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This is a collection of short stories that take place in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Beautiful artwork is included throughout.
This is a collection of short stories that take place in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Beautiful artwork is included throughout.
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Bending Water and Stories Nearby is a collection of short stories from various places throughout Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It’s not a book about fishing, hunting or summers at the family cabin--- yes, those things are in it, but what I've tried to do is bring the reader stories with interesting characters who, while living in the beautiful surroundings of the UP, encounter life's joys and challenges at every turn.

This is an exciting time for independent artists, writers and musicians. The writing of my book is complete. There will be 12 stories in the printed version and 14 in the E-Version. The book also features beautiful artwork by Michigan artist Richard Onica.

Instead of relying on a traditional publisher, I am using Kickstarter to finance the layout, design and printing of the book and then release it. I have a retail distributor who has placed a previous book of mine in over 100 stores throughout Michigan.It will also be available on my web page in a softbound edition and a very limited edition in hard cover.

With your pledge I am offering you something at every giving level from $5-$500. If I do not raise the minimum amount, the project will not be completed and the amount you pledged will not be charged to your secure credit card. (Kickstarter doesn’t process your money unless the goal is attained.) If I exceed my target amount, the money will be used for advertising, marketing and promotion of the book in addition to my own funding.

Supporting this project with a pledge is also about becoming a part of my transition into a new career of something I love doing and that many people have told me I’ve done well.

When released, this will become my fourth book. It is my best work to date. Everything I write comes from my heart and I hope I will connect with yours in the pages that make up Bending Water and Stories Nearby.

Risks and challenges

There is little risk to you by funding this project. The book is already written and your advance order (pre-sale/contribution) will cover the cost of graphic design and printing. Any amount raised above the $3500 will be combined with my investment for marketing and promotion.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    You will receive an E-copy (low rez pdf) of my first book titled; Between The Cottages. This book was first published in 2006 and sold out the same year.

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    You will receive an E copy of Between the Cottages, Assembly Park on Lake Delavan.

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    You will receive one soft cover copy of the new book mailed to you anywhere in the United States.

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    You will receive one limited edition hard cover copy of the book mailed anywhere in the US, an E copy of Between the Cottages and an 8 x 10 color photograph from my Upper Peninsula photo book Places I Hide.

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    You will receive one limited edition hard cover copy and one soft cover copy of the book; the E Version of Between the Cottages as well as an acknowledgment of your generosity in the book introduction.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    You will receive one hard cover copy of the book, two soft cover copes of the book, the E book of Between the Cottages, an 8 x 10 color photograph from my Upper Peninsula photo book, Places I Hide and an acknowledgement of your generosity in the book introduction.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    You will receive one limited edition hard cover copy of the new book, 3 soft cover copies an E book copy of Between the Cottages. You will also receive an acknowledgement of your generous support in the book introduction and an 8x10 copy of my award winning photograph, Sunset on Muskallonge Lake.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    You will receive two hard cover limited edition copies of the book, three soft bound copies plus an E book of Between the Cottages, 8 x 10 copy of my award winning photograph, Sunset on Muskallonge Lake, as well as acknowledgement of your generous support in the book introduction.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    You will receive three limited edition hard copies of the new book, three soft cover copies, the E book version which will contain two extra stories not found in the printed version, the E copy of Between the Cottages, an 8x10 photograph of Sunset on Muskallonge Lake, and a SPECIAL acknowledgement of your generous support in the book introduction.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    You will receive three limited edition hard copies of the new book, four soft cover copies, the E book version which will contain two extra stories not found in the printed version, the E copy of Between the Cottages, an 8x10 photograph of Sunset on Muskallonge Lake and a SPECIAL acknowledgement of your generous support in the book introduction.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    You will receive four limited edition hard copies of the new book, four soft cover copies, the E book version which will contain two extra stories not found in the printed version, the E copy of Between the Cottages, an 8x10 photograph of Sunset on Muskallonge Lake and a SPECIAL acknowledgement of your generous support in the book introduction. You will also receive a copy of my book Places I Hide, photographs and poetry of Michigan's Upper Peninsula..

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    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    You will receive five limited edition hard copies of the new book, five soft cover copies, the E book version with 2 extra stories, the E copy of Between the Cottages, an 8x10 photograph of Sunset on Muskallonge Lake, a SPECIAL acknowledgement of your generous support in the book introduction and a copy of my book Places I Hide, photographs and poetry of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, one copy of my book Ashes, Art Heroes and Heart.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    You will receive ten limited edition hard copies of the new book, five soft cover copies, the E book version, the E copy of Between the Cottages, an 8x10 photograph of Sunset on Muskallonge Lake, a VERY SPECIAL acknowledgement of your generous support in the book introduction and a copy of my book Places I Hide, photographs and poetry of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, one copy of my book Ashes, Art Heroes and Heart.. . .And my undying gratitude!

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