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Larry A WeissBy Larry A Weiss
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Larry A WeissBy Larry A Weiss
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The writing project that has become a book titled Through a Lens of Emptiness was born out of the realities of aging and the physical and mental changes related to that phase of life. It is the story of an aging man's journey in search of "self" and a way to preserve the memories of a lifetime. The manuscript has passed through three critical stages of editing and review with consequent revision. The final form of the manuscript was awarded an Editor's Choice designation and is currently in production. I seek funding to cover the costs of editing, production, and promotion.

  • Expenses to date: $2700 for book editing, production and publishing (this also includes listing the book on the publisher's website, with Barns and Noble and with Indigo-Chapters), $1800 for professional proofreading and indexing.
  • Projected promotional expense: $6500 for a social media publicist for three months, $1700 for Google advertising for 90 days, and $1500 to purchase about 200 copies of the book for distribution and sale through local independent booksellers. I would also like to attend some book fairs If possible at an estimated cost of about $2000.00.
  • Total projected expenditures about  $16,300. The difference between my target figure and this value will go towards Kickstarter fees.

The  idea to market my book through indie bookstores is based on a suggestion by Author Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket). I will offer each of these store owners free advertising on my book/author website in return for prominent placement in their store. I also plan to hold some book signings and free book talks as well as pursue speaking engagements based on the book's contents.  

Through a Lens of Emptiness is a substantial work of creative non-fiction, that is in its way a modern day 'Guide to the Perplexed' written for 'Everyman'. I seek your support to fully finance and promote the book and help me get my positive messages about hope, harmony and legacy to as many people as possible.

Sincerely and with thanks for your consideration,

L Alan Weiss (Larry) 

Risks and challenges

I have already met the challenge of creating a manuscript and bringing it to the production stage. The writing process, including critical editing and revisions took 33 months. The final manuscript is approximately 66,000 words in length.

This task was particularly challenging for me since I am a moderate dyslexic. I am essentially word blind to errors in spelling, missing words or duplicated text. To compensate for this disability, the use of sophisticated grammar and spell checking software and the use of a high quality text to voice translation system was necessary.

I have also done extensive reading and research to produce the content element of "Through a Lens of Emptiness". I have delved into Eastern religions and philosophy, developmental and evolutionary psychology, social evolution theory, neural networks, brain structure and function, the concept basis for "I" and the "Self" and numerous other related areas. My work is well researched. I present this information to potential supporters, not out of pride or ego, but because I want them to understand that I am a tireless and competent worker.

Financing is also a challenge. I am retired and on a fixed income, so the expenses related to the production and promotion of a book make quite a dent in that type of income. So far, all financing for the project has been through the use of credit accounts. I hope Kickstarter funding will help me cover those expenses, else this will be a very expensive project.

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