Professor Chocolate is creating a line of guide books dedicated to helping you find the best chocolate in cities around the world!
It took us 5 years to produce and publish the downtown edition of The Ultimate Guide to Finding Chocolate in NYC. We did everything from the ground up and learned along the way. We are trying to raise money to complete:
1) the uptown edition for NYC
2) the NYC hot chocolate guide
3) the revision of the downtown guide for NYC
We are also trying to raise money to help publicize the books while we are off from our teaching jobs during the Summer. It is perhaps the most critical aspect of publishing and the one where most self-publishers fall short. This will enable us to sell enough copies to begin work on our next book, which will be a chocolate guide book written for one of the following locations: Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, San Francisco or Tokyo.
For the original book, we crashed 2 personal computers with book files; took 90% of our photographs with a 4 megapixel camera using the timer feature; and spent a good part of five years working after school and on the weekends to complete the job. With the Kickstarter funds, we would like to invest in and purchase things that we will actually use to produce and publish our upcoming books. This will include:
1) a new computer equipped with Adobe Creative Suite
2) a new DSLR camera (with 10 second timer..haha)
3) booth promotion materials for expo shows, signings and sales events
4) business cards and promotional postcards
5) a down payment on Smart Car, which will be wrapped in our branding and will function as the city's first (mini) chocolate truck. We will make deliveries and sell books at outdoor markets with it.
6) the production of a number of press kits and official press releases along with the purchase of mailing supplies, and review copies of the books
7) chocolate! We always buy the chocolate we write about out of pocket. Between us, we've spent almost as much as the amount we are asking for on chocolate alone over the past 5 years
Please check us out online and you will see how passionate we are about what we do...
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $15,000 goal
seconds to go
Feb 26, 2011 - May 12, 2011 (74 days)
Pledge $5 or more
For five bucks you will receive an advance copy of the book (signed) before they hit the stores!
Pledge $10 or more
For ten bucks you will receive a signed copy of the book and a sneak peek at a chapter from the Fall 2011 Hot Cocoa Book before anyone else sees it! We'll also add you to our mailing list for secret free chocolate tours that we lead every two months.
Pledge $25 or more
For twenty-five bucks you will receive a signed copy of the book and a free tour with the Professors. We'll even throw in a bonbon! (And we'll put you on that secret mailing list we mentioned)
Pledge $100 or more
For a hundred bucks we will give you three signed copies of the book, plus a box of 6 hand-picked bonbons from some of the world-class chocolatiers profiled in the books. We will also give you and a loved one a free private chocolate tour!
Pledge $250 or more
1 backer Limited (24 of 25 left)
For two-hundred fifty bucks you will get to experience a chocolate-making class that shows you how to create chocolate from the bean to the bar! You will also receive two signed copies of the book!
Pledge $500 or more
2 backers Limited (8 of 10 left)
For five hundred bucks you will receive 10 signed copies of the book, a free chocolate tour for you and up to 9 people, and you will appear with the Professors in one of the pictures in the book!
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (10 of 10 left)
For one thousand smackers you and a guest will receive an invite to the exclusive after party following our launch event. You will be in the company of some of the city's premier chocolatiers and will be tasting some of the best chocolate out there. The Professors will also create the ultimate box of chocolate (12 pieces) for you by selecting individual bonbons (from around the city) based on your exact taste preferences. Finally, you and a guest will also get to experience a chocolate-making class that shows you how to create chocolate from the bean to the bar! And of course, you will receive 2 signed copies of the book and an advance copy of the upcoming hot cocoa book.
Pledge $5,000 or more
2 backers Limited (4 of 6 left)
For five thousand dollars you and 5 guests will receive the ultimate private chocolate and champagne tour experience. We will take you by limousine to some of the most hidden locations in the city where you will sample chocolate and get to speak with the chocolatiers one on one. We will have a full lunch prepared by a private chef and everyone in attendance will appear in a picture with us in the book! You and your five guests will all receive exclusive invites to the after party following our launch event. There, you will be amongst some of the finest chocolatiers in the world (the gift bag alone will be worth the donation!). Each person will receive two signed copies of the book and an advance copy of the hot cocoa book which is launching in Fall 2011.
Pledge $10,000 or more
0 backers Limited (4 of 4 left)
For ten thousand big ones you will receive everything that has been listed above and in addition, we will hand deliver a chocolate box (12 pieces) of the month to you from various chocolatiers from around the city for one full year!