I'm Trying Here is a self-published memoir by the first time author Taylor Church. It is a book about searching for love, sifting through the hurt of rejection, and trying to move on. It is a book about being in your twenties and feeling true loneliness. A true coming of age story about love, loss, and misadventure. A dating book that reveals no final answers, but reveals the truth of how hard it is to find love, to lose love, and to ultimately be happy.
These days publishing is easier than ever, but that doesn't mean it is any easier to make it big in the book industry. Amazon enables people to publish quickly and virtually cost-free. But with this plethora of new books and self-published works, how can one stand out? How can one make a noticeable splash when over 750,000 books are published every year? I guess you can hope for luck. You can hope your cousin is a literary agent or that you're neighbors with Steven King. But the reality is it is tremendously difficult to make it as a first time self-published author. But does that mean your words shouldn't be read by the whole world?
It's easy to think I should go to Barnes & Noble to support the writers I love instead of simply borrowing their books from my friends. Because the artist worked hard and deserves my support. But what about those writers who have no national platform to market their work? What about the artists that have a masterpiece hidden under a sheet of obscurity? What if you could be the one to help remove that sheet?
Dating is different in 2015 than it was even in 2010. Dating is now about social media profiles and online matchmaking services. Instead of unreturned letters and ignored phone calls, it's about unread text messages, deleted profiles, and blocked accounts. Church writes his unabashed story of trying to find the one in his twenties. He talks about pain, about lust, and about breaking down. Anyone who has ever dated (which is everyone) can relate to some aspects of his stories. This isn't a book about dating philosophies or tips, but a story about the journey.
The majority of dating books out there are written by women. And if they are written by men, they are either macho showcases of conquests or self-help tips for the novice dater. This book is an unabashed tale of the ups and downs of searching for someone to love. The author is not shy about his mistakes, and about opening his heart up only to have it crushed.
This campaign should succeed because everyone wants to read something they can relate to, something that in its own unique way reminds us of something very specific and very real that we have been through. And everyone has dated. Everyone has loved. And everyone has lost.
After this campaign is funded and achieves a great level of success, the world will see how a first time self-published author can make it big and continue his or her dream of using the written word to influence the world. People will see that writing and selling a hit book is not reserved for the lucky or the well connected, but for those who can tell a great story that everyone wants to read. This can change the future of publishing.
My future plan is to take "I'm Trying Here" all over the world, make it a best seller, and continue to write books about love and the journey of life for the rest of my waking days. I don't want the writing of books to be a hobby or a supplementary source of income. I want it to be my career, and a tool to help people through the power of words.
Risks and challenges
Since my book is manufactured in a print on demand form there should not be any hiccups in manufacturing and shipping. The only delay could be if the goal is exponentially surpassed, in which case it may take me a little longer to sign copies and get them delivered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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