Find out some major lessons in audience building, publishing, and crowdfunding in this interview with Jessica.
Jessica found success on Kickstarter in 2013 and 2016 and while social media strategies may change over time, her advice is timeless.
How much audience building did you do before launching your first campaign?
By nature, I’m not much of a planner—I tend to go for things and figure out how fly while I’m free-falling. Not always the smartest way to conduct things, but, in this case, it worked out well.
For both campaigns, I did very little audience building before the campaign started, save for my usual social media posting.
My audience before my second campaign was built very much by my first campaign and the other readers I gained from “Firenze’s Light“.
What type of preparation, education, or research did you do before launching your first campaign?
I had no intentions of self-publishing. The more research I did on traditional publishing, the more I realized I would have to grind just as hard to market my book, but for less of a cut in the traditional model.
Each time I tried to blow off the idea of self-publishing, the perfect resource or information would show up.
For instance, I had no idea how to find an illustrator. A friend of mine happened to work for Jim Henson Productions and put me in touch with some interns in their art department.
I had no idea how to get a book printed. My cousin happened to know someone who worked for a printer in China and she talked me through the process and estimated costs.
Most of my research was focused on the process of self-publishing and the costs.
I have a rebellious streak and have a sometimes-good-sometimes-bad habit of ignoring “the way things are supposed to be done”.
For my second campaign, I did a lot of research on crowdfunding and how it had evolved since my first campaign for “Firenze’s Light”. The “Firenze’s Light” campaign happened when crowdfunding was relatively new.
By the time I campaigned for “And So Much More”, everyone and their lost dog had a crowdfunding campaign.
It felt much harder to get people’s attention.
There were also many campaigns that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars because they had a huge marketing budget to put behind it.
Rather than get discouraged by the slick, meticulously planned campaigns, I stayed simple.
As a rule, I stopped researching and worrying about too much planning, and just stuck with what worked the first time: a good story and a clear, simple campaign.
I did reach out to more bloggers and publications for my second campaign, but I almost felt like it would have been more valuable to spend that time directly approaching new potential backers.
“I stopped researching and worrying about too much planning, and just stuck with what worked the first time: a good story and a clear, simple campaign.”
Did you get a lot of repeat backers who supported Firenze’s Light to support your second campaign?
I did get a lot of repeat backers and a lot of new ones as well. I made it a point to approach my original backer list first because I had faith that they would be excited about my next book.
What surprised you the most about launching on Kickstarter?
I knew it would not “just happen” after my campaign went live, but I was surprised how it was a full-time job for 30 days.
I spent that time texting, emailing, messaging, social media posting, singing songs, making up new reward categories, doing FB live, making videos—anything I could think of—to get more eyes on my campaign. It was non-stop—and I have 3 kids LOL. Thank goodness for my husband!
What advice would you give someone considering crowdfunding their book?
Keep it simple.
A lot of people replicate their campaigns off of the most-funded campaigns that have a huge budget and staff that can support crazy, swaggy reward tiers.
Even if you’re not looking at the big dogs, the smaller dogs replicated the medium dogs who replicated the big dogs.
Shipping and random rewards like t-shirts, plushies, and toys can eat your budget so quickly and steal your focus from getting your book made when your campaign is over.
My rewards were mostly books.
Some of my higher level rewards were illustrating people into my book, self-publishing consultations, original songs, author readings—all things that are easily deliverable and that are services rather than products.
None of those items had shipping costs—speaking of which-spend a lot of time budgeting out your costs including your reward shipping, taxes (you have to pay taxes on your donations), Kickstarter’s cut etc.
I also love the idea of having some “back-pocket” rewards to add value throughout the campaign.
These are rewards that you add to the 5 or 6 base rewards after the campaign is running.
When you’re on day 21 of 30, no one wants to hear about your book one more time.
But they may want to hear about that original poem you will write their kid when they pledge $100 or tier up from $25 to $100.
It keeps things fresh and can goose someone who already backed at a lower tier to a higher one.
“Crowdfunding is great, but I find it takes me on a detour away from selling the books I already have.
I simply can’t wear all of those hats at once.”
Would you launch future books (or other creative projects) on Kickstarter?
I am very proud that the two books I have written have funded the beginning of my third.
My goal has been to self-fund the rest of my books by reinvesting all my profits.
