Chainmail Bottle Carriers book
How do you make something that is both cool to look at and helps you to be healthy? That's what this book is about.
The story of this project starts with me diagnosed with diabetes earlier this year. After I got out of the hospital, I was looking for ways to reinforce healthy habits in my life. One of those habits I wanted to improve was drinking more water. One way to reinforce it was making sure I always had water available. That meant finding a way to bring a water bottle with me without it getting in the way…Being a long time chain-mailer it was natural for me to turn to those skills to help. The result was this,
my model 1 bottle carrier. After I built my first one I wanted to carry a larger bottle and make a few other modifications which resulted in the model 2
and the model 3.
I am also a real believer in teaching and using crafts for mental well-being, problem solving and self-efficacy. So, instead of making and selling the carriers, I decided to write a book teaching others how to make their own. So, I’ve spent the last four months working on a new book to help people learn skills and promote good health.
I’ve got the book, why am I setting up a kickstarter for it?
Chainmail Bottle Carriers is an unusual book in that it needs some actual product testing. The carriers are good. The carriers are cool. But do the instructions make sense?
What I’m going to do is create kits of instructions and rings that can be given to testers who will build the projects and then report back on the understandability of the instructions and ways to improve them.
We will be doing two levels of testing.
First a one kit level, where people get one of the three kits (their choice) with complete instructions and rings to make that carrier,
And also a three kit level, with a full preproduction (electronic) copy of the book and materials to make all three designs. Because there is a larger time investment in building all three designs I’m including some bonuses in the three project kit as a special thank you.
By having real people who aren’t already familiar with the book testing, we will get a real and practical check on the instructions and a chance to fine tune and improve them. This will make the book better than it already is.
In addition to the test kits, money is needed for the initial print run of the book. No point in testing if there’s no book.
Real effort and thought has gone into what needs to be in the book and what doesn’t need to be there. The idea is a good informative product at a reasonable price.
Because this is a project book for building real three dimensional items, there needs to be more information in some of the pictures than I can do with black and white, so we need color pictures. The color pictures will help instruction clarity, showing how individual rings interact and work together. Again the point is a quality product at a reasonable price.
The book is written to introduce people to working chain mail projects and is intended as a first step. It is also written not just as a set of instructions or patterns, but as a jumping off point so the reader can apply the skills they have to create more personalized or even better versions of the carriers.
The skills taught in the book can be adapted by a creative reader for other purposes like this.
I’m already producing three videos that will be referenced in the book to show some of the interesting but non-essential processes around the projects. These will be available to readers on line so that they can get this interesting and educational information if they want it, but the readers won’t have to bother with the extra information if they don’t want it. And, putting the information on line instead of in print reduces the length and cost of the individual copies of the book.
So, here it is. I’ve got a book. I need some help with publishing and testing the instructions. I’m offering a chance to be part of something that helps people be healthy and teaches skills.
This isn’t about me. I’ve got my carriers. I’ve got a book! It’s about helping other people and cool stuff for you.
Here are some of the things that I’m offering in return for contributing to the campaign
Thank yous printed in the book it’s self
Signed thank you cards for people who don’t get signed copies of the book
Signed copies of the finished book
Test kits and the opportunity to be one of the instruction testers (who will get special notations on the thank you list in the book!)
As I’ve said, the book is ready and waiting to help and teach people.
I’m in. Are you?
For those who are in, and care about such things, here is a basic breakdown of where the money is going...
Test kit materials: $386
Printing the books: $1076
Other reward/thank you supplies: $65
Shipping of rewards to contributors: $575
(yes, I've rounded the numbers so this isn't the exact total)
Thank you for looking, and for contributing!
Risks and challenges
The book already exists in a completed manuscript form. The primary risks with this project fall into two areas: shipping delays and lack of response from testers.
Because of the time of year there will be a higher than normal volume of packages shipping during the time period that supplies will be shipped to me and thank you cards and test kits will be sent to contributors.
To mitigate these issues priority and expedited shipping will be used when available and practical.
If responses from testers are not received in the necessary time frame (by February 28, 2016) there may be a delay in printing or insufficient time for their responses to be incorporated into the final edit of the book.
To mitigate this issue testers will be able to submit their input via email reducing information transit time and maximizing tester experimentation time. The testers will be sent reminder emails containing question prompts as well as the opportunity to make their own comments.
The creator will also solicit a selection of testers from a known pool of reliable individuals in his area that have a high likelihood of responding in a timely and appropriate manner.
Other than the above concerns risks are expected to be minimal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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