With summer coming to a close it is time for an update on Seeds in a Dark Fruit Sky. Thank you once more for your wonderful support. The English manuscript is going well, but we need to readjust our deadlines and publishing date. The original timeline we made on Kickstarter did not anticipate some of the bumps in the road we’ve encountered or several transitions for those working on the project: new babies, busy lives, transitions and personal life storms – Congratulations and prayers are in order. We will be welcoming some new members to our team in the upcoming weeks. Our new anticipated publishing date is April 2016.
Five of the book’s short stories have already been accepted by literary journals, one of which has already been published and you can read it online here. Keep updated and read more stories when they are available by following our Facebook page or subscribing to our e-mail newsletter.
Thank you for continuing to believe in this project. We are as passionate as ever for this project, and although our timeline may have changed, the book is still moving forward. If you are interested in helping in any way, reach out to us at email@example.com and let us know.
Thank you for your patience and support so far. We are so excited that you decided to come along on this journey with us.
We are still writing and editing the English manuscript and submitted some of the stories to literary journals. We are still waiting to hear back from most of them, but two short stories from Seeds in a Dark Fruit Sky were already accepted! They will be published in magazines by the end of the summer. Hopefully there will be more acceptance letters to come in the next few weeks, and we will keep you updated.
We also hired another editor to be one of the final proofreaders for the final translated manuscript. We will introduce her to you guys on our website soon.
Keep spreading the word, and if you have any questions feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This book is officially happening with double the funding, all thanks to your support! We are so blessed! Be sure to like the Facebook page to get updates about the book and its progress, but as a Kickstarter backer you will get updates via e-mail.
Now what? Well, now our team really gets to work. As a backer your pledge will be deducted soon, and then we’ll send out a survey to get your addresses so we can send out the perks when the time comes (around December or January). Your first perk, the unlisted video, will be sent via e-mail to you by the of June.
We are so excited that you decided to be a part of this project and support us to make this book come to life. If you haven’t already, read some of these amazing articles about the book:
The Seeds in a Dark Fruit Sky Kickstarter is now 140% funded with 13 days left in the campaign (that’s $4,224!). That means it is time to add some NEW STRETCH GOALS.
Every little bit helps, even if it is just $1, $5, $10, we appreciate the support.
Here are the NEW STRETCH GOALS:
$4,000-4,400 – Bonuses for those working on the book (because they are working hard with very low pay) and more Kickstarter fees and expenses (because we raised more money, it will cost slightly more to run)
$4,400-$4,500 – Additional illustrations and a more elaborate translation guide at the back of the book.
$4,500-$5,000 – Send more free books to Haiti
An article was written about the book and there was a featured story from the book you still can read here. Even though the raffle is now finished and the winners have been selected, you can still share the project and support this book before the Kickstarter ends! Thank you for your interest and support!
WE DID IT! We are now over 100% funded! Thank you everyone for your support!
Now we move on to our stretch goals! The more money we raise the more stuff we can add to the book and we can send free books to Haiti!
We already added extra illustrations and a book launch party (and bonus video) with the stretch goals reached so far.
Next up: At $3,300 – We can add a translation guide at the back of the book. $3,300-$3,500 – Additional advertisements (shipping books to reviewers and bookstores and ad campaigns to reach a wider audience, extra Kickstarter expenses). $3,500-$4,000 – Print and ship free books to Haiti to partnering schools and orphanages, and sample copies to churches interested in selling/buying copies.
And remember, the raffle ends on Friday – share now for a chance to win an autographed book or a Haitian painting! Great to have an extra book to give as a gift, or to keep for yourself!
We did it! This book is officially happening! So happy and blessed. Thank you for all of your support and for believing in this book. Share this project with your friends and family so we can reach all our stretch goals.
We are officially over 25% funded – and we are not even done with our first week! We are so blessed! In order to stay on track we need to raise an average of 33% a week. So this is our first chance – let’s finish this first week strong and reach the 33% milestone! Click here to check out the Kickstarter and participate – every little bit helps!
On another note, we have a featured story from the book in an article by the New Internationalist magazine – which you can read here (http://newint.org/features/web-exclusive/2015/05/07/seeds-dark-sky-project/). Were you curious about what the stories would be like? Here is your chance to read one! This is just one of fifty stories that will be a part of this collection, but it is a great preview of what is to come.
And finally, there is currently a raffle going on through our Facebook page. All you have to do to be a part of it is like, comment, or share the Seeds in a Dark Fruit Sky Facebook posts. There will be a random drawing on May 15th with six different winners. You can read the details about the raffle here and start sharing our Facebook posts!
Thank you for your support as we embark to share Haitian voices with the world!
After many days and weeks of back and forth, we can finally share the cover of Seeds in a Dark Fruit Sky!
The original art is by a Haitian from Jérémie (where we collected the stories) and it was digitally designed by Ted McFarland.
Extremely happy to be able to share this with you.
On another note, the Kickstarter for Seeds in a Dark Fruit Sky begins in 11 days! We are getting everything ready and sending out more e-mails as the time draws near. We are also prepping some news articles that will launch periodically throughout the Kickstarter – including one that will feature a story from our collection!
As we draw near, share our Facebook page with friends, and spread the word about this marvelous project. We look forward to working with all of you over the next few months!
Welcome to Seeds in a Dark Fruit Sky’s website launch and first promotional video!
Like our Facebook page to get updates in the coming weeks, especially with our Kickstarter campaign launch on May 1st!
We are so excited to get this project out on the web, we have been working hard and will continue to do so in the coming months as we prepare for the fundraising campaign and for publishing.