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I’m not good at asking for help. For me. For other people, no problem. But I seem to hold some sort of double-standard against myself when it comes to asking for help – especially when it involves money.
But there is one thing I love more than my pride, and it’s my writing. I love writing fiction and I have been doing it since I was a child. I published my first novel in 2011, a paranormal romance called Echo Falls. Thanks to the novel class I took this past semester, I was able to finish my second novel called Fading Echoes.
Then reality hit. I finished the manuscript and have most of the edits (from me, anyway) taken care of. But then I realised that no matter how quickly I finished the edits, I wouldn’t be able to publish. Between a professional editor and a print cover, I just don’t have the money. This sent me into a spin because I wanted nothing more than to keep the momentum going and to have this book out in January. But I couldn’t make it happen.
Then a friend suggested I check out Pozible.com where people get together to do ‘crowdfunding’ with creative ventures. If enough people donate a little bit, that can turn into a lot. I’ve been on Kiva.org for years, circulating my small amount of dollars to help people around the world to set up their businesses. But for me to use crowdfunding? For me? Even being able to give rewards for different donations didn’t make me feel better. In my eyes, it was still asking people for money, and that didn’t sit right with me.
I’ll be honest: I wouldn’t have done it without The Bloke’s persuading me to do it. He said a lot, but the one thing that stuck is:
“People can’t help you if you don’t let them in.”
So, hello. This is me. Letting people in. Hoping to achieve my goal of publishing Fading Echoes. *picture me waving*