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This book is about Struggle and Perseverance. It’s about not knowing what’s gonna happen tomorrow, and being alright with it.
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What is the Purpose of this so-called Life? The intention of this book is to explore Self in relationship to the American Dream.

Purpose can be a bitch. I never asked for any of this...or did I? When an out of body experience changed the way I understood everything, things got REAL! With a chance to experience Self from 2 different perspectives, this story suggests that Life’s epic journey can be best understood by turning inward. 

I had it all figured out. White picket fence growing up, a star athlete with a great Family and a private school education. Little did I know I was infected with a western sickness. I was living an Illusion fueled by EGO and expectation. The worst part about it is that I was completely blind to it all. When I woke up paralyzed after a diving accident, my perspective began to Change. My search for Deeper Meaning behind all the confusion humanity experiences thrust my Life into Purposeful Living. All Different Directions chronicles my unconventional journey to make sense of this crazy world we live in. 

I have no idea what I’m doing, but who really does? So now I’m an author? I’m still trying to figure out how to be Damien. I will spend the rest of my Life paying forward the Blessings that have been instilled within me. My Faith, Family and Friends are counting on me to lead a rebellion that challenges people to find their True Self. Are you with me? 

 Book Comparison: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert 

 Synopsis: Book details overcoming life’s mishaps, inner exploration of self, spiritual exploration, a Love story, international travel and general badassedness! 

 Status: Manuscript complete, publisher confirmed (Page Publishing), currently seeking seed funding to aid in the publishing process. 

 I WROTE THIS BOOK TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCES WITH EVERYONE WILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE JOURNEY 

 This book is about Struggle and Perseverance. It’s not about perfection or the American Dream. It’s about not knowing what’s gonna happen tomorrow, and being alright with it. It‘s about Faith in God and the Unknown. It’s about my crazy ass Family and how we have stumbled perfectly flawed through Life’s trials and tribulations. It’s about my Friends who brighten my days and motivate me to be a balanced Soul. And it’s about our Purpose here together, in this moment. I AM Thankful you dropped by this site! 

 ALL ANY OF US WANT IS TO BE A PART OF SOMETHING GOOD 

 I wrote a book because my experiences mean something. All of our experiences mean something, we just aren’t entirely sure what that something is yet. We need each other to help figure everything out. I have learned so much from my life, but my lessons have all come with and through other people. Some people look at my life and consider my efforts inspirational. I don’t really see it the same way. I just feel like I’m doing whatever I need to do so that I can be the best ME as possible. We should want to Love others and we should want to do the right thing. For whatever reason though, we seem to be way more comfortable living an Illusion. 

 SO AHH, THAT’S GREAT AND ALL, BUT WHY SHOULD YOU SUPPORT THIS BOOK? 

 The short answer is because it rocks! Due to my unique skill set and upbringing, I AM a natural storyteller. In a weird way, I always knew I was going to write a book about my life. So in a sense, I was masterfully unfolding my story in my head as Life was presenting it to me. Sounds crazy right? Well, I’ll save you the suspense. I AM bat shit crazy. I feel like it works well for an interesting book. When I used to tell my Dad I wanted to write a book he would say, 

 “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU GOING TO WRITE ABOUT?” 

 • God and her wonderful sense of humor 

 • My Faith, Family, and Friends 

• My Southern California Italian Catholic upbringing (a super hybrid situation) 

• Learning how to Let Go 

• ADHD - wait, what was I talking about?! 

• Football - such a silly game 

• College - what kids are really learning while they are away 

• The education system - how it works, even though it doesn’t seem to be working 

• Spinal cord injury - what to do when everything changes 

• Overcoming great fear to understand what Life truly offers 

• Hospital life, caregivers and everything that goes along with major Change 

• Eastern healing vs. Western medicine and the Wellness industry 

• International travel, meditation and adapting to new environments 

• LOVE – what is it and how can we be better at sharing it? 

• COMPASSION – what does it mean to be Grateful? 

 WHAT ABOUT THE DOLLARS? WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO? 

 Below is a preview of the Page Publishing contract. A majority of the money raised here on Kickstarter will go toward publishing costs. Other funds will be allocated toward the fees associated with doing a full-scale marketing and distribution campaign. Page publishing will get my book ready to hit the mass-market and they will also give me a few leads as a platform to get the ball rolling. But the rest is up to us! 

