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About

The Quick Story

  • I want to write an awesome book for you.
  • Lots of reader feedback indicates you want this book. Like, lots of feedback. Enough to make me think it's time to do something about making this book a reality sooner rather than later.
  • My current financial situation makes it hard to set aside the time to write a book when immediately billable client work is available.
  • I don't want to allow stupid, poohead money to keep this book on the "forever pending" list.
  • I am turning to you to see if my suspicions about your interest in this book are right. If this works, the book comes out by December (just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, she says sales-ily!).

The More In-Depth Story

1. What I'll Be Writing

Three years ago, I created a little freebie ebook as a thank-you for people who signed up for my blog's email list. I called it Your Guide to Calling It Quits (Because There Are Better Things to Do With Your Life), and you can read more about it on this original promo page, where you can also snag a copy for free to see what it's all about.

Since then, the blog has grown and so has my sense of the purpose it serves. I get so many emails each week from people who are inspired and want to know more about how to rock their lives... who feel stuck and are desperately seeking direction... who are just plain Sick and Freakin' Tired of doing things the way they've always been done, but not quite sure what they can do to change that.

Since the masses have spoken, it's time I turn this little ebook into a full-fledged Real Book, available both digitally and in print form for those of you who fetishize the smell and feel of a physical book. (Respect.)

This extended and expanded book will be based on the free ebook, but chock full of so much more, from real-life inspiring case studies to extra down-in-the-weeds how-to tips and tricks that will help you identify the shit that's holding your life back and promptly and effectively kick its sorry ass to the curb. I've been collecting feedback from readers for, well, about three years now to help me ensure I'm meeting you exactly where you're at and answering the questions you've been asking me.

The free ebook was an overview. The new, expanded book will get down and dirty and -- dare I say-- jiggy with everything you need to know to Call It Quits in your own life.

2. Why I Need Your Help

It’s no secret that my husband has a debilitating condition and hasn’t been able to work in 2+ years. That leaves us with Big Medical Bills and one income earner — yours truly. And when given the choice between work that pays now and work that will pay in 6 months, I’ve got to be more practical and mercenary than I'd prefer to be.

Money is mundane and callous and stupid, but I need it and my family needs it, and right now the onus is solely on me to produce it. And that makes it hard to set aside the time for things that won't immediately pay the bills. Like writing the hell out of this book.

So, I'd like to try something, just to see if it works...

3. What I Propose

I'm not here to get you to finance a lifelong dream of mine (although, let's be honest, every writer's lifelong dream is to publish a For-Real book). I'm here because I think this book could help people, and I'd like to get it into as many hands as possible as soon as possible.

If you already know this book is for you or if you know enough to want to hear more about the finished product, keep reading. This is basically an extra-fancy pre-sale, and I’ve got some ideas for a few different donation level packages. If you’d like to see a different package, let me know.

If enough people express interest in this book via this campaign, I will have the funds available to buckle down and knock it out ASAP. If they don't, it will go back to the "pending" pile, and rather than coming out soon, it will come out sometime in the nebulous future, at which point Internet chips embedded in all our brains may have made both physical and ebooks entirely moot. Or zombies will have eaten us all. I'm hoping enough people vote "yes" that neither robot brain chips nor zombies will win out.

4. Where Your Money Will Go

If the campaign goal is met, I'll be able to drill down and focus on hammering out this bad boy, pronto.

If the goal is exceeded, any additional funds raised will go towards cover design, editing and turning the book into both a digital and physical product.

If the goal is not met, the money never leaves your (digital) pocket and we will part as friends. Simple as that.

But Wait... There's More!

I'm so confident in the value this book will deliver that I'm going to continue to offer the free ebook up until the revised and extended paid book is published...

1) so you can see a hint of what you'll be getting in the new book, and 

2) because I believe if you see how much awesomeness I've packed into a free book, you'll feel confident in the value you'll be getting if you plop down your hard-earned cash for the extended version.

Risks and challenges

I'm giving myself a hard publication deadline of December 2015 to hold my feet to the fire, and also because making you wait any longer for something you've paid for seems dickish.

There's always a chance delays in cover design, production or other things beyond my control may crop up, but if they do, I will keep you updated every step of the way and will do everything within my power to keep to that publication promise.

If this campaign isn't fully funded, the book will goes back to my "pending projects" pile. No harm, no foul, no hard feelings. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take, so I'm taking this one.

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