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By Densie Kawaii
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About the project:

A novel about relationships, addiction and the role that seemingly benign online relationships can play in our otherwise chaotic lives, Age / Sex / Location touches on a variety of real-life issues presented to young people as they work to find their way in the world.

Centered around Jo, a young woman striving to be an entrepreneur in the midst of a failed relationship and an alcohol and prescription drug addiction, Age / Sex / Location explores the fuzzy reality of functional addicts. It is a story I felt compelled to tell from the viewpoint of a female character because there are so few such stories told about women's struggles with addiction and real-world relationship problems. This is not a fluffy fairy tale, but rather a glimpse into the journey of a young woman struggling to discover life in a world where happiness seems unattainable outside of inebriation.  

Following the money trail:

Unfortunately, I have discovered that slaving away over a manuscript is not a profitable endeavor until the manuscript makes it into print. And even then, it's entirely possible to find yourself sitting alone in a room filled with thousands of copies of your book without so much as a reader in sight (and teaching dogs to read is not something I've had much success with).  So what exactly are the funds raised here going towards?

Editing - Although the book has already made it through several drafts, professional editing and re-editing, and re-re-editing, and re-re-re-editing is needed to make the manuscript professional and ready to be read by the general public (and re-read by everyone in my family who has already been forced through slave labor to read it a half dozen times to try to find misplaced punctuation).

Cover Art - A professionally designed cover is needed to attract readers who against all advice do, in fact, judge a book by its cover. This is important to me because I am one of those readers (my apologies to all of the wonderful authors I miss because of this detestable trait).

Formatting and Printing - It's got to become a book to become a book.  Ya dig?  With the help of a small press it's not going to just become a handful of copies, but a whopping 5,000 copies.  Stacks of books everywhere!

Promotions - Once cover art is finalized there will be the printing of posters and other promotional giveaways.  During release, there will need to be an advertising campaign, and a general blaring out into the world that the book has arrived.

New fancy web design - For those of you have seen, or will see the KawaiiTimes website, it's not difficult to see that it needs a lot of help.  A portion of the money raised will go to hiring someone who knows far more about web design than I do to make it a better reflection of myself and my work.

You should also know:

In a strange and wonderful turn of events, the manuscript has found a wonderful group of readers and editors who believe in the book.  I now need help getting the $5,000 to make sure that this endeavor has its best chance at success.  Will you help me to realize my dream of holding my finished book in my hands and sharing it with the world?

What if I raise more money than I need?

My fundraising goal is the bare-bones minimum of what is needed to get my novel off the ground.  Any funds raised above my goal will go to building a better website, creating better advertising, helping to cover the cost of travelling to book signings and conferences, and help to support the completion of my second novel, Adaline.

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    WEBSITE HAPPINESS! All backers will be listed in a special section of my new website dedicated to my many supporters. Every little bit helps, and I appreciate every dollar!

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    FACEBOOK HERO! Upon gazing into my Facebook fan & friends list, I came to realize that if every single Facebook contact I have donated just $6.25, this project would be 100% funded! That's an amazing thought so... backers at this level will be listed on the website as a "Facebook Hero" with an embedded link to their Facebook page!

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    POSTCARDS FOR EVERYONE! In addition to being listed as a supporter on the website, backers at $15 and above will get a specially designed Age / Sex / Location postcard in the mail with a special thank you message from me.

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    E-READER DELIGHTS! Get yourself not only mentioned on the website and a postcard in the mail but also get a copy of Age / Sex / Location in PDF format to read on your computer, tablet or e-reader device. (once complete and available for distribution)

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    RETRO READERS! When you back $50 or more, you will get special billing on my website as an "Age / Sex / Location Retro Reader", a mailed postcard, PDF and a SIGNED softback copy of Age / Sex / Location to read in retro hold-your-book style. (once complete and available for distribution)

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    POSTERIZATION! Get yourself listed as an "Age / Sex / Location Poster Child", get your postcard in the mail, PDF and SIGNED softback copy of Age / Sex / Location and a SIGNED limited-run 11" x 17" poster of the cover art to adorn your lonely walls. (once complete and available for distribution)

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    BOOK CLUB BONANZA! Your book club or writing group will get listed as a "Supporting Reader Group", each of your members will get a thank you postcard from me, your group will get 10 PDF copies and 10 SIGNED softcover copies of Age / Sex / Location and 10 SIGNED 11" x 17" posters of the cover art (once complete and available for distribution) AND get a 30 minute Skype conversation with me for your book club or writer's group meeting where we can talk about the book and you can ask me whatever questions you have!

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Funding period

- (45 days)