A brief newsy update to confirm flow of supporter rewards, as well as a quick address to a couple points of logistical clarification and occasional concern.
Good news: BSA Ebooks are "roll'n off the shelf"!
As most of you already know from the invitation you got, digital ebook versions of BSA for those that contributed at the $20 level and above, are being downloaded now by the hundreds. Congratulations, you're welcome, and...hallelujah! If you qualify, but haven't downloaded yours yet, please follow the time-sensitive custom invitation link, one per supporter, provided in the email sent out to you this weekend. If you didn't receive one or can't find (dang those SPAM filters) yours, please contact BSA Support HERE and our team will be on it.
Now to a couple (ebook related) logistics:
Due to challenges in reconciling contact record differences between our Kickstarter and BSA web site databases (supporters didn't always use the same username, email addresses, mailing addresses, etc), so there are a small % of supporters who are experiencing being emailed (or ebook being watermarked, in the case of .pdf formats) with inaccuracies in their names. Our most sincere apologies or shame on you, whichever is most applicable in your case ;).
In any case, our small team of support volunteers here are standing by ready to resolve any such support issues, so If you have any challenges whatsoever please don't hesitate to contact us (here) and we'lll respond with a fix asap.
"What about my hard copy book", you ask?
There have also been a few emails expressing unnecessary dismay or confusion, among those of you who donated at the $35 level or higher, as to the total pledge rewards coming your way. Some have wondered why they are now getting invitations to download an Ebook, when they were expecting a hard copy. While it may not have been clear enough in the original Kickstarter post: All supporters who pledged $20 or more are rewarded with an Ebook AND IN ADDITION, if you donated $35 or higher, you are eligible for an autographed hard copy of the book as well. If you donated at the $70 level or above, you are eligible for TWO autographed copies, OR 1 autographed copy plus the customized DVD (which will come later). So if you pledged at $35 or higher DO NOT WORRY, you will get your printed copy (or copies) as promised!
Ah the Pleasures of Self-Publishing
While self-publishing is revealing itself to be less of a romantic affair than the uninitiated may suppose, working with local Kickstarter backers has proven, sometimes into the wee hours, to be a real pleasure (if such can be said of signing, stuffing, labeling and filling out international customs forms for nearly a THOUSAND book orders, in a freezing warehouse, over the course of one LONG weekend!). But perhaps a bit of photo evidence for you all just to share in the fun...
(David and I unpacking original shipment he hauled down from our great printers in St. Cloud)
(our BSA interim warehouse and fulfillment center...aka "the lair!")
(wrestling with the forces of creative pseudonym'ing awash in our fine community... "Let's see here...how do we ship to "ElfSpice99" at "Over The River and Through the Woods, 22012, Lemuria, "?!)
(Dasha's power-enveloping kept David and I racing to keep up)
(David and I double-checking 100's of postal codes. Apparently Office Max mail merge services did not include adding international zips to the labels....grrrr)
So yes, we're working hard right now to get each and every one of your books mailed out to you as quickly as possible. In fact I've signed over 800 hard copies in just this past weekend alone (and I may never hand-write another word!).
So, a little more patience please. Supporter's books are really on their way!
Missing Recipient Address:
We do need help from those book recipients who have not yet registered at the BSA site or otherwise provided their mailing addresses, please do so right away by registering right HERE right away. Our records indicate that so far there are about 100 KS supporters who have not registered. I can't mail your books without your registration, sorry!
Choices, Choices, Choices...
At the $70 level and above, you can choose either 2 autographed copies of the book, OR the customized DVD, which will be delivered later. Most who have registered on the BSA site have indicated their choice, but if you have not done so, please return to the registration page and supply that important information and confirm your preferred mailing address.
A note about mailing and shipping:
- The efficiency and speed of the mailing is (obviously) dependent on having a valid address, which is why we're asking everyone who expects to get a book or books to register. We obviously can't ship if we don't have your address.
- The books are being sent by 'media mail' which is the least expensive method but also the slowest. Another good reason to register your address so that we can send them without delay. The post master here tells me that delivery time is 6-9 days by media mail.
- For supporters living outside the US, the books will be sent by first class mail or in some cases priority mail (depending on weight, country,and a number of other variables). Books shipped to foreign addresses will take a bit longer to reach you, so please be patient.
