One of my worst fears is being eaten by a bear or other wild animal. One of my other worst fears is becoming the butt of an internet joke. I must confess that I put off starting my kickstarter campaign until the last possible minute for this very reason.
I was afraid of making a video because I didn't want to be that guy who lacks the self-awareness to understand how hilariously misguided he is. We've all seen these people making music, writing novels, and generally creating art that is not very good, and somehow, throughout all their human interactions, no one has bothered to tell them so. Think of the poor laughingstocks that are on American Idol who appear to have no idea how terrible they really are. I didn't want my kickstarter campaign to appear on Buzzfeed's worst, lamest, most ridiculous kickstarters whose creators should probably punch themselves in the face repeatedly.
But I did it. Or more to the point, we did it. I am a rather pessimistic person, and within a day or two of starting the campaign I had already hatched "plan b", which was selling musical instruments to fund the costs of editing my book if the campaign failed. But my friends, and even a few people that I have never met, came through in a huge way. I can't tell you how humbled I am by the support. It means a lot that people care enough/have enough faith in me/liked the first book enough to contribute and help me see this product through to completion.
In honor of your contributions, I promise to write the best novel that I can. I have been working hard on it for months now, and will continue to do so until the job is done. And I can't wait for you to discover where Letho is headed next. I look forward to sharing this new story with you and hearing what you think of it!