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Imagine – poetry by Poetica Christi Press

FullSizeRenderIt’s a great honour to be asked to launch the latest edition of poetry by Poetica Christi Press – Imagine.

On reading these 96 or so poems, I was reminded of a day about 18 months ago where I was standing by a river at a spot that is very special to me, in a remote bush land. Now, I don’t believe in ‘god’ as such, I follow no religion. But I am a spiritual person. I believe in a higher being and have had many experiences in my life that have confirmed this belief.

As I stood by the river a voice spoke to me. Not a real voice but something from deep within or high above, I don’t know, but very real and very clear. This ‘voice’ said to me, ‘You know that everything will be alright. Everything is as it should be and you will be okay.’ That was all. I hadn’t asked a direct question. I had simply stood by the water basking in the beauty of my surrounds. But this statement answered all the fears and questions that had been swirling around inside me in the months prior10615642_10204654385550634_6324159810675767075_n to this. It was as if a higher being had been listening to me and had given me a direct answer. Of course, I cried standing there by the water because I was overwhelmed by the experience.

Life can be like that at times. Overwhelming, confusing, wonderful, painful. Being able to write ourselves through these things is where poetry comes into being. This collection is no exception. Here we have a smorgasbord of what life can lay before us on the table: God, sleep, birth, death, the wonder of nature, peace (or the hope for it), the wonder of life. The simple and the complicated.

From humans trying to define life through theology only to have God wink at us, to wearing yellow linen, to comparing a Crabapple tree to a dessert with cream and strawberry icing, to the majesty of a bird heralding dawn to lines that I wish I had written like:

Oh blessed gift of sleep

To die a little

To be immune from time and memory …

This collection is full of vivid images, humour and thought provoking ideas. And like anyone, I will react to different poems at different times, depending on what’s happening in my life.

I encourage you to take a copy, go into a quiet place and delve into the pages to discover something that resonates with you.

Blaise

 

Successful Crowdfunding

walkwithmecrowdfunderCrowdfunding is a great way for writers to raise money to fund their projects, but how do you set it up to be successful? There are many crowdfunding campaigns that fail because they haven’t included all the ingredients that create a great product that people will engage with and click the ‘pledge’ button. There’s obviously no guarantee for success but there are a few things that you can do to enhance the campaign.

So how do you connect with your audience and get worldwide exposure? Here are a few tips that we used to run three successful campaigns.

Tell your story
Do this in as many ways as possible. Use words, pictures and video because you want to capture as many people as possible. Make people care about your story by using emotive language and putting personal angles into your story. If you are enthusiastic and passionate about your project, people will naturally want to support you. Make an awesome video that isn’t too long that will create a buzz around what you’re doing.

Create great incentives for people to pledge
You need to give people lots of options. Start with small amounts like $5–10 with lots of increments up to large amounts. The smaller pledges might just get a thank you. Medium prices might get a name in the book as a supporter, then larger again will receive a book, with the name in it. Have a few high-price incentives for business people. For a larger incentive, you can offer to show logos and business information in the book and on promotional material as major sponsors.

Communicate often with your audience
Use social media to spread the word about your campaign. Ask people to share the information and don’t forget your email list. If you don’t have an official email list, you’ll still have email addresses for family and friends. Ask them to help spread the word. Once your campaign is up and running, keep your supporters (the people who pledge) in the loop by giving them regular updates on the progress of the campaign.

Have a kickback
If there is a cause that you like to support, make that part of your campaign. For instance, if you support cancer research, you could give a part of your funds or book sales to that cause. Even better if there is a cause that has a synergy with your book, like a children’s book giving back to the Children’s Hospital.

Here is a link to one of our campaigns that raised triple the amount that we anticipated and is a good example of the elements that work for a good campaign: http://www.pozible.com/project/177468