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Being Honest and Making Progress

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on May 3, 2013 in Personal |

It has been a hard week, a lot of time spent working on the new web site, on sorting out personal finances, on preparing and setting up campaigns to get my project off the ground. And, in-between, I’ve still got college, I’ve still got a normal life and – rarely, but still – there are times when I need to eat and sleep. Coffee can’t replace everything!

To be honest, I don’t think that my Fundrazr campaign is going to be the means of getting my project off the ground; and I am not the only one who thinks that. There are too many other projects being featured and created on the site, and my small campaign has been pushed right down the list by worthwhile causes mainly centered around saving stray dogs and cats from being killed in one animal shelter or another. Even posting my campaign details on the social media community for Fundrazr didn’t raise an eyebrow amongst potential investors, if they even got to see it. My campaign isn’t ‘trending’ at all, and only gets put back up to the first page of Arts and Creative when someone donates. Which means that it is on the first page now, but not on the Home page, and therefore easily overseen.

My new campaign is awaiting approval, and probably won’t get that until Monday at the earliest, since it is holiday time in Singapore. I don’t want to interrupt anyone’s well-earned holiday time – and can’t anyway! – and I’ve learned the virtue of patience. When the time comes I will be ready, in the meantime I can wait.

But things have to keep on moving or the whole thing will stagnate, so I have been working on the web site during my free time, tweaking it a little bit, adding things here and there, looking at what else I can add to enhance the experience for visitors, to attract new visitors. And I spent a very enjoyable few hours in a specialist paper shop this morning, having no lectures to attend, looking for just the right paper to print on, just the right paper for the dust jackets. The choice is down to about ten different kinds, it all revolves around the cash flow but that shouldn’t hold things back, shouldn’t change the quality I am going to require.

If you’re going to do something, do it right and, if possible, do it right the first time. The initial publications will set the standard for the future, attract purchasers and future writers, so it is of prime importance. A bad decision now, especially on quality for the final product, will not just disappear in the future, it will be there in the minds of those who see my books for a long time to come.

But the first bills are coming in and need to be paid. So far my own small cash fund and the donations I have received have covered everything with a little to spare. The future will be something else. Paper, the right paper, is expensive but – obviously – vital. The company registration and the registration for issue of ISBNs is expensive, but vital. Still things for the future, but the future is not something which can be pushed back indefinitely. The day will come – sooner rather than later – when purchases have to be made. Let’s hope that the various campaigns I’ve got going or planned for crowd-funding are enough.

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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