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Joe repairs homes. With each job, he enters the bathroom, crawlspace—and the soul. Revealing a life. Or changing it.
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    Good job! Thank you! (I wanted to establish a minimum pledge of 99 cents, but Kickstarter says it has to be a dollar minimum.)

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    E-book: one e-book (pre-release: you’ll get it before the official publication date).

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    Join the crew! You'll get one e-book of 99 JOBS (pre-release), plus your name will be included in the Construction Crew List at the back of the e-book as Apprentice Carpenter.

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    E-book, crew list, and bookmark. Combine the digital and the physical. You'll get one e-book of 99 JOBS (pre-release), your name will be included in the Construction Crew List at the back of the e-book as Apprentice Carpenter, plus I'll send you a lovely wooden bookmark made by hand (and table saw) from lumber that was salvaged from the Ken Kesey cabin. Put a little history in your pages!

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    Paperback: One author-signed paperback book of 99 JOBS (pre-release: you’ll get it before it’s released to the general public).

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    Join the crew! One author-signed paperback of 99 JOBS (pre-release), plus your name on the Construction Crew List at the end of the book as Apprentice Carpenter.

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    Paperback, crew list, bookmark. One printed book (pre-release) signed by the author, your name on the Construction Crew List at the end of the book as Apprentice Carpenter, plus a lovely wooden bookmark made by hand (and table saw) from lumber that was salvaged from the Ken Kesey cabin. Put a little history in your pages!

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    99 JOBS combo: paperback, e-book, crew list (in both paperback and e-book) as Apprentice Carpenter, and a lovely wooden bookmark made by hand (and table saw) from lumber that was salvaged from the Ken Kesey cabin. Put a little history in your pages!

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    Bookmark Bundle: I'll send a set of six bookmarks, each one different including one from the Ken Kesey cabin lumber (including fumes) and one from the Neil Young cypress (until the cypress is gone—I'll post an update if so). And you'll get the 99 JOBS combo of paperback and e-book. Plus your name will be included on the Construction Crew List at the end of the book as Apprentice Carpenter.

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    CLEAR HEART bonus. One printed, autographed copy of my novel CLEAR HEART (or e-book if you prefer). Plus the Bookmark Bundle: one e-book, one printed book of 99 JOBS (pre-release) signed by the author, and a set of six lovely wooden bookmarks made by hand (and table saw) from salvaged local lumber, each one different, including one from the Ken Kesey cabin lumber (including fumes) and one from the Neil Young cypress (until the cypress is gone—I'll post an update if so). Plus, your name will be included on the Construction Crew List at the end of the book as Journeyman Carpenter.

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    MORE JOBS: special limited edition. Here are about a dozen more jobs that didn’t make the final cut for one reason or another (too personal, too X-rated, and because 99 Jobs is a good title but 113 Jobs is not). I’ll print a special limited paperback edition called MORE JOBS. Each copy will be signed and numbered from one to ninety-nine. If only one person selects this option, then it will be a super special limited edition of exactly one printed copy—how would that be for a collector of rare books? And even if a million people should want it (in my dreams!), the special edition of MORE JOBS will be limited to a maximum of 99 copies. MORE JOBS will not be available as an e-book. Plus you will get all the elements of the Bookmark Bundle: e-book and paperback of 99 JOBS plus a set of six bookmarks, each one different including one from the Ken Kesey cabin lumber (including fumes) and one from the Neil Young cypress (until the cypress is gone—I'll post an update if so). Plus your name will be included on the Construction Crew List at the end of the books as Master Carpenter. Limited to the first 99 people.

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    Lit Night at your place. For a pledge of $499 I will give a one hour reading to you and assembled guests at your house — or restaurant, bar, church, library, football arena… I've been giving monthly readings, mostly at the bar of our local restaurant, for the last three years. We call it Lit Night. The drinks make for an appreciative, relaxed audience. Let me bring the experience to you and your friends. (You must be within a reasonable distance of La Honda. Contact me about what is reasonable.) Musicians give house concerts. Why not writers? A house reading.

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    I’ll come to your home and repair your toilet. Or add an electric outlet in your bedroom. Or make that sticky door stop sticking. Or any reasonable small job. SF Bay area only or as far as my not-so-young pickup truck can drive in a couple of hours. Plus all the goodies of the CLEAR HEART bonus, delivered in person wearing my tool belt, face to face, at your front door.

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