 Page Publishing 

 a. Publication Coordinator: a Publication Coordinator will be assigned to oversee all aspects of the publication process including guiding the work through editorial review, page design, cover art, publicity campaigns and copyright registration. Author will be given complete access to all work flow through a personalized on-line Author Portal. 

 b. Pre-Publication Full-Copy Edit: Publisher will assign a copy editor to proof and edit the Work. Copy editor will review the work to ensure proper syntax, word usage, sentence structure and consistency. Copy editor will adhere to the standards of the Chicago Manual of Style. 

 c. Page Design: Publisher will assign a Page Designer to ensure consistency of headings and chapters, and to implement elements of typographical style, including font size, font choices, margins, paragraph and sentence formatting. 

 d. Cover Art: Publisher will produce a premium, custom cover design based on Author's input. The final selection of cover art shall be at the sole discretion of Author. 

 e. Conversion to various digital formats: Publisher will convert the Work to the appropriate various digital formats so that it may be offered for sale with the Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Google eBook retailer's platforms. 

f. Implementation of DRM: In addition to converting the Work into the various respective formats for eBook retailers, Publisher will employ Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology to prevent unauthorized sharing of the Work. 

 g. Printed editions of the Work: Ten (10) complimentary paperback editions of the Work, professionally printed with a full-color front and back cover will be produced and delivered to Author's designated address as stated above.  

h. Author Discount Program: Author may purchase an unlimited number of additional wholesale copies of the hard-cover and/or soft-cover editions of the Work for private sale by Author, directly from Publisher at a discount of 50% of the retail price.

 i. ISBN: Publisher will obtain, on behalf of Author, an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) and corresponding barcode for the print edition of the Work as well as an ISBN for the digital versions. The ISBN's will list Author as the original owner and author of the Work, and Page Publishing, Inc. as the authorized Publisher. 

 j. Digital Distribution: Publisher will submit Author's Work for distribution to prevalent digital distribution outlets including Amazon, Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Google Play. Upon acceptance by each digital distribution outlet, Publisher will upload Author's Work to each respective outlet for immediate offer for sale. Author acknowledges that Publisher has no control over acceptance of the Work's submission by each distribution outlet. 

 k. Print Distribution: Publisher will list the paperback edition of Author's Work for wholesale distribution via Publisher's Ingram Content Network account so that print editions of the Work may be available in national retail outlets and via Amazon's print distribution platform. All costs and expenses for returned Works shall be borne solely by Publisher. 

 l. Author web page: Publisher will create a customweb page for Author within the Page Publishing web site. This page shall contain Author's cover art, a synopsis of Author's book, and direct links to the purchase page of every digital platform which is offering Author's book for sale so that viewers may quickly and easily purchase the Work. 

 m. Publicity and Press Release Distribution: Publisher's Publicity Team will create a custom press release which, once approved by Author, will be sent to a targeted priority list of media including local, regional and national print, broadcast and online sources. Publisher shall deliver in excess of three-thousand (3000) of said press releases to the targeted media. These press releases will contain a link to Author's web page which is described above. Author hereby gives Publisher the authority to distribute, at Publisher's sole expense, as many free digital and hard-copy versions of the work as Publisher deems necessary in order for Publisher to promote the Work. 

 n. Copyright Registration: Publisher will take all necessary steps, including preparation and submission of all documents and forms required to register Author's copyrighted Work with the United States Library of Congress listing Author as the original creator and author of the Work. Author hereby grants to Publisher the authority to act as Author's representative/agent for the sole purpose of perfecting Author's copyright registration. 

 Other stuff that needs to be done: 

Publicity 

Order fulfillment 

Kickstarter fees 

Book signing/speaking tour** 

Major motion picture** 

 And a thousand other things, because I won’t sleep until everything is perfect. 

 (**assuming everything goes how I see it in my dreams) 

Risks and challenges

I don’t even know why I am entertaining a risk section in this bio. Everything is a risk from getting in the car and driving to the store, to using a chainsaw drunk on a jet ski. I injured my spinal cord diving off the back of a boat. My hands were out in front of me, I didn’t hit anything, sever anything, or break any bones. I just dislocated my vertebrae, which bruised my spinal cord rendering me paralyzed from chin down. All I hit was the water. Now in a world full of risk you have to put your money somewhere right? I am asking you to invest in a man that always finds a way to make things happen, no matter what the circumstances are. I mean, I just wrote a book without the use of my fingers.

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    Level 7 SUPPORT = 2 limited edition hard back copies signed by me (This is sort of random as I stubbornly never pick up a pen due to the inconvenience of my fingers not working. My signature truly is a rare find these days), 2 paperback copies, One digital copy + the audio book version read by me + Level 1 benefits

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