What is Kickstarter and why are we on it?

Thanks to everyone for the enthusiastic feedback about the Out of the Grey trailer and Kickstarter video! Several people have asked the same questions about the campaign: “Can’t I just buy your book on Amazon?” and “What is Kickstarter?”. Here are some answers.

Q1. Can’t I just buy your book on Amazon?
The answer to this question is easy. The book is not available on Amazon or elsewhere because it is not yet finished. GaleWind Books is a small, independent publishing imprint and we need your help to get us there. That’s where Kickstarter comes in. The SPARX saga is our first and only project, with three titles out and another eight to ten to go!

Q2. What is Kickstarter?
Let’s start with what it is not. Kickstarter is not an online store. Rather, it is a way for a community to come together to breathe life into a project they believe in. Backers pledge money to turn ideas into reality. In return, they receive “rewards” for their support, in this case books and paraphernalia. Kickstarter has an all-or-nothing funding model, so if a project does not reach its goal, it is simply frozen. The backers are not charged and no funds are ever transferred. If the project does reach its goal, the backers are charged at the end of the campaign period (May 5th for our project) and the funds are used to complete the project and deliver the promised goods.

Pledging through Kickstarter helps individuals and small businesses with big ideas succeed in their ventures. SPARX is GaleWind’s vision. It is a truly epic fantasy saga which embodies the Canadian spirit and “out of the box” thinking that our culture fosters. And we want to do it right: the writing, the tone, the design, the artwork, the maps… everything. It is a big undertaking for a small outfit. To help offset first-print costs and additional design elements we are asking for your support. Remember, every pledge helps no matter how small. It has been a long journey and, without your help, it will no doubt be longer—but we are committed. It will happen.

I am proud to be part of this exciting journey and I hope you will share in the adventure of bringing this creation to life!

All the best,

Founder, Editor-in-Chief

p.s. For more information about our Kickstarter venture for Out of the Grey, please check out our campaign page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1124293926/sparx-luminary-out-of-the-grey