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We live in interesting times. You can help publish this book that confronts these times with poetry and laughter.
Thank you for helping publish this book. Follow the journey of the book on my Patreon blog.
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103 backers pledged $4,107 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goals

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!

—Igor

The Campaign

Hello! 

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! 

Thank you!

The Book

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.

from the typewriter to the book.
from the typewriter to the book.

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. 

'seduction is easy' poem
'seduction is easy' poem

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.

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The Team 

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.

The Author

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.

a well behaved author propped against a wall (rare occurrence)
a well behaved author propped against a wall (rare occurrence)

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. 

The Publisher

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.

Joey Robert Parks & Igor on delivery of Igor's first book 'dearest void' in the Spring of 2016.
Joey Robert Parks & Igor on delivery of Igor's first book 'dearest void' in the Spring of 2016.

The Rewards

New Rewards!

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.

made with love by author in a very magical place
made with love by author in a very magical place

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. 

that's how the book will look like
that's how the book will look like

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? 

stack of 'dearest void' books.
stack of 'dearest void' books.

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.

the sticker design—are those chocolate chips or raisins? up to you.
the sticker design—are those chocolate chips or raisins? up to you.

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. 

designs for the two sides of the book bag.
designs for the two sides of the book bag.

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. 

this typewriter is very patient
this typewriter is very patient

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.

so many pages
so many pages

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.

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    IT TAKES 3,500 TO RAISE A BOOK

    They say that every dollar counts. They are often wrong, but not with this.

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    STICK IT!

    For some unknown to me reason people like stickers. There must be something very satisfying in the application process. So I've prepared stickers for your smooth surfaces.

    I might ask you why you like stickers.

    You also get the digital copy of 'america is...' poem and your name mentioned in the digital copy of the poem.

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    THE BOOK

    This is the one. The sturdy, no nonsense reward for those who just want to read the book after all the fuss. It will be a special numbered and signed copy.

    A digital copy of 'america is...' poem is also yours, as well as a mention of your name in acknowledgement section of the book.

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    GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES

    The campaign is 33% to its goal.

    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 imperfect '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. See the photo in the campaign description.

    This one is for the lovers of Tom Robbins and the number 3.

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    TWO BOOKS. FOR TWO? FOR ONE?

    Why would you get two copies of the same book?

    Well, you could give one to a friend as a gift, you could sell the second copy on eBay in some distant future, you could have a special copy for lending to friends that don’t return books, you could just have a spare for your second home or your boat. Who could say? Whatever your reason is—this reward is for you.

    You, of course, get the digital copy of ‘america is…” poem and a name mention in acknowledgement section of the book.

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    A FUTURE RARITY

    I have 15 copies of my first book ‘dearest void’ left in my possession. I could keep them and hide them in a time capsule for future generations, but I have decided to part with them.

    The chosen few (I always wanted to write that) will receive this signed and numbered future rarity alongside with a copy of the new book, a digital copy of ‘america is…’ poem and a name mention in acknowledgement section of the book.

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    THE WHOLE CABOODLE IN A BOOK BAG

    Get the whole caboodle in a book bag.

    The book, the sticker, the digital copy of ‘america is…’ poem, the name mention in acknowledgement section, all in a handy very practical screen-printed book bag (well, the digital copy of a poem will arrive separately via the magic of Internet).

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    MEMENTO ON A TYPEWRITER ET AL.

    You have a spare $100. You like poetry or me or typewriters or all three. You want me to work for it. This is the reward for you.

    I will go through an elaborate internal process of choosing a short poem from my archives for you and then type it on my Hermes Rocket typewriter, possibly sweating in the process. You get the signed result.

    After all that hard labor on my part, you still get the book, the sticker, the book bag, the digital copy of `america is…’ poem and the name mention in acknowledgement section of the book. Lucky you!

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    THE BOOKSTORE DEAL

    This one is for the independent bookstore owners. Get ten books for your store and if you are in the town in Pacific Northwest let's talk about scheduling a reading at your store while I'm on my PNW DIY book tour.

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    YOUR WORD—MY POEM. JUST FOR YOU.

    Did anyone ever write a poem for you? No? Then this is the choice for you. It is a warm and fuzzy feeling indeed.

    You give me a single word prompt and I will not only compose a short poem for you, but diligently type it on my Hermes Rocket typewriter, sign it and send it to you alongside with the now infamous items: the book, the sticker, the book bag, the digital copy of `america is…’ poem and the name mention in acknowledgement section of the book.

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    YOUR WORD—MY POEM. PUBLISHED.

    You want a poem written for you. But you want in the actual book. Got you covered.

    You give me a single word prompt and I will compose a short poem for you, diligently type it on my Hermes Rocket typewriter, sign it and send it to you alongside with the book, the sticker, the book bag, the digital copy of `america is…’ poem and the name mention in acknowledgement section of the book.

    However in addition to all of that I will add this newly written poem to the book and dedicate the poem to you.

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    • Custom poem added to the book with dedication
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    PRIVATE READING

    You really want this book to happen. I’ve spent days racking my brains trying to figure out what I could offer as thanks for your generosity.

    Apart from you getting all the caboodles that exist in this campaign, writing and typing and adding a custom poem dedicated to you to the book, the only thing, I could think of, is to show up personally and read for you and your guests for two hours, awkward banter and answers to your questions included.

    The only caveat is that this needs to happen in Portland, Oregon.

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    • A copy of 'america is a dry cookie' book
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