I'm still reeling from excitement of reaching the goal with three days to spare. The book will be real. I am so grateful for all of the support of this project—whether by contribution, moral support or sharing this project with others. There's only 3 days left and my original stretch goals do not seem feasible. However, I do believe more can be achieved.
A book is much like an infant. It is not enough to give birth to a book, it needs to be supported for a time before it will go through the world on its own. With that in mind, I know that I will need to bring this book to other places, introduce people to it, which essentially is a book tour.
Often enough a book tour stop venue is a book store. In my experience with 'dearest void' book, some independent book stores buy books from authors and small publishing houses at 50% of the retail value. I'm going to add a reward 'THE BOOKSTORE DEAL' for 10 books at that value and try to reach some Pacific Northwest bookstores' owners in the remaining three days and offer this tier of participation to them, as well as an offer to do a reading at their store. If you know of a bookstore or any store owner that would like to sell a poetry book that might be interested in this—forward this campaign to them in the next three days. Let's see what else is possible!
Meanwhile, any money contributed to the campaign over the goal will be used to organize a DIY book tour in Pacific Northwest (Northern California, Oregon & Washington) to make sure that this book meets more people who may appreciate its content.
Thank you for taking the time to look at this campaign. Its primary goal is to raise funds for production of my second book—america is a dry cookie and other love stories. Everything is ready for publication and waiting for the "Print it!" exclamation.
I have prepared a few rewards (and surprises) for your participation and can't wait to express my thanks to you for supporting this project. To learn more about the book, the author (me), the publisher, the rewards and stretch goals read on!
We live in interesting times. It seems that our lives are filled with a sense of constant crisis. There are growing divisions in our communities. Perhaps, the proverbial curse—”may you live in interesting times”—came to pass for us.
Today’s American experience cannot be summed up, but it can be highlighted through shared stories to encourage thought and conversation about the changes that we want to make in our communities. The poetic stories I write seek to do just that, while looking for hope, beauty and laughter even in the darkest moments of these times.
This book—america is a dry cookie and other love stories—is a collection of my writing from 2010 to 2018, following my first book dearest void published in 2016 by Liquid Gravity Publishing. The book takes its title from one of the repeating lines in the poem 'america is…' and contains over eighty different poems on over hundred and fifty pages.
I write about love and heartbreak, death and grief, depression and joy, about the ideas of dignity and home. Once in a while I add a healthy dollop of nonsense to otherwise stark subjects. I believe that through sharing our stories we learn not only to connect with our own unvoiced emotions, but to empathize with emotions of others, and ultimately make the changes that make lives better.
That is why I’d like to share my stories in this book with you.
This kickstarter project would not happen if not for these talented creative individuals who have helped me put it all together:
Grace Anderson, who has taken the time to be behind the lens of a camera and make the video & photographs for this project and drew the america-shaped dry cookie.
Rob Craer of Impact Printing, who has supported my writing for more than a decade and has printed every bit of ephemera needed to make & promote the book.
Joey Robert Parks, my publisher, who keeps supporting my writing in many ways over the years and inspires me to keep going.
Jim 'Klondike' Robinson, who has graciously provided his space and a helping hand in producing the Kickstarter video, and encouraged me to keep moving forward.
Jen Woffinden of jDUCT, who is helping to make book bags and possibly other goodies to thank you for supporting this campaign.
Igor Brezhnev is an author, an artist, an art director and a graphic designer, dubbed idea shaman by his clients. He is roaming the West Coast thinking up new art, books and helping shape creative projects. He has been calling Portland, Oregon his home for the past five years, with occasional long visits to Phoenix, Arizona, which has been his home for over twenty years.
Igor has authored three books so far: the book of possibilities in 2012 a self-published ebook, now sold out dearest void in 2016 published by Liquid Gravity Publishing, and the new book you are reading about now—america is a dry cookie and other love stories. Since publication of his first book Igor has also taken to reading his stories from stages and other raised platforms to groups of people, sometimes even reciting from memory. Some of those people claim to like the readings.
He has first hand experience with confronting depression, homelessness, poverty and xenophobia, as well as more common ailments like heartbreak and spilled coffee. His other pursuits include taking blurry photos of cats and flowers, making visual art from time to time, designing books and other ephemera, eating, conversing with strangers in coffee shops, delighting in verbal nonsense and getting lost by the oceanside.
