My Kickstarter Project, or What The Bleep Was I Thinking?


Let Me Get This Off My Chest: A Breast Cancer Survivor Over-Shares is based on Margaret's The Cancer Diaries series here on JC's blog.

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It’s official now, my book Let Me Get This Off My Chest: A Breast Cancer Survivor Over-Shares is now becoming a reality thanks to my Kickstarter project’s backers.

What the hell have I just done? This is what I asked myself almost as soon as I hit the launch button to make my project go live. Who did I think I was, asking my friends, family, and random strangers on the internet to fund my project?

My friend “Bob” said I had brass balls for doing so. But he did back my project. And they’re not brass. It’s called saline, Bob.

This is the boldest thing to date that I’ve done, besides the time I tried out for a court-themed TV show and taped two episodes. (As the court reporter. Exciting stuff. Watching real-life attorneys such as Gloria Allred and Bill Handel arguing dog bite cases in front of Judge Andrew Napolitano was like watching boring paint dry.) But, as someone who’s been putting their innermost thoughts and emotions out into the world for others to read, I’ve gotten used to baring myself. Even so, I would best describe my feelings after launching as stripping off all of my clothes and appearing on stage in front of an auditorium full of people. And the audience was not smiling.

Yet, my people came through. In less than twenty-four hours, I’d hit my initial funding goal. Money is still being pledged, adding to the total.

As I hit the initial mark, I sat on the couch with Steve and spazzed, having one of those Sally Field moments: You like me! Thirty seconds later, reality set in. Now I have a book to produce. What if my backers, who’ve taken a huge leap of faith backing an in-process project, think the finished product is complete crap?

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Luckily, I have Ellen Brock, the editor I worked with on my YA novel Normalish, to keep me on the straight and narrow, ensuring that my workmanship will not be shoddy. (I’m just hoping I don’t open her edits and cry like I did last time.)

A few days ago, I hit a new milestone in my Kickstarter campaign: someone I didn’t know backed me. (Up till this point, it’s been family, friends, and friends of friends.) That was exciting, so I rewarded myself with a shot of Bailey’s. (This could be turned into a drinking game. Anyone else interested? I told you it would be fun. New backer--everyone take a shot!) A few days later, another couple of people previously unknown to me backed me. We now have two more squirrels in our eclectic collection. (Things have been getting a little chaotic back there with all of the late night carousing and limbo contests.)

Seriously, though, I’ve been figuring costs and have decided that we’ve now raised enough funds for a print run. This means my backers will receive their print copies. Also, there will be copies left over to donate to women’s support groups, doctor’s offices, and maybe a few libraries. (This was Mr. Steve’s idea. Besides being arm candy, this man has deep thoughts.)

A big thank you goes out to the people in my life who’ve been there for me. Stay tuned for details and updates as this project evolves. (And thank you again for liking me!)

Read The Cancer Diaries series here on JC's blog. Support Let Me Get This Off My Chest: A Breast Cancer Survivor Over-Shares on Kickstarter.


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