If I get to Spring 2020 and I need printing funds, I might consider doing a small campaign to finish up, but I’d honestly rather publish a Kindle book or two this fall and get it printed that way.
Crowdfunding is great, but I find it takes me on a detour away from selling the books I already have.
I simply can’t wear all of those hats at once.
If I had to chose between 30 days of Kickstarter and 30 days of creating two Kindle Books, I’ll take Kindle.
However, if I were starting all over again today and didn’t have that choice, I would most likely do it.
What would you do differently?
From a crowdfunding point of view—not much.
From a publishing point of view—I’d have the knowledge I have now, 5 years later.
I know so much more about writing for the market, good covers, great titles, smart writing.
I’ve spent a lot of time backtracking or working around those mistakes.
Anything else you’d like fellow authors to know?
When you are doing a crowdfunding campaign, any time you talk about it, in any group, list your link.
I see so many people post in FB groups about their campaign and they don’t have a link.
Also, have fun and enjoy the ride! It can be thrilling.
Tired of searching for books that both empowered and entertained, Jessica set out to write ones that do both. She loves writing books that cultivate a world with more kindness, love, peace, compassion and connection.
D.K. Ackerman went into her book’s Kickstarter campaign with a very small social media presence.
By connecting with people individually, Dana was able to connect and leverage her personal network to make a big impression on Kickstarter.
She exceeded her a goal of $5k and raised $7,085 from 214 new readers on Kickstarter for her children’s illustrated book, Princess Pirates.
Knowing the importance of launch day, Dana conducted extensive audience outreach and education prior to launch.
Find out how she secured 110 backers on Day 1 of her campaign while avoiding social media entirely in this interview with D.K. Ackerman.
Establishing an Audience
In terms of reaching outside of my own personal network of friends and family, I didn’t do very much. Full disclosure, I hate social media!!
So, while I did get a professional Instagram and Facebook page and even looked into hashtags and did some “follow for follow” stuff, it didn’t do very much.
Probably because I just hate posting all the time though!! It’s something I’m realizing I especially need to work on now, though!
“I sent somewhere close to 300 emails or Facebook messages the week leading up to my launch date.”—D.K. Ackerman
Pre-launch campaign preparation
I did quite a bit of research into other successful campaigns in the children’s books genre. I looked at their campaign pages and videos and even messaged a few of them to ask their advice on what were the biggest things they did to gain momentum.
I joined author Facebook groups which were super helpful and I still learn a lot from. I talked with my brother in law who ran a super successful campaign himself about what he did, and his approach is what I really owe my success to.
So, as a preface, I already said I was pretty bad at getting an audience before the campaign started, but just so you understand how small even my personal network is: I was home schooled my entire growing up years, went to two years of community college as a teenager and then transferred to a University and graduated from there after just two years.
I married really young and had our first child and decided to stay home with her very soon afterwards, so I didn’t have any connections in the workplace really.
I’ve been a stay at home mom for years, and my average Facebook post gets around 30 likes or so. Not so encouraging when you are about to launch something like this!!
But, something my brother in law did was he sent individualized e-mails to friends and family. So, that’s what I did!
I sent somewhere close to 300 either emails or Facebook messages the week leading up to my launch date.
I tried to make as many messages as personal as I had time to.
I asked everyone 1). if they would back my project on DAY ONE and stressed why that was important and 2). share it with people they thought would appreciate a project like mine on day one as well.
That really made the biggest difference and I think was the biggest reason I was able to do what I did on my first Kickstarter. Not all of those people responded or could back my project, but a lot of them did and shared, too.
Surprising aspects of the campaign
I was actually really surprised at 1). How much support I got on day one! I really stressed to everyone how important it was to get momentum on day one, but I was still so excited to see how many people paid attention ha!
And 2). I was surprised at how much support I got from Kickstarter itself.
Over 20% of my sales came directly from Kickstarter’s platform.
I was selected as one of their favorite projects and was able to become really visible.
I chose Kickstarter because I thought it would be a good way to launch my book, but I never imagined I’d get that much support just from people cruising the site!
Best advice for others
People underestimate the power of their own personal network and overestimate how much of that network sees their Facebook posts.
Friends and family WANT to support you, but don’t get discouraged if you post about your book and no one responds–they either didn’t see it, or didn’t realize how important it is to you.
