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We were told we could be anything we wanted. We were told to follow our dreams, and the money would follow.  So what happened?
We were told we could be anything we wanted. We were told to follow our dreams, and the money would follow.  So what happened?
We were told we could be anything we wanted. We were told to follow our dreams, and the money would follow. So what happened?
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ONLY EVERYTHING: A Novel (all about you)

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WHAT'S THE BOOK ABOUT?

This novel follows 6 major characters through their 20's, 30's, and beyond, as they strive and struggle with the idea that they can be "anything they want to be".  You'll follow a writer (that's my story), a fine artist (that's my brother's story), an entrepreneur and former corporate slave (that's my buddy John's story), an aspiring filmmaker (my friend Jason), a mommy-preneur (my friend Alison), and a seriously determined (demented?) spiritual seeker -- plus their wives and husbands, mistresses and paramours, parents and children. And your story, as a supporting character, might be added too.  (See Rewards and Unlocks) 

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

Because this story is your story. This story is OUR story.

Gen X and the Millennials (those between 20 and 50 years of age) have set out to become the next great generation of artists, thinkers, innovators, leaders, teachers, and more. But too often, we’ve had to settle for far less than what we think is our potential. Our stories need to be told. Our stories deserve to be told.

We're living through one of the biggest economic changes and challenges since the Great Depression. 2 out of 3 Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Most of us believe we should be able to make a living doing what we love, and we assume there is enough money, a strong enough economy, to support this. But the world is changing, right under our feet, and dreams that once seemed just within reach seem to be pulling away.  

OKAY, BUT WHAT MAKES THIS IDEA SO GREAT?

It's a topic that has never been addressed in this way -- in a purely creative (not academic or journalistic) format. 

Between July 15th and August 14th, 2013, I'm going to be doing 20-minute interviews with 12 thought-leaders, teachers, and creators on the idea behind "Only Everything". You can watch the interviews and share your voice on Only Everything. They include Ken Wilber ("The Integral Vision"), Zen Master Jun Po Kelly Roshi, Tripp Lanier (the New Man), Alexis Neely ("Wear Clean Underwear"), Sara Avant Stover ("The Way of the Happy Woman"), Shawn Phillips ("Strength for LIfe"), and many more! 

BUT WILL THE BOOK BE ANY GOOD? 

Man, you're tough.  Of course it will be good! The book is based on my own life, so I can guarantee a lot of fascinating “wow, I’m glad that isn’t me” kind of drama. 

Still not convinced? Well, someone wiser than me said the best predictor of future results is past behavior. The last time I had the funding to spend a big block of time on a book, the result was “A Heart Blown Open”, a 150,000 word book that has won TWO MAJOR BOOK AWARDS*, and received a ton of positive praise from everyday readers (you can read them for yourself on Amazon and Good Reads and even more on my own website), not to mention great reviews in the Huff Post, Tricycle Magazine, and a half-dozen other media outlets. 
*Winner, Silver Medal, Nautilus Book Awards Nominated, Book of the Year, ForeWord Reviews 

Still not convinced?  Well, "Only Everything" will be bolder and more controversial than my bold and controversial book, "A Heart Blown Open". And, of course, I'll be taking a few of your stories submitted to me, and adding them into this novel! (see Rewards and Unlocks)

BUT WILL "I" LIKE THIS BOOK??!

There will be something in this book for everyone, from spiritual seekers to unrepentant sinners, from the happily married to the hopelessly decadent (it helps that I’ve been all these things). 

You’ll find this a funny, frustrating, poignant, and thoroughly human story, because it’s based on my life and the lives of the people I’ve known. People like you

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO? 

Writing is a time-consuming business! My award-winning book, “A Heart Blown Open” took about 1 ½ years to write, edit, and prepare for publication. I sold my house in Philadelphia to finance it, and I’m fresh out of houses. The money we raise here will allow me to dedicate most of a year to the creation of this book. 

It will also fund other artists and creatives as I hire them to help me push the book towards publication.  See UNLOCKS, below.  

WAIT - YOU SOLD YOUR HOUSE TO WRITE A BOOK? ARE YOU DAFT?? 

Yes. And yes.  I’m an “all in” kind of guy. You can read the full story here if you’re morbidly curious. You can also listen to/download an interview with me about this on the New Man Podcast, with Tripp Lanier. 

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THE REWARDS? 

$25 gives you my three best short stories (digital), plus a digital copy of "Only Everything" as soon as it comes out. You’re basically pre-buying a book I know you’ll love. If you don’t, I’ll buy you a cup of coffee. Okay, an espresso. Okay okay.  A latte. Or even better than that, a scotch.   

If you want to contribute more, there are tons more of seriously awesome gifts. Like what? How about signed copies of my other books, an invite to a super-cool party in Boulder to celebrate, a custom-designed and uber-limited hardcopy edition, personalized thanks in "Only Everything" itself, and adding YOU as a supporting character in the book. 

IF WE RAISE MORE MONEY THEN REQUESTED, DO AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN? 

YES! 

One more time ... YES! 

Tons of cool things happen if we raise more money, including me being able to hire more people to help with the creation and promotion of this book! Plus, the more money we raise the more new rewards get unlocked that'll be automatically applied to people who have already contributed. 

