Cleaning up the confetti...
Well, we did it. We made a book! Or more specifically we raised the funds, you and I, to make a book. Maybe this is not your first publishing experience, so I can't speak for everyone, but as for me...Holy Schnikes - this is awesome!
As you can imagine, things were pretty exciting around the humble World Headquarters of It's Game Time Somewhere when we got the official word from Kickstarter that everything was copacetic. I don't know why it didn't feel real until then, but it was sort of like looking for a penalty flag on the field after your team just scored a big touchdown. But to quote a famous play call..."and there...are...no...flags...on THE FIELD!!"
But now that the confetti has been cleaned up and the party hats and noisemakers put away, it's time for me to get to work. I've got 63 co-publishers, and none of you are paying me to sit around eating bon-bons. So here's what's going to happen next.
First, I have a conference call with my publishing company this week to discuss the processes for manuscript editing, cover & interior book design, production schedules and marketing programs. As I shared with you in my last update, thanks to exceeding my funding goals, that conversation about marketing programs is going to be a lot longer than it normally would have been. A million thanks, and I'll keep you in the loop on significant happenings on that front (guest hosting Leno, Letterman, SNL; invitation to White House, etc, etc.).
Second, even as we speak, my New Best Friends at Kickstarter are finalizing the listing of who gets what in terms of goodies. Shortly I will be using their system to generate questionnaires that are customized to the reward packages that each of you has signed up to receive. Keep an eye on your emailbox for the notice that will help me collect all of the necessary info for getting you your just desserts.
All of the elements of each of your reward packages will shipped together to you when the first copies of the book come off the presses at the end of April. So just when the initial euphoria over becoming an official co-publisher is beginning to fade...bang! A package will arrive that will help you re-"kindle" the glow all over again.
Lastly, thank you. I've said it before and I know I'll say it again, but believe me when I say that this would not be possible if it weren't for you. It's just that simple - you've made a huge difference. So go on, give yourself the rest of the day off. Hey, you're a Big Kahuna in the literary world now!
With sincere gratitude,
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The Main Attraction: This is what you came for now, isn’t it? You will receive a printed copy of It’s Game Time Somewhere when it rolls off the presses this Spring, autographed in any way you’d like, and shipped directly to the name & address listed on the Backer’s Questionnaire that you’ll be asked to fill out at the completion of this funding campaign.Estimated delivery:
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The Double-Header: For the digitally-oriented readers out there, you will receive both an autographed print copy of the book AND an ebook version – the former to show off to your friends, and the latter to read while blissfully free of the fear of paper cuts.Estimated delivery:
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The BTGO: A close friend of the classic BOGO (Buy One, Get One), this award solves all of your “What to get the sports fan that has everything” problems. For the price of three autographed copies of the printed book, you get a fourth. And all are shipped directly to the lucky recipients of your choice.Estimated delivery:
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The Triple-Threat Package: You get the autographed print copy, the ebook AND a full-color 18”x 24” limited edition “It’s Game Time Somewhere” poster. But this poster isn’t just a sheet of paper – it’s a game itself. Imbedded in the poster are stunning (OK, maybe just eyebrow-arching) glimpse photos taken from 48 different IGTS Tour locations, each of which portrays a different sport being played. Here’s the kicker: The alert reader has no doubt noted that there were 50 different sports covered during the Tour. Sooo…if, any time within 30 days (or so) of receiving your poster, you email me with the names of the two IGTS Tour sports that are not depicted, I’ll bump you up to the $150 package described directly below. (Please add $10 to your pledge for shipping to locations outside the U.S.)Estimated delivery:
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The Drape Yourself In Glory Package: The book, the ebook, the poster…PLUS a high quality T-shirt and “hoodie” sweatshirt, each of which bears the “It’s Game Time Somewhere” logo (tastefully presented, of course). (Please add $10 to your pledge for shipping to locations outside the U.S.)Estimated delivery:
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The Coaching Staff Package: In addition to one each of all the goodies described in the lower-priced packages, this option comes with your name (or that of a friend or family member) listed in the book, on a separate acknowledgements page dedicated solely to these Kickstarter backers. This package is limited to 14 people, partly because I want to use a large typeface for this…but mostly because that’s my favorite number. (Please add $10 to your pledge for shipping to locations outside the U.S.)Estimated delivery:
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The “Just Take Over The Whole Darn Story, Why Dontcha?” Package: In the book, I describe meeting a whole bunch of friendly, helpful people, many of whose names I never caught. With this package, you can turn one of these anonymous characters into someone…nonymous, maybe? I will collect some information from you and then write your character into the final manuscript of the book before it goes into production. Immortality will result. As will the heightened possibility of attracting groupies, which will intensify upon your receipt of a tidy package containing print book, ebook, poster, T-shirt and hoodie. This one's limited to 4, because…well, because.Estimated delivery:
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The Customized Walkabout: I had mine, and now you can have yours. If you choose this reward, I will create for you a Sports Mini-Walkabout of up to one week in duration. I’ll work with you to design a personalized multi-event entertainment smorgasbord of quasi-epic proportions…and then I’ll handle all the arrangements. I’ll even go with you if you’d like. It can be within your own regional backyard, or if you are willing to spring for your travel costs, it can be anywhere in the continental U.S. Since I have a head full of ideas and friends in Medium-To-Sort-Of-High Places, I’m pretty confident I can deliver an experience that falls within the “Unforgettable” category. And oh BTW – you also get one of each physical item discussed in the other Rewards descriptions.Estimated delivery:
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