Let people know what you’re doing in personal ways so they can recognize the work you’ve actually put into your project and of course they will want to support you!
Worth doing again
It is a pain in the butt getting everything done, not gonna lie!
But, not only did Kickstarter offer me a way to reach a whole set of people I couldn’t find on my own, but it also gave me the push to make sure when I launched my book to pre-order, I did it right.
Oh man, this being my first Kickstarter there are so many things I’ve learned!
Next time I would make my page more fun and focus on adding graphics so it looks more engaging.
Due to a lot of complicated reasons, I didn’t actually know my start date until two weeks before I launched, which meant I couldn’t really reach out to a lot of outside sources with enough time to get the word out.
Next time I’d have a fixed launch date months before and so I can go to news organizations, influencers, and other outlets with enough time for them to get my messages and be able to create content that can come out during the Kickstarter.
As it is, I’m getting responses from people who want to feature my book now that my Kickstarter has ended.
I am also looking forward to creating a bigger following on social media (as much as it pains me to say!) before my next launch.
Advice for other authors
Having a book launch, whether through Kickstarter or on your own platform is invaluable!!
It forces you to do so may vital things like solidifying your message and why your book is important; creating content that helps people connect with your book; seeing if there is actually a market for your book; not to mention not having to invest your own money before you jump into something this big!
Kickstarter is especially awesome for finding new people who are interested in your book, but I recommend have a really clear message if you’re going to go that route.
However, if you want to reach other groups of people Kickstarter can offer that, but the only way those other people are going to see your project is if you have a fantastic first day and make your message clear and important.
I really feel like there were so many more things I could have done.
D.K. Ackerman was schooled at home by a stay-at-home feminist and a dad who always encouraged her to chase her dreams. She graduated from BYU-Hawaii at age 19 and was married and started a family soon after.
She is now mother to three girls and boy and spends her day going on adventures with them. When she’s not with them she is helping her husband run his businesses and writing about her children. She is passionate about letting children be children and believes that creating spaces where their creativity can be limitless means their futures can be too.
Sharita Manickam and Jen Bruno want young girls to envision their futures as anything—CEOs, astronauts, artists—absolutely any dream at all.
The photo book shows real girls modeling future professions and it caught fire on Kickstarter raising over $21k with 616 backers.
Turns out, stoking the fires of a revolution is popular business.
Sharita was kind enough to share some insights and experiences of her campaign.
With 139 backers on launch day, you must’ve done a ton of behind the scenes work to prepare everyone for your campaign’s launch.
What types of “behind-the-scenes” work did you do that contributed most to that huge first day?
Before launching, we held a Thunderclap campaign (Thunderclap is a service that has since been discontinued).
Basically, it was a way of getting your early supporters (family, friends, social media contacts) to sign up to help spread the word about your Kickstarter launch.
We asked our contacts to support us by signing up by linking their social media accounts to our Thunderclap campaign. Then on the day of our KS launch, Thunderclap posted a one time, free message to all of those supporter’s social media feeds telling their friends/followers about our launch! Thunderclap was likened to a “social media flash mob”.
In the weeks leading up to the launch, we made social media posts and graphics explaining how Kickstarter worked as we learned many of our friends and family members were unfamiliar with crowdfunding and pre-orders.
We also sent out a market survey and received 700 responses and about 200 people signed up for our newsletter.
We also had some early bird specials for the first 48 hours that we promoted heavily. We sent out an email blast the morning of our launch to friends and family.
“It’s a lot of work, relationship building, and strategy, but one of the main things we would like to express is that you can’t be afraid to sell yourself and ask for help.”—Sharita Manickam
How long did you engage your audience and potential backers before launching?
We began our social media campaign about a month before we “intended” to launch, but ended up having to push back about a month.
We used social media to increase enthusiasm about empowerment, count down to our impending launch, and collaborate with other accounts with like-minded missions.
How large was your audience before you launched?
We had about 900 followers on each platform, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and about 700 email addresses (500 friends and family and 200 survey respondents) collected.
The ever-changing, always elusive social media algorithms of FB and IG make marketing a product so much more difficult than ever before.
Since we didn’t have the budget to pay to boost our posts, we created “boost groups” of our biggest supporters and each time we posted something on FB and IG, we send a link to our “boost group” so they can go like or comment that post. It increased our exposure quite a bit.
