A book that's part memoir and part motivation for pursuing creative passions. Tools to arm you in exploring a different existence!
First, A Little Background:
Over this past summer, folk singer-songwriter Dan Coyle was writing a series of blog posts called “There Was a Time When I Had No Fans.” The series was inspired by emails Dan often received from fans of his music, emails that not only described how much they enjoyed his songs, but also how extraordinarily lucky Dan was to be able to make a living as an independent performer . . . and maybe did he want to share a few insights into how that was possible?
Dan realized that he was, indeed, quite lucky and got to work straightaway writing the story of his success, also detailing the hardships he faced along the way: growing up on a farm in rural New York State, pursuing his love for the stage during college, fueling his creativity with a move to Chicago (penniless but impassioned), the speed with which he went from playing at open-mic nights with audiences in the single digits to national radio airplay and performances at folk festivals with attendance numbering in the thousands – and, especially, how the shock of this sudden turn led him to problems with alcohol, drugs, and self-mutilation.
After several failed attempts at recovery and a stint of hospitalization, Dan came to a realization that ultimately changed his entire approach to his career, music, and life, allowing him to find his own path and purpose with resilience and style, a way to positively impact his corner of the world.
What We’re Doing:
After Dan had published several of these posts on his website, he was approached by a fan in Hawaii who happened to own an independent publishing company and who’d been floored by Dan’s story. Did he want to write an autobiography?
Uh, maybe? Dan was honored and humbled by the request, but felt strange about writing the story of his own life.
And that’s where I come in: I’ve been interviewing Dan about his life starting from childhood all the way through the present time. Everything is being captured on film, and our coffee-fueled (and, okay, wine-addled) sessions will be released as one of the awesome prizes for supporting our campaign. But most importantly, I’ll use our conversations to write the book of Dan’s story, from his rise to his downward spiral, his challenging recovery and his revitalizing tour through Europe.
The book, tentatively titled The Last Bus in the Night, will be part memoir and part motivational for those interested in pursuing a creative passion, people who want to set their own rules and live the life they want – so we’re including lessons learned and tools to arm you in exploring a different existence from the one typically prescribed by society.
Why We Need Your Help:
This isn’t an all or nothing kind of deal: this book is getting written come hell or high water. But the difference you’ll be able to make (and, hopefully, your friends too, after you tell them all about it!) is whether it’s released to a limited audience simply as an e-book or as an actual, physical object to hold in your hands and smell the pages of (you know you do it). If we reach the minimum goal, Dan and I will be able to do two things:
1. Print and release a run of books to be placed in independent bookstores across the United States and Canada. Wouldn’t it be super exciting to go to your favorite bookseller, and be able to support a small business owner, your local economy, AND the arts? We think so!
2. Tour the West Coast of North America, starting in Vancouver, British Columbia and hitting all the major cities until we reach San Diego, California. The tour will encompass book readings, signings, and live performances by Dan. We’re especially excited about this one, because it means we’ll actually be able to meet and chat with some of the folks who have been touched by this story (i.e. YOU!).
But it doesn’t have to stop there: if we exceed our goal, we’ll be able to add tour stops in cities throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast. And if, thanks to your generosity, the pledges we receive are significantly higher than the minimum, we plan to bring the tour to Europe and let fans determine where we go!
So, Thank You!
We appreciate you taking the time to visit our campaign. We have 30 days to meet our minimum goal of $1,500 and it’s your generosity that will get us there!
We really believe in the community we’ve created both in our regular lives and online, and we are so stoked for you to be part of it! Join us in making this book and tour as successful as possible so that we can bring our unique form of upbeat badassery to a city near you.
Remember, you ARE the media, so as soon as you’ve contributed be sure to use this link to spread the word far and wide!
Who We Are:
Oh yeah! The photos!
For those of you contemplating a pledge of $75 or more (which, OMG thank you and WOO HOO!), here are a few examples of Jessica's fine art travel photography. If you choose to support us at this level, you can choose which ones you'd like to receive, or we can surprise you with a few of our own favorites!
Each photo has an individual value of $18, and is printed with a supra lustre finish, a fine-grained pebble texture that resists fingerprints. I also sign them with my name, the title of each photo, and when and where it was taken.
To see more of Jessica's travel photography, visit http://ofrevolt.storenvy.com.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
There are certainly challenges that come along with this project. To begin with, we are both very busy people with many things pulling us in different directions. Dan is releasing two new albums over the next six months and Jessica is teaching yoga as well as writing, so time can be tight.
While we're very busy, we enjoy everything that we do immensely! We consider ourselves incredibly lucky to be able to do things we love for "work," and that's why we feel well-equipped to overcome this challenge. So, despite being endlessly time-strapped, we still manage to complete everything - and we're so excited about this project that there's no way we'll let it slip through the cracks!
Another challenge could be the editing process and finalizing the cover art for the book. We want to take the necessary time to revise the book so that it reads wonderfully by the time we release it - this means a lot of time spent back and forth with the publishing company and their editors.
Aside from the edits, it might take a few trial runs to find the cover art that best suits this book. Again, it will take some back and forth before we settle on the right artwork.
Because we've been in talks with the publishing company for some time, we are confident that the relationship we've built with them and their abilities in the world of publishing will allow us to expedite the editing and artwork process to release everything on time and have a beautiful finished product.
Finding the time and getting this project 100% correct are the biggest obstacles we face. But we have a history of overcoming hardships and keeping our fans and supporters fully apprised of how things are coming along, so we're confident that we can put all that we've learned to the test, and meet our timeline and goals to make this project amazing!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Oct 22, 2012 - Nov 21, 2012 (30 days)
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Three of Jessica’s fine art photo prints from destinations around the world (sized 8x10, see examples under the description – you choose!) + all of the above.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Add $5 to ship outside the US
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A DVD download of the coffee-fueled (and, okay, wine-addled) interviews between us that comprise the basis of this book: all neatly cut and edited into one film + all of the above.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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A box of our favorite things! We can’t tell you exactly what’s inside, but trust us on this one, it’s awesome (think: a collection of 10 items in which everything is happy and magical and delicious) + all of the above.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Add $25 to ship outside the US
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A 60-minute private yoga session for you (and up to five friends!) in your own home, led by Jessica, a certified vinyasa yoga teacher. This one is for folks in the NYC metropolitan area only; if you’re interested in this pledge level but live outside of the NYC metro area, email us at dancoylemusic[at]gmail.com and we’ll work something out! And don’t forget – you still get all of the above gifts! Woot woot!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012