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By Morris DuBose III
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**If all of these words make your eyes cross, scroll to the bottom, check out my costs, and watch my video, 30 Reasons to Kickstart My Book.

Before you can be Prince Charming, you have to be Sir Not-Too-Bad. And, before him comes Squire Tolerable. It took me a while just to get up to Squire Tolerable. I was aloof and standoffish and did so little dating that the mother of one of my best friends, thought I was gay... 'til shortly before I got married. In her defense I was more eloquent and better dressed than any other boy in our neighborhood, and that was the easiest way for her to explain it. 

This is the very first possible design for RTH
This is the very first possible design for RTH

My name is Morris, and I'm a writer. At different points I have been trapped in the body of a concierge, a busboy, a waiter, a dance instructor, a waiter, an RA, a file clerk, an insurance salesman, a waiter, a camp counselor and, oh yeah, a waiter, but writing has always kept my heart beating. Plus, it's a hilarious way for me to keep track of the lessons from the situations in which I find myself. Romancing the Hilarity is my first offering of my tales of woe and intrigue; specifically those of a relational persuasion. Maybe you can laugh at and learn from my escapades:

  • Cyber-stalking my online match before our first date
  • My campaign against the "define the relationship" 
  • My romantic mishaps as the caped crusader 
  • Being shot down by your own wingman (more than once) 
  • Insulting your roommate's girlfriend by disparaging her taste in men
  • And, you could even learn how starting a charity can keep you from advancing your relationship against your will 

All these stories and more await you in the pixels or pages of Romancing the Hilarity: Stories to Laugh Through the Love, Loss, Great Times, Good Times, Okay Times, and Heartbreaks. If that's all you wanted to know, then check out the awesome rewards for your sponsorship and let's Kickstart the laughter. If it's not, read on for what's in store for you at the next stages.

What's in it for ME?

That is an awesome question. If you've ever done anything really awesome or really stupid in your own romantic endeavours, I think you'll enjoy reading the stories that reinforce the fact that you're not alone. From a more tangible standpoint there are the basics, digital and print versions of the book are available at most levels of donation. As you move up there are also, t-shirts, skype chats, and in-person appearances. And, for a few fortunate donors it will mean an awesome hand made scarf, much like these, which I made:

This one could be yours.
This one could be yours.

  If you're particularly keen on seeing this project bloom, I may also be officiating your wedding. 

Officiating my wedding that's crazy... I mean awesome. 

I know, right?! Now, When it comes to the $4500, you probably have one of two questions (and they are both good questions):

1. Do you really think that you can self-publish a good book for only $4500? OR

2. $4500 dollars!! You can do it for free on Amazon using Createspace or Kindle publishing . 

Just like in math class, where you have to show your work to get full credit, I’ll show my work and help you get a picture of my game plan. PBS did a great peace on, The Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Book(I highly recommend this piece for anyone considering their own self-publishing dream.) In the article, Miral Sattar breaks down the individual expenses that go into taking a book from readable to remarkable. 

Here are a few of the ranges of numbers she gave me to think about: 

Copy Editing (professional punctuation and grammar task masters): $840- $7000 

Cover Design: $150- $3500 

Buying ISBN (Barcode/Book Identification) $35 - $250 

PR and Publicity $100- $5000 

Totals $1,125- 15,750 

So, when you look at that range of numbers and consider that I don’t want to take everything off of the bottom shelf, even $4500 seems modest. But, that’s not all. There’s also an off-kilter book tour surrounding the release of the book, which I’ll also be funding out of these proceeds. And, lastly we can’t forget to pay the hands that feed us. $300- $800 will go toward making your wishes come true with my rewards. And 5% to our friends at Amazon and 5% to our friends at Kickstarter (They offer a good service; it’s the least I could do). 

In summation 

To question 1. $4500 is a launch point from which I’ll continue to improve the work. 

To question 2. While it’s true I could send my book out to seek its fortune, I’d like to teach it to build houses of brick, first. 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is that if this book remains unfinished and unpublished, you will laugh less than if you'd read it. So, here it is, even though most of the words are on the page, I still really need your help with things like development, printing, distribution and the new website. If the funding goes really well, I’ll be diving into a downloadable audio book.

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