What has been the most surprising aspect of your Kickstarter campaign?
We were blown away by the immediate support—the link sharing, the enthusiastic posting, etc. We didn’t expect that to happen right away, and then when we were selected as a “Project We Love” by Kickstarter within a few hours of launch, we were really surprised.
We’d been advised by several Kickstarter veterans that sales were likely to stall once we hit our goal, so that didn’t come as a huge shock, but had we not been prepared for it by others, I think that would have been a really difficult pill to swallow.
Your video is brilliant. Where did you find all of your sweet young models to participate? Did you do the video yourself or hire an expert?
Thank you! Since the photo illustrator, Jen and I have young children, we were lucky to have a fairly large pool of children to reach out to who are friends of our kids.
We ended up with 72 models in total and found many through word of mouth. Our video model is a friend of my daughter and her older sister did the voice over. Jen’s son is also in the video, as is another book model and her mom and brother.
Our video was filmed with an iPhone and I put it together using apps.
How was your experience with IndieGoGo InDemand after your Kickstarter ended?
We just haven’t had time to build our own website yet so IndieGoGo InDemand seemed like a good way to continue taking pre-orders.
I don’t think we received much new exposure from IndieGoGo, but we ended up raising about $2500 through inDemand from people who either missed our Kickstarter or were just learning about the book through social media.
With so many backers, has fulfillment been an issue? What solution would you recommend for authors who find themselves overwhelmed with logistics? Did you go with BackerKit?
Our shipment of books from China was held up for weeks at the Port of New York, so we were about a month behind schedule on fulfillment. Once we received the books, we sent them all out within days.
We did use BackerKit.
It took a lot of time to setup but in the long run it simplified our fulfillment.
I hesitated about the cost at first, but it more than paid for itself from add-on items our backers purchased through Backerkit. I would recommend Backerkit, especially for those with more than a few hundred backers.
Also a label printer is a must for quick shipping!
What advice would you give a fellow author who is looking to crowdfund their book?
Sales don’t happen automatically.
Kickstarter doesn’t sell anything for you.
It’s a lot of work, relationship building, and strategy, but one of the main things we would like to express is that you can’t be afraid to sell yourself and ask for help.
We reached out to many other successful Kickstarter brands along the way to gather advice and to partner and cross promote.
We also asked our friends and family to help be an extension of our sales team by using their social media and word of mouth channels to spread the word.
We couldn’t have done this alone, and we advise anyone considering a crowdfunding campaign to rally their troops before they launch.
What are you working on at the moment and do you have plans for more books?
At the moment we are working on driving traffic to our Amazon listing through influencer marketing and ads.
We keep a running list of occupations for a sequel and have ideas for other books, but at the moment we are just focusing on this one!
Sharita Manickam grew up in Maryland. After graduating from the University of Maryland, she moved to New York City, where she worked in marketing until her first daughter was born. During the next couple of years, Sharita discovered a passion for writing and co-wrote a television drama script for a major network. Her love of writing, coupled with her love of reading to her daughters, sparked the idea for a children’s book. Sharita lives in Forest Hills, NY, with her husband, Maurice and their two RAD girls. RAD Girl Revolution is her first book.
Jennifer Elliott Bruno grew up and attended college in Kansas before relocating to Tallahassee, FL to pursue a career in property management. She met her husband, George, in Tallahassee, and the couple moved to New York City where they soon became parents to a little boy named Henry. Shortly after his birth, Jennifer pursued her passion by opening a photography business. She currently resides with her family and miniature dachshund in Forest Hills.
Join the revolution!
Be sure to read and review Rad GirlRevolution on amazon.
Bonus resources from Sharita and Jen—feel free to model your graphics after theirs
Children’s book authors often face steeper costs when creating their books than adult fiction or non-fiction writers.
There are the additional costs of illustration (ranging from $1200-$10,000 for a 32-page picture book), and often the cost of a print run of 3,000-10,000 books from either local printers or printers overseas. Then there are warehouse and fulfillment fees to cover for orders placed on Amazon.
Many children’s book authors are turning to Kickstarter and IndieGoGo to not only fully fund their books but also boost their marketing efforts.
In the Facebook Group, Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators, which I recommend joining, many of the authors have successfully Kickstarted their books and subsequently, their self-publishing businesses to great success.
Why Crowdfund Your Book?
