How's this for a deal? You help out with publishing my first book and you get both goodies AND big street cred as a patron of the arts!
So I had this mid-life crisis. Big deal – they’re a dime a dozen. Mine didn’t involve trading in either wife or car for a newer, flashier model though. I merely torpedoed a career full of Corporate American perks, in favor of becoming the world’s oldest unpaid PGA Tour intern. Why? Because I've always been madly, passionately in love with sports, and 40 seemed as good an age as any to start loving what I did for a living.
And get this – I pulled it off! Ten years later I was still gainfully employed, living the sports biz dream. Happy ending, right? I thought so too…until a friend blindsided me with an innocent question one day: "Do you still love sports?" I honestly didn't know the answer. But I really, truly needed to figure it out.
I've written a book called It's Game Time Somewhere, which is the product of a one-year "sports walkabout" that took me across the country and back; to 100 separate sporting events involving 50 completely different sports. And I found my answer - in spades. For better or worse.
So I took my manuscript, the 10,000 readers who follow my blog (www.itsgametimesomewhere.com, coincidentally enough), and my blurbs from respected writers and similar folk, and went in search of a publishing deal. Cue the crickets...chirp, chirp. Hmmm. Curious. I decided to do a little investigative reporting, and this is what I found: With apologies to the Rolling Stones, the traditional publishing industry is in tatters. Shattered (sha-doobie). Evidently, the world is changing. And like the recording and newspaper businesses before them, the publishing industry has chosen to “adapt” by (a) circling the wagons at NASCAR speeds; and (b) imitating the Hollywood business model of producing only things that have already sold repeatedly in the past. New authors need not apply.
The way I looked at it, I had two viable options. I could change my name to Tim Patterson-Grisham-Cornwell-Rowling and hope nobody noticed the difference. Or I could “go indie” and self-publish. Which, given that assuming the up-front risk on a book entitles you to the lion’s share of the rewards that accrue, sounds pretty good to me. I’m more than happy to be my own general contractor, doing the work that I do best and then outsourcing the stuff I haven’t a clue about how to do.
Here’s the thing though. The start-up expenses of self-publishing can run anywhere from “Spare Change From Under The Sofa Cushions” to “Well, I Could Always Take Out That Third Mortgage.” I’m shooting for something in the middle. The money raised by this Kickstarter campaign will be used to help defray the costs of book cover and interior design, professional editing, conversion of the book into ebook format, and the creation of a marketing campaign to help sell both versions of the book.
But enough about what’s in it for me. Let’s talk about you.
For those of you familiar with the Kickstarter model, you know that it is not a request for a handout – it’s a quid pro quo amongst creative types like yours truly and people who become warm and fuzzy at the idea of being patrons of the arts. Patrons of the arts with benefits, that is.
To start off with, those of you who choose to back this project are effectively pre-ordering a book called It’s Game Time Somewhere. A book that many, many people (and no, not just my friends and family) have told me is pretty darn entertaining. You just have to wait a little longer to rest your eyes upon it. Or to rest someone else’s eyes upon it. My family is famous for the creatively packaged “IOU” Christmas present – maybe yours is too? Then again, the book will be printed and delivered to you well in advance of the next Father’s Day. Just think of all the brain cells that won’t have to die in service of trying to find a unique present for Dad.
But the fun doesn’t have to stop there. You can wade knee-deep into the “It’s Game Time Somewhere” experience, through a choice of Rewards Packages that you just plain can’t get anywhere else. I know I’m biased, but I think there’s a little something in here for everyone. And that’s ON TOP OF being able to let it slip at your next social engagement that “Why yes, I am a dedicated patron of the arts, thanks for noticing.”
Intrigued? Great - my fiendishly clever plan is working. For specific Reward Package details, simply look to the right......no, a little further right - there you go.
Some Logistics & Final Thoughts
The Kickstarter veterans among you know that this proposition is Make or Break…All or Nothing…Sink or Swim…[insert your favorite desperate cliché here]. For everyone else, let me spell it out: If I don’t meet or exceed my $8,000 funding goal by January 5th, NONE of the money pledged will be charged to the accounts of my backers and then released to me. The project will simply fade away. So if you like what you see, please pass the link to this page along to others who you think might get a kick (no pun intended) out of it as well.
