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We're a local literary community building an independent publication platform that will be open and free for all Portland writers!
We're a local literary community building an independent publication platform that will be open and free for all Portland writers!
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For this kickstarter …

You're supporting the simultaneous and cooperative release of six books (five novels and a poetry anthology) by six separate authors all of whom are members of The People's Ink, and also the first issue of our new e-zine Typehouse.

You're supporting the creation of a real-time and electronic-based publication infrastructure that will allow our members to independently publish and promote their writings locally and electronically.

You’re supporting all future publications sponsored through The People’s Ink!

Who are we? What do we do?

We’re The People’s Ink, an open, free and independent writers' community located in Portland Oregon with over 45 active members.

We’re operated by writers and for writers, open to you, your friends, your family and any Portlander with a passion for writing, the written word and the writer's life.

We meet weekly in free venues in SE Portland to write, critique and have our writing critiqued. Our workshop formats include: randomized groups, focus groups, novel critique groups and poetry groups.

We're a community that fosters creative writing efforts and the completion of personal written projects – novels, short stories, poems, chapbooks, anthologies, scripts or essays.

Best of all, did we mention, it's free?

Interested?

Come check us out!

Where are we now and why we're asking for donations ...

Currently, we're putting together a real-time and electronic-based independent publication infrastructure that will allow our members to publish and promote their writings.

Our end goal is the creation of a writers' community where the writer can not only flourish in their craft through the workshop process, but also find the resources to launch their writing into the world. We've already established a community of writers; we now envision our publication component coming together by the end of the year!

Once we put together our infrastructure and compile our resources, we'll use these to launch the community's first six books in October 2013. We'll follow up on this by releasing the first issue of our literary magazine Typehouse in November 2013. The infrastructure and resources we create will be first used to publish and promote these books and the first issue of our e-zine, but will be available to all our members for future book releases and e-zines issues.

What, exactly, do we mean by 'infrastructure' and 'resources'? As far as we know, we're doing something that in the world of publishing and creative writing hasn't yet been done, and here is where we could use your help! We envision ...

- A group website with webpages for individual authors, a place to host the e-zine, an integrated forum with both public and private access, and many other fun and informative features. The website will also serve as a means for agents, editors and publishers to contact literary talent in Portland.

- Hosting free literary events around Portland including regular group readings, book exhibitions and literary parties – you're invited! During these, we'll showcase talents from our community.

- Designing, printing and disseminating a first round of promotional supplies including flyers, bookmarks, pamphlets and business cards to expand awareness of the community and its writers.

- Community resources to help our members 1) format their books for print and electronic publication; 2) design their book covers and format those covers correctly for publication; 3) place their books in independent bookstores in Portland and the Pacific Northwest, and also listed with online retailers. To put these community resources together, we envision hiring some consultants

We started this by having a graphic design artist create a new logo for our community, which you'll find at the top of this kickstarter page!

All of this has its costs, but once it's set up, it'll remain absolutely free! 

Logo - $250

Website -- $900

Design and printing of promotional supplies -- $450

Compilation of community resources -- $200

Literary events including a 1/2 booth at Wordstock -- $400

Printing and shipping costs of Kickstarter rewards -- $500

Paying Kickstarter and Amazon payments -- $300

A description of our first six releases:

[Check our updates for the first chapters of each novel!]

We’re releasing the group’s first six books October 1st, 2013. Our authors write with a diversity of intentions, within a variety of genres and using their own well-crafted, unique voices. We don’t censor our members so long as their writing remains free of sexism, homophobia, racism, extremism and hate.

Check out a summary of our six releases below:

'Dughall' by Travis McGuire. Dughall is nineteen. A street racer. On a Missouri summer night, during a race, a woman steps in front of his car. The next year pushes him to redefine his life as he slowly copes with her death, and meanwhile, his closest friends fall victim to their own personal tragedies -- taking Dughall on the deadliest race of his life.

