look physically. Those two page spreads look nice. I think it really worked out.
I would like to thank Excel Printing their accommodation. The people there are so friendly. Over the course of time with other print jobs I have done with them, we have become really cool. Also it's cool to support a local business, especially one that is walking distance from where I live.
They estimate that the printing of these books will be done by this Friday. Then we will start the shipping process.
I can't wait to get the book into your hands.
Thanks again for all your support.
Our first Kickstarter has come to an end.
Thank you all so much. I cannot believe all the support we received. We appreciate all of it:
For the nice words
For the likes on facebook and instagram
For the shares and shoutouts
For the pledges you all made, from $1 to $500
We were able to reach not just our funding goal of $500, but we were able to shoot pass our stretch goal of $1,500. In fact we came so close reaching our Bulk Printing goal. Especially considering the donations we received outside of kickstarter (which was a total of $750). The average donation per person was more than double what I was expecting. We raised a total of $4,630 during this past month. So because of that I can afford to move forward in doing bulk printing.
Its crazy how in the beginning I was panicking doubting we would even hit $500. God assured me to trust in Him. I am glad I did. Your support has been humbling. The idea that you would go out of your way to make contributions truly is remarkable. We don't deserve God's goodness. Thank you for letting God use you.
So what happens now?
I just sent our backers surveys that they need to answer in order to fulfill our rewards. For instance we will need their email address so we can send them the digital copy of the book, the home address to mail them the physical copy, ect.
So if you are a backer, please check your email. If you did not receive it, please email me right away.
Then we will get to work drawing the pictures for those who selected commissions as their reward. We will also add the names of those who pledged $25 or more to the book. When that is complete I am heading to the local printer to get the books printed. I decided to still go with the local printer for the first run for quality control. Also it will be much faster being that it is walking distance from where I live.
Then we will mail out to you your rewards. Estimated arrival is February 2020.
Because we reached one of our stretch goals I will be emailing each of you the behind the scenes book showcasing the creative process and study that went into making Book 1 of Daniel Dreamgazer. You should be receiving that in late February 2020.
Later I will work with a big printing company that will print the book in bulk. That will be available hopefully by March 2020. I will be taking pre-orders of the book on our support page.
We look forward to continue to work on this series. Right now I am working on Book 5. Just trying to stay ahead of schedule. This have been fun so far. Now with the success of this kickstarter it has encouraged us to keep moving forward with it.
Pray that as we contact stores God will open the doors and we will recognize the opportunities to walk through them. That way this book can have a wide and lasting impact.
Thank you all.