Hi Everyone - second up in our Contributors Reading Series is Russell!!
Thanks Russel - great reading :)
Hi Everyone, Just taking a min to reflect on our journey for this book. The other day I finally spent 3hrs on the project accounting -> we have just now broken even. Getting a self-published book to market is so expensive and we couldn't have done it without the support of everyone from our Kickstarter campaign, contributor donations and also a few private donations. This is actually quite an achievement!
The bulk of our sales to date have been fulfilling kickstarter rewards. I have shipped out around 80 Paperbacks and 40 Hardcovers and also have 16 Paperbacks in local bookstores in North Vancouver. This weekend we are heading out to set up a table to sell books, t-shirts and totes in West Vancouver - come see us, we will be in Ambleside!
I have re-ordered the Paperbacks and I am also setting up a give-away for 2 hardcovers on Goodreads starting today. I will continue to push marketing efforts for the next few weeks and next year we are going to start engaging with book clubs and libraries around Vancouver.
If you have a few mins - please search for The20Project on Goodreads and write a review if you have read the book and otherwise please add it to your "to reads" and rate us.
Have a great weekend!
Happy Monday! I have 2 requests for you today!
#1 - Nominate The20Project for Canada Reads
(Nominations close on Sunday 30th November 2014)
The theme this year is "a book to break barriers" and I think that we definitely qualify!!
How do you do it? Email, Facebook, Twitter...
Email To -> firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject Line: Canada Reads Nomination
Body: Talk about why you think The20Project is a book to break barriers
Twitter Example ->
I would like to nominate @20projectbook
by @HilaryCurry for #canadareads #the20project
Facebook -> https://www.facebook.com/cbcbooks
Go to the page and post / link about The20Project
#2 - Review The20Project on Goodreads
(Please do this ASAP)
Please click on the link below, rate the book and then write a small REVIEW of the book! The more reviews and ratings we get for The20Project the better!
If you haven't got your copy of The20Project yet - you can get a copy through Goodreads or for a paperback or hardcover edition or OTHER type of eReader please visit our store.
Thank you for supporting The20Project!
Now that all of the Kickstarter rewards have been shipped, it's time to stop, take a breath, and figure out what's happening next. This week we have the next batch of softcovers and a few more t-shirts arriving so we will be stocked up; I also have 9 packages of books to get out to various people around Vancouver. Besides getting my accounting done, I have one thing on my mind.....
SELL BOOKS & SWAG!!!
There is going to be a little more to the plan than just putting stuff up online! We are going to hit up some local book shops, more online advertising, send out articles to news outlets and hopefully attract more attention to The20Project!! Stay tuned for updates.
We are so excited today, the HARDCOVERS arrived! We opened up the boxes and they are absolutely beautiful - so happy that all of the effort on this was really worth it.
So...... of course I enlisted Margaret and we finished packing up all of the kickstarter rewards for mailing out. Tomorrow morning, we will be shipping everything! There are some surprises in the mail for some of our supporters and we hope that you enjoy your rewards.
We couldn't have done this without our Kickstarter backers - THANK YOU!!!!!!!
It has been 4 days since our launch event and I am only now caught up enough to have a few mins to sit down and compose my thoughts around the evening!
Full launch event photo set can be found HERE
I honestly can't believe that it has been 11 months since sending the very first email about The20Project. According to our editor, Theresa, most books take at least a full year or two to get published and this short turn around time is essentially unheard of. Those of you who know me though, probably aren't surprised in the least! Once I set my mind to something - I see it all the way through (another thing that isn't very common).
The week leading up to the event was a whirlwind of activity, running around, ordering supplies, getting stuff printed, and making a myriad of tiny decisions that lead up to the final event! I know that I was running on very little sleep trying to balance all of this and work at the same time.... although the lack of sleep was worth it with the reviews on the Choux Beef Buns ;)
To kick off the evening, I thanked our sponsors who were kind enough to donate draw prizes and the money to make the event the success that it was!
Our guest speaker for the evening was Margaret Benson, a CF survivor and double lung transplant. As always she did an amazing job speaking about her life and the challenges she overcame. To say the least it was a tough act to follow. So, when I had my time to speak, I actually called in a favor.... I connected with Tino Makuvire, who is a Makomborero student, currently studying on scholarship at McGill University. His video allowed me to highlight the importance of this project and giving back (his video is also on the Giving Back page if you want to see it).
In the end I shared my own lessons learned from the project:
I truly hope that this project is able to positively impact just one person, to make better decisions and to understand that they are not alone in the world. Not every story in the book is for everyone - but hopefully something in there resonates with you!
The clean up from the launch is complete, books have been re-ordered and are on their way to my house to be packed and distributed out before the end of the month (to both our kickstarter family and new orders!). Hopefully the word gets out about The20Project and I have two more months before switching gears from project founder back to student.
Big Thank You's to:
My contributors from around the world, our graphic designer (Bridget), editor (Theresa), logo & t-shirt designer (Ryan), Pull Focus Film School (and our video participants), Kickstarter supporters, and our organization committee for the launch event (Margaret, Michelle & Sandie with special mention for Jill & Kara!) I could not have done this without you.
Just one more thing, I do have a small favor to ask of you.... please spread the word about The20Project. Please share our website, share our blog and if you have read the book - either send us a review or tell us how it has changed your life! We are also happy to host guest bloggers!
Much love out to you all,
This weekend we had 2 articles published about The20Project. The first was in the Douglas College paper called "The Other Press" and the second was in the North Shore News! Both articles are reproduced below with links to the online stories!
The Other Press: ARTICLE LINK
How to navigate the quarter life crisis: