UPDATE 7/25/10: They did it. YAY!
My roommate just said to me, “I see the fanny pack has come out.” She does not like my fanny pack. But I was just looking for my credit card, so I could check which account I wanted to pledge $20 with.
Because I decided to pledge $20 towards gas money for the High Emission Book Tour.
Because I believe in book tours, and I believe that travelling on the road is rewarding, and I believe in communities working toward larger goals together, like having more book tours.
And because I totally have a crush on Aaron Burch (who’s going on the tour), and another one on Amelia Gray, who is also going on the tour and who I saw read at Quickies last summer on the Dollar Store Tour, where she read a piece that was recently mentioned here, to great note, and another one on Lindsay Hunter, who is also going on the tour, who has been one of the nicest people I’ve met in a long time and who co-hosts Quickies, which is easily my favorite Chicago reading series. (And: secret coming: we’re planning an East Coast tour for Issue #2 over here at Artifice, and I have tours on the brain.)
Anyway: Amelia Gray put together a Kickstarter project for the tour, and they’re trying to get $350 for gas money and the rental of a Ford Focus.
If you don’t know about Kickstarter, it’s actually a pretty great tool for getting funded for things like smallish book tours.
People (like me!) can pledge money, and if the project doesn’t get fully funded, no one pays up. But if it does, everyone’s credit card (like mine, in my fanny pack) gets charged for the amount they said they were willing to pay. And then Aaron and Amelia and Lindsay can represent in California.
So here’s my pitch.
Go watch the video Aaron Burch put together and see if you can’t dig up some spare change or a dollar bill or two that got washed in your jeans pocket. It will make you feel good. And if it doesn’t, that’s OK too. You did the right thing.