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Tales of (mis)adventure from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes in a home-built boat with a plywood hull, a 2x4 mast, and a tarp sail.
Tales of (mis)adventure from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes in a home-built boat with a plywood hull, a 2x4 mast, and a tarp sail.
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UPDATE: FULLY FUNDED! THANK YOU!

(You can find the original project description below this final update).

Thanks to all of my backers, I have gotten the money I need to finish editing my book, design the interior and the book cover, and pay for an initial print run. Thank you very much! I really appreciate so many old friends and new supporters coming together to make my book a reality. As planned, I'll be putting about $2,800 of my own money in as well to make all that happen--that's what teamwork is all about.

That said, there is always more that could be done to help the book succeed. So I thought I would tell you about one thing I'd really like to do if I can get enough backers in the last few days of my project.

THE MIDWEST MOUNTAINEERING ANNUAL ADVENTURE EXPO

On November 21-23, 2014, Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis (the best independent mountaineering/hiking/paddling shop in the Midwest) is hosting their Winter Expo. I'd like to be there to lead a talk and slide show about my (mis)adventures by sail and oar to inspire people to build their own small sailboats and use them on their own series of adventures. 

The catch: the expo is in Minneapolis, and I'll be in my last year of teaching in Kuwait, 10,000 miles away. That means about $1,200 worth of airfare to bring my book and my stories to the Outdoor Adventure Expo. I think it's the perfect place to expand my audience, but it'll definitely be a stretch financially.

So, let's see if we can make this happen. If you're just finding this project now and wondering "Why should I back it now when it's already over 100% funded?"--that's why. I can still use your help.

Thanks again for all your help--let's bring Jagular to the Outdoor Adventure Expo this November!

AND NOW, THE ORIGINAL PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Jagular is a cheap, poorly constructed plywood skiff I built in my backyard in 2008 using a couple of 2 x 4's for a mast, a $20 tarp for a sail, and a closet rod for a boom. Together we've sailed a lot of miles since then, from the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes, from northern Wisconsin to the Texas coast. We've capsized, run aground, and been dismasted, but we've managed to keep afloat so far. 

Along the way I've published several stories about our adventures in the pages of Small Craft Advisor Magazine, Messing About in Boatsand online at Duckworks Magazine. Now, building on that success, I've written a book-length collection of our best (mis)adventures so far, along with a Foreword by my friend John Welsford, a New Zealand boat designer who draws plans for incredibly tough, seaworthy little boats.

One of things readers seem to love about this book is the way I’ve made the boat itself a character, a contrarian sidekick who is able to laugh at my mistakes (and even worse, at my triumphs). This interaction between the narrator and the boat provides a continuing tension between cynicism and romance, between the ego and the absurd. The result, I hope, is as much an exploration of human quirks and failings as it is a record of small boat adventures.

Tom is the best writer to ever appear in Duckworks Magazine. His imagination and creativity make his stories like fancy candies that you just want to savor as long as possible.

--Chuck Leinweber, Duckworks Magazine

Tom Pamperin's sense of adventure and keen sense of humor have led to some of the most memorable, entertaining stories to have graced our pages.

--Small Craft Advisor Magazine

WHY ARE YOU PUBLISHING THIS BOOK YOURSELF?

Self-publishing used to be something you did when you couldn't get a real publisher interested in your book. That's not true anymore. Digital technology offers writers a path to simple and relatively inexpensive book production, distribution, and sales. In fact, these days self-publishing may be the best option for authors who want to make a living as writers, as long as they are willing to invest the time and energy to build an audience for themselves.

TELL ME ABOUT THE BOOK.

Jagular Goes Everywhere will be a 5.25" x 8" paperback ( a size that just feels right in your hand), about 200 pages long. About half of the stories have appeared in magazines (at least in part-there have been lots of improvements and additions); the other half is brand new material. There will be about a dozen pen drawings by Eric D. Bott, a talented artist and fellow small boat sailor.

The cover will probably look something like the image below. I may end up being surprised about that, though, because backers at the $100 level and up will have the chance to vote on the final cover (I'll have several options for them to choose from):

Click the image above to read a sample.
Click the image above to read a sample.

HOW WILL YOU SPEND THE MONEY?

Book design, book cover, and Illustrations: $1,200

I'm a writer, not a visual designer--that's why I've lined up a good design team to do my book cover, interior layout, and about a dozen pen DRAWINGS that really make the stories come alive.

Copy editing: $1,000

Wotrh evry penny. (Er, that's "Worth every penny...")

