Some time has passed since this project first appeared in December. While it did not reach its funding goal, it caught the eye of a most generous, local Sound Studio who generously donated their time and expertise, studio recording time, and allowed me to record the book, "in the voice of the author." They then produced five master CD's. (A gift/donation worth well over $1,400!) SO!!! Yes, it is finally a real Audio Book!
Now the pressing, producing, packaging and Gifting the 200 sets to students of the Blind School, their families, local libraries, and retirement homes begins! It is for those who depend on Audio Books for their escape and entertainment.... May You, The Backers, be a part of the process, give and gift.
My Target Budget is broken into three categories: final production Studio time, $400; CD artwork, pressing the initial set of 200, $1,800; and $1,400 for packaging, gifting, & mailings, promotion, press release, and dispersing, possible website set-up and networking to make this grow and go!!
REMEMBER: THE BIGGEST GIFT has already happened, and just this weekend I had the privilege of gifting the first and only set to my 82- year old friend, Betty, who has lost her sight to macular degeneration and depends on Audio Books to fill the long, dark, quiet hours.This project is dedicated to her.
My goal is to work through local field representatives, champions for the visually impaired, countless libraries & national associations of Librarians, lending agencies to homes for the elderly, and make this five-hour listening adventure available to many. So that Backers may "gift it forward," and recipients can share them and then pass them on...to others.
Sight is such a precious gift...And this little book, A Japanese Journey, Alone in the Land of the Rising Sun, is a travel essay/memoir, of my three years living and teaching in Japan, as a young widow, fulfilling a childhood dream of traveling to that mysterious country....and the gifts of adventure it afforded me. The book is read in the voice of the author, ( I published in my maiden name, P. Amalie Turner,) and it heightens the listeners senses of sound, smell, taste and touch so that even those without sight are never left....Alone.
** To become a Backer for "The Journey Project", simply click on the green "Back This Project" and you will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward level. When you go thru the Amazon checkout process and finish, your pledge will be recorded.Your card will only be charged if and when the funding goal is reached ( July 17) and if not, your card is never charged...that's why I call it a "pledge." Your pledge is never publicly displayed, but I, the project creator, am able and will be contacting you...with gratitude and excitement as the days go on.