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By Heather Rose Walters
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About this project

Who Am I?

My name is Heather Walters, and I'm a writer, actress, and hopeful dancer in Los Angeles, California. I am passionate about telling stories in every medium--my work has been published in Oregon Bride Magazine, City Arts Magazine, Script Magazine, Line Zero Literary, Darling Magazine online, as well as all over the web. I love spontaneous dance parties, delicious food, excuses to go swimming, and of course--good books.

What is Two Left Feet?

Six months ago I began a journey with Darling Magazine: a commitment to spend a year learning to dance at Studio A and chronicling my adventures in an online column entitled "Two Left Feet." Studies have shown that dance offers amazing mental and emotional (not to mention physical) benefits. This intrigued me. It's the oldest form of creative expression known to humanity, and it's one of the very first ways we learn to communicate--through the movement of our bodies. And yet, for some reason, dance tends to be sanctioned off in our culture for 'professionals' only. There isn't a lot of room for the average, untrained layman to learn technical dance. We all, perhaps subconsciously, ask ourselves: Why should we? If we're not "good enough" to perform, what's the point?

That's the question this project aims to answer: What's the point? (pun definitely intended). What happens when someone tries to learn to dance without the end goal of performing? How might it benefit us in other areas of our life? Is it even possible in a busy modern lifestyle? That's what I've been writing about at Darling Magazine.

The Next Step

The column thus far has been an amazing experience, but I've faced a singular problem: I have too much to write about. Learning to dance is an adventure full of hilarious (embarrassing) stories, new ideas, life interruptions, and personal growth--all of which I'm eager to put to paper! But eight hundred words a month just isn't cutting it.

My dream is to make Two Left Feet a book: What Learning to Dance Taught Me About Everything Else. As a professional writer and editor, I have the training and experience to make this happen. I've already begun drafting, and you can even read my previous articles to get a feel for the tone and style.

However, because I am a professional writer and editor, I am also acutely aware that it takes much more than words to publish a really good book. That's where you come in.

Making Two Left Feet A Reality

I am choosing to self-publish this book, which means there will be a lot of work to do after the writing part is finished. The money raised from this Kickstarter will go towards professional editing (more than one pair of eyes on any writing project is essential), graphic design for the cover and pages, ISBN numbers for the hard copy and e-book, marketing for the launch, printing and shipping whatever books are pre-ordered in this campaign, and dance classes to help me finish my year-long commitment.

My goal is to finish the rough draft by Thanksgiving 2015, and it will be about eighty thousand words. I've already began this project with drafts of content and outlines, and I'll continue to write as I continue to dance.

When the year officially ends on October 11th, I'll have a month to finish the draft before I send it off to the editors. That's when the editing/publishing extravaganza will ensue! All in all, if you support this project by ordering a copy, I'm confident I'll have it published and in your hands by May 15th, 2016! And of course you'll be able to read about all the important updates along the way on my blog.

So how about it? Will you join me in this adventure? 

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Read more of Darling Magazine online here

Check out Studio A's website here

Peruse my blog and subscribe for more updates here. 

Ballet Slippers photo credit: Alice Barigelli on Flickr. CC License.

Risks and challenges

Before November, the biggest problem I'll face is making the time to write--a problem every writer is familiar with. Thankfully, I'm well-practiced in this particular discipline, and I have a group of writers around me to check in and hold me accountable as the year progresses.

The process of self-publishing this book means that every stage of the publication process will be my responsibility. Publishing is tricky from any angle, and production delays or missed deadlines can always create chaos. I plan to keep you updated on how the process is going via my blog, and to enlist the help of previously self-published authors to help me be as prepared as possible.

Contracting my own team to help me complete this means that there will be a lot of up-front costs to produce this book before it can get on shelves or in your hands. That's why your support is so important--if this project is not funded, this book simply won't happen.

There's a lot of fun rewards you can claim during this campaign, including e-books, hard copies, bookmarks, dance parties, and even the chance to contribute your own story to this memoir!

I hope you'll join me on this adventure!

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    CORPS DE BALLET

    Welcome to the TLF Dance Co.! Every piece counts--and in return you'll get a big shout-out from me online to thank you for being so awesome!

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    APPRENTICE

    You're rising through the dance company ranks! I'll send you the completed E-BOOK of TWO LEFT FEET in your preferred e-format as soon as TLF is launched, and of course give you the corps-level shout-out for your amazing support! Thank you!

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    You're the star of the show! You'll receive your very own hardback, limited Kickstarter-edition copy of the completed TWO LEFT FEET, plus early release e-book and the social media shout-out!

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    PRINCIPAL

    You're the company veteran, and you'll get the deluxe package: The shout-out, the pre-release e-book, and a SIGNED hardcover copy of the limited Kickstarter edition of TWO LEFT FEET, PLUS a limited edition TWO LEFT FEET bookmark!

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    DIRECTOR

    You will get alllll the goods of the Principal, but with a very special catch: YOUR NAME will be featured in TWO LEFT FEET on a special thank-you page--you're making this project possible and I can't thank you enough! For Kickstarter supporters only!

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    CHOREOGRAPHER

    This project will now have your unique creative touch. On top of every reward from the Director package, you will be a CONTRIBUTOR to the final cut of TWO LEFT FEET! You'll be able to submit up to 500 words on 'what dance means to you'--aka how do YOU get your groove on*? This will be featured in a special contributor's chapter of TLF! (*of course some restrictions will apply to this, but I REALLY want your words in this chapter--or a friend's, if you want to give this to the aspiring dancer in your life!)

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    PRODUCER

    You're making it happen, boss, so let's have a party! You'll get every perk listed, of course, and in addition I'll come to your favorite cafe/studio/library/school for a live reading & book signing event! (subject to schedule availability, but we'll figure something out!) *US only

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