'Fillings' by Dave Garlock. Fillings is a literary mystery set in Portland Oregon and the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. It deals with loss, love and dental work. Lee Garret, whose life is in turmoil after the disappearance of his brother, asks the girl giving him a root canal on a date. Will a relationship flourish, or will it be poisoned by Lee's obsessive search?

‘Bohemian Interlude’ by Tom Turner is a wild novel set in 1970. Two acid heads from Berkeley attend college in a small mountain town and arrive with a trunk full of LSD. Hippies, Bikers, Red Necks, straights, drugs, sex, rock & roll, prison, a guru, mellowness, hookers, a magic bus and an ex-con, Jesse Ray Barnes. A funny read and an accurate trip back in time, when life was simpler and a generation came of age during an era defined by Woodstock.

'Farewell to Hot Water,' by Jim O. Neal is about a young husband and father who is convinced that the consequences of climate change have arrived. He takes his wife and daughter to the forest to await the collapse of civilization. When his family leaves him in the middle of the night, he begins a search that reveals to him details about himself and the world that he never expected. This is a story about forgiveness and survival in the midst of dramatic change.

'Vote No For President' is a 223 page book of poetry containing works written in 2010 by the author Robert Benefiel. The poems in this book range from actual moments in the writer's life to poetic stances on ideas like love, death, humanity, patriotism and other concepts. Whether it is a homage to comic books, or a look at people who all of a sudden drop dead, or the misguided principles that go into a word like freedom, the author takes a look at both what makes us different and what unites us.

'Lucretia's Love' by Eliot Olingrad -- An existential horror written experimentally -- a bizarre, non-linear and philosophical patchwork of prose intended to deconstruct its readers' minds using corrupted meditation techniques and nefarious existentialisms. Perhaps you don't exist, the universe is filled with nothingness and there are no true meanings -- and yet, might we still take hope? Inspired by Buddhism, existentialism, mysticism, and a host of philosophers: Nietzsche, Camus, Stirner, Gurdjieff and many others.

What will we do if we raise more than $3,000?

Our stretch goals include making the community even more awesome! First, we'll save some of the money to print further rounds of promotional materials. Second, we'll treat our members with having professional authors, editors and agents come to facilitate critique groups. Third, we can spend the money to throw even more open and free literary events around town where everyone's invited to check out some great books, drink wine, eat some excellent food and get a sense for our amazing community!

Risks and challenges

Our risks and challenges include continuing to build our community and making it as supportive, constructive and dynamic as possible. In the the next year, we'd like The People's Ink to grow in some particular ways:

- increase membership to over 75 active members.

- attract the attention of agents, editors and publishers.

- offer an expanded array of workshop groups including more focus groups, more novel critique groups, an expanded poetry workshop and begin offering workshops specifically for comic scripts and screenplays.

- start a series of discussion groups in topics on the craft of creative writing.

- continue making this a positive and welcoming environment where writers can learn, flourish and ultimately become independently published with the help of the community.

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    You get an E-BOOK of your choosing from the 6 books released by the People’s Ink – Dughall, Fillings, Bohemian Interlude, Farewell to Hot Water, Vote No For President or Lucretia’s Love. Your name is included as a supporter on the new People’s Ink website!

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    You get one PRINTED BOOK (and also the E-BOOK version) of your choosing from amongst the 6 books released by the People’s Ink – Dughall, Fillings, Bohemian Interlude, Farewell to Hot Water, Vote No For President or Lucretia’s Love. Your name is included as a supporter on the new People’s Ink website!

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    You get a T-SHIRT with the People's Ink Logo on it, and also 2 PRINTED BOOKS (and their E-BOOK versions) of your choosing from the 6 books released by the People’s Ink – Dughall, Fillings, Bohemian Interlude, Farewell to Hot Water, Vote No For President or Lucretia’s Love. Your name is included as a supporter on the new People’s Ink website!

