We started In This Together Media to publish great books for and about girls. There's a dearth of female protagonists in our culture, and too often, the characters you do see exist either to be kissed or, at the other extreme, to be some kind of "superchick". A broader range of rich, interesting narratives is better for boys, girls, and everyone. Better stories come from more dynamic, nuanced characters.
Thanks to your amazing generosity we are SO CLOSE to our goal of $30K. Amazing! So now it’s time to talk STRETCH GOALS.
We’ve generated some GREAT new story ideas in the past few weeks and charging past $30K will allow us to manifest our vision. So, how will we use the money?
1. The tireless, prolific Bekah Crane is already outlining her THIRD novel. Yes, folks, Bekah is managing to promote Playing Nice, write Aspen, and outline her next novel while staying home with her 5 and 3 year-old daughters. How is that for “Leaning In”? We are so excited for her third novel—CAMP which follows a motley crew of teenage troublemakers who have been sent to an “Outward Bound-esque” camp for a rehabilitation of sorts. Bekah shared one page she’s already written and as usual it packed a punch with her sly humor.
2. It’s not enough for multi-hyphenate Jason Odell Williams to have a new hit TV show (Brain Games), several plays in production, and Personal Statement close to publication. He’s ready to tackle his next novel Reality. Here’s the synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old, Jane Simon, is your run-of-the-mill geek. Her passion for crossword puzzles, antique road shows and board games isn't ironic -- it's for real. And it wouldn't raise an eyebrow if it wasn't for her rocker family: her aging rockstar dad, Liam of eighties hair band Titan, her aging groupie mother, Fiona, and uber-cool sister and brother, Pilot and Haze. Instead of Jane, they all call her "Lame." So what happens when they go bankrupt and land a reality show? It's not rockstar Liam or even the hipster Haze or fashionista Pilot who become the breakout stars. It's the board game Jane's invented -- called REALITY -- that everyone on set has become addicted to. Before the second episode even airs, the game is the hottest thing since Harry Potter. And suddenly Lame becomes her family's meal ticket.
3. We had an exciting meeting with one of our favorite new friends on Friday. She has an awesome Young Adult thriller in mind. Details are being kept tightly under wraps but let’s just say the story could be BIG. Like “Hunger Games” big. Stay tuned.
4. And finally, we would love to use a portion of this money to test some new ideas we have for marketing and promoting our books.
Soccer Sisters: Vee Caught Offside by Andrea Montalbano (ages 9-12)
Vee Merino is a Soccer Sister. But she’s not sure what that means anymore. As the youngest member of the elite Brookville Bombers soccer team, Vee’s feeling crazy out of place. She attends a different school, couldn’t care less about the other girls’ winter dance, and doesn’t get why all of a sudden her teammates can’t talk about anything except guys. What about soccer – and the Soccer Sisters Code? Is Vee offside, destined to be the odd girl out? And should she quit while she’s ahead—even if it costs her team the indoor soccer championship?
Willa and The WhyNots! (ages 8-12)
Willa is the spunky, imaginative Monarch of Whynot!, a magical, nonsensical enchanted fairy world.
Izzy and Oliver by Alana Sanko (ages 5--8), Books 1-3
Life just isn't fair...At least that's what it feels like to eight-year-old Izzy and Oliver, a pair of polar opposite twins. Everything comes easily to Oliver. So says Izzy. First he gets the better teacher--and now, her new friend is sticking around just to get closer to him. Izzy needs to lighten up and chill out. So says Oliver. When they aren't at each other's throats, this hilarious duo learns to bond over their differences and find unity in their battle... for a dog.
Kat McGee and The Halloween Costume Caper by Kristin Riddick (ages 7-10)
Somebody's trying to END Halloween... Thank goodness Kat McGee has returned from the North Pole refreshed and ready to go! Put on your favorite mask, hop on a broom and fly off with Kat for a wild, spooky adventure in Treatsville, where the evil Dr. Smorgas-Bored plans to end Halloween once and for all.
Carly Keene, Literary Detective: The Brontes by Katherine Rue (ages 9-13)
Carly Keene is a twelve-year-old with a major flair for the dramatic and a romantic notion that she should have been born in another century. One day, she stumbles into a rare bookstore and finds her wish granted as she is transported back into the 19th century -- at home with the Bronte sisters. Carly inspires them to embark on their masterpieces and learns that her life back at home isn't so bad after all.
