Week 2 Update: New Stretch Goal
7 months ago
– Fri, Oct 16, 2020 at 03:40:26 PM
Hello wonderful campaign backers! First off, I want to say thank you again! Yesterday we reached $20,000 raised for the first printing of Monsters Don't Wear Underpants and have almost 500 backers. We're only about 100 backers shy of reaching our first stretch goal, which will get us embossed gold medallion stickers for each book printed through the Kickstarter.
NEW STRETCH GOAL ADDED
Additionally, I'd like to add one more stretch goal. You might notice that we're not focusing so much on how much money is raised beyond the funding goal. I am watching funds closely because I'd like to be able to order a few extra books on the off-chance I can get them into a few local bookstores, but I'm also very interested in getting the story out into the world where it can live its own life, make people laugh, and learn to make its own decisions on whether to wear underpants or not (hopefully the former). So, for a second stretch goal I'd like to focus on how many times the video has been viewed.
Right now the video has 3,622 plays. If we reach 10,000 plays, I'll send each backer a 4-page printable PDF coloring book of some of the first pages of the book at the end of the campaign. Since the number of plays isn't available right on the page, we're adding this graph at the top of the campaign. I'll update it daily so we can watch how the number grows.
We could get to those plays by having people watch the video over and over--or by sitting your kids down in front of it and asking them to hit play continually--but I'd rather encourage all of you who have backed the campaign to share the page and the video with your friends, family, and whoever else you think might be interested in this weird little book. It's easy, just tell them to go to monsterunderpants.com and watch the video. That URL takes them straight to the Kickstarter page.
I've been approached by several outlets to provide interviews, which include some behind-the-scenes looks behind the book. So far, here are some of the places you can learn more:
- The amazing artist Howard Lyon interviewed me over on the Muddy Colors website, which is a fantastic resource for artists. We've included a few process shots there that might be of interest.
- The Sandersonian Institute for Cosmere Studies had me on their show, where we talked about the Cosmere, the Kickstarter, and Siri accidentally tried to call my mom in the middle of recording.
- Tonight Wednesday October 14 at 9pm EDT/7pm MDT I'll be on The Dusty Wheel Show with my friend Matt Hatch. We'll be discussing the Wheel of Time mostly along with some of my work for Brandon and the Cosmere, but we'll also talk a bit about Monsters Don't Wear Underpants, too. About 30 minutes into the show, they open the phone lines. I would love to answer some of your questions!
In case you missed it, my coworker Adam decided to create a blooper reel of the outtakes from filming the intro to the campaign video and post it to Brandon's YouTube channel. I'm incredibly embarrassed by this video, which is why I'm sharing it around, so I can remember never to post something like this ever again.
Here's an update as to where things are at for the original art. I've contacted everyone from the Inktober 2020 tier and all of the pieces are now reserved. (If you believe I should've contacted you and I haven't, please let me know.) I've moved on to contacting those who pledged for the Inktober 2019 tier and am just at the beginning of the list, so if you haven't heard from me, I'll contact you soon. Please keep an eye on your direct messages.
I'm still floored by the support you all have given my weird little book, and I'm incredibly grateful for it. I want to pass it forward a little and highlight two other campaigns who are in the home stretch or could use a few more people taking a close look at their fun products.
Chea Ros is creating Spooky Shark Pins that are well designed and quite fun! I hope you'll check out their campaign, which only has 48 hours left to go.
Maria Martin creates beautiful illustrations and has a fun children's book about courage and self affirmation called Can a Fish Climb a Tree.
I think both of these campaigns are worth checking out.
Thank you for your support. Because of you we're going to be able to make Monsters Don't Wear Underpants into a real, printed book.