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You and Norwood Press are publishing the printed editions of NO WAY OUT (a Karen Vail novel) by Alan Jacobson!
144 backers pledged $15,985 to help bring this project to life.

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For too many years an elite group in New York City have determined what will and, more importantly, what will NOT be published. It is time for the READER to have a voice in what and who gets published.

The literary landscape is rapidly changing. In recent years we have watched demands from superstores push the big publishing houses toward books that guarantee giant returns, without respect for the value of a good read. As a consequence, many talented, respected authors have been dropped, forcing them out of print. Many have escaped to the world of e-publishing, but collectors and readers overwhelmingly prefer the printed page.

The mission of Norwood Press (an imprint of VJ Books) has been to work with authors to keep them in print. The number of quality manuscripts at our disposal exceeds our ability to fund their production. We are here, at Kickstarter, to test a model that will allow YOU to join with us and the author(s) to bring many more exciting stories into print.

YOU ARE KEY TO THIS PROCESS!  Work with talented authors and an experienced publisher to have your voice heard. 

You have a RIGHT to determine what you read!

Norwood Press Limited Editions
Norwood Press Limited Editions

HOW DO WE DO IT?

After the manuscript is completed we take it through the production process, working closely with industry leaders. The book is printed using state-of-the-art technology and the finest materials available. Each book is a hand-crafted, Smyth sewn hardcover with linen boards and matching end-papers, with a foil stamped spine. A high-gloss, full-color embossed dust jacket wraps the finished book.

Limited editions receive additional special handling and include 1/4 leather covers with marbled paper boards and matching slipcases - all created by master craftsmen.

NO WAY OUT will be produced in three states (editions):

SIGNED AND NUMBERED TRADE EDITION ($35 Cover Price)

Handcrafted hardcover with matching endpapers and full color dust jacket, signed by the author.

SIGNED KICKSTARTER EDITION

Includes a special dedication page listing all backers over $25. Handcrafted hardcover with matching endpapers and full color dust jacket, signed by the author. 

DELUXE LIMITED LETTERED EDITION ($250 Cover Price)

Handcrafted 1/4 leather edition with marbled boards, matching silk endpapers, deluxe slipcase and signed by the author, limited to only 50 copies.

Norwood Press Editions of INMATE 1577 (given at several pledge levels)
Norwood Press Editions of INMATE 1577 (given at several pledge levels)

WHY ALAN JACOBSON?

We have known bestselling author Alan Jacobson for many years and have had the pleasure of selling all of his previous books.  More importantly, he is an incredible storyteller.  His research is second-to-none, resulting in stories as fresh as the headlines.

Uniquely, Alan has a working understanding of how books are sold today.  He has a dynamic website and posts to Twitter (@JacobsonAlan), Facebook (facebook.com/AlanJacobsonFans), and his blog.  He offers interviews - with videos - a MUST in our social media world.

The first three volumes in the Karen Vail series (given at several pledge levels)
The first three volumes in the Karen Vail series (given at several pledge levels)

Alan Jacobson is the National Bestselling Author of eight critically acclaimed thrillers. His two decades of research and training with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), the US Marshals Service, Scotland Yard, SWAT, and the military have helped shape the stories he tells and the characters that populate his novels.

Alan's books have made numerous “Top 10 Best Books of the Year” lists and five have been optioned by Hollywood.

Norwood Press Edition of HARD TARGET (given at several pledge levels)
Norwood Press Edition of HARD TARGET (given at several pledge levels)

WHY NORWOOD PRESS?

Norwood Press is a recognized publisher of collectible modern fiction, producing specialty bound limited editions of bestselling titles, and exclusive hardcover releases.  These books are distributed through independent booksellers and directly to collectors worldwide.

Working with Norwood Press, authors deliver new titles not available in traditional print editions to collectors and readers who prefer the printed page.

Norwood Press facilitates all phases of book design and production, marketing and publicity, sales, warehousing, distribution and fulfillment.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

We are counting on YOU to see the value in a reader-driven publication. Join the publishing revolution! Help us promote the mission by: 

TWEETING @jacobsonalan or @vjbooks using #NoWayOut

SHARING this on Facebook and telling all your friends 

STRETCH GOALS?

You bet!  This is just the beginning of our revolution to take back the printed word from the "suits in New York."  As of this count, at least 15 bestselling authors have contacted us to do similar projects.  They simply want to write their stories and want us to connect with the readers to get them in print.  With your help we can do it!

Risks and challenges

We've self-funded this type of project before... over 30 times! The book is written, edited and ready for press and the jacket design is complete. We already have working relationships with reliable vendors who are excited to begin production.

Like any printing project, paper shortages, supplier slow downs or shipping delays could affect delivery dates.

For the reader the risks are much greater... your voice demanding a choice in what you read won't be heard.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    STAY SAFE: Pledge $5 and receive a Personal Safety e-book by FBI profiler Mark Safarik and Alan Jacobson. It'll keep you and your loved ones out of the danger from violent criminals.

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    WELL HELLO THERE: Pledge $10 and receive the Personal Safety e-book and a signed thank you card from the author, Alan Jacobson.

