My new book THINGS ARE WHAT YOU MAKE OF THEM is a really special baby to me, I'm so lucky that Penguin agreed to let me try something new and gave me everything I wanted in terms of production, size, quality, content, and everything. I really am so proud of it and want people to have it.
I know a lot of people are probably already getting it from Amazon or somewhere else so that they don't have to wait longer for their copy, but I still wanted to make it available here too. And even though the cover price is $14, I priced it out as $10 here because I really want people to get it. Since I don't make it myself, I actually do have to buy my own book to be able to include it here, and I'm not making a profit off of it here. That's one reason the "fundraising total" is going to seem way higher than the actual amount I end up with to print from. I just really want people to get the book.
The new keychain is "priced" at an extra $5 from the previous level, even though similar keychains in my shop cost $14. I wanted to encourage people to treat themselves to the book too, and am happy to basically make zero money off of the keychains in order to do that. The keychain art is really special to me and I've resisted selling any products with that art for a long time. But it once appeared in a previous edition of Unsolicited Advice, and making it available here with the 2018 planners and with the new book seemed like a personal and special way to do it.
When you order the book from this Kickstarter you're also directly supporting the first week sales (since it's released October 3rd but this campaign ends September 28th). Those first week book sales are really important for any new book, since they signal to book retailers that there is a strong interest in the book and they should put more books on shelves, which is how people discover it for themselves.
Basically, I am not making money from the books and keychains here, but you are helping support the new book in a big way. Plus you also... get the book... which I think is very good... and I will sign it for you. If you've already preordered, or want to make sure you get it right away, I'm super grateful for that too. It's exactly the kind of book that's perfect to gift to a creative person you know, a writer, an inventor, an entrepreneur, your bridesmaids, anyone who's working on, making, or building anything. I know I've said it like three times in this answer (I've had a lot of coffee which I am still currently drinking) but it really is a special book and even though it's not self-published it feels as personal to me as if it were.
Okay that's all for this long ass answer, thank you so much for the support, for believing in me, for liking anything I've ever made, and for helping get this book into your hands, the hands of people you know, and onto bookshelves where it can be discovered by people who don't even know they "need" it yet.