Help publish a coveted selection of humor essays about what happens when opposite sexes brush elbows and unmentionables.
Here's the truth. We can't believe we wrote this. Really. I mean who gets up one day, brews a pot of coffee, and says, "Gee, I have a good idea. Why don't I think of all the embarrassing, awkward stories I have with the opposite sex, write them down, and then distribute them worldwide for everyone to point, laugh and leave in bathroom stalls?"
Well, apparently we do. And we need your help to embarrass ourselves.
In Fall 2011, we’ll be launching our new book Awkward Moments with Men: Stories About the Sex We Can't Live Without. It’s a coveted selection of humor essays that ventures into highly charted territory and documents the strange moments, unexpected fears, and over analysis that occurs when opposite sexes brush elbows and unmentionables.
All the stories are true, and all the men are anonymous. In a matter of 200 self-proclaimed pages of dazzling wit and humor, you can read about The Man Who Pees Sitting Down, the condom-swallowing dog, a highly unfortunate instance with a period and a guest bed, visiting a boyfriend in prison, and cancerous trips to the lady doctor, among others. The stories are honest and thoughtful and probably nothing you'll want to discuss with your grandmother. Get a glimpse of the contents here: http://awkwardmomentswithmen.tumblr.com/excerpts.
Equally as important as the contents is the way we're publishing. Rather than go the traditional route with lots of red tape and boring book signings that smell of unused sharpies, we’re going custom.
AWKWARD MOMENTS ART GALLERY To launch the book, we’ll be headed to ten cities (Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Seattle, and Toronto) where we’ll be partnering with local artists to create an innovative book launch. All participating artists will submit and exhibit one piece of visual art that centers on the theme ‘Awkward Moments with Men.’
On opening night, attendees will see the exhibit, vote on the piece they think best represents the theme, receive a free copy of the book, indulge in a little vino, and have an opportunity to share their own awkward moments in an interactive booth that they might or might not regret later. Ultimately the winning art pieces in each city will travel to the final gallery where they will stay on exhibit for a handful of months and continue to share awkward stories with the masses.
HOW YOUR INVESTMENT WILL HELP At minimum, we're looking at a $15,000 price tag to make this happen.Our goal is to do a major book release, which requires a quality product with quality exposure. Thankfully, we have the know-how, desire, and obscenely talented friends to pull this off. What we don't have is the large bank account of someone like our dear friend Mr. Harper Collins. Which is where you (and everyone you know) comes in.
Right now our $15,000 is breaking down as follows: * Editing ($1,000) * Cover Design/Typesetting ($2,000) * Printing and eBook Conversion ($7,000) * Creating an Interactive Website ($1,500) * Hiring a Publicist / Developing and Implementing a Creative Marketing Campaign ($2,500) * Making the Awkward Moments Art Gallery Tour a Reality ($1,000)
IF YOU CAN'T TELL, WE LOVE EVERYONE We know we're not famous. We know you could spend $100 getting hammered tonight or you could choose to spend it helping us. And we're prematurely going to thank you for picking one-night sobriety and awkwardness because we believe that A) you're a genuinely good person, and B) you'll be genuinely happy with your decision once you crack the spine of our awkward, if not a-little-too-close-to-home stories.
Please, please, please email us if you have any questions at all or simply want to say hi. We're all ears.
xo, blonde and brunette
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