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Creating this type of project is a slippery slope for a writer. If you're like me, then you must know that there's nothing more annoying than a writer who talks about his writing.
That said, I tried to stay out of the Project Video as much as possible, and let a bunch of pretty girls do the talking for me. My feeble grasp on marketing and firm knowledge of reflective surfaces leads me to believe this was a wise choice.
Long story short:
This book is very much a labor of love. Writing it literally changed my life. I began writing the dumb thing way back in 1995, but didn't finish it until 2002 (which is also way back, now). I finally completed it during a two-year stint at the lovely Twin Valley mental hospital in Columbus, Ohio. I lost my faith while writing it, then somehow found it again by the time I finished it. Go figure.
As much as I'd love to sit here and sing my own praises, I can't -- even off-key. I can't tell you it's a book worth reading, or a project worth supporting. I can't do that, because I can't prove any of that. The only thing I can prove is the process that brought this story to me -- and now, to you.
I lost my mind while writing it -- quite literally -- and didn't find myself again until I scrawled the last word (in crayon, actually, on a napkin -- true story).
Yes, I shot myself a few times and -- yes, I did some other crazy stuff. But don't mistake me -- talking about it now, sharing that story, is not boastful bragging. It's simply me being honest. I can't change my past, but maybe others can use it to change their future.
In a perfect world, if just one person out there can identify with my story and use that knowledge to avoid making the same mistakes I've foolishly stumbled through...then I'll feel like I achieved some measure of success. At the end of the day, it's the little things that mean the most.
Like I said, Taggers is very personal to me. And I hope it becomes very personal to you.
But, by all means, don't take my word for it -- trust the testimonials found in the video. Those are some smart ladies, operating on no personal agenda, which is rare. And if you don't trust a pretty face, read a sample of the book yourself and feel free to peruse hundreds and hundreds of brutally honest critiques. You can do that right here.
Did you click on that?
Yes, in case you were wondering, that IS Naomi Kyle on the Authonomy cover. Here's a larger version of that same picture:
She's so cute. Anyway, I've since gone a different direction (but still consider her a good friend), and she'll be back to collaborate with me on another project and with another book -- if this one proves worthwhile, that is.
My plan now is to publish Taggers with two different jacket covers -- one featuring Maria Amanda, and one featuring Sara Underwood. Both covers will portray different characters in the story. A different theme, a different emotion.
Self-publishing, of course, is an expensive and risky endeavor. That's where you come in.
Where the money will go:Publishing
- Cover Design: Approximately $450.00 -- 2,000
- Formatting: Approximately $699.00
- Full Copy Edit: Approximately $2,250.00 - $5,000.00
- ePub Conversion: Approximately $99.00
- Retail Availability: Approximately $150.00
- 1000 Paperback Copies: Approximately $8,000.00 ($8 per copy)
- 500 Hardcover Copies: $8,000.00 ($16 per copy)
- Total Approximate Cost of Publishing: $21,398.00
- Working with a team of professionals, I will create a targeted media list of local, regional, and national print, broadcast, and online outlets in the US and Canada. Included: magazine and newspaper, radio and television, e-zines, blogs, and websites.
- Using the media as a conduit, I will form and hire a publicity team that will dedicate three full months of targeted advertising. This campaign will include, but not be limited to: Developing Press material and multiple pitching angles; distribute review copies of the book to editors, producers, reporters, and bloggers.
- Total Approximate Cost of Marketing: $9,400
Total Approximate Project Cost: $30,798.00
My plan is ambitious, I suppose. And I'm not asking for enough to cover the entire budget -- just enough to offset my own costs. As far as I know, no self-publisher has tried to do this -- at least on this scale. Which begs the question: why not?
Oh...right. Money. Risk. Gamble.
Well, nothing worthwhile in life comes without a risk. Without a struggle. Without a sacrifice.
I've gotten most of the hard stuff out of the way. The novel is locked and loaded. I just need you to help me pull the trigger (this time). So, go ahead. Aim, and fire. Don't worry -- I can take it.
By the way...
For the morbidly curious, you can watch the full, un-cut Gunshot Video here.
To visit Jane Marczewski on Facebook and listen to her music, click here.
To visit Maria Amanda on Facebook, click here.
Sara Underwood's Facebook page.
*Original music written and performed by Jane Marczewski
**Photography of Maria Amanda by Rune Hammelstrup
***Picture of Naomi Kyle taken by some guy with a camera named Sean Finnegan
Firstly: If you DO support TAGGERS, thank you. But keep in mind that Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. You will not be charged until the Project Deadline -- in this case, July 19th, 12:13 AM. And even then, you will ONLY be charged if I reach my funding goal. If the Project fails, even by a dollar, all charges and rewards will be null and void. So, by all means, if you believe in me or this book, please help me spread the word. Okay?
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