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Our Anthology LLCBy Our Anthology LLC
First created
Our Anthology LLCBy Our Anthology LLC
First created
$4,835
pledged of $27,000pledged of $27,000 goal
79
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 8 2017

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About

Your Journal’s Journey: The Overview

Connect friends and strangers alike by collecting stories on the pages of one journal:

  • Write the first entry in your journal.
  • Launch by leaving #TheBalancingBook someplace new (a coffee shop, for example). The next author does the same and the journey continues.
  • Meanwhile, authors are encouraged to report their find on social media so that they can meet one another and track the journal together.
  • Your completed anthology - a unique collection of 52 stories - is returned to you by the final author via a prepaid envelope (free within the U.S.).

We believe your story can change the world.

Ordinary stories from people like us have the power to personally connect people across race, culture, space, and time. In order to harness this great power, we created The Balancing Book: a globally shared journal. Launch one these books, capture the voices of dozens of strangers, and bring home a unique anthology of stories.

Treasure hunting meets Pen Pals.

An anthology is a collection of short stories written by a variety of authors. What better way to use the power of story than with an anthology written by the entire world? We've built the book. Now all we need are the authors (that's you, by the way).

Each book contains fifty-two entries, one for you and one for each of your fellow authors. Write an entry and then place the book somewhere new to be discovered by your next co-author.

Future authors are introduced to the journal's quest and invited to read your story and the stories that follow before adding their own. When doing so, they're encouraged to report their find on social media using the book's unique #hashtag. This way, you can track the journal's journey and meet your fellow co-authors along the way through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Once the pages are filled, we'll help the final author return the book so that you can welcome the completed journal - an anthology of stories - back home. You can imagine what a mantle piece it will make.

Launching Y(our) Journal.

Who will be in your anthology? While the journal was designed to be shared among strangers, you also could launch the book by sharing directly among friends, family members, colleagues, students, et. cetera. Specifically, you could build your anthology with...

  • Strangers: Add your story and then balance the book somewhere new to find its next author.
  • Friends: Pass a book among friends to reminisce on your many experiences together.
  • Family: Mail a book among family to immortalize stories about a special someone as a birthday, graduation, or wedding gift.
  • Coworkers: Leave a book in the breakroom for coworkers to build office morale and camaraderie.
  • Customers: Stand the book at a welcome desk or serving table and connect the customers who love your cafe, book shop, or tavern.
  • Communities: Use the book to tell your town's story by capturing the voices of those who live there.

Whatever the approach, The Balancing Book makes an excellent gift for the giver, receiver, and subsequent community of authors.

Just like the stories inside, the journal is crafted with love.

While the the book photographs nicely, nothing compares to holding one of them in your hands and balancing it on its custom-cut corner. We've spared no expense in bringing you the most beautiful, highest quality, and longest lasting product possible. We love these books, and we know you will too.

  • Personal Touch: our own handwriting balanced with a classic font guides authors through the book
  • Heavy-Duty 70lb Pages: beautiful and zero bleed-through
  • Layflat Binding: Smyth Sewn for storytelling ease
  • Plastic-Reinforced Cloth Cover: built for travel
  • Gold-foil Stamped Hardback: a classic library look
  • The Curious Corner: original, alluring balancing effect

Money well-spent.

These books are custom printed and bound by Americans in the country's heartland. To maintain those businesses' profitability, a batch of approximately 1,000 books is required. At that rate, the cost to produce is about $14 per book. Although we're asking for a shipping rate to get the book to you, we're incurring the cost to ship your book back home in the book's price. The average cost to ship these books home will be around $10, bringing our total cost per book to $24. Kickstarter processing fees add up to between 8-10%, bringing our cost to produce up to approximately $26.

As is the case with many of the fantastic projects on Kickstarter, The Balancing Book isn't about making money. At Our Anthology, we believe in the power of stories to connect people, and we're dedicated to bringing you the best product your money can buy to get it done.

What's our story?

We (Jake and Adam) met in college in the Midwestern USA. Our paths coincidentally led us both to Minneapolis where we work to solve problems and connect people through design thinking. As business partners, we’re different in all the best ways and are a dynamic duo in any environment.

Jake hatched an idea to connect a distant world with an old-school craft while in Iowa State University's startup incubator, CYstarters. Adam joined the initiative and together they created what you see today. Now it’s your turn to climb on board!

Please introduce yourself by finding us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Feel free to get to know us better personally by finding Jake and Adam on Instagram. We're excited to e-meet you!

You can check out these links to see our growing press coverage: 

When will these books hit the streets?

  • November 10, 2017: Kickstarter Campaign Concludes, YAY!!
  • November 13, 2017: Print and Bind Books
  • December 11, 2017: Ship first 1,000 books
  • December 25: Open your book and write the first entry
  • January 1: The Global Debut: Launch your book!

Are you new to Kickstarter?

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Thousands of creative projects are funded on Kickstarter every day. The artists, designers, and entrepreneurs you see on Kickstarter have complete responsibility for their projects. They spend countless hours developing their product, building their campaign, and brainstorming what rewards to offer backers. When they're ready, creators launch their project.

Once live, every project has a funding goal and deadline. If people like you appreciate the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal by the deadline, the backers' are charged and receive their respective rewards. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. Your support means more than just buying a product. This is your chance to help turn a dream into reality. 

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenges have been building our crowd of supporters and navigating all the nitty-gritties of manufacturing a custom product. We’re confident that we’ve nailed the product design and manufacturing pieces. Now we just need to focus on building the crowd.

The secret to overcoming this challenge lies in your willingness to help us spread the word about our project. Please help us build our crowd of supporters by sharing the project via text, email, and social media to your friends, family, facebook groups, and even coworkers.

Thank you so much! Anything is possible with your support.

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    Pledge $7 or more About $7

    The Buccaneer

    Make this project a reality so that someday you can “add your message to someone else's bottle” (your story to the journal, that is). Every penny counts!

    This project is all about connecting people across space and time. There are seven continents on this Earth and seven days in a week. The number just feels right, eh?

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    The Crewmate - 1 BOOK

    Be one of the first people to own The Balancing Book. Add your story and launch a book or gift the opportunity to a friend or loved one!

    Each journal contains pages for fifty-two stories. Follow your journal's journey on social media and then bring home a completely unique anthology of stories from strangers-turned-co-authors.

    Your book's 2018/2019 return journey within the U.S. is included in the price.

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    The Quartermaster - 2 BOOKS

    Do you want to get a book for a loved one but also want one for yourself? If so, this package is for you. Save $4 and connect over 100 people!

    You know what they say: a book in the hand is worth two in the bush. But books don't fly away so just go for the two in the bush.

    Each book's 2018/2019 return journey within the U.S. is included in the price.

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    The Captain - 5 BOOKS

    This package is our best deal. You save $15 and touch the lives of 260 people. Make The Balancing Book a shared gift among friends, coworkers, children, and grandchildren.

    Each book's 2018/2019 return journey within the U.S. is included in the price.

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    The Portmaster - LIMITED SUPPLY

    Become an official book exchange location!

    As these books multiply and travel around the world, many Authors will be looking for a place to discover or launch a book. "Ports" will be where exchanges are focused.

    This reward gets your place of business advertised as an official Port. This way, Authors will have incentive to visit your restaurant, book store, bank, etc. We’ll also send you a complimentary book!

    For the first 3 months, we'll only be advertising 100 ports worldwide!

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    The Visionary - 27 BOOKS

    If you share in our passion and want to see these books connect the world, please consider claiming this reward. We’ll donate 27 books in your name to any school, organization, or location of your choice. Your support means everything to us!

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- (21 days)