Funded! This project was successfully funded on January 4, 2011.

Update #3



Dear Friends,

Thanks again for your tremendous support and good words these past few days. Without your kindness, there would be no book project. In particular, I want to point out that in the last few minutes, I was fortunate enough to receive a $1000 pledge from an old childhood friend who's stepped forward. This brings the total to a staggering $2300+ in just 6 days! All of a sudden, the project is almost half way to being funded! The goal of $5000 is suddenly WELL within reach.

I am truly humbled and inspired by you, my friends. My fortune with you really knows no bounds, that much is clear.

In this spirit, I hope you will help me to promote this project further in any way you can - through Facebook, Twitter, and most of all, by word of mouth. Like-minded people tend to read similar books and listen to each other's reading advice.

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Be well, have a great rest of the week and stay in touch.

Yours Truly,


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    1) A shout-out from the author (in each copy and on my site) + 2) the merit and satisfaction of helping a young writer bring his ambitious first novel to light.

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    1 backer

    For helping give life to the author's vision, you will receive: 1) an electronic copy for your e-reader (choose your format) + 2) mention as a contributor in the book/on the site at the Sustainer level + 3) a personal thank-you

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    So it's clear you've really taken an interest. For $25, I'll reward your commitment with: 1) an electronic edition (you choose your format) + 3) mention as a contributor at the "Friend of the Writer" level + 3) a personal thank-you note, but MOST IMPORTANTLY, 4) a signed copy of the book in print form.

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    More than just a friend, you deserve something special. For your dedication, I'll be happy to send you 1) a signed hard copy + 2) the e-reader version (your choice of format) + 3) mention at the Benefactor level + 4) a comprehensive, categorized list of books, websites and other resources used by the author for research (so you can really go in-depth as you read) + 5) a personal thank-you note

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    At the Strategic Partner level, you're not just backing a book, but helping to realize the author's life-long dream. Broke and hungry are just two qualifications for a great writer. He who makes a name for himself requires support. In addition to the awards at $50, I will happily give you your own individual Q&A by email.

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    Can't certify you as a saint quite yet, but a Patron you definitely are. You deserve to be treated well - very well. Consider yourself in for all the above, plus one better - let's grab dinner on my tab when you're in town. I'd be happy to talk all about the book, the process of writing, my life experience, and just about anything else that suits your fancy. You're a VIP in my book.

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    You're either REALLY generous (a Guarantor of sorts), a lost rich uncle or just maybe, crazy enough to like my ideas. In that case, I will meet and greet you, come bearing gifts, dine with you and answer any and all questions you may have about the book, my life story and anything else on any subject. Plus, I will also give you a personalized tour of New York City, revealing and informative even if you're a New Yorker yourself. Come on, you know you want to.

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    I'd have your babies, if I could. Now, this minute. No, really, I would. Barring that, you're in for something quite special. Writers often keep archives of their research, notes, manuscripts - always close to heart and far from the public's prying, lurid eyes. Ok, at least this writer still archives - I'm just old-fashioned, I suppose. For a pledge of $1000, I will... give you a full deluxe annotated copy of all my research, notes and all other materials used in the writing of this book. This includes a full bibliography and a reading list of my favorite volumes, to give a full picture of my literary influences and favorite authors. This still means we're on for dinner, and I'll happily come for a Q&A for you and your friends at your cocktail party, if you'll have me. All other awards from above are included here. Just one last thing - you're still the best, boo.

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    The strong, silent satisfaction of knowing you just outbid everyone else on the list. Hey - let's do business together - I've got movie rights to sell!

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