The beautiful aftermath

I released my book a week ago today. I’m still excited when I touch the cover and see my name in it. I still shiver when I see the words that I selected for each page and the layout I painstakingly worked on for months that came to life the way I wanted. My heart feels lighter when I see how many people have supported me on this crazy ride. You are all crazy and I adore each and every one of you. I truly do.

If you ordered a book or postcard and are awaiting its delivery, they will be going out this week. You should see them very shortly. The book is available to purchase right now through my Facebook page if you haven’t gotten a copy just yet. I have a few more things I’m working on for this book and its promotion in the next couple weeks (Father’s Day is coming up) so stay tuned. Also stay tuned as I begin to pull together my next book! Believe it or not, I plan to publish that one quicker.

I wrote the original piece that ended up being this book four years ago as of March 10th. I often tell myself that the first book is always a bear. It takes awhile to get a book out there when its your first one because you’re learning a lot. You’re figuring it all out.

I spent three of those four years figuring out who I was as a writer. Six months working with my illustrator to perfect the layout and six months getting the book out the door. Three years figuring out who I was as a writer on a book I’d already finished? Imposter syndrome.

I convinced myself that if other people weren’t as excited as I was about my art that it couldn’t possibly be worthy of publication. The truth is that NO ONE is going to champion your art the way you do. I sat on a piece of work that I knew was special for over three years because I was scared of being a phony. I was scared that my idea of what this book was couldn’t be a reality. I was scared to become the person I’ve been striving to become because once you become that person…you’re out of excuses. You’re suddenly good enough. You’re qualified enough. You’ve done it before. Now what’s your excuse for not succeeding?

What excuse can I use now? I did it.

Book Release, April 28th

So we've finally made it.

Sunday, April 28th 2-4pm at the Chestnut Hill Brewing Company in Philadelphia, PA...the book release party goes down! 

I'll be handing everyone a book that preordered that day if they can make it. If you can't make it, all of your rewards will be sent very shortly after that via snail mail. I'm excited to get these books into your hands. If you're coming and need another copy, we will be able to take both credit card and cash, so you can pick-up a few more books if you need'em. I'll also have copies of the book for sale either through Facebook or my website after the preorders have been sent out.

Thank you guys again for all the patience you've shown me. Things have been far more complicated than I could have imagined but, with a supportive group surrounding me, I've made it through and managed to get this project completed. I'm humbled by the process and proud that I could get it done.

Thank you so much and I'm looking forward to seeing you guys Sunday.

-Ray

The Process

So here we are at January 4th. The funds were delivered to me about a week ago and I've gotten the ball rolling with the company I've decided to move forward with, Pufferprint. I've had to speak with my illustrator multiple times about getting my files modified to a specific format in order for the book to look exactly the way it needs to when it comes to print. If any of you follow my Instagram page (instagram.com/raypinewrites), you've seen that I've also been working toward getting an eReader version off the ground. This has slowed things down considerably.

What many of you know is that my illustrator is an online resource I obtained through fiver.com (here is my referral code if you decide to try this site out for yourself. I've had nothing but positive experiences so far! http://www.fiverr.com/s2/56fcb4987b ). Anca has been quite fantastic to work with but, due to us being in different time zones and the multiple holidays we've been working around the past two months, we've been delayed in our back and forth. So for example, when a change she makes needs another quick modification, this can take days instead of the several hours it would take two people sitting in the same room.

I've also made some mistakes of my own (I just realized that I needed to develop a short bio and book teaser for the back of the book) and therefore, my timeline of a March publication is looking far more accurate. There is still a chance I get the book to print and get it back in February but, I'm now leaning toward March. To say this has been a learning experience would be a gross understatement and something I'll probably talk about at the very end of this whole thing.

So I'm excited but humbled. Not only humbled by the outpouring of support for this book...but humbled by the process I thought would be more "point and click" and less "email email email." Bear with me as we get this to the finish line. I promise it will be worth it!

That was the publishing, here is where we are with distribution. After some thought (and advice from the people I love), I've decided that I'm going to have a book release party once the physical copies of the book come in. This will allow me to meet as many of you that want to come out and hand you your book in person. The date, location and full details will be set once we have a more concrete idea of when the books are arriving.

What does that mean for you?

It means that when I send out a survey in the next few weeks through Kickstarter, I'm going to ask who would be interested in coming to this book release party. If you're interested, I'll be providing all of your rewards at the party itself (along with a teary eyed hug or two). If you're not interested in coming to the party (or simply can't attend due to the logistics), I'll happily send you your books through the mail.

I'll leave it there for now. Thank you so much for everything guys and hopefully, I'll be seeing you all soon!

We did it!

When I started this kickstarter, I sat down and I looked at the numbers and calculated out the things I thought could happen. I needed $3000 which meant, that if all anyone bought from me were the $25 book pledges, I would have needed to get 120 pledges to reach my goal. When I set-up my rewards, I tried to provide a few rewards that would help balance this out and knock me down to around 100 total pledges.

That was based on people getting the $25 pledge tier.

Somehow or another, you have all defied my expectations. Instead of simply pledging $25 or $40 or $50… people pledged $100. People pledged $200. People made me cry. Ugly cry. In public places.

Not only did I surpass the original pledge goal of $3000, I passed my secondary goal of $3500… reaching $3,613. That’s $44.61 a pledge. I didn’t think in my wildest dreams that would be a thing. And it was.

Here is the final breakdown and transparency:

Total pledges: 3,613 from 81 pledges

5% fee from kickstarter: 180.65

3% Credit card processing fee: 108.39

Per pledge fee of .20: 16.20

Amount gained: 3,307.76

Over the course of the next two weeks, these funds will be reviewed by kickstarter and eventually deposited to me. I didn’t realize their was a two week delay, so that will set me back slightly. That said, I’m working with my printer (www.pufferprint.com) to print 250 books. As I had said before, they’ve quoted me at $2,700 to print and ship said books. That turnaround can be between 10-14 days but I’m going to just err on the side of it being longer and say 3 weeks which will place the books in my possession by around late January early February. This was taken into account when I set-up the kickstarter and is actually quicker than I would have gotten them back from other printers.

I am also working with my illustrator on a few very small changes as well as a version of the book for publication on Amazon as a digital book (with the possibility of a print on demand on option).

The additional reward levels will be sent out at the same time as the books themselves and the prices for those will be posted as soon as I get them as well as what the rest of the money from the kickstarter goes to.

I am currently in the process of working on two other books (slowly bu surely) and I’ll provide more details on those as they come to light.

Thank you so much for being here for this ride everyone. What an amazing ride so far!

-Ray

Kickstart your way to my heart!

So for anyone who hasn’t heard or seen it yet, the kickstarter for my book has launched! It’s been less than a day and the generosity and kindness of the people around me has been overwhelming. Thank you so much for everyone that has found the time (and means) to support me on this crazy quest!

If you haven’t had a chance yet, please swing by and check out the kickstarter!

http://kck.st/2zNinQx

I’ll be keeping people apprised of how things are going as we move forward.

Thanks again guys!

-Ray