Crowdfunding does a few things that waiting to market your book launch doesn’t.
When you crowdfund your book, you…
Validate your book’s idea with your audience before you get too far down the road of creation
Engage with your audience in a more personal way and offer them special rewards in addition to your book—something you can’t do on Amazon.
Communicate directly with your backers—Amazon does not provide you any information about who buys your book
Generate more funds for your book than you can selling the same number of books during a pre-launch (profit margins are a bit larger than royalty rates)
Boost your confidence when your book is demanded by the readers. There is a feeling of incredible pride and humility when you realize that your readers are helping you create your book.
Create a viral buzz about your book. By cramming three months of marketing efforts into 30 days, you generate a veritable swirl of energy around your book.
Can afford a better team. When you crowdfund your book, instead of footing the bill from your own pocket, you can pay thousands for an experienced illustrator. You can opt for the thicker paper that’s more expensive. You can end up with a higher quality book when you have a larger budget (all things considered equal, of course).
And magic takes place during and after a crowdfunding campaign.
Like local news coverage, radio spots, cross-collaborations, and other opportunities that occur when you start reaching out to anyone and everyone who might be interested in your campaign.
The time-limited nature of the campaign forces creators to be bold and take action when it comes to marketing outreach that doesn’t usually happen during other book launches.
Examples of Children’s Book Crowdfunding Campaigns
While some campaigns are more successful than others, almost every campaign listed has resulted in an incredible boostto the visibility of the book, the sales, and/or the audience who is ready to purchase subsequent books from the author.
Note: *All of the following book images are linked to my Amazon affiliate account which results in tiny donations in my tip jar when you click at no extra cost to you.*
Rebecca’s YouTube channel is great. I mean, just look at this video!
Scroll down for Rebecca’s insights about bringing the concept of crowdfunding to Australia.
What surprised you the most about running your Kickstarter campaign?
It was shockingly hard to get everyone on board. This was my third book, so I knew the publishing process and felt confident taking on a new marketing strategy.
Preparing for the campaign was extremely time-consuming and I knew I had to get everything done by a hard deadline.
So many people don’t realize how long it takes to build your campaign page and even though I have experience making videos, it still took me forever.
What would you have done differently?
I would’ve done more Facebook group interaction and started engaging with people 2-3 months before launch.
I joined a lot of teachers’ Facebook groups and had connections from my previous two books but didn’t want to bug them too much.
“Find your people who are looking for what you’re delivering. They may be homeschoolers, teachers, parents, babysitters, who knows? But find them and nurture your relationships with them.”
Did you pay for any advertising?
No, not really. I paid $50 in Facebook ads but those didn’t convert. I didn’t do a press release or anything formal.
I was able to land some visibility in Offspring Parenting Magazine’s newsletter and I reached out to Big Life Journal because they added my YouTube channel as one of their recommended resources.
All of the parenting and teacher blogs want payment for sponsored posts (~$700/post). I had lined up exposure with some bloggers but many of them didn’t follow through.
What advice would you give an indie author thinking about crowdfunding?
Spend a lot of time building relationships. Teacher bloggers are super supportive and were the best source of support for my books on emotional literacy.
Don’t put all of your eggs into one basket.
Develop a cult-ish following of your work and build an audience who can’t wait to support you. Find your people who are looking for what you’re delivering. They may be homeschoolers, teachers, parents, babysitters, who knows? But find them and nurture your relationships with them.
Your audience is largest on Instagram (5k), did you find most of your backers came from that platform?
I grew my audience after making baby sleeping bags and I learned about social media over the past five years.
My Instagram followers are all from my first business and surprisingly, most of my backers were coming from Facebook. Most of them were not friends and family but one circle removed.
I also have a huge network of expat supporters who were great at sharing the campaign but weren’t backing it themselves.
Was having an Australian audience tough with your crowdfunding campaign?
I’d say so. People need to be educated about what crowdfunding is. Nobody in Australia is familiar with Kickstarter and most of my backers were first time backers.
The email templates in the Crowdfunding Vault were really helpful in doing that audience education and outreach.
Would you do it again?
No. I burned through all of my goodwill in Australia and I’d really have to work my tail off to build a new audience.
Despite raising funds to cover the cost of your book, did running your Kickstarter help in any other way?
Yes, it really opened doors to new opportunities that I didn’t anticipate.
