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Katie McDonaldBy Katie McDonald
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Katie McDonaldBy Katie McDonald
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CA$ 1,921
pledged of CA$ 18,000pledged of CA$ 18,000 goal
16
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 29 2014 2:08 PM UTC +00:00

About

A Little Perspective

What do YOU think it's worth?

Pain?
Suffering?
Tears?

What about death... ?

Bullying causes all of it. 

How much longer will it go on? How many more families will suffer? How many more kids will die as a result? 

Renowned author Malcolm Gladwell has taught us that everything has a tipping point. What will it take for us to reach this one?

In October of 2012, I decided to make some small attempt to help. To talk about it. To create a conversation through storytelling. 

And so, I wrote Bystander No More. 

About the Book

Bystander No More is a story about bullying written for tweens, teens and young adults.

It's a deep, heart wrenching, yet inspiring story about a bystander

When best friends Kaitlyn and Rebecca begin their first year of high school together, excitement quickly turns to danger. Rebecca finds herself the victim of a physical, verbal and cyber bully. Concerned for her safety, Kaitlyn is determined to report the incidents…until she speaks to Rebecca. Much to her surprise, Kaitlyn finds herself on the receiving end of stern and convincing requests to remain silent. Fear, loyalty and lack of better judgment lead to the worst. When tragedy strikes, Rebecca’s darkest secrets are revealed and Kaitlyn is consumed by the pain of her silence and her hesitancy to take action. Amidst a life that has fallen to pieces, Kaitlyn must find a way to extract herself from the depths of her negative state. And then something wonderful happens... 

Yes, this is a story about tragedy but it's also a story about transformation, courage and inspiration. A touching tale that takes readers through an exciting yet emotional ride, I wrote Bystander No More in the hopes that I might challenge thought processes, make someone think twice about their decisions, motivate a teen to stand up for a bullied friend and create a compelling case for action versus silence.

Why I Need Your Help

Over the last year and a half, I've poured my heart and soul into writing, rewriting, changing and tweaking my book. And now... (drum roll please) I need your help to bring it to its final stages so I can share it with the world. 

The money I'm requesting will be used to:

  • Hire a professional editor (trust me, another set of eyes is essential)
  • Create a beautifully designed cover and back cover
  • Publish my book
  • Market the story any and every way I can
  • Distribute it far and wide

How I Plan to Pull it Off

The good news is, I'm a serious planner. So, I've already sourced the people I need to bring Bystander No More from the digital world (as in sitting in a Word document on my computer) to the web and print world! I'm ready and so is my team. 

All I need is the money to fund my dream. 

And that's where you come in.

Risks and challenges

I realize that try as I might, this project may not go perfectly according to plan. Perhaps my editor will miss the deadline they've given me, maybe it will take longer to format and publish the book. Or maybe, just maybe, I'll have a greater number of funders than I could have ever imagined and that means packaging a lot more boxes for shipment!

Whatever the setback may be, I'll handle it as it comes. I'll manage the people I've hired to complete their work. I'll stay up all hours of the night preparing shipments for my funders, and most importantly, I'll never leave you in the dark.

If I'm funded and my project moves forward (that's the way it goes in my head), I plan to give you regular updates throughout the process. I'll tell you exactly what's going on, how things are coming together, and whether or not my proposed deadline is still realistic. I believe strongly in honesty and transparency. My life is an open book and I promise that if I'm given the opportunity, this exciting process up ahead will be too.

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    The "Believer" Backer. Receive a Bystander No More digital PDF and your name on the Special Acknowledgements page of the book's website.

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    The "Reader" Backer. Receive 1 Bystander No More paperback book and your name on the Special Acknowledgements page of the book's website.

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    The "Gung-Ho" Backer. Receive a Bystander No More digital PDF, 1 paperback book, and your name on the Special Acknowledgements page of the book's website AND in all print books.

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    The "Spread the Word" Backer. Receive a Bystander No More digital PDF, 1 SIGNED paperback book, your name on the Special Acknowledgements page of the book's website and in all print books, and a special Bystander No More rubber bracelet.

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    The "Make a Difference" Backer.

    Receive a Bystander No More digital PDF, 4 SIGNED paperback books, your name on the Special Acknowledgements page of the book's website and in all print books, and a special Bystander No More wristband.

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    The "Limited Edition" Backer. Receive a Bystander No More digital PDF, 4 SIGNED paperback books, your name on the Special Acknowledgements page of the book's website and in all print books, a special Bystander No More wristband ... AND ... a limited edition cover on all 4 print books with a personal dedication to you, your organization or your family (you get to choose the inscription on the cover)!

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