Helena: That’s Dil-et-tante, not Dilly Aunty.
Harry: Yes, yes… you’re as bad as Hermione… Levi-O-sa, not Levi-o-SAH
Helena: Well, it’s like the difference between pledging and pre-ordering.
Harry: Which is?
Helena: Well, pledging sounds like a charitable donation, doesn’t it?
Harry: Like the March of Dimes or Jerry’s Kids.
Helena: You’re far too young to remember any of that stuff.
Harry: I don’t. I’m just saying what you told me. I don’t even know what a Dilly-aunty is.
Helena: Dilettante. Say it with me – DIL-ET-TANTE. The last e is silent.
Harry: Oooooh… spooky silent E.
Helena: Yes, it’s very spooky. I just worry that people aren’t as interested in giving me a handout as they are in buying my book.
Harry: Sounds fair. I wouldn’t give you as much as a summoning spell without payment. I’m a wizard with bills, you know.
Helena: So I just wanted to clarify that the whole PUBSLUSH (not Kickstarter… bear with me, darlings) campaign is about pre-ordering. The result is that by pre-ordering, I have the funds to do proper marketing.
Harry: Well, that’s all well and good for you; but what’s in it for THEM, Helena?
Helena: Well, for one, they get the book.
Harry: Can’t they just wait and buy it on Amazon in April after this is all done?
Helena: Of course. But if they want a personalized copy, or if maybe they just want the e-books but they might want to spring for some personalized postcards of The Countess and me…
Harry: Than this is the only way to do that. I see. Well, I think it’s a brilliant idea. Could I get paid now?
Helena: Do you take a personal check?
Harry: Hmmmm. No.
Helena: Oh. We may have a problem.
Harry: (Grumbles) Don’t make me go all Dark Side on you and use the Cruciatus curse.
Helena: Bring it, Potter. STUPIFY!