THE BIG PROBLEM
There are just not enough entrepreneurs starting companies and creating jobs. Especially women entrepreneurs. I want to change that.
Founders Less Than Three is a funny, sexy novel about a Boston-based accelerator where 5 female founders and 5 male founders and their teams fight it out to make their start-up company the next big thing. It's a book with solid entrepreneurial advice, adventures, laughs, love and all the twists and turns starting a business involves, as they race towards their demo day, when the teams show off their start-up ideas and see who gets the best deal.
I'm a writer, a blogger, an entrepreneur and I've been the CEO of a start-up company in Boston. I loved hiring people and handing out paychecks. I love the culture of "try anything, try everything ... now, try again."
I especially want more women to become entrepreneurs because I think they are well suited to the unpredictable path a new business usually takes. We need lots more women founding companies and creating lots of new jobs. Of course, I want my book to inspire female and male entrepreneurs alike and make them all say, "I can do that!"
THE OBVIOUS SOLUTION
I want people to learn the lessons of entrepreneuring via a novel, not a business book, and not a textbook. I was thrilled by how many people learned about the complexities of the start-up world via the excellent storytelling in the Facebook movie, aka the film, The Social Network.
Just like the business novel, The Goal, by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox, which MBA students read to learn about running a factory, I hope my book will give readers an inside look at an accelerator program and teach them about founding start-ups, as well as show them the crazy fun that entrepreneurs have outside the accelerator walls.
With your help, I can make this book a success using many of the things I learned when working at Libboo.com as Director of Publishing this past year at TechStars in Kendall Square. The Libboo team and founder, Chris Howard, are wonderfully innovative. They are doing cutting edge work with publishing and promoting e-books. We were thrilled to help publish Guy Kawasaki's book,What the Plus, Google+ For the Rest of Us, among other great books. http://amzn.to/Oc8e1Q
Your pledges will let me pay an editor, a proofreader, a book cover designer and as well as create a small budget for book promotion when the book is launched. I've figured these costs around $3,000 - $5,000 for each activity, so $15,000 should cover it. The book promotion costs are the hardest to anticipate, and likely the most important part of the budget, as any author or publisher will admit.
Please feel free to pledge even $1.00 and get a preview copy of the book in digital format as soon as it's done. There's a wide range of pledge levels and rewards.
If you pledge at the $85 level, you get something very special. One of my characters is a venture capitalist with a wild reputation. He has a Magic 8-Ball on his desk and uses it to make funding decisions, something that drives his more analytical partners crazy. One of my pledge levels gets you this great predictive device -- yes, you get 8 copies of my book AND your own Magic 8-Ball.
Some of the pledge levels let YOU write part of my book. You create a fictional start-up, write their elevator pitch and give birth to an imaginary CEO. Maybe he'll be from Clarks, Nebraska or some other unlikely place.
The pledge level above the imaginary company level is all about REAL start-ups. Let me mention your ACTUAL start-up company in my book and your real CEO.
I've always been interested in product placement in films, so I'm offering a pledge level where your product can appear in my book. My character will drink your soda.
If you're an entrepreneur and want to give my book project a boost, you can make a major pledge.
WHO'S HALLEY SUITT TUCKER?
I've been writing a long time and completed many projects. My thesis for my MFA at Columbia University was a novel, which I completed, got an agent to take on, but ultimately didn't sell it to a publisher, leaving me pretty disillusioned with conventional publishing.
I've written a blog since 2002, called "Halley's Comment" which featured a series called, "How To Become An Alpha Male in 18 Easy Lessons."
In 2004, I wrote Oprah's Book Club a letter about how much I liked their reading selection, Isabelle Alende's Daughter of Fortune and ended up on the show meeting fans, the author and of course, my favorite girlfriend, Oprah! In a collection called The Oprah Affect: Critical Essays on Oprah's Book Club there's a great essay by Ana Patricia Rodriquez about the show.
I have been been published on Seth Godin's cool website "Change This." I wrote and published a case study in Harvard Business Review and a short story in Penthouse Magazine. (See links below.)
Last year I published a very short e-book just to show people how easy it is to write and sell an ebook on Amazon. It's called, Does This Start-up Make Me Look Fat?
Here are links to my writing:
Halley's Comment: http://halleyscomment.blogspot.com
Seth Godin's Change This:
Harvard Business Review, A Blogger in their Midst:
Penthouse, Melting The Mint:
Amazon, Does This Start-up Make Me Look Fat?
Google Books, The Oprah Affect: Critical Essays on Oprah's Book Club, Cecilia Konchar Farr, Jaime Harker; Did Isabel Allende Write This Book For Me? by Ana Patricia Rodriguez
Amazon, The Goal: by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox
Thanks for any recommendations, but I have some folks in mind for these roles already, so I don't need your help finding more talent at this time. I know a lot of talented editorial and graphics people and what I really need is your financial support to pay them a good wage. Underpaying your creative talent is never a good idea.
I've outlined the book and started writing it. I'm about halfway through the first draft. It should be complete by my pledge delivery dates (Feb-March 2013).
Yes, but only with permission from those real people -- don't worry. If you pledge at the REAL start-up level above and want me to mention your CEO and team in my book, I will, but only with their permission.
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