You should be receiving your hard copies soon, hopefully for most of you, in time for Christmas or before the Apocalypse, whichever comes first.
Best wishes to all,
PS: We've received an important update from Amazon, confirming reception of books to three of their fulfillment centers, and the imminent availability of direct ordering. Will get back to you all with bit of long-awaited good news (...if the gods of chaos that rule international book distribution will but, finally, smile upon us...)perhaps even yet today!
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Pledge $1 or moreYou selected
No specific reward, but thank you!
Pledge $5 or moreYou selected
My eternal gratitude and your name added to my mailing list where you can track progress on the book and read occasional items of interest.
Pledge $20 or moreYou selected
Everything in the one above, plus a PDF copy of the book when completed
Pledge $35 or moreYou selected
Everything above, plus an autographed, hard copy of the book when completed
Pledge $70 or moreYou selected
Everything above, plus 2 autographed copies of the book with a personal message; OR -- 1 autographed copy, plus an autographed DVD of selected audio/video talks by Terence and Dennis McKenna.
Pledge $90 or moreYou selected
17 backers Limited (33 left of 50)
This is a new incentive at the $90 level, thanks to friends Richard Meech, creator of the incredible documentary Vine of the Souls, and Mitch Schultz,creator of another incredible documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule, already known to many in our community. Thanks to their support, I can now offer up to 50 backers a dual set of both DVDs, autographed by the creators, and me (I am a talking head in both films). These are one of a kind documentaries on the topics of ayahuasca and DMT, respectively. And, an added benefit of opting for this incentive: immediate gratification! You won't have to wait for the book to be finishes to collect your reward; these DVDs can go out within a week (or so) of the end of the pledge period.
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13 backers Limited (12 left of 25)
All incentives offered at the $35 and lower levels, including one autographed hard copy of the book. In addition, backers at this level will receive an autographed copy of Journey Through the Spheres, a CD of Terence's talks interspersed with musical pieces. This CD was lovingly put together to honor Terence's passing by the Novelty Group. There are only 25 copies in existence. One of them can be yours in return for a $90 pledge.
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All items above, plus your name included as a “patron” in the Acknowledgements section of the book.
Pledge $130 or moreYou selected
30 backers All gone!
Backers at this level will receive everything included in the $100 level, plus a free pass to the EvolverIntensives.com webinar series, coming up in June and July. There are only 10 passes available at this incentive level.
Pledge $500 or moreYou selected
All items above, plus an advance peek at one of the chapters (PDF).
Pledge $510 or moreYou selected
5 backers Limited (25 left of 30)
Backers at this level will receive everything promised at the $500 level, plus a copy of a limited edition poster of the iconic photograph that has been posted as the 'theme' for this Kickstarter project, namely Terry and Denny gazing into the abyss. I intend to make a number of high-resolution copies of this image; 30 of them will be offered as incentives at this new level.
Pledge $1,000 or moreYou selected
All items above, plus a two-hour Skype video conference call with the donor and a selected group of friends.
Pledge $1,010 or moreYou selected
2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)
At some point soon after the book is complete I intend to create an audiobook version of the book, that will be read in my voice. Backers who choose this level will receive everything promised at the lower levels (except for those that are limited), an iconic poster, a PDF of the chapter, and a copy of the audio book at least six months in advance of its release to the open market. This incentive is limited to the first 10 backers who choose it.
Pledge $2,500 or moreYou selected
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
There's a new incentive at the $2500 level that is kind of unique. For one thing, it's an auction, available to only one backer. Please consult update #15 for details about this incentive
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After the book is complete, I will travel to your city and present a one-day workshop to the patron and a selected group of friends (I will request an additional contribution to cover 50% of airfare and accommodation expenses). This reward level will also include 2 autographed hard cover copies of the book, or one autographed copy + one autographed DVD collection as you prefer.
Pledge $5,000 or moreYou selected
1 backer All gone!
This is another unique item that I'm auctioning to the highest bidder, starting at the incentive level of $5000. When Terence & I first wrote the Invisible Landscape, several years before it was published, we gave it another name: Shamanic Investigations. There are only four copies of this book in existence. I own two of them. I will give an autographed copy of one of them to the highest bidder, starting at a minimum bid of $5000. This incentive is available to only one backer. Please consult update #15 for details about this incentive
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