My goal is to make a mountain bike guide book that is functional, beautiful, and goes far beyond the quality one expects.
Update #1 · Dec. 21, 2012
Funding goal met in two days!
I'm so excited to have met the financial goal in two days! Thanks to all the mountain bikers, other trail users, and friends that supported me!
However, my goal was about 55% of what I actually need for the first print run.
Actual costs for the initial run will run closer to $2000 (I didn't know that artists want twice as much for their work if you want reproduction rights!) Any additional funds I receive up to $2000 will be used to fund the initial print run. If things keep going as well as they have, I'll probably push the initial print run from 100 to 200 books.
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I am writing a guide book for Kokopelli's Trail, one of the most popular multi-day mountain bike trails in the US. The project has come pretty far, but to make it the project I envision, I need to enlist Anne from Summit Ridge Studios for more maps, pay Ryan Krueger Photography for his amazing photo I want to use on the cover, pay COPMOBA for the rights to the Kokopelli's trail logo, pay for an ISBN number, pay for some additional design help, and finally, for printing the first batch of the book. I hope that the combined effort will produce a guide book that is accurate, easy to read, beautiful, helpful, and a model for future guides (hint hint). With your support, the guide will be everything I envision it to be.
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The book will be published even if this kickstarter fails, but I will have to cut corners. Some of the maps will be simpler. The initial print run will be tiny and may happen a month or two later. I may have to eliminate parts. If you are even considering doing the trail in a 4x4, riding it on a dirt bike, running it, or mountain biking it, your support of this project will give you great return.
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