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    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    Couldn’t be simpler: We’ll send you Deca’s first three stories, starting now with Mara Hvistendahl’s And The City Swallowed Them and continuing with automatic downloads through the rest of summer. We’ll give you a shout-out on our contributors page at www.decastories.com. And you’ll know that for the price of a movie ticket, you helped support great stories about the world.

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    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    Okay, maybe it could be simpler: For a $25 donation we’ll send you Deca’s app with a password giving you everything we publish for the rest of this year and into next summer. It's like a book club, only the books aren't so long and they all fit into your pocket. Plus you’ll not only get a thank you on the website, we’ll also list you in the acknowledgments of one of the stories, to have on your phone or reader. And we’ll send you a Deca wallpaper image.

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    Pledge US$ 35 or more About US$ 35

    NEW! We're going to write another book and send it to you. Along with the year of stories, the shout-outs, and the wallpaper, you'll receive a copy of our first anthology, a digital collection of shorter work by Deca's writers -- a full-length book -- designed, edited and featuring one of Deca's custom made covers.

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    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    Come hang out with us – and each other. You’ll get a special VIP invitation to a Deca launch event taking place with the writers and editors throughout the year in Shanghai, Rome, Barcelona, New York City, Seattle, London, L.A., and Washington, DC. Get early entry and a talk from the author of one of our stories. That's besides also receiving the subscription, the shout-out on the website, your name acknowledged in a story, and the Deca wallpaper image.

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    Pledge US$ 125 or more About US$ 125

    Besides receiving all of the above, for a $125 donation we’ll send you a professionally bound edition of the first year of Deca — actual, paper books — signed and dated by one or more Deca author. We still like print. Doesn’t everybody? Plus the subscription, the wallpaper image, the party invite, and your name on the website and in the acknowledgements of a story. Plus, you'll get a Twitter shout-out from Deca and from one of our widely-followed authors

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    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    Everybody wants to give you a cheap T-shirt. We're going the other way with it. We’re only printing a few dozen of these for ourselves and our funders at this level and above. It’s a plain T-shirt with Deca's cool letter-book-pencil logo. On the front, in tiny type, it says “Really Expensive Deca T-shirt.” Of course, you also get the subscription, the bound and signed book, the wallpaper, your name in the acknowledgments of a story and on the website, and a night out at a launch party with the rest of Deca. You’ll know what to wear. Not that any of us are in this for the clothes.

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    Pledge US$ 350 or more About US$ 350

    Edit a story with us. We’ll loop you in on the whole process of producing a Deca story: from the conceptual phase to shaping the reporting, to marking up a manuscript with the editor and the writer, to the second, third, fifth, ninth drafts. You'll be inside the whole process, from how we confirm facts to how we design our fantastic covers. Then, before the official publication date, we’ll send you the finished story in a personalized galley (don’t share it!). Plus we’ll give you the rare, coveted Deca t-shirt and the Deca book. And by the way: a lifetime subscription to every story we publish. Forever.

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Come reporting with us. If you can get yourself to where one of us is working — within some reasonable standards of safety and appropriateness — you won’t just be tagging along. You’ll spend two days working side-by-side with one of us, learning how the stories you read are created from the ground up. You’ll take part in on-site research, shoot photos, and throw around ideas for where the story should go as it’s emerging in front of you. Plus, all the other stuff from the other levels, naturally.

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    Pledge US$ 3,000 or more About US$ 3,000

    Write with us. Pitch us your ideas for a non-fiction piece, and we’ll take you and your story through the same months-long process, from conception to reporting to composition to rewrite, that we use for our own work. We’ll pair you with a Deca member as editor, who’ll provide notes and reporting tips, and help you produce a final draft. Then we’ll send that to our in-house fact checker and copy editor. We’ll make you a cover. We’ll put the final text in front of every Deca member, as we do with all of our stories, and deliver to you a detailed package of the whole group’s comments. By the end, you’ll be exhausted — but you’ll have a professional, publishable piece of writing suitable for your own site or any self-publishing outlet.

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    Pledge US$ 5,000 or more About US$ 5,000

    We think there should be more efforts like Deca. But we also know — and we learned the hard way — that there is more to starting any kind of co-op project than it seems. Our top donation level means we’ll sit down face to face, or by video conference, for as long as it takes to give you every bit of collective knowledge we have, and every lesson we’ve learned about how to build a creative project like Deca. The whole thing: the legal headaches to look out for, how profit-sharing works and how it doesn’t; how to write bylaws, copyright, editing, workflows; even what platforms work best for these kinds of projects (no, it’s not what you thought).

    We know what’s possible and, more importantly, what’s been impossible in setting up ambitious collaborative projects. For the top level of donation, we’ll do everything we can to help you build your own Deca.

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