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    You get a SIGNED COPY of all 6 PRINTED BOOKS 6 (and their E-BOOK versions), with a letter of thanks from all 6 authors … we appreciate your support! You get a T-SHIRT with our new logo on it. Your name is included as a supporter on the new People’s Ink website!

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    For writers! You get a 3-HOUR LONG WORKSHOP with all 6 authors (in Portland Oregon). Want your novel manuscript critiqued? Want your collection of short stories critiqued? We'd love to help you! Limit of 2 only! You get all 6 PRINTED BOOKS (and their e-book versions). You get a T-SHIRT with the people’s ink logo on it. Your name is included as a supporter on the new People’s Ink website!

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    Your name also appears in the ACKNOWLEDGMENTS of all 6 BOOKS! You get a SIGNED COPY of all 6 PRINTED BOOKS (and their e-book version), with a letter of thanks from all 6 authors … we appreciate your support! You get a T-SHIRT with the People’s Ink new logo on it. Your name is included as a supporter on the new People’s Ink website! Thank you!

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    You get 1 LIMITED EDITION HAND EDITION of DUGHALL by Travis McGuire (a unique offering made from handcrafted and recycled paper; only a limited number will be available through this kickstarter). You get 6 regular copies and 6 e-copies of all our books. Your name appears in the ACKNOWLEDGMENTS of all 6 BOOKS! You get 6 individual letters of thanks from all 6 authors! You get a T-SHIRT with the new People’s Ink logo on it. Your name is included as a supporter on the new People’s Ink website!

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    You get 1 LIMITED EDITION HAND EDITION of FILLINGS by Dave Garlock (a unique offering made from handcrafted and recycled paper; only a limited number will be available through this kickstarter). You get 6 regular copies and 6 e-copies of all our books. Your name appears in the ACKNOWLEDGMENTS of all 6 BOOKS! You get 6 individual letters of thanks from all 6 authors! You get a T-SHIRT with the new People’s Ink logo on it. Your name is included as a supporter on the new People’s Ink website!

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    You get 1 LIMITED EDITION HAND EDITION of BOHEMIAN INTERLUDE by Tom Turner (a unique offering made from handcrafted and recycled paper; only a limited number will be available through this kickstarter). You get 6 regular copies and 6 e-copies of all our books. Your name appears in the ACKNOWLEDGMENTS of all 6 BOOKS! You get 6 individual letters of thanks from all 6 authors! You get a T-SHIRT with the new People’s Ink logo on it. Your name is included as a supporter on the new People’s Ink website!

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    You get 1 LIMITED EDITION HAND EDITION of FAREWELL TO HOT WATER by Jim O. Neal (a unique offering made from handcrafted and recycled paper; only a limited number will be available through this kickstarter). You get 6 regular copies and 6 e-copies of all our books. Your name appears in the ACKNOWLEDGMENTS of all 6 BOOKS! You get 6 individual letters of thanks from all 6 authors! You get a T-SHIRT with the new People’s Ink logo on it. Your name is included as a supporter on the new People’s Ink website!

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    You get 1 LIMITED EDITION HAND EDITION of VOTE NO FOR PRESIDENT by Robert Benefiel (a unique offering made from handcrafted and recycled paper; only a limited number will be available through this kickstarter). You get 6 regular copies and 6 e-copies of all our books. Your name appears in the ACKNOWLEDGMENTS of all 6 BOOKS! You get 6 individual letters of thanks from all 6 authors! You get a T-SHIRT with the new People’s Ink logo on it. Your name is included as a supporter on the new People’s Ink website!

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    You get 1 LIMITED EDITION HAND EDITION of LUCRETIA'S LOVE by Eliot Olingrad (a unique offering made from handcrafted and recycled paper; only a limited number will be available through this kickstarter). You get 6 regular copies and 6 e-copies of all our books. Your name appears in the ACKNOWLEDGMENTS of all 6 BOOKS! You get 6 individual letters of thanks from all 6 authors! You get a T-SHIRT with the new People’s Ink logo on it. Your name is included as a supporter on the new People’s Ink website!

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