Pimping Myself Out Makes Me Uncomfortable

by Susan Pogorzelski on November 19, 2012 · 2 comments

(In the self-marketing sense, I mean. It’s true. I feel vulnerable and uncomfortable and I keep telling myself it has to be worth it if you believe this much in something.

And I do.

So, here goes everything…)

Just one week ago, I introduced Annie Summer to the world with a Kickstarter campaign to help fund my self-publishing efforts and bring my coming-of-age novella, Gold in the Days of Summer, to the bookshelves.

THANK YOU to those of you who have already pledged to back the book! I really can’t find the words to say that enough. I believe in Annie with all of my heart, and you’ve shown me that you, in turn, believe in me. I wonder if I’ll ever be able to convey the depths of my gratitude for the encouragement alone.

You’ve helped me realize a dream through some of the darkest days…

And now I’m finally ready to share that dream with you as it becomes a reality.

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So, Annie’s out in the world, already telling you her story leading up to the events in the book within her social spaces. You can find out more by following her below:

Twitter: @AnnieSummer
Facebook: Facebook.com/GoldintheDaysofSummer
Pinterest: AnnieSummer
Flickr: Annie Summer
Instagram: goldinthedaysofsummer

But did you know that there’s still so much more?

The Beyond The Book Newsletter plays host to monthly summaries of Annie’s social experiences, insights into her world in 1979, an insider’s look and updates on the self-publication process as it’s experienced firsthand, and brutally honest, tell-all thoughts on the book itself and all aspects of this journey (including all the frightening stuff, like what it means to push through vulnerabilities and self-market).

Sign up this week for an exclusive sneak peek at the first chapter!

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Here are some things to know about pledging to the project:

  •  Kickstarter donations are transferred at the end of the campaign and only if the fundraising goal has been met.
  • All donations will go towards the professional development, production, marketing, and business of this book. Find out the how’s and why’s here.
  • Those who pledge through Kickstarter have the opportunity to get a little something back (my favorite part!). Rewards are set for specific pledge amounts and include signed copies of the book, a chance to have your name or a name of your choosing as a character in the novella, promotional packages, and even a pair of shoes to be used in marketing materials.
  • Can’t pledge? No problem! Even $1 can go a long way in this campaign, but I know from experience how life events can interfere financially (hence, the reason for this campaign). You can still support the book by following Annie on Twitter, sharing her page on Facebook, or promoting the campaign on your website or blog using one of the banners below (thanks, Mike!):

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The decision to self-publish and launch this fundraising campaign was a difficult one (and believe me, marketing myself like this has been even harder!) and I still can’t honestly say I’m entirely comfortable with it. However, I’ve always believed in the power of community, and I believe wholeheartedly in this story.

Through this fundraising campaign (and Annie’s social media ventures), I’ve discovered the opportunity to connect more personally and directly with you as potential readers.

Gold in the Days of Summer has become so much more than a book — it’s a story.

And Annie is so much more than a character — she’s you, she’s me, she’s anyone who ever questioned what it means to be a part of the world.

And this project is so much more than bringing the book and Annie to the bookshelves — it’s about creating an experience for readers, an ability to connect to characters — and each other — in a new way.

It’s my pledge to you, in return, to make that experience as rewarding as I’m able.

Thank you.

No, really. Thank you. For everything.
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Linkage:
Sign up for the Beyond The Book Newsletter
(exclusive sneak peek of Chapter One happening this week!)
Check it out!
I had the privilege of being interviewed over on writer friend Andi Cumbo’s blog this weekend.
Check it out for more on the book and my thoughts on writing:
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