Rubber Chicken? But I hardly even know her!... Liquor cabinet? But I hardly even know her!... Wurlitzer Organ? But I hardly even know her!
We are three 50-year-old guys who have kept our friendship and our sanity together since junior high school by telling each other raunchy, juvenile jokes like these. We became obsessed with But I Hardly Even Know Her jokes and amassed a long list of them over the years. Recently, we realized these jokes are just too good to keep to ourselves and we decided to try to get them published in a book.
To our great delight, the good folks at Rare Bird Books agreed to be our publisher. The contract is signed and our book will be coming out later this year! Now, we need some extra help to get this proudly immature book the national attention it deserves.
That’s where your donation fits in.
We will direct your donation to promotional mailings to book stores, reviewers and gift catalogs; cooperative advertising with independent book stores; a publishing launch party; trade and publishing industry marketing; publishing support; and production of promotional items (like rubber chicken key chains that say But I Hardly Event Know Her).
You can be a part of getting this silly, sophomoric book a place in stores, alongside the boring novels, diet books and self-help guides.
Once you get these jokes in your head, you’ll probably find, as we did, that they pop up everywhere. In an airport magazine shop (Consumer Reports?). At a steak restaurant (Worcester sauce?). Watching the Oscars (paparazzi?). Sitting in a doctor’s waiting room (Wicker Basket? Bayer Aspirin? Ranger Rick?).
We want to give our readers a taste of the aha! moments that we enjoyed when we discovered the jokes, so we've presented them as puzzles. You will see a drawing on one page, giving you the chance to try to figure out what phrase it depicts that would fit into the But I Hardly Even Know Her pattern. Then you can flip the page over to see the answer.
But wait...there’s more! We discovered that the male version crops up everywhere, too. Studying Russian history (Boris Yeltsin? Bore his yelts in?) In old TV re-runs (Phyllis Diller?). At a jewelry store (Lapis lazuli?). So we added a bonus section of But I Hardly Even Know HIM jokes. (Bonus section? But I hardly even know him!).
Please join us in bringing immaturity and giggles to this too serious world.
We thank you from the bottom of our bottoms. Even though we hardly even know you.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge that this project faced is already behind us: getting a publishing deal.
Thankfully, our manuscript had the desired effect on the folks at Rare Bird. It caused the corners of their mouths to turn upwards involuntarily and even elicited audible diaphragmatic spasms that sounded like “Ha ha!” and “Tee Hee!” So, we’re over the hardest part.
We will definitely be able to implement the mailings and marketing that we intend, especially with the experience and connections that the team at Rare Bird offers us.
The main risk is that we cannot control the impact of our marketing campaign. Hopefully enough people will have the same reaction that our publisher did and But I Hardly Even Know Her will take off. And when it does, you’ll know you were a part if it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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