All they, and you, have to do to help out is click on the Big Green “Back This Project” button at the top of this page. You’ll be taken to a Kickstarter pledge page customized for this project, and then on to Amazon, which houses the Shopping Cart functionality used by Kickstarter. If you’ve ever purchased anything through Amazon before, you simply enter your email address and password and you’ll see a screen that looks very familiar. If you haven’t used Amazon before, it’s very easy to set up a free account and “check out” with your It’s Game Time Somewhere purchase.
There’s one last vitally important thing. I know I’ve stressed the whole “What’s In It For You” concept, but I know that at the end of the day, your decision to back my project comes down to your wanting to help me achieve a very important goal. And for that I am very grateful. I thank you for both your financial support, and for the enormous good vibes you are putting out there for me by taking the time to get involved. You are appreciated more than you can imagine.
Now let's do this!
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The Main Attraction: This is what you came for now, isn’t it? You will receive a printed copy of It’s Game Time Somewhere when it rolls off the presses this Spring, autographed in any way you’d like, and shipped directly to the name & address listed on the Backer’s Questionnaire that you’ll be asked to fill out at the completion of this funding campaign.Estimated delivery:
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The Double-Header: For the digitally-oriented readers out there, you will receive both an autographed print copy of the book AND an ebook version – the former to show off to your friends, and the latter to read while blissfully free of the fear of paper cuts.Estimated delivery:
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The BTGO: A close friend of the classic BOGO (Buy One, Get One), this award solves all of your “What to get the sports fan that has everything” problems. For the price of three autographed copies of the printed book, you get a fourth. And all are shipped directly to the lucky recipients of your choice.Estimated delivery:
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The Triple-Threat Package: You get the autographed print copy, the ebook AND a full-color 18”x 24” limited edition “It’s Game Time Somewhere” poster. But this poster isn’t just a sheet of paper – it’s a game itself. Imbedded in the poster are stunning (OK, maybe just eyebrow-arching) glimpse photos taken from 48 different IGTS Tour locations, each of which portrays a different sport being played. Here’s the kicker: The alert reader has no doubt noted that there were 50 different sports covered during the Tour. Sooo…if, any time within 30 days (or so) of receiving your poster, you email me with the names of the two IGTS Tour sports that are not depicted, I’ll bump you up to the $150 package described directly below. (Please add $10 to your pledge for shipping to locations outside the U.S.)Estimated delivery:
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The Drape Yourself In Glory Package: The book, the ebook, the poster…PLUS a high quality T-shirt and “hoodie” sweatshirt, each of which bears the “It’s Game Time Somewhere” logo (tastefully presented, of course). (Please add $10 to your pledge for shipping to locations outside the U.S.)Estimated delivery:
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2 backers Limited (12 left of 14)
The Coaching Staff Package: In addition to one each of all the goodies described in the lower-priced packages, this option comes with your name (or that of a friend or family member) listed in the book, on a separate acknowledgements page dedicated solely to these Kickstarter backers. This package is limited to 14 people, partly because I want to use a large typeface for this…but mostly because that’s my favorite number. (Please add $10 to your pledge for shipping to locations outside the U.S.)Estimated delivery:
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2 backers Limited (2 left of 4)
The “Just Take Over The Whole Darn Story, Why Dontcha?” Package: In the book, I describe meeting a whole bunch of friendly, helpful people, many of whose names I never caught. With this package, you can turn one of these anonymous characters into someone…nonymous, maybe? I will collect some information from you and then write your character into the final manuscript of the book before it goes into production. Immortality will result. As will the heightened possibility of attracting groupies, which will intensify upon your receipt of a tidy package containing print book, ebook, poster, T-shirt and hoodie. This one's limited to 4, because…well, because.Estimated delivery:
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The Customized Walkabout: I had mine, and now you can have yours. If you choose this reward, I will create for you a Sports Mini-Walkabout of up to one week in duration. I’ll work with you to design a personalized multi-event entertainment smorgasbord of quasi-epic proportions…and then I’ll handle all the arrangements. I’ll even go with you if you’d like. It can be within your own regional backyard, or if you are willing to spring for your travel costs, it can be anywhere in the continental U.S. Since I have a head full of ideas and friends in Medium-To-Sort-Of-High Places, I’m pretty confident I can deliver an experience that falls within the “Unforgettable” category. And oh BTW – you also get one of each physical item discussed in the other Rewards descriptions.Estimated delivery:
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