Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Three, Two, One..... Launch
I've just launched my Kickstarter campaign for my next book, Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading!
For those of you not familiar with Kickstarter, it's a form of crowd funding, connecting people with ideas with people who like those ideas enough to want to help make them happen. Kickstarter provides the basic tools, framework and online venue for the fundraising. The person with the idea takes it from there, reaching out to the world and saying "wouldn't it be cool if...". If she's lucky and really does have a great idea, the community and the world agrees, her campaign is funded, and she gets to work turning her idea into something real.
My idea: a new book entitled Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading: Designing Original Art Jewelry and Beyond.
Reaching out to the World: This will be my second book on freeform peyote beading. Why have I decided to crowd fund this book, when I've self-funded both of my previous endeavors? The answer is simple - I don't want to compromise this time around. With Freeform Peyote Beading, I had to make some really hard choices in order to get it to publication. Decisions that meant information was left on the cutting floor because I simply couldn't afford to include them based on the additional time it would take to flesh them out.
I am still so proud of Freeform Peyote Beading - I stayed true to the core of the idea of what I wanted to present and I still believe it's an excellent introduction to freeform peyote beading.
With your support, Explorations can go the next step, continuing to bring this compelling, fascinating and challenging medium front and center. I may be the one writing and producing this book, but the truth is, it's not my book, but yours. I'm writing it for you and others like you who are interested in the same crazy beading that I am. So we can all create our own wonderfully original freeform designs.
Curious what I have planned? Wander on over to Kickstarter and check it out! You can even watch a little video where you'll see (and hear) me talk about the project. No worries about me abandoning writing for a film career though - I'm definitely a much better writer and author than I am videographer!
And if you like my ideas, please consider becoming a part of this project. I'd love to share this process of creation with you, and give you the tools to make your creative visions a reality.