Most of you know Celiac and the Beast from our gluten-free lifestyle website and our GF-themed merchandise. I'm a celiac and was diagnosed a few years ago (and un-diagnosed and re-diagnosed - well, you know how THAT story goes) and since then have been trying to survive in a world full of wheat. I love talking about this autoimmune disease and believe in advocacy and taking a stand against fad dieting myths and other bologna and scare tactics out there about gluten free life.
We didn't make a Kickstarter for our merchandise because I used my savings (buh bye money) creating the first batch of shirts. Luckily, they have been a success - enough so that we can continue printing shirts, hoodies, and other advocacy-themed merch to keep up with demands. However, that's where my savings account can't match my goal.
Taking time off of life to devote myself to write a book is expensive in and of itself - but we want to publish a book that is beautiful and self-publishing and printing isn't always the cheapest if you want to make it look as classy as possible! We'll be working with professionals to get the job done, because this is my first book. I wish I could pay them in desserts, but Iet's face it - I'm no Cupcake Wars winner (I just bake them from a mix).
On top of creating and printing this book, we also want to be able to meet you guys! Anything included in this kickstarter and over our goal will help us attend more gluten-free and allergen-free expos across the country as vendors and actually meet you guys! As you know, traveling isn't cheap - and even with using my Southwest rewards, we can't afford to be everywhere. It's disappointing, so hopefully the sales of this book will help us continue to make the circuit and make friends with GF n00bz and vets alike.
Topics that are planned to be included in this book:
- My celiac - not yours, but still celiac and still a fun time had by all
- Getting diagnosed - the dream scenario that no one ever gets to have
- Mourning the death of gluten - a rebirth of your new life sans gluten
- Why celiac is the best thing that ever happened to me - literally shooting rainbows out my ass
- First timer mistakes - what I learned and want to teach you to avoid them
- Dining out GF - trusting the middleman taking your order
- Food bullying - why do people have to be buttholes?
- Disordered eating and gluten-free - is it more than just reading ingredients?
- Gluten-free family and events - how to not stab a family member your first few Thanksgivings
- Navigating shopping - grocery stores and beyonds
- Gluten-free traveling - how to survive the great unknown outside your comfort zone
- The Power of support - getting involved in support groups
- Gluten-free expos - how to shove grocery bags full of free food in suitcases
- What's next - how to be a gluten-free advocate
- Appendix: Meals so easy I can make
- AND MORE!
WHO IS THIS BOOK FOR?
- If you are new to gluten free: you’ll hopefully enjoy the tips and tricks for navigating a gluten-free world.
- If you are a gluten-free veteran: you’ll probably enjoy the personal stories about being misdiagnosed for years, being poked and stuck a million times, endoscopies and colonoscopies and say “been there, done that” with a smile on your face.
- If you are a family member of someone who is gluten-free: you’ll find out what it’s like to really live a gluten-free life and maybe you’ll finally understand our bizarre Thanksgiving rituals.
- If you hate cooking: you’ll learn that I’m the same way, and you’ll get some easy quick recipe ideas for a safe dinner that even I can make – which speaks volumes.
- If you love cooking and consider yourself a budding chef: congrats, and you’ll probably learn nothing from my recipe section of the book, but hopefully you like swearing and fart jokes.
- If you are a gluten-free restaurant owner or work in a GF establishment: you’ll learn about how to do gluten-free right – not half-assed marketing tactics (which I’m sure you’re not guilty of, I am totally talking about that other gluten-free restaurant down the street from yours).
- If you are my mom: I think you’ll be proud of me, or at least you’ll get to tell your coworkers that your daughter is an author – for a book that talks a lot about pooping your pants.
I know that money can be tight - I live in the real world. I'd love if you could contribute to my dream - even if it's a small amount. I think we've set up some pretty great rewards though - so if you've ever wanted to deck yourself out in our merchandise - now is the time!
Risks and challenges
What could possibly happen when writing a book? Well, I could get writers block and it could take longer to put into production - although I'm really hoping to meet my goal. It could take longer in editing - maybe I'm not as good as I thought at grammar and proofing? Non-GFBF could take longer than we planned perfecting the cover illustration options for me (although he better not, because I'm paying him in cupcakes). The book could take longer in production, setting the type for each of the page breaks and chapter breaks, etc. It could take longer at the self-publishing printers and delay getting the finished product out. Everyone could order the same size and color of merchandise and we'd have to send it to the printers for re-prints, putting the rewards behind schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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