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    DIGITALLY SPEAKING: Pledge $15 and receive e-book editions of the Karen Vail short story FATAL TWIST and DOUBLE TAKE and a signed thank you card from the author, Alan Jacobson.

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    YOU CHOOSE: Promotional items are great fun! Choose either a NO WAY OUT Hat, Poster or T-shirt (M-L-XL).

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: The first 100 backers pledging $25 receive the signed hardcover Kickstarter edition of NO WAY OUT by Alan Jacobson, with their name listed in the book as a supporting sponsor. (US shipping included) You will also receive pledge #2 rewards: the Personal Safety e-book and a signed thank you card from the author, Alan Jacobson.

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    READ WHAT YOU WANT: Pledge $35 and receive the signed hardcover Kickstarter edition of NO WAY OUT by Alan Jacobson, with your name listed in the book as a supporting sponsor. (US shipping included).

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    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    LOOKING GOOD: Pledge $45 and receive the signed hardcover Kickstarter edition of NO WAY OUT by Alan Jacobson, with your name listed in the book as a supporting sponsor. (US shipping included) and receive your choice of a NO WAY OUT promotional hat, t-shirt or poster.

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    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    INMATE 1577: Pledge $60 and receive 2 books: the signed hardcover Kickstarter edition of NO WAY OUT (with your name listed as a supporting sponsor) and a signed hardcover of the 2011 bestselling Karen Vail novel, INMATE 1577 (US shipping included).

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    MORE AND MORE AND MORE: With your pledge of $75 you will receive a signed Kickstarter edition of NO WAY OUT by Alan Jacobson AND all three great promotional items: a NO WAY OUT hat, t-shirt, and 24 x 36 poster (suitable for framing).

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    Pledge $85 or more About $85

    NOW WE'RE TALKING: Pledge $85 and receive 3 books: the signed Kickstarter edition of NO WAY OUT by Alan Jacobson (with your name listed as a supporting sponsor), a signed hardcover of Alan's 2011 bestselling Karen Vail novel, INMATE 1577, and an signed hardcover of Alan's 2012 thriller HARD TARGET (US shipping included)

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    YOU LUCKY DUCK: Pledge $150 and receive 6 books: the signed Kickstarter edition of NO WAY OUT by Alan Jacobson (with your name listed as a supporting sponsor), a signed hardcover of Alan's 2011 bestselling Karen Vail novel, INMATE 1577, a signed hardcover of Alan's 2012 thriller HARD TARGET, and signed hardcovers of the first three Karen Vail novels: THE 7TH VICTIM, CRUSH and VELOCITY (US shipping included)

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    INSTANT COLLECTION: Pledge $200 and receive the signed Kickstarter edition of NO WAY OUT by Alan Jacobson (with your name listed as a supporting sponsor), a signed hardcover of Alan's 2011 bestselling Karen Vail novel, INMATE 1577, a signed hardcover of HARD TARGET and the KAREN VAIL TRILOGY (7TH VICTIM, CRUSH, VELOCITY in a custom slipcase with a special chapbook by the author). (6 First Edition signed books) (US shipping included)

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    YOU HAVE GREAT TASTE: Pledge $500 and receive a special Norwood Press limited edition of NO WAY OUT. A signed and lettered edition, bound in 1/4 leather with marbled boards and deluxe slipcase.

    And, a signed and numbered limited edition of INMATE 1577, in a deluxe slipcase.

    Finally, you will receive a signed and lettered limited edition of HARD TARGET bound in 1/4 leather with marble boards and deluxe slipcase.

    BONUS: Receive the signed hardcover Kickstarter edition of NO WAY OUT by Alan Jacobson (with your name listed as a supporting sponsor)
    (4 Limited Edition signed books) (US shipping included) Retail value over $600.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    BE FAMOUS (SORT OF): Become a named character in Alan's next novel, due for publication in September 2014*.

    And receive Reward #6 : The signed Kickstarter edition of NO WAY OUT by Alan Jacobson (with your name listed as a supporting sponsor), a signed hardcover of Alan's 2011 bestselling Karen Vail novel, INMATE 1577, and a signed hardcover of Alan's 2012 thriller HARD TARGET (US shipping included).
    (*A publishing release will be required. The choice of character is part of the creative process and at the author's discretion.)

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    I'M YOUR BIGGEST FAN: Pledge $10,000 and you and your guest will be flown to Wine Country (Napa Valley) California, for an all-expense paid Get-Away Weekend.

    This package includes US domestic airfare for 2, hotel accommodations for two-nights, airport transfers, and an elegant dinner with Alan Jacobson and Norwood Press publishers, John and Virginia.

    BONUS: You will receive The Alan Jacobson Collection including 6 books: the signed Kickstarter edition of NO WAY OUT by Alan Jacobson (with your name listed as a supporting sponsor), a signed hardcover of Alan's 2011 bestselling Karen Vail novel, INMATE 1577, and a signed hardcover of Alan's 2012 thriller HARD TARGET, and the first three Karen Vail signed hardcover editions. (US shipping included)

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