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Update #7

NEED YOUR HELP!! ONLY 12 DAYS LEFT TO GET TO $5000!!!

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Friends,

Only 12 days are left and a full 20 PERCENT ($1000) remain to be collected. I don't mean to alarm anyone, but unless there's a drastic pick-up before the New Year, it's far from sure that "Returns and Exchanges" will happen. So far, I've basically exhausted my Facebook, GMail and work lists, and the pace of contributions has unfortunately trailed off from previous highs. REMEMBER, IT'S ALL OR NOTHING with Kickstarter.

PLEASE, kindly consider increasing your contribution, if you haven't done so already. The math is pretty straight forward. With 71 of you having already contributed, and just less than $1000 left, IF EACH OF YOU GAVE JUST AN EXTRA $14, THE FUNDING WOULD TOP OUT JUST NORTH of $5000.

As is, each and every one of you is automatically invited to the book launch party, aside from the respective award level at which you've contributed. If at all possible, consider raising your contribution to the next level. I promise to make it worth your while ;)

Thank you for your tremendous, undiminished support, guys! In just 12 days, I am quite hopeful that "Returns and Exchanges" will become a tangible reality.

Be well, happy holidays, and a happy and healthy new year to each of you and your respective families!

Yours Truly,

Yuri

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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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    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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