Liquid Gravity Publishing produces limited edition, high quality books, with great attention to detail, by first-time authors with something important to express; something magical or mysterious or monumental, yet always rooted in the human experience. Joey Robert Parks—a (ghost)writer, wordsmith, social entrepreneur, and lover of stories—started and runs the company.
Good Things Come In Threes
A $33 tier limited reward to celebrate getting to the 1/3 of time of the campaign and the campaign being 33% funded.
To celebrate this milestone, I have gone to the home of Molly The Cat, down to the Conch Republic Embassy basement and created, with a little help from my friends, three enameled keychains.
Each 'objet d'art' features number “3” and a shape of a heart. You can have one alongside of the book for a pledge of $33.
This one is for the lovers of Tom Robbins and the number 3.
I have prepared a few fun and practical rewards for the backers of this campaign, some available right away, and some to reveal when the primary goal of the campaign is reached.
Feel free to suggest a reward if you have an idea, if it is possible—I'll include it.
Everyone backing this project is getting a digital copy of 'america is...' poem. Think of it as a 'single' from an album.
Everyone who contributes to the campaign also gets their name mentioned in the digital copy of 'america is' poem for helping making this project happen.
The most obvious reward is a copy of the new book itself. The backers that choose the tiers that include this reward will receive a special numbered and signed copy of the new book before it shows up anywhere else.
Everyone who contributes $25 and above gets their name mentioned in the book itself.
Speaking of copies of books, I happen to have the last 15 copies of my first book dearest void, which I can be persuaded to part with. All you have to do is choose a limited reward tier that includes that book. See how easy that persuasion was?
For some unknown to me reason people like stickers. There must be something very satisfying in the application process. So with the help of the very talented Grace Anderson, who drew the cookie for the sticker, I've prepared stickers for your smooth surfaces.
I love screen-printing (remember, I'm also a graphic designer). Books can be carried in book bags. Bags can be screen-printed. So while the book is getting produced some ink will be pressed on some book bags. You get a practical and useful screen-printed book bag out of this.
I have thought long and hard about what to offer people willing to part with more than double digit sums of money to make this project happen. This is what I came up with.
You will of course get the whole caboodle of rewards from other reward tiers, but in addition to those you can put me to work on pieces just for you.
For a $100 reward tier I will get behind my tiny Hermes Rocket typewriter, choose a poem I've written (i'll choose poems at random so you may end up having an unpublished short poem in your hands) and make a short typewritten poem on 5x7 piece of paper. You then will get this signed poem to do with as you please. You could even cut it up and make up your own poem with it.
For those wanting something a bit more special, at $250 reward tier, I will compose a short poem just for you based on a single word prompt from you and send you a signed typewritten copy of it.
At $500 reward tier, I'll write a short poem based on your single word prompt and include it in the actual book.
Finally, if you are in Portland, Oregon, at a $1000 reward tier, I will come and entertain you and your guests by reading from my book for a couple of hours, complete with my awkward banter and answers to your questions about life, the universe and everything.
Whew. That's a lot of rewards.
Production & Campaign Costs
The campaign goal reflects the following expenses:
- Book Production at Impact Printing
(proofing, printing, binding & delivery)
- Shipping books & rewards within USA
- Cost of materials for rewards
Production & Delivery Timeline
The production process will begin as soon as the campaign funds are released. Which I assume takes a week or so after the end of the campaign. Printing, binding and delivering books into my hands should take about three to four weeks. It would take another week or two to pack and ship all the rewards that contain books. So, barring unforeseen circumstances, you should have the new book in your hands some time in the middle of August at the latest. Digital items and rewards that do not contain the book will start shipping out within the first couple of weeks after the campaign successfully funds.
Risks and challenges
There is minimal risk that I can foresee. Every aspect and process of the book has been thought out in detail, I have worked with the same printing company and publisher on my first book, so we have had a chance to work out possible glitches.
The book is ready for print and production. The other rewards' (stickers & book bags, etc.) production times and costs have been reviewed. The production process will begin the moment the Kickstarter campaign funds are released.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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