I’m one week into a Kickstarter campaign to self publish my book. (You can see it here). There have been highs and there have been lows.
What I am enjoying most is that it has forced me to contact people in the photography community that I have known about, but never had the guts or specific reason to do so. Having such a well defined deadline, and the make or break set up of Kickstarter really does make you put your work out there. It nudges you to make new contacts and get in touch with old friends.
It helps to clearly define your work and become more articulate about it. Writing a short description of your project, and one in 140 characters or less, forces you to focus. Talking to other people can draw out of you what you actually want to say about the work. I particularly enjoyed the interview for Fotografia magazine. (Read it here). Graziano’s questions probed to the heart of the subject. He managed to get out of me what I had wanted to say about this work. Sometimes you need the help of others to do that.
I get me up early in the morning. I’m up at 6am and do at least an hour before breakfast with my family, which is important as I am a distracted mum and partner right now.
But it’s hard going and I wish I had a PR agent. I’m spending a lot of time at my desk and eating way too many chocolate biscuits. Only 3 more weeks to go…
If you’d like to preorder a book or make a pledge, take a look at the Kickstarter page here.