Funded in 25 HOURS? Amazing. Now it's time to get Stryker into the headlines!
Totally funded in 25 hours? Over $17,600 in just two and half days? 130 backers using the power of individual social media alone?
Guys, I'm stunned.
I hardly even know what to say. Regardless, I wanted to take this time to say SOMETHING because everybody who's going to get this message is responsible for an amazing launch and I am so, so humbled by all the support.
So thank you. Thank you so much. I'm so blown away. I've literally said that a hundred times by now, so I'm sorry if that's getting old - but it's true. I had no idea this project could have such a committed following!
In truth, however, $15,000 is just the beginning - and now that we've met the all-or-nothing goal, we can really start spreading the message to everybody in America.
I'm sorry I've been so quiet for the past day, but with the massive explosion of progress my entire long-term strategy just got hurtled up to the first few days, and I was caught off guard getting ready for what's to come.
So what's on the horizon?
Making the headlines this story deserves.
What to expect in the coming weeks:
Now that we're funded with a great kick, we can really take this message to the limits and back. Right now I've got a huge list in front of me with the names and addresses of high profile and relevant facebook fan pages, blogs, news outlets and radio stations that will be getting a personal message asking them to help us out by spreading the word.
For the next seven days, that will be taking up the majority of time, but the hope is that we can get even more people on board - even if they only get an e-book or spread the word. As the project grows, you will hopefully see a lot more about Stryker in the headlines. Hopefully we can even make it o the mainstream media.
But that's not going to happen by itself - it's totally up to us to spread the word.
Right now it's all about volume.
Don't get me wrong, the money we raise will go a long way towards marketing this book and pushing our story out to the world, but our biggest priority is to get as many people as possible aware of the project and eager to get their hands on a copy.
So what can you do?
Personal connections! That's the best bet. Go down your list of friends and followers around the internet and in real life. Find everybody who you think might be interested in hearing our story and then ask them personally to check out the book. Point them at the prologue if they want a sample. Show them the website and the video.
Personal connections are what will make the difference in the long run - finding people who are receptive to the story and will listen to what you have to say.
Other than that, if you know of any social outlets with a ton of followers in a relevant topic, either message me with the contact details or make a personal connection to ask them for help spreading the word. Ideally, you can get them to share the video with a link to http://www.strykerbook.com so they can pre-order the book.
Again, personal connections are what we're after, and the payoff will be huge. The more people we can get to back this project, the closer we'll get to a mainstream media connection.
Thank you everybody for supporting Stryker!
I'll be working non-stop on this campaign until that final day when we cross the finish line and everybody knows about a place called Sadr City and what happened there in 2008!
- Konrad RK Ludwig
pledged of $15,000 goal
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May 11, 2012 - Jun 19, 2012
Pledge $5 or more
PRE-ORDER THE E-BOOK: On the morning of the book's official release, I will e-mail you a link to your very own DRM-FREE copy of Stryker so you can read the story for yourself! [Available in .epub, .pdf, and .html formats]Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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PRE-ORDER THE PAPERBACK BOOK: Includes the e-book and one 5.5" x 8.5" trade paperback copy of Stryker! [Shipping included. Orders will be processed at the printing house at least SEVEN DAYS BEFORE the official release date. International backers, please add $10.]Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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PRE-ORDER THE DIGITAL AUDIOBOOK: Includes the e-book and a link to the DRM free, high-definition digital audiobook as soon as it's done! Hear Stryker in my own voice, exactly as I would've told the tale if we were face-to-face! [A link to the e-book will be provided on the morning of the official release date. A link to the audio book will be provided upon completion of the finished product. Both digital formats will be DRM-free.]Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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PRE-ORDER "THE STRYKER BUNDLE": Includes all of the above plus one free Stryker t-shirt, and a signed and personalized trade paperback copy of Stryker! This is the best way to support the cause! I'll stay up as long as it takes to sign every damn book by hand if I have to, and you'll get up to a page of personalized writing! [Shipping included. Autographed copies will be shipped TWO WEEKS BEFORE the official release date. International backers, please add $10.]Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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PRE-ORDER A LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER COPY OF STRYKER: Includes the e-book, audiobook, and t-shirt, with a limited edition, signed and personalized, full color, Kickstarter-exclusive hardcover copy of Stryker! I'm only making a single print run of these unique books - ever. For that you will get the higher quality of archival-stock paper, a glossy full-color dust jacket, full-color photos from on the ground during the battle, and specially written forward matter addressed to those who supported the cause by purchasing a hardcover copy of Stryker. Each limited edition hardcover copy will come with a special "Thank You" message printed into the forward matter of the book, and a personalized autograph thanking YOU for your contribution to the pre-order campaign. [Shipping included. Limited edition hardcover orders will be shipped THREE WEEKS BEFORE the official release date. International backers, please add $10.]Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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14 backers Limited (6 of 20 left)
ORDER A PRE-RELEASE GALLEY PACKAGE: Why wait? This includes everything in the LTD Edition Hardcover package PLUS you'll get a pre-print copy of Stryker shipped to you AS SOON AS THE CAMPAIGN IS DONE. Once the money comes in I will be ordering a special print of galley copies for each backer who donated more than $250 dollars to this project. As soon as they're delivered and personalized, I'll mail them off to your doorstep with a special thanks for your contribution! That's at least TWO MONTHS BEFORE the final ship date! (estimated delivery should be a maximum of two weeks after the campaign is over.) That means you'll get your hands on a copy of Stryker MONTHS before anybody else has a chance to read it! [Shipping included. Pre-release galley copies will be shipped ONE DAY AFTER I REACH MY GOAL. The LTD edition hardcover copy will then be sent out ONE FULL MONTH before the official release date. All other products will follow the aforementioned schedule. International backers please add $20.]Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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9 backers Limited (11 of 20 left)
CONTRIBUTOR'S PACKAGE: Includes everything above, PLUS I will be writing a special list of "Contributors" in the forward matter of the final print-run of the book! See YOUR name in the final copy of Stryker! Everybody who reads the book will know that YOU made a difference - especially since it all comes signed and personalized! [Shipping schedule will follow the pre-release galleries. "Contributor's Packages" will have priority over all other orders. No extra donation is required for international shipping.]Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
4 backers Limited (6 of 10 left)
THE SPECIAL BENEFACTOR'S PACKAGE: For your amazing contribution to the launch and publication of Stryker, you will receive all of the above, shipped to your doorstep and e-mailed to your inbox as soon AS SOON AS EACH EDITION BECOMES AVAILABLE! That's right: no sitting around and waiting for some plebeian release date. Once I get a final draft of each edition in my hand, it will go right into a box and off to your front door. IN ADDITION: you will receive a special mention in both the Contributor's list AND in the Acknowledgements section of the final print run of the book! Finally, you and a date are formally invited to the book's launch party for helping us out!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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1 backer All gone!
THE PATRON'S PACKAGE: For your amazing graciousness, you'll get all of the above with on-call "author in residence" privileges, and unlimited personal recounting of the tales whenever you'd like. That's right: you'll get a grizzly bum at your doorstep with everything he needs to camp out in your back yard while he finds out what the hell to do with the rest of his life. Most likely? Write another book. If that's the case, we can just go ahead and keep this option open for my next project...Estimated delivery: Jun 2012