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By Michelle Reynoso
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About this project

Four days after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, the need for disaster prep became evident as I sat in a darkened apartment, lit only by lanterns and flashlights, desperate for my husband to return from a trip to find emergency propane. My family had prepared for the hurricane, but we had holes in our preparation plan. We didn’t know what we were missing…until we needed it.

That experience was the impetus for this book - my journey to better understand what a good disaster preparation plan should be, and how to put one into place.

Ordinary People-Everyday Prep is an easy-to-follow guidebook for the everyday person preparing for unforeseen disasters. It’s a framework to readiness; a go-to guide for traditional solutions, mixed with creative ideas for budget-conscious & time-conscious readers.

Ordinary People-Everyday Prep is more than just a prepping book, it’s also the story of Hurricane Sandy - what I saw, how it affected my community, and what the experience has taught me about preparing for disasters. One of the biggest lessons I learned is that a Disaster Preparedness Plan is not the same for everyone. Your plan needs to be customized to your needs, and the needs of the situation. For this reason, I ask a lot of questions in this book, in hopes that the answers will help you prepare more completely. Ample space is included for answering those questions, note-taking, and customizing checklists to create the best plan for you.

This book is ideal for the everyday person who has thought about prepping, but has put it off. Now is the time to prepare, and this book is the tool to help you do it.

Why this book: as a reader? A lot of modern-day preppers are pushing the extremes, with the message that if you don’t go big, then you’re not ready. My message is that everyone needs to be prepared on some level, big or small. It’s common sense. It’s survival. And it’s also one-of-those-things that sounds like a great idea, but gets pushed to the back burner. This guide is easy to follow, fun, and can help even the most reluctant reader increase their preparedness.

Why this book: as a backer? As a backer, you fund a project that can potentially change people’s lives. It might even change yours.

Timeline

June 2013: Kickstarter campaign

June-August 2013: Book edits & pre-publication formatting

August 2013: Off to the Cover Artist

September 2013: Off to the publisher, dedicated website goes live, marketing plan development

October 1, 2013: Pre-book release marketing goes live

October 22, 2013 Book Release

Expenses

Expenses for this project include:

  • Printing
  • Binding
  • Cover Design
  • Layout
  • Ebook conversion
  • ISBN
  • Shipping
  • Dedicated website – domain, design & hosting
  • Marketing Materials
  • Amazon & Kickstarter fees

Thank you SO MUCH for considering this project. I hope you’ll join me in this journey, and make Ordinary People-Everyday Prep a reality.

Risks and challenges

Challenges are to be expected. Luckily, this isn't my first book, so I have some insight into the challenges of the publication process, and I've tried to compensate for potential challenges with prepublication research and planning.

One challenge does remain, and that's the tight deadline I've set for the release of this project. Ordinary People-Everyday Prep is set to release October 2013, connecting it to the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

While the first draft of the book is already written, I still have some work to do in editing and pre-publication formatting. Once that part of the process is done, then it's off to the printer and cover artist, both of which have already been lined-up.

So, time becomes my biggest challenge, but it also helps to keep me focused. In a worst case scenario, the release of the book can always be moved ahead to a new date. So in the end, there's no risk, and all challenges will be met and overcome.

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    Would you like the opportunity to get your disaster experience or prepping tip into Ordinary People-Everyday Prep? Pledge any amount $1 or greater and your experience will be included in the book. I'm looking for supplemental content that illustrates what can happen during a disaster, why disaster preparedness is important, and prepping tips (traditional, creative, top). (All items are subject to review, and can be edited for content and length). Content must be submitted no later than 8-1-13 to be considered. You can submit your own content or opt to answer questions about your experience.

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    The book will be dedicated to YOU!

    Dedication page will list you as the major supporter in the book's publication. This means a personal call from me to thank you for your support, and a second call to review the dedication with you before publication. You will also get a special Thank You on the landing page of the book's dedicated website for book launch (includes a promotional link of your choice active for 3 months). In addition, you also get all of these goodies: (4) signed softcover copies of Ordinary People-Everyday Prep, (4) signed bookmarks, an e-book copy, and a thank you in the back of the book.

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