it has been a remarkable month. In just two weeks I collected all the money I needed, with pledges that varied from as little as $5 to as much as $100! I received dozens of support messages, emails, links, videos, and news stories from all around the globe. A publishing company showed interest in distributing the book once it comes out, and I even received some sketches for the T-Shirt competition.
It may not sound like much, but the fact that so many people placed their trust in me sure gave a lot of confidence. As a first-time author, I felt really honored to receive such warm support. It all seemed to be going well. In fact, too well.
Last week I received a message from Amazon, saying that the federal law regarding tax information was changed, and that I had to provide some additional info to further verify my account (a very good friend of mine who lives in the U.S. has offered to use his, since Amazon only accepts U.S. bank accounts). We did give the correct information, but for some unspecified reason Amazon was unable to verify it. We double checked, and opened up another support request. Too late: Amazon sent a message to kickstarter saying they froze the account. That means that all pledges are invalid, and I should cancel the project. Of course, none of you is loosing any money, because no money is leaving any bank account.
The good news is that I have no intention of cancelling the book. In fact, I have been quite prolific these past three weeks: I met some very interesting people, and wrote more than 20 pages of the book. So far, it's looking pretty good! Of course, when I first read the news from Amazon I was a bit disheartened, but I quickly regained my strength, as I thought: if I let myself down for such little things, how can I expect to show some resilience?
Given the situation, I have no choice but to cancel this kickstarter campaign, and open a new one on IndieGoGo. It works just like kickstarter, but it uses PayPal and direct credit card payment, instead. So, it has none of the restrictions imposed by Amazon, and everything should run smoothly.
Here's the link to the new campaign:
Please, follow the link and pledge again (you will only pay once of course, this project on kickstarter is cancelled).
I apologise for the inconvenience, thank you again for everything, I will keep you posted on this blog.