Book distribution, ISBNs, and bar codes: $1,800

A good distribution system will make my book available at major booksellers like Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Amazon.com

Printing costs: $3,700

This may change slightly as final production changes are made, but it's my best guess at what it'll cost for printing.

Kickstarter expenses: $800

Kickstarter makes its living by taking a 5% cut from every successful project, and their services are well worth the expense. In addition to paying Kickstarter, I'll also need to create and ship a whole bunch of groovy gifts for my backers.

TOTAL COST: $8,500

But I wouldn't feel right asking my backers to contribute if I weren't putting some of my own money in first. That's why I'm not asking for you to pay all of the costs associated with my project. 

AMOUNT I'M ASKING FOR: $5,500

It's not much, but that $3,000 is all I can afford. That's why I'm incredibly grateful in advance for any of you who choose to back my project and help my book make its way into the hands of readers.

IF YOU GET EXTRA MONEY, HOW WILL YOU SPEND IT?

Great question! There are a few things not listed above that will really help this book succeed. If I get enough money, here's what I'd like to do.

Author website order fulfillment: $500

For $500, my distributor will ship all my online orders directly from their warehouse, so I won't need to be involved at all. That will give me more time to work on my next book, an account of a 24-day whitewater trip through Grand Canyon National Park.

Book Tour: $1,500

To make a book succeed these days, authors (especially self-published authors) need to invest time in selling and promoting their books in addition to writing them. Here are some places I'd like to take my books:

Book People and the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, where I studied in the MFA program in creative nonfiction

The Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival in St. Michaels, MD

The Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA

The Wooden Boat Show in Mystic, CT

The Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo in Minneapolis, MN

The Classic & Wooden Boat Festival in Sturgeon Bay, WI

TELL ME AGAIN: WHY SHOULD I BACK YOUR PROJECT?

Because good writing deserves an audience, even if traditional publishers can't find a way to make that writing pay. 

And Jagular Goes Everywhere is a good book--it's funny, it's cantankerous, it's insolent, it's sentimental, it's subversive, it's fun. It's not just a book about sailing; it's a book that uses sailing as a way to see the world, and ourselves, a little more clearly.

That's why I'm here. All of the funds for this project will go toward creating the best book I can and putting it on a lot of shelves around the U.S., which won't be cheap. The best things never are.

THANK YOU! I APPRECIATE YOUR INTEREST IN MY PROJECT.

Risks and challenges

I'm working with professionals who specialize in self-publishing and book printing. Although unforeseen delays are always possible, this isn't some fly-by-night deal. Unless something goes drastically wrong, I expect to have my books by June of 2014. The manuscript is complete and ready for delivery, so delays at my end are not likely either.

After the project is funded, my biggest challenge will be getting my book on shelves and making people aware of it. I'll need help to spread the word, so please mention my book to as many people as you can. My contacts with magazine editors will help land advance notices and reviews. And of course, during the summer I'll be hitting the road with a car full of books, stopping at libraries, marine museums, book stores, and boating events around the country.

So, given my track record as a published author, my completed manuscript, and the expertise of the people I'm working with, I think the risk of this project not happening after it's funded is very low!

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    All of the $250 gifts, AND I will come to your home, event, or venue during the summer of 2014 or 2015 (autumn is also ok for 2015) to give a reading from the book, meet readers, hand out door prizes, and sign copies of the book. OR, instead of a book reading, I can deliver a presentation about small boat cruising (great for youth groups and outdoor clubs), OR a presentation on self-publishing (great for writers' groups and schools), OR any combination of the above. (Note: If you are located outside Wisconsin or Minnesota, please contact me before pledging to make sure I can reasonably reach your location). $15 will be added for shipping outside the U.S.

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    All of the $500 gifts, AND your name will be listed at the top of the Acknowledgements section of the book. You'll also have your choice between the reading or presentation described at the $500 level, OR a personal invitation to join me for a weekend cruise on the beautiful wilderness lakes of northern Wisconsin aboard my new boat, an 18-foot lugsail ketch. For the cruise, we'll pick a date during the summer of 2015 or 2016. You'll need to get yourself as far as Eau Claire, Wisconsin (there is an airport); I'll provide transportation from there. I'll also provide any gear you might need for tent camping in the North Woods (or, if you prefer something a bit less rustic, I'll provide a roof, bed, and meals and we'll do some daysailing instead). We'll have a blast! And you might just end up in my next magazine article or book (unless you'd rather not, of course--you decide). Shipping is free anywhere in the world.

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