Thursday, March 16, 2023

Suspended in the Stars LIVE on Kickstarter now

I have GOOD news! Do you remember back in 2020 when I blogged a book in a month? Well, it's OUT on Kickstarter now!

For a refresher check out the first post HERE. Basically, my friend and podcast co-host Christen Krumm challenged me to blog the book and I agreed and that turned into the first draft of Suspended in the Stars. Or, I should say, the first half of SITS (hehe). 

I ended up finalizing the draft (which meant adding another 63,000 words to it) and then edited it and edited it. When I got it to a place where I was happy with it I send it to my agent and we sent it out into the world. 

And then we waited...and waited...

And then we got news...but it wasn't the news I'd wanted. People really liked it. I got comments that it was creative and fun and well written, but no one was willing to commit to publishing a science fiction with fantasy elements. 

I get it, sci-fi can be a really hard sell no matter what, and no large house was willing to take that type of project on. So I let it sit for a while. 

As I let the thoughts mull around in my head I came to one conclusion: I wanted this book out in the world. 

Fast forward - I decided to put it on Kickstarter and launch it that way! 

Suspended in the Stars on Kickstarter 

Why Kickstarter? I talk about this on the project page of my Kickstarter, but in a nutshell I wanted to raise the funds to put out an extra special edition of this book! I'm talking art inside, bookmarks, character cards, galaxy art print, extra short story, and more! 

My Kickstarter launched Friday March 10th (I know, I'm late to posting this but I've been super busy running the marketing side of this campaign and it's taken almost all my time). The campaign ends March 31st but I've got good news! 

4 Pieces of Good News 

1) We've hit the initial funding goal

This basically means that the project will got to print (yay!) and that we can head toward stretch goals. 

2) We're a "Project We Love" on Kickstarter 

This means that they promote me more to the internal Kickstarter site and have given me a super fun badge and my project is listed on their "Projects We Love" special page! Plus I get this fun banner:

3) We're already crushing stretch goals! 

Stretch goals are determined by the creator and mean (for my campaign at least) that once we reach a stretch goal everyone who has backed me benefits from that goal. Those who have backed a tier with physical goods (like a book and/or swag) will receive the item if it's a physical good. Those who have backed digital-only tiers will receive the design digitally. 

4) There are still 15 days to go!!!

This is exciting because the longer my project is up, the more I get the chance to have new people come and find me and my debut YA book! I am hoping for big things with this campaign and, while I am SUPER happy we met the initial funding goal, more backers means better things for everyone! 

How you can help me!

Back when I first blogged this book I got the MOST traffic I'd ever seen on this blog. And I've been blogging for a looong time. I was so touched by everyones investment into the story and the characters and I'd like to think that the story has only gotten better with more time, length, and an amazing developmental edit by my editor Bethany Kaczmarek. 

If you'd like to help me in this kickstarter you can do that 3 ways: 

1) Back the Kickstarter 

I know this is a big ask, so I don't put it here lightly and I completely understand if it's not possible for you finically at this point, but if you're interested you can back in one of two ways: 

1. You can back the Kickstarter at the tier of your choice (whether that's ebook, audiobook, paperback, or hardcover). 

2. You can make a pledge without a physical tier attached. This is finical support for me and hugely helpful to offset other costs (like my time, which I don't account for through this) or other fees. 

<<Check out the Kickstarter HERE>> 

2) Share about the Kickstarter with you reader friends! 

Word of mouth (or text of mouth?) is SUPER helpful for Kickstarter campaigns. You never know who might see your post and decide to back the Kickstarter. Feel free to "steal" any of the images below and make a post. You can link back to:

And feel free to tag me @createexploreread on Instagram or @emiliehendryx on Facebook and Twitter! 

3) Pray 

If you're the praying kind, I'd love your prayers for this campaign. While there isn't a specific faith thread in this book, I still know God is doing big things with the book and through me. I just want to honor Him through it all! 

Finally, I just want to say that I know I've been less than active on this blog...who knows, this may be my start back to it because I do miss being in this space. But thank you for always showing up when I do post! 

And, as always, if you have any questions at all you can always reach out to me on any social media or via the form on this blog! 

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