About this project
What is the goal?
To self-publish this amazing book with your support. With YOUR support, we’ve blown past our fundraising goal of $3,000 and I’m cannot be more grateful!!! Now for the underlying goal: Getting as many people to read The Adventures of Claire Never-Ending as possible. So if you haven’t already please order a *copy. Remember, if you want the book the December holidays or your winter trip to Mexico, you need to order now.
*If you want the bigger story of The Adventures of Claire Never-Ending, make sure to watch my video by clicking on the picture above this block of text where it says, 'play'. Also, the book’s description is just a wee scroll down this page.
How are we going to publish the book?
By me and my posse working like nuts through organizing, proofing, emailing, typesetting and arranging this book to happen (manuscript is already finished). And, also, through your essential can't-do-it-without-you pledges toward the different tiers.
Pledge tiers are on the right of the screen! Go, browse, support :)
How can you help?
If you decide you like this book concept and want to support the project, there are two things you can do:
- First is pledge - on the right of this page is a list of different reward/pledge options. Each option has a minimum pledge, but you can always give more than the minimum amount. Every dollar is appreciated.
- Second is spread the word - tell your friends about this great book that is being sold online, buy it for a friend for Christmas or their birthday (remember it needs to be ordered now, not during the holidays); send an email to your family or friends and spread the news about this great project, share on facebook and twitter, etc.
Tell me about the book?
Check it out, back cover style!
"Meet the middle-named Claires and learn their story of big dreams: from Amelia Earl being the first solo woman to circle the world in an air balloon; Elizabeth fighting off an angry ghost while deciding what’s next career-wise; Dotty rebelling against an abusive husband after chasing down a snowy owl; Ruby craving escape from her small town life; The twins stowing away on a TransCanada train; Anna fighting her urge to create magic; Aliza blackmailing her way into circus life; Marianne convincing her mother-in-law to end a hunger strike; and Amelia Stives sailing to the new world after burning down the family barn. This is a story of ripples across family, making hard choices, and finding our own path in life.
Each middle-named Claire is featured in a stand-alone chapter, yet their lives lace together as the reader learns more about where each woman came from, and what her mother, and her mother’s mother, and her mother's mother's mother (etc.) has experienced.”
This book is an adventure with both endearing male and female characters, but if you were to find it on a shelf in your local bookstore, it would probably be in women's fiction, literary fiction, or family sagas.
What are these enticing rewards?
Whether you purchase a physical hold-in-your-hands novel or the eBook version of Adventures of Claire Never-Ending, you'll be along for a very special ride with nine generations of Claires. This story has been part of my heart & soul these past three years, and I'm so honoured to share it with you.
(Psst! Here's how can you order an additional copy of the book.)
Kickstarter doesn't allow you to purchase multiple rewards, so here is what you do for extra copies: Select your preferred reward (they're all so good, no?), and add an additional 25 dollars to your pledge. That will get you an extra unsigned copy of the book. If you'd like 2 additional unsigned books, add 50 dollars, and so on. Of course, you're welcome to go beyond the pledge values whether or not you want an additional copy. For anyone who pledges over the minimum reward amount by 25 dollars, I'll send you a question to clarify whether you would like an additional copy/copies or not. (To be clear: these will be unsigned copies.)
The tea towel!
I saw a beautiful idea on Spoonflower about taking old letters and turning them into a tea towel. With that in mind, I'm honouring one of my biggest inspirations for this novel by using an old postcard written to my great-great grandmother and transforming it into a beautiful tea towel. It's going to be lovely. :)
The BIG PROJECT HUG!
The BIG PROJECT HUG is quite special since it goes beyond just sponsoring the barebones production of Adventures of Claire Never-Ending. With the Big Project Hug, you become a sponsor of big, continuing dreams, and are recognized on a special page inside the novel (or we can mention someone who has inspired your own big dreaming, if you like). Your extra contribution is a huge support. Along with the in-book Sponsor of Big Dreams acknowledgment, Zsolt and I will send a made-for-you video expressing how much you've had an impact in this project.
The UNIQUE-TO-YOU Short-Story!
There's so much fun to be had with a whimsical short story. I write them for my husband in the form of "Little Zsolti Stories" where this young boy sails around the world on a fishing ship in the sky while searching for a mythical place called 'the ocean'. That's just one example of the worlds we can create. You give me the inspiration, and I'll create you something special. (Plus, you'll be part of the BIG PROJECT HUG, too!)
The Cool Cover-Art Postcard!
Start your own postcard collection with a limited edition Adventures of Claire Never-Ending postcard. It will feature the cover of the novel, which will be designed by the awesome artist, Ian Kirkpatrick. You'll get this postcard (very fitting for the story theme) sent to your home with a hand-written note from me saying THANK YOU. It'll be a lovely keepsake.
Where will the money go?
There are several factors that must be covered in producing this book: printing & shipping, packaging, importing, materials, travel, cover design and typesetting/formatting. Plus, Kickstarter involves two commissions: one for hosting the project, and then there's a slice taken for transferring payment, which equals ~8-10% of the total raised. The funding goal of this Kickstarter campaign will cover the start-up costs of launching and sharing the novel. Every dollar is required, which is why this all or nothing format works well. With your help, we’re going to raise this book from the ground, and I can’t be more grateful.
Risks and challenges
The Risks and Challenges of this project are rather unique:
The risk is that this campaign doesn’t reach its target. That would mean we don’t make the goal and therefore I earn zero dollars from the campaign. So if the goal isn’t reached the project is put on hold and you won’t be charged for your pledge. This is a not-fun scenario, so let’s ditch the idea and get this book funded 100%!
The first challenge will be producing a polished, printed book in time for your holiday exchanges. That’s my eye-on-the-prize goal, and the book is well on its way with final copyedits. My goal is to have the cover, eBook and printed copies all done by late November so they can be shipped out. Planning in advance and setting time expectations is key, as is working with talented/professional artists, formatters, printers, etc. I’m on it!
And the second challenge, because I need to be realistic, will be creating all this excitement while receiving treatments, getting scans and navigating some emotional minefields. Maybe it’s crazy to jump into a Big Project so soon after life-changing news, but like I said, cancer made me a writer, and recurrence is damn well going to make me a novelist. With the support of YOU, my husband, family and friends this is going to HAPPEN, and it’s going to be so very wonderful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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