Personal Statement by Jason Odell Wiliams (ages 16+)
Getting into college has never been harder. Can't rely on that perfect SAT score or a 5 on your AP Mandarin exam. And field hockey or basketball? Please. The real sport is Volunteering. This year, seniors all over Connecticut are positively euphoric over a natural disaster that's promising Katrina-style opportunities. Let the games begin!
Aspen by Rebekah Crane (ages 14+)
Rebekah Crane's darkly humorous second young adult novel, Aspen, is the story of an accident and its aftermath. It's about a girl struggling to forget the past while being deathly afraid of the future. But most of all, it's the story of what comes next.
The Particulars by Donnelly Hale (ages 14+)
Sophomores Thea Pappas and Phoebe Fitzgerald share a history so secret, they themselves don't know about it and so sinister, it could end their lives--and all of humankind. Working together, Thea and Phoebe unearth mysteries in a world where good and evil mix and mingle, and trust is every bit as elusive as the truth. It is through inner strength and a belief in one another that they find salvation.
Babushka Cookbook Series: Cooking With Ajjii by Jocelyn Krasner and Suman Govindan (all ages)
A beloved grandmother introduces the cuisine and customs of her heritage to her grandchildren while providing delicious, nutritious and simple recipes for contemporary life. Each book will contain pictures, stories, a video and ten recipes by a grandmother who has reimagined her "native" recipes to suit her grandchildren's finicky palates. The spiciest part? A few family secrets served up in each helping!
What We Do
The seismic shift in the publishing business over the last few years is akin to what happened in the music industry a decade ago. The costs for producing and distributing books has dropped dramatically over the past several years. We are a new kind of model in the publishing industry—we partner with our writers and provide much better economics than traditional publishers while providing more editorial, production, distribution and marketing support than they would get if they self-published. That means quality, well-edited content that’s filling a real need among readers, while offering a much better deal for authors. So far we’ve been amazed by what’s possible.
$30K will allow us to bring ten books to market this year, and that will keep us relevant—on the crest of this new wave. We will use the $30k to fund editorial, production, and distribution costs for our next ten books. We'd love to have you help us bring our stories to life!
We’ve each had more than a few incarnations on our way to figuring out what we want to be when we grow up, but somehow our combined experiences has given us exactly the right tools for the job.
Carey Albertine, Co-Founder
In previous lives, Carey worked as an executive recruiter, managed a multi-million dollar P&L for an educational company, and worked in television at Lucky Duck Productions, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and NBC News. She has written and performed stand-up comedy at clubs all over New York City. Carey is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She grew up in a little nook of her mother's beloved children's bookstore, Jabberwocky, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Carey has two children and firmly believes in magic.
Saira Rao, Co-Founder
Saira is the author of Chambermaid (Grove Press) and various other musings that have appeared in The New York Post, The Richmond Times Dispatch and The University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review. Previously, Saira was a television news producer in Washington D.C., and Miami; a policy associate at the Center for Educational Innovation at The Manhattan Institute; and a lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City. Saira is a graduate of the University of Virginia and New York University School of Law. She has two children and an enviable tchotchke collection.
Highlights and Wins
U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Brandi Chastain is the official spokesperson for Soccer Sisters series
Soccer Sisters: Lily Out of Bounds by Andrea Montalbano was chosen as Official Napa County Reads Selection
Soccer Sisters author Andrea Montalbano and Brandi Chastain appear on The Today Show, December 2013
Two-book deal signed with Japanese publisher for Soccer Sisters
Mrs. Claus and The School of Christmas Spirit was the #1 Children’s Christmas Book on Amazon in December 2012
Playing Nice by Rebekah Crane has 4.6 stars with over 80 reviews on Amazon 4 stars with over 100 ratings on Goodreads
Invited to participate in the Conference on Girls' Leadership and Civic Education at The White House on April 22, 2013
We are so grateful for the tremendous support we have received.
Thank you to Tony Muller for brilliant copywriting, producing, and overall enthusiasm for the project.
Thank you to Stephen Cavaliero and Quentin Brown of Centsless Pictures for shooting and editing an outstanding video.
Thank you to David Bardeen for the use of his well-appointed apartment for filming.
Risks and challenges
The books you see above are in various stages of development. Some, like Personal Statement, are nearly finished. In these cases, the money you invest will be used for a fantastic final cover in addition to covering the costs associated with bringing the book to market. Others, like Willa and The WhyNots!, are in the beginning stages of conception. One of the challenges is sticking to the publishing schedule while ensuring we devote the time needed to create the best book possible. It often takes longer to publish a book than originally thought. But, you can rest assured that each book you support through this campaign WILL be published by 2014. Your contribution will result in 10 new, awesome books on the market!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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