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

Update #6

3/4 of the way home, 20 days left to get to $5000

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Dear Friends,

Thanks to a flurry of contributions in the last few days, "Returns and Exchanges" is just shy of 75% to being funded on January 4th, which is the deadline. Please accept my sincere and undiminished gratitude for your commitment to seeing my novel published. I would be well on the way to nowhere without you guys.

Hard work remains, of course. $1300 in 20 days to publish a book is no small feat, but there's cause for optimism, seeing your encouraging responses.

Remember - there's nothing like word of mouth to create interest, especially when it comes to book recommendations. Friends listen to friends, even parents to their children sometimes, when it comes to literature. It's asking a lot, I know, but given that you've already invested, you surely want to see this succeed.

If I can kindly badger you to help push the funding to $5000 in these last 2+ weeks, PLEASE PLEASE simply:

1) Take a moment to forward my email titled "Introducing "Returns and Exchanges..." to your friends and family;

2) Post this on FB/Twitter: Help a friend get published and SEE YOUR NAME IN PRINT: http://bit.ly/aEz642;

3) Mention "Returns and Exchanges" if someone asks you for a book recommendation,

4) Suggest this as a UNIQUE and LASTING gift idea! Remember: Every donor like yourself will have his or her name in print - in EVERY book published. Every donor will also get a gift or two for contributing, as you already know. It makes for a great dedication gift, as well.

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KEEP IN MIND: It would be a terrible shame to come up short by even a little. None of the money (not a cent!) will be released unless the full $5000 is reached.

Once more, thank you, thank you and... thank you. R&E is almost home. With a little help from my friends, there's no doubt of a happy ending to this story ;)

All the very best,

Yuri

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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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    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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