It's not easy as a relative unknown on Unbound. Although there are a few of us on the site, there are plenty more Unbound authors who come to crowdfunding with an armful of loyal readers or viewers or fans. (Terry 'He's not The Messiah' Jones, Raymond 'The Snowman' Briggs to name but two. You get the picture.)
What this seems to mean so far is this: the majority of people who have supported my book seem to know me in some way. They're friends, family, colleagues, ex-students, acquaintances and so on. Some - blog readers, for instance, or that select group of fans of my first novel - know, or have a reasonable expectation, of what they're getting by way of my writing (or they hope they do!). Others - an increasing number of strangers, unfamiliar names on the supporters list - are taking a chance on the strength of the extract they can read on the Unbound website, or the video introduction.
As things stand I need a further 273 more pledges to get The Glorious Dead published. That sounds a lot, but if there aren't at least 273 people out there who are interested enough in the subject and keen enough on the project to take a punt on it then I'll happily eat one of the war medals I'm offering as a rewards for one of the pledges.
It's finding these people that is going to be the next challenge.
And that is where you come in. Because it seems reasonable, given that so many, so far, of the supporters are people I know that they - you - might be able to enlist the help of the remaining 273 subscribers that the book needs. You know me, know my writing, know how passionate I am about this subject and how desperate I am to tell the forgotten story of the soldiers who stayed in France and Flanders, finding bodies and digging graves and rebuilding lives shattered by the Great War.
I reckon if everyone who has pledged so far or everyone who reads this post could put in a good word with someone else we'd be up and running in no time. So if you can think of someone please consider telling them. Let word-of-mouth be my marketing. And let's hope that, before too long, it's no longer a case of 'unknown' on Unbound - but unleashed!
If you'd like to find out more about my novel The Glorious Dead and perhaps support its publication, please click here: https://unbound.co.uk/books/the-glorious-dead