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Kim Krizan, writer of "Before Sunrise" & "Before Sunset," wrote a tongue-in-cheek book about femme fatales & needs help to print it!
Kim Krizan, writer of "Before Sunrise" & "Before Sunset," wrote a tongue-in-cheek book about femme fatales & needs help to print it!
183 backers pledged $10,935 to help bring this project to life.

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Dear Dolls, Dames, Dishes, Detectives, Scary Mafioso Boyfriends, and Bad Men Everywhere: 

Now that I’ve lured you into my lair (okay, my  Kickstarter page), let me tell you about my latest project.

I wrote a book. It’s titled Original Sins: Trade Secrets of the Femme Fatale and I wrote it out of sheer love for and fascination with the subject of femme fatales. And it’s finished. Done. Ready to roll. And I’m very excited for you to have it.

I want to give you control over whether this book comes out. This new and quickly-unfolding technology stuff can be an amazing thing, allowing us to remove the flim flam and communicate more directly. So the power is in your hands on this one. You get to decide.

Original SinsTrade Secrets of the Femme Fatale is a tongue-in-cheek non-fiction book that draws from characters fictional and historical, serious and tabloid ... and I had a ridiculous amount of fun writing it.

After I finished the manuscript for Original Sins, I was extremely fortunate to be able to work with Kellner Book Design’s own Michael Kellner. Michael, employing his famous noir wit, designed the beautiful physical layout of the book, all 266 pages.

The cover photo was shot by the diabolically-talented Julia Sandberg Hansson and Nic Sadler in a studio just under the Hollywood sign. 

The book is finished and ready to go to the printer.

Now, of course I could just try to get it into the hands of a publisher. I could also put it online and be done with it. But I thought it would be so much cooler to take it directly to you. As you’ll learn in Original Sins, the femme fatale doesn’t like relying on middlemen. Oh no. She goes after what she wants as directly as possible and what this femme fatale wants is for you to have the book right away.

If we make our goal of $10,000, Original Sins will be printed in soft cover.  (I went to the printer and saw his beautiful work. The soft cover version will look and feel great.) But we're hoping we go over our goal, because in that case we might have enough money to print the book with a gorgeous hard cover – and if we have the funds I’ll make that an automatic upgrade. Of course, if you’d prefer to receive a digital copy, you can have it. The success of this project is truly in your hands.

We will be revealing extras on this project's update page, including another video made with talented friends.  

So that’s my Kickstarter femme fatale dream and it’s up to you, Doll. I’m very excited for you to have your own copy of Original Sins: Trade Secrets of the Femme Fatale and I thank you sincerely for your interest.

Fatally Yours,

Kim

PS—  I truly need your help, so please feel free to spread this information like a contagious disease! 

Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges when working on creative projects. Machines break down. People make mistakes. Meteorites crash into the planet and stuff gets damaged.

But you'll see when you read Original Sins, femme fatales don't give up. They finish what they start, Baby. So when this project is funded, you can be sure you'll get your damned book even if Kim has to pull strings from prison. Blood may be shed, but you're getting your book. Capeesh?

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    BASIC VAMP LEVEL : A PDF of the book will be sent straight to your virtual lair (we mean computer).

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    STRAIGHT UP SIREN LEVEL : A copy of the printed book will be sent to your mailbox (add $10 for international shipping).

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    HOMEWRECKER LEVEL : A copy of the printed book will be sent to your mailbox + a PDF of the book will be sent to your computer (add $10 international shipping).

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    SHE-DEVIL LEVEL : A copy of the book, signed & numbered by Kim, will be sent to your mailbox (add $10 for international shipping).

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    ORIGINAL SINNER LEVEL : You will receive a signed & numbered copy of book and your name will appear on the Thank You page as patron and early supporter of first edition (add $10 for international shipping).

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    SINS TIMES TEN LEVEL : 10 copies of the book will be mailed straight to your store's mailbox (no international shipping).

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    DELUXE FEMME FATALE CARE PACKAGE (LIMIT 10) : You will receive a signed & numbered book with your name on the Thank You page, plus a one-of-a-kind care package with gifts selected by Kim for you and you alone. She might ask you a few questions, possibly ask to see a photo, and then she's let loose to assemble the necessities you'll need to get your femme fatale (or scary boy) life on the road!

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    PHONE FIEND LEVEL (LIMIT 15) : Want to talk to Kim about life? Want to talk to Kim about your creative project? Need to discuss pressing femme fatale issues? Plotting the downfall of mankind? Doll (or Detective), you’ve come to the right place! And of course this option includes the signed & numbered book, with your name on the Thank You page, straight to your mailbox. Phone conversation will be 45 minutes.

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    PERILOUS GIN JOINT LEVEL (LIMIT 10) :

    Want to not only receive the signed & numbered copy of the book (with your name on the Thank You page), but also meet Kim in her favorite L.A. femme fatale joint? Oui, c’est possible. Just get yourself to and from the restaurant in one piece and Kim will buy you a drink or two. The meeting needs to take place before the end of 2013 and does not include travel expenses.

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    TROUBLE GIRL TOUR LEVEL (LIMIT 3) : Receive a signed & numbered copy of the book (with your name on the Thank You page), plus Kim will take you on her personal
    femme fatale tour of Los Angeles -- because you need to see where some of the actual, historical, femme fatale events discussed in the book took place! This tour will no doubt take all afternoon and does not include travel costs to or from Los Angeles, but costs during tour itself will be included. Take all the damn photos your heart desires, but no video. Event must take place before the end of 2013.

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    THE BEFORE SUNRISE IN L.A. EXPERIENCE (LIMIT 2) : Desire your own "Before Sunrise" experience? Meet Kim at L.A.'s wonderfully noir Union Station (built in 1939) at a pre-determined time, because Kim likes nothing better than walking and conversing for hours on end about everything under the sun. A photographer will document the evening and provide photos shortly after the event. You'll also receive a signed & numbered copy of the book with your name on the Thank You page. This option does not include travel costs to and from L.A. and should take place before the end of 2013.

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