This is a first for me. I have raised funds before. But they were always for others.
For 20 years I wrote grant proposals that raised funds from government, corporations and private foundations to support projects in health, education and the arts. I know how to do that.
I found out one thing about myself recently, though. It is much harder to ask people to support a personal project of mine.
My memoir, Out Late, traces my journey as a child who grows up afraid and emotionally battered by an unforgiving, homophobic church, who rebels as a young woman and becomes an activist for progressive causes. But the uncompromising beliefs I thought I had left behind come back to haunt me when my grown daughter comes out as a lesbian. In the end I must choose between embracing my family’s rigid religious beliefs and giving my daughter the unconditional love she desperately needs.
I wrote this book to help gay children and their parents understand each other better and to help parents recognize that the coming out experience is just as much a journey for them as it is for their child. But mostly, I wrote it to show that we can overcome the barriers and obstacles of our childhoods to become the person we truly want to be.
I have reached the stage of this book where I can go no farther, until I have the resources in hand to turn it into a final product.
In talking to friends (and my life and biz partner Bob), I was delighted and humbled to discover that there are people who feel so strongly about this project that they are willing to step up to the plate by sharing it with their networks and even making a contribution to my upcoming Kickstarter ‘Out Late’ Project.
Stay tuned because there will be all sorts of ways to get involved. (Not to mention rewards for backers and some cool prizes just for sharing news about the project on social media.)
The Kickstarter ‘Out Late’ Project
I love the way social networks connect us and help us get our messages out into the world. The power of social media is that we can leverage our ideas and find just the right people who are excited about them and want to help us make them a reality.
The people who ‘get’ what we are trying to do.
The rough draft of Out Late is finished. This second phase will allow me cross the finish line. To get this book into readers’ hands by January 2015, I need to raise funds for the final expenses: copy and line editing for the final draft, book cover design, headshot photography for the book jacket, book layout and publishing in digital and softcover versions.
This post kicks off the soft launch of the Kickstarter ‘Out Late’Project. In the next few weeks, I’ll be talking more about my story and why I am so passionate about sharing it with others. Watch this blog for more fun details about the 30-day Kickstarter campaign, which starts on September 15.
You have heard me talk about my book here before. Some of you have asked when it will be out. I would love to keep you informed as I move forward.
If you would like to be on my Friends List for updates and/or think you’d like to share any of the news with your networks, leave a comment here or email me at judy (at) judyleedunn (dot) (com).
And to everyone who has been following this blog, I hope it has helped you with tips and inspiration for writing—and living. I will continue to blog about stuff that matters to me.
Thank you for supporting my dream. Let me know what I can do to support you.
You are appreciated more than you will ever know.