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An exciting (and illustrated) Nancy Drew-esque mystery story starring everyone's favorite pop star as a Girl Detective.
An exciting (and illustrated) Nancy Drew-esque mystery story starring everyone's favorite pop star as a Girl Detective.
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Many of you know my music, but did you also know I moonlight as a girl detective?

Yes, as a feminist, I have a little trouble with the term “girl detective” too—but it has a ring to it that “empowered woman investigator” just doesn’t. The award-winning lyricist in me can’t object to that.

Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris (who head up the lady co-Watson division of my squad) need your help! They have chronicled one of my favorite detective adventures in their first graphic novella, Taylor Swift: Girl Detective and The Secrets of The Starbucks Lovers.

This gorgeously illustrated tale depicts the hilarious (and high fashion) hijinks that ensue when my colleague in crushing it, Lorde, and I take on the case of a struggling actress receiving threatening messages on her skinny mochas. Set against the glamorous backdrop of New York City (and even Brooklyn) there is no shortage of intrigue, love interests, sisterhood, and Starbucks jokes in this slim, attractive volume.

Which is why Kitty and Larissa need you to help them fund its publication by contributing to this clue.

Did I say clue?

I meant Kickstarter.

Sorry, I just came back from solving The Case of the Jellybean Ruby and writing a single about it for my next album with Lorde. I'm torn between calling it "Meddling Kids" or simply "Lorde and Taylor."

While I decide, you follow your heart... right on over to the pledge button. And, since donating is worthy of a catchy hit pop song and an accompanying Vevo-record-shattering music video, check out the different rewards you can receive for backing at different levels, too.

Now I'm off to Cape Cod to solve a mystery in a "haunted" beach mansion. I bet you all my "Bad Blood" money the only thing haunting that place is a broke heiress's even broker half-brother. You know how these things go.

Thank you for your support! We're nothing without our fans and our fans are nothing without YOU.

Love,

Your favorite Pop Star/Girl Detective

P.S. Follow my further adventures on the Taylor Swift: Girl Detective tumblr!

P.P.S. Kitty and Larissa would like to make clear that this has not been endorsed by either Taylor Swift or Starbucks in any way. You know chroniclers, they're the nervous types. It's why I never take them on adventures.

Book Excerpt

Here's the sneakiest of sneak peeks of Taylor Swift: Girl Detective and The Secrets of The Starbucks Lovers—straight from my case files:

Reward Levels

Because when someone helps you crack a case, it is important to make it worth their while. Investigate what you could get by pledging... 

By pledging the respectable sum of $5, you will receive a charmingly high-tech PDF of the book. PDFs are truly the modern-day equivalent of scooby snacks for the discerning Spunky Pet of a Meddling Kid.

Meddling Kids who pledge $15 will receive a PDF of the book as well as a physical copy of the book. Real books are excellent for reading while wearing something stylish in public, as well as for storing folded-up pages of handwritten lyrics, polaroid photographs, and clearly forged wills.

UPDATE: The Meddling Kid level is now available in a 2 and 3 book version! Now you can receive multiple copies of the book—perfect for giving to a suspect to distract them while you rifle through their handbag.

Junior Detectives pledging $20 will not only receive a PDF and physical copy of the book, but a set of 5 of postcards illustrated with scenes from The Secrets of the Starbucks Lovers as well. 

These postcards are most ideal for covertly taking down license plate numbers, or dropping a line to your gentleman friend who is always off at college when you are having adventures.

UPDATE: The Junior Detective level is now available in a 2 and 3 book reward version! Receive the postcards, plus multiple copies of the book to send to your gentleman friend so he doesn't get too lonely while you are off solving mysteries.

Backers at the Gumshoe level will enjoy a PDF and physical copy of the book, set of postcards, and three limited-edition stickers featuring intrigue, pop stardom, and the stiffest of skinny caramel lattes. 

These vinyl stickers are tough enough to take on anything life throws at them—just like you.

UPDATE: The Gumshoe level is now available in a 2 and 3 book reward version! Receive the postcards, stickers, plus multiple copies of the book. Feel free to leave a copy on the desk of the local grizzled police chief, with a wry note about how they could do with some pointers now you've cracked the case.

Top Sleuths need something attractive to pin to their evidence boards to offset all their hard-won clues and hunches. Backers at this level will find just the ticket: a full-color art print of The Secrets of the Starbucks Lovers cover. 

Easy, Top Sleuth! You’ll also receive your PDF, physical copy of the book, sticker set, and postcards. You have a hard time keeping your passion in line, maverick—but that passion is just what this job needs.

UPDATE: The Top Sleuth level is now available in a 2 and 3 book reward version! Receive the postcards, stickers, print, plus multiple copies of the book. Keep a copy for yourself, and then give one to your estranged sister as a conciliatory gift. You know it's been a long time, and you parted on bad terms... but they are the only one you can trust.

You’re not a cop.

You’re an Ace Detective. 

Throw your PDF, physical copy of the book, postcards, stickers, and art print in your limited-edition Taylor Swift: Girl Detective crest tote

Great for hauling around evidence and clues, it also accessorizes perfectly with your haunted, world-weary air.*

*Sexual tension with brooding, chip-on-his-shoulder partner not included.

UPDATE: The Ace Detective level is now available in a 2 and 3 book reward version! Receive the postcards, stickers, print, and tote bag, plus multiple copies of the book. You can use them to start a book club at the precinct to distract yourselves from all the grizzly cases you are investigating.

Into each generation, a slayer is born. 

You are not that slayer. 

You are a Girl Detective—which, let’s face it, is better. You make your own hours, you wear better clothes, and the potential for your love interests is only eclipsed by the potential for your #squadgoals. Backers at this level will receive the full run of goodies, plus an exclusive piece of original digital art made just for you by the illustrator of all my capers, Kitty Curran.

Choose any art style, and any subject, with a maximum of two figures in the image. Artwork will be made to your dimensions of choice and emailed to you with a small file for sharing on social media and a large high quality file should you wish to print.

Risks and challenges

Taylor Swift: Girl Detective is fully written and illustrated, and just needs funding to print and ship! We have based our goal on the print quote that gave the speediest timeline combined with the quality we want in order to minimize the wait time for our backers.

So, provided there is no nefarious second-cousin who is in line to inherit and would stop at nothing to get his hands on our funds, we are confident that we will get your rewards to you as quickly as possible.

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