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$550
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, February 10 2013 10:48 PM UTC +00:00

About

CUL8R is a young adult time travel adventure fiction series.  It takes place in current day and the main characters are four teens Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey who live in Fort Myers Beach Florida and attend the fictitious South Beach High School.  Through a twist of technology they are able to travel back in time to deal with a variety of important teen issues, including solving mysteries and saving lives.  Along the way, they are able to experience life as it was in the past and realize that there is a commonality between issues they are currently dealing with and those that generations past have survived.  They learn how to succeed in their mission by using their wits and intelligence as they problem solve and outwit the evil doers while risking their own lives to help others. 

Our goal, as authors and parents,  is to find an entertaining way (without using fantasy elements of wizards and vampires) to deal with real-life situations using real-life skills and positive role models to encourage teens to consider all options and make good decisions with their lives when they are faced with difficult choices.  We hope to show them that they are not alone, that many teens before them have had similar problems and that they can be solved.  Book #1 used modern technology blended with historical relevancy to create life lessons in a clever and entertaining way.

Book #1, OMG, was published in December, 2012.  The four teens travel back in time after being begged by a former high school coed who was reported to have committed suicide in 1966.  Their cunning, creativity, character and bravery is seriously challenged as they work to clear her reputation and ultimately escape from a deadly situation.  The underlying messages are subtle enough to make an impression, but never heavy-handed.  In the case of OMG, the issues of teen suicide and inappropriate relationships with teachers are woven into the plot. 

The funds being requested, $25,000, will be used to publicize and promote the book series starting with the release of book #2, THX, in April, 2013.  Press releases, print ads and a variety of online publicity purchases, using a qualified PR agency, will be made to reach as many teens as possible in the March through June, 2013 time period.  The third book, BRB [be right back], will be released in the early summer to reinforce the CUL8R series, and will rely on the popularity and earnings gained with the first two books.  This is planned to be an ongoing series populated by average teens who are constantly faced with tough decisions and conflicts.  We hope to show them alternative ways to deal with these issues and how to learn from life lessons in the past.  Ultimately, we see this as a TV or film series that will offer an educational and entertaining option for teens.

The series name, CUL8R, is trademarked by the authors.

Stretch goals will include original cover artwork and expanded print and electronic media advertising.

Risks and challenges

There are two main activities to the project. The first activity is writing and publishing the book. The second, and the reason for the requested financial support, is successfully publicizing and promoting the book series.

Activity one, writing and publishing the book is well within the creative capabilities and talents of the authors. This is their 26th published book and their fourth eBook. The primary creative talent, Kathy Clark [Wernly] has sold over 3 million books globally in eleven languages in her award-winning career. But this is genre change for her and the focus of the financial support is targeted to promotion and publicity for the series.

Activity two is the promoting and publicizing of the second book and the series. This is not a core competency of the authors and they intend to partner with an experienced publicity / promotion firm or individual to jump start the second book’s release set for April, 2013. Costs will be leveraged through sweat equity of the authors.

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    An eBook of book #1, OMG.

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    A free autographed paperback of book #1, OMG + an eBook of book #1, OMG.

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    The main promotion of a new book are reviews. This reward level is an eBook version of book #2, THX, sent prior to the official publication date to enable the backer to read and upload a personal review in advance of the public sale, + an autographed paperback of book #1, OMG + A free eBook of book #1, OMG.

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    The supporter’s name is mentioned in the dedication and the press release and an autographed version of book #2, THX + an early ebook version of #2, THX sent prior to the official publication date to enable the backer to read and upload a personal review in advance of the public sale, + an autographed paperback of book #1, OMG + A free eBook of book #1, OMG.

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    The supporter’s name (or the name of someone they know) in book #2, THX, as a supporting character in the THX storyline. Plus all prior rewards.

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    The supporters will work with the authors to create a plot and characters for a future book of the CUL8R series. This could be an opportunity for the backer to make public a personal cause or story of importance to them. The supporters will be named in both the dedication and all publicity about the novel, + The supporter’s name is mentioned in the dedication and the press release and an autographed version of book #2, THX + an early ebook version of #2, THX sent prior to the official publication date to enable the backer to read and upload a personal review in advance of the public sale, + an autographed paperback of book #1, OMG + A free eBook of book #1, OMG.

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    A picture of the supporter or someone they chose will be on the cover of a future book. Plus all prior rewards consisting of the supporters will work with the authors to create a plot and characters for a future book of the CUL8R series. This could be an opportunity for the backer to make public a personal cause or story of importance to them. The supporters will be named in both the dedication and all publicity about the novel, + The supporter’s name is mentioned in the dedication and the press release and an autographed version of book #2, THX + an early ebook version of #2, THX sent prior to the official publication date to enable the backer to read and upload a personal review in advance of the public sale, + an autographed paperback of book #1, OMG + A free eBook of book #1, OMG.

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    A meet and greet with the authors at a mutually agreeable location. Plus all prior rewards consisting of a picture of the supporter on the cover of a future book, the supporter working with the authors to create a plot and characters for a future book of the CUL8R series. This could be an opportunity for the backer to make public a personal cause or story of importance to them. The supporters will be named in both the dedication and all publicity about the novel, + The supporter’s name is mentioned in the dedication and the press release and an autographed version of book #2, THX + an early ebook version of #2, THX sent prior to the official publication date to enable the backer to read and upload a personal review in advance of the public sale, + an autographed paperback of book #1, OMG + A free eBook of book #1, OMG.

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