After partnering with my service dog for six years, as well advocating and educating regarding Service Dogs, ADA Compliance, and Invisible Disabilities, I have written a book that answers all the questions we get asked. Why's That Dog in Here? details the life and times of a service dog, Gizmo, and the many ways he assists me.
I'm now at the point of no return. I can either publish a less than stellar book at no cost, or raise the funds necessary to hire a professional editor, cover designer, and pay for all the additional hidden costs (ISBN, copyright, formatting, etc.), as well as create promotional and educational materials for corporate training and community groups. I want to do this right. Why? To have an attractive, professional book and presentation that will further my mission of helping others understand the life saving role "true" service dogs provide, especially to those of us with invisible or chronic disabilities.
After lots of thought, advice, and encouragement, this Kickstarter Campaign is being launched to cover project costs. The campaign will run 45 days, and the goal is to raise $7,000. There are a number of support levels and rewards for every budget. Please keep in mind that Kickstarter is an "all or nothing" program. If the entire goal amount is not pledged, your card will not be charged, I will receive nothing, the project will not get completed, you will not receive your reward. I hope you see the importance of educating people about service dogs and invisible disabilities, and will back this project.
Each chapter of the book answers questions we are repeatedly asked while in public: What's his name? Will he eat me? Why is that dog on the airplane? Why's that dog in the ER? What does he do? Why won't he obey me? What's wrong with you? How can you live with yourself after enslaving that dog and forcing him to work for you? How was he trained? Can I pet him? Additionally, there is a service dog etiquette and resource section at the end.
Please help us get the word out about the important work service dogs do, as well as help raise awareness for those with invisible disabilities. Just because someone looks "normal" doesn't mean they aren't struggling just to do the daily things most people take for granted. By funding this project, you will not only be backing a book's publication and presentation supplies, but will be spreading empathy and understanding to a larger audience.
Thanks so much for your support!
Kathryn & Gizmo
Risks and challenges
This is my first attempt at crowdfunding. I pray my inexperience doesn't jeopardize this project.
The biggest challenge for me is working on a deadline with chronic debilitating illnesses. But that also makes me uniquely qualified to write this book. It's been a struggle to bring this project this far; however, the draft is complete, an editor and graphic artist are already lined up, beta readers are awaiting my revised manuscript, and I'm part of a very supportive and encouraging writing community. On top of my wonderful family and friends, one particular friend stepped up and volunteered to be my administrative/personal assistant to help keep me on track and take over some of the technical and routine tasks that were slowing me down. If you like the video about this project, thank Sarah.
The only other ongoing projects I have involve coaching a few developmental writers, facilitating a flash fiction contest every fall for Writers Guild of Texas, and serving on the board of directors for WORD--Writers Organizations 'Round Dallas. I have a few speaking gigs lined up for after this book is published.
The majority of the creative work is complete. Should anything unforeseen come up, my assistant and family would be able to put the finishing touches on the project without me. Since I live with chronic disabilities, I have already factored my usual attacks into the timeline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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