Maggie Dent is the Queen of Common Sense and is huge on the speaking circuit with her Maggie Moments. I sent her a Monty Bear package and she is open to future collaboration.
Creating the Kickstarter campaign really gives you a lot of content and testimonials that you can use in future marketing efforts.
What are your future plans for Monty Bear?
My immediate plans are to tackle the Amazon machine and get my books on that platform for a new audience. That should be…a lot of work!
Rebecca Hamer, BA Arts Psych, Grad Dip Ed, Masters Management….. Is an Early Childhood Education Specialist with over fifteen years teaching experience in Australia, Indonesia, Russia and Singapore. She has a passion for literacy development and believes that home and school co-operation is essential in facilitating children’s literacy learning.
She uses MONTY BEAR as an interactive way to engage children with all facets of literacy, including, speaking, listening, reading and writing. Rebecca loves seeing students and parents since fifteen years ago who still cherish photos and stories about their real life experiences with MONTY BEAR.
Why did you select Kickstarter over IndieGoGo or another crowdfunding platform?
The main reason I chose Kickstarter was because it was the platform most other authors in my Facebook groups used and were using. It was the one I could get the most advice about from others!
What types of “behind-the-scenes” work did you do that you think contributed most to your success?
As stated above, research, research research! I spoke with other authors, reading about Kickstarter and crowdfunding. Then in December, came the marketing.
Being a teacher, I literally knew nothing about marketing, so once again, I enlisted the help of other authors for ideas. I had magnets made and a press release and took them around town, dropping them off at local coffee shops and stores.
I called and visited numerous dentist offices. I called and emailed local TV and newspaper outlets and told them about my project and scored two newspaper stories and two TV interviews.
I researched and emailed parenting bloggers asking for support. I joined teacher and parenting groups on Facebook. I contacted local libraries, schools and just started passing out my magnets to anyone and everyone!
I had to think about the rewards, shipping costs and make a video (which my colleague Jim made for me). I also started my author Facebook, Instagram and websites and started building support for those as soon as I could.
It sounds like you reached out to tons of people. How many people do you think you’ve emailed during the campaign?
Oh gosh! Hundreds! Family, friends, my book club, my church, my school I teach at, newspapers, TV stations, bloggers, other authors, libraries, schools, dentist offices, the MN Dental Foundation (who I hope to donate books to)…I’m sure I’m forgetting some!
How did you get your local TV coverage? Did you have that connection before you launched?
Nope! I just prepared and sent an email about my journey from teacher to author and they contacted me about doing a segment!
What has been the most surprising thing about your Kickstarter campaign? What did you not expect to happen that has happened?
So many people have helped me. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am just so grateful!
From my friend, Malina, who gave me the idea to choose a kangaroo for my main character, to my friend Jen who put me in contact with someone to help create the bookmarks I plan to give all backers. The ladies in my Bible study who have prayed for me and supported me through this entire thing to my friend and colleague Jim who created the video for my campaign.
From people like you and other authors (especially Diane Alber) who have given me so much great advice and support to my friends (old and new) who have championed for me this whole time.
My family (parents, sisters and my extended family in WI, TX and CA) has been especially supportive—every time I make a new post on my author page, they are right there sharing it and supporting me.
My #1 fan and cheerleader has been my husband Will. He has supported me every step of the way—I definitely couldn’t have done any of this without his unconditional support and love.
Have you had to change your strategy mid-campaign? If so, why?
Yes! I was surprised and excited AND grateful when I found out that we made our goal about 9 days into the campaign! So, I then had to start thinking about stretch goals.
Once again, I had to research, talk to my author friends and do a lot of thinking about how to go about that. I really wanted to be able to donate books to schools and also to the MN Dental Foundation and since I have over two weeks left of my campaign, I’m hoping to keep the momentum going to be able to do that.
What advice would you give a fellow author who is looking to crowdfund their book?
Reach out and talk to people! Ask questions. Start researching and building up support for your book a couple of months before you launch.
I know you’re still in the midst of your campaign but would you pursue crowdfunding again or recommend it for other authors like yourself? If so (or not) why?
Yes! It’s been so fun! I’ve loved every minute. The amount of support I’ve had has been overwhelming and exciting.
I am so grateful to have had this experience. I have learned so much, made so many new friends and have had so many new experiences.