The last week has been a whirlwind! Death’s Garden Revisited went live on Kickstarter last Thursday morning. It reached its initial funding goal of $1000 eight hours later. Such a relief!
The next day, Kickstarter chose Death’s Garden Revisited as a “Project We Love,” which means it gets recommended to backers other, similar projects. That was unexpected and lovely.
Since then, backers to the campaign have funded the conversion of the black & white interior to full color, added two commissioned essays, additional photographs, and increased the payment to the contributors.
The next stretch goal is to fund a reading from the book by the international contributors. I really hope that funds because I, for one, would really enjoy seeing it.
After that, if the campaign reaches $4000, I’ll finish the sequel to my cemetery memoir, Wish You Were Here — and all backers will get an ebook copy.
There are 22 days left to go, so anything is possible.
In the meantime, I wanted to share some links.
The Fabulist magazine did a really great interview with me, connecting the Death’s Garden project to Morbid Curiosity magazine. Please check it out here.
Jennifer Brozek let me stop by her blog to tell her how I fell in love with cemeteries.
Joanna Penn gave the kickstarter and my cemetery books a lovely shout-out of her Creative Penn podcast. Joanna was the campaign’s first backer!
If you’re collecting the whole set, I interviewed Death’s Garden contributor Sharon Pajka over at my Cemetery Travel blog.
And just now, Lex Vranick of Write and Wine posted an interview with me about cemeteries and the Kickstarter.
If you haven’t checked the kickstarter out yet, you can preorder a copy of Death’s Garden Revisited and check out the other fun things on offer. Just click on the image below or follow this link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lorenrhoads/deaths-garden-revisited-relationships-with-cemeteries/description
Wow, that sounds amazing. Great on you for being able to raise money. It’s hard to get kickstarted for writing works, so I wish you continual success on this one!
Thanks, Stuart. This has been a real learning process, but I’d backed enough writing projects that didn’t make their funding that I learned from them, too. Always more to learn!
Still 3 weeks to go!