Here are the specifics: 

Goal: $30,000 — 6-9 months of full-time writing. You guys ROCK, and WE’VE just brought something beautiful into the world. All the REWARDS are to the right ==> 

1st Unlock: $35,000 —The fourth PDF short story unlocked for all contributors, my best story EVER. It’ll make you cry. Seriously. Even you. 

And a professional trailer, hiring my friend and director Jason Lange, will be made for "Only Everything" as it nears completion. You'll now be working with two artists! What’s a book trailer look like? Well, something like this: http://bookriot.tv/2013/05/24/the-resurrectionist-by-e-b-hudspeth

2nd Unlock: $40,000 —EVERYONE gets another one of my PDF short stories, the 5th. You’ll love it! It’s short, powerful, and ... funny.

Also, I'll hire a young, hungry, and scary bright freelance agent to land this manuscript with a big publisher.    

3rd Unlock: $45,000 — 6th Short Story unlocked, for ALL contributors. This one will make you laugh. And cry. But not hurl.

My friend and aspiring director Jason Lange (who edited the video above and is generally an all-around awesome dude) is hired to write the screenplay for “Only Everything”. 

4th Unlock: $50,000 — Anyone who pledged $60 or more gets the full, electronic book, "The Mysterious Divination of Tea Leaves", 12 short stories first published in 2009. And I'll add a supporting character based on one of you guys (my choice, of course, but you can convince me). 

FUTURE UNLOCKS start to get a little crazy if the generosity keeps pouring in. They include a YouTube movie of me doing the "holy s@#t dance", more supporting characters based on you, more amazing gifts to all who gave, and even prostrations. You heard me. 

WANNA DO IT WITH ME? 

Well, I wanna do it with you, too.  

You’ve decided this book is definitely something you want to see in the world. So you click the “Back this Project” at the top of the page. Together, we make this sucker happen, and you get to take a chunk of credit for it, and get awesome rewards.

One Note on Your Hardcopy of "Only Everything"

To be clear, this novel needs to be written and then published by a publisher (not self-published). This will take 18-24 months, so anyone who has pledged more than $60 will get their physical copy of the book after it is released, no later than March, 2015.

All the other, non-hard copy stuff (electronic copies of older material, access to FB page, party invites, etc.) will go out by the end of Sept. 2013 -- just around the corner! 

Risks and challenges

If we don’t raise the full amount, you get your investment back in its entirety.

If we get the full amount, I’ll write this book in a year, the same way I’ve written the last three published books ("The Mysterious Divnation of Tea Leaves", "A Heart Blown Open", "The Heart of Zen" [spring, 2014]).

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    All the books and other goodies from above. PLUS: I will personally work with you, in-person or over Skype, about your writing needs. If you have a WEBSITE THAT NEEDS TO BE REDONE, I will give you A FULL DAY of my undivided attention and skills. Or if you're working on a book, I can help you with YOUR BOOK PROPOSAL, helping you to get it into a place where publishers will bite, and an audience will devour! Same deal -- one full day of my undivided attention! (normally $1,000 - check out www.keithmartinsmith/consulting for more!)

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    All the books and other goodies from above. PLUS: I will personally work with you, in-person or over Skype, about your writing needs. If you have a WEBSITE THAT NEEDS TO BE REDONE, I will give you A FULL DAY AND A HALF (12 hours of working and meeting time) of my undivided attention and skills (The last client I helped, WishGarden Herbs, saw a 600x increase in their website income after they worked with me.) Or if you're working on a book, I can help you with YOUR BOOK PROPOSAL, helping you to get it into a place where publishers will bite, and an audience will devour! Same deal -- one full day-and-a-half of my undivided attention! (normally $1,500)

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    All the books and other perks from above. PLUS: I will personally work with you, in-person or over Skype, about your writing needs. If you have a WEBSITE OR BOOK PROPOSAL THAT NEEDS TO BE REDONE, I will give you TWO and a HALF FULL DAYS (20 hours of working and meeting time) of my undivided attention and skills, so you can rebrand, reorganize, and rewrite the content to be straight-up awesome. Half my usual rate... Learn more about my marketing and book proposal writing experience at http://www.keithmartinsmith.com/consulting/

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    You, of course, get all the book perks above, BUT you get SEVEN FULL DAYS (to 60 hours) of my time as a professional author, marketing expert, SEO wiz, and book proposal writer. WHAT THIS MEANS is that you will get a huge amount of content out of me, to serve you directly. YOUR BOOK PROPOSAL can get finished and submitted. Your WEBSITE can be taken to a level that will bring in clients and money. Content is king, and I'll be your monarch for an entire week of meetings, writing, branding, marketing, and more. What can we do? Ask the half-dozen clients I've gotten published, or the hundreds of clients whose website I've turned profitable!

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    You get a complete and finished book proposal, from soup to nuts (I've landed half a dozen clients book contracts so far). This includes meetings, writing the proposal, submission to publishers, edits, 2 sample chapters that will dazzle a publisher, rewrites, contract help -- you name it. This normally would run a client around 20K, so this a a helluva value if you're in the market to GET YOUR BOOK PUBLISHED. Because this is VERY TIME INTENSIVE, I can only offer one. You MUST HAVE MORE THAN AN IDEA, however, such as a (very) successful online program it's based on, another published book (so you understand this process), fame or substantial accomplishment in your industry, or an equivalent. Please contact me if you're not sure if you qualify, because NOT EVERYONE will qualify!

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