Supporters

When I launched this book project, I wanted to try something different from the typical routine of book publishing. Call it a social experiment. Instead of going through the usual process of trying to get an agent, to then maybe get an offer from a publishing company, to then get a 10% share of the sales at best (if all goes well), I decided to take a radically different route.

I figured that I write for the people who will read the book, not for the publishers. If the people believe in me and in the project, they will show their support. If the don't, so be it.

Naturally, it's a bit harder to go solo than it is to rely on someone else. You have to continuously prove your credibility, build a fan base, give interviews, write articles, manage your own promotion, and create a trust relationship with your audience.

So, I tried with the crowdfunding site IndieGoGo. The goal was set at $1,000. I am happy to report that 78 people chipped in, summing up to $2,280. This will give me the chance to hire a professional designer for the book cover, as well as a highly qualified proofreader.

Here is the list of those forward thinking individuals who supported me during the campaign.

Thank you all.

You are awesome.

Main sponsors (Watson)

The perk codename "Watson" was $100. Those who chose this option received the following reward. A limited edition HARDCOVER copy of the book, signed by the author with a MESSAGE OF YOUR CHOICE, before it goes on general sale, digital downloads in PDF, mobi, EPUB, all DRM-free. You will also be listed as MAIN sponsor on the website and a special thank you note will appear in the ACKNOWLEDGEMENT section of the book.

Ben McLeish
Marco Bassetti
Daniele Mancinelli
Mark Henson
Justin Gress
Eric Ezechieli
Jonathan Jarvis


Sponsor (Deep Blue)

The perk codename "Deep Blue" was $60. Those who chose this option received the following reward. A limited edition paperback copy of the book SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, before it goes on general sale, digital downloads in PDF, mobi, EPUB, all DRM-free. You will also be listed as a sponsor on the website and at the END OF THE BOOK.

Søren Lassen Schmidt
Susi
Steve Friedrich
Simone Roda
Alessandro Ronca
Sirio Marchi
Jason Souders


Sponsor (A.L.I.C.E.)

The perk codename "A.L.I.C.E." was $40. Those who chose this option received the following reward. A custom made T-Shirt of your choice (see the description of the project), digital downloads in PDF, mobi, EPUB, all DRM-free. You will also be listed as sponsor on the website.

G. Matthew Rice
Paolo Zambernardi
David Orban


Sponsor (Deep Thought)

The perk codename "Deep Thought" was $30. Those who chose this option received the following reward. A PAPERBACK copy of the book before it goes on general sale, digital downloads in PDF, mobi, EPUB, all DRM-free. You will also be listed as sponsor on the website.

Fernando Medeiros Mendonça
Marcelo Luiz Jacoby Muniz
Carlo Nerozzi
Fernando Di Carlo
Luca Leonardini
Anders Olsson
Michele Santulin
Eric William Pierson
Jesse Gravenor
Alexandra
Gogo Erekosima
Curt Welch


Sponsor (Unspecified)

The following people were supporters of all sorts, ranging from $5 to $100, but chose to reveal only their identity.

Albert Rios
Frank Sleightholme
Lorenzo Grespan
Brett Jelinek
Roberto Di Gennaro
Patrick Tremblay
Daniele Bossari
Danielle LaPorte
AlbertoR
Mark
Morgan Williams
Lee Horrocks

In addition to those listed above, there are many other supporters who decided to remain anonymous, or chose smaller rewards. You can see the full list at the IndieGoGo campaign website.