Welcome - Check In
I always loved the allure of those old neon motel signs and how they beckon you off the highway. For me, motels rekindle fond memories of family vacations, childhood experiences, and road trips. Pulling into a motel represented a sense of relief, fun, and excitement with swimming pools, soda machines, and getting to watch HBO from my bed.
In 1961, there were over 61,000 independently owned and operated motels in America. With the development of the interstate system, changes to the tax code and the rise in popularity of chain hotels, these iconic motels are now a rarity. But there is a new generation of moteliers that are preserving this bit of American pop-culture history and creating new experiences for the next generation to come.
To do my part to preserve this piece of Americana and encourage a new generation to fall in love with these icons of the highway, I have embarked on documenting 50 of America‘s remains roadside motels in a beautiful new book.
Sleeping Around in America: Revisiting the Roadside Motel follows my 10,000 mile motorcycle journey through the United States to interview 50 moteliers and sleep in 50 different motels to bring you the incredible stories of these nostalgic properties.
I am asking for your help as I ride down the final stretch of this self-publishing journey to bring this beautiful new book to life.
Sleeping Around in America is an adventure story, photo-book, and travel guide all in one!
About The Book - Sleeping Around in America: Revisiting the Roadside Motel
I am raising money to cover the cost of publishing and printing this new book for everyone to enjoy.
Sleeping Around in America: Revisiting the Roadside Motel is a companion guide to your next road trip or the perfect gift to satisfy the armchair travellers, American pop-culture enthusiasts or the nostalgia seeking romantic explorers in your life.
This book explores 50 of America's remaining iconic roadside motels. Within the pages you can admire the magical allure of their neon signs, unique architecture and their beautiful design that beckon you off the highway through a collection of astonishing photographs. And once you check in, you can meet the moteliers creating the experience for a new generation to enjoy.
The stories and photographs in Sleeping Around in America give you an opportunity to rekindle fond memories of family vacations, road trips and childhood experiences while providing a roadmap of motels where you can travel to today.
Publishing & Printing
The first print run will be done through Friesens Press, in business since 1923. and made available online and through booksellers around the globe. Known for their quality, Friesens prints approximately 25 million books every year, including original editions of the Harry Potter series, The Walking Dead Omnibus, and the classic Oxford English Dictionary.
Inside, you can follow the adventure story, meet the moteliers and see the stunning photographs beautifully laid out on the pages within.
Each motel featured in the book has its own map, multiple images and great stories from the road.
Every edition of Sleeping Around in America features:
- Beautiful 8.5 inch square design
- Over 200 + pages
- Hundreds of photographs of the motels, moteliers and destinations
- Incredible illustrations that capture the vibe of the stories within
- Quick reference Motel Guide by state
- Special dedication page(s) with the printed names of Kickstarter supporters
Rewards Directory: Unique As the Motels Along the Road
I've created a series of reward levels that are as unique as the motels featured in the book. In fact, they are named after some of my favourite motels! Please consider supporting this campaign by choosing any one of the rewards listed. I'm sure you will be pleased and I sincerely appreciate every contribution!
Motel Office: Information & Rate Card (Budget & Goals), Housekeeping Schedule (Timeline)
Motel Info Sheet & Rate Card (Goals and Projected Use of Funds)
The Kickstarter goal is the baseline goal I’ve set to realize the publishing and printing of this incredible project. The funds are allocated to copyediting, incremental design modifications and printing your reward copies. However, if we can exceed the goals we can expand beyond this initial print run. This Motel Info Sheet & (Stretch Goal) Rate Cardon the back of the door explains what more we can achieve once we hit our stretch goals!
Housekeeping Schedule (Project Timeline)
- Mid September finalize manuscript and submit to copyediting
- September to mid October layout final copy
- Mid October to mid November finalize files for printing
- Mid October open online distribution channels for pre-sales
- Mid November review proof copy from printer and make any necessary adjustments
- Third week of November submit and receive copies from printer end of November beginning of December
- December sign and ship reward copies!!!
The Motelorcyclist - Andrew Beattie
Motels and motorcycles have always shared a cheesy romanticism between the two. The mere mention of both conjures up images of iconic 1960s motels and James Dean. By bringing the two together, we realize a long-time courtship. So, to honor this marriage, I humbly submit the word motelorcycle as a new term in the lexicon of motorcycle travel.
With that I created and operate a very popular travel website The Motelorcycle Chronicles. On it I have built a directory of iconic motels and great rides for other motorcyclists to enjoy. In addition to the website I am a contributing writer to BMW Owners News Magazine and frequent guest of various media outlets.
Before launching a second career in journalism, I held senior management positions in the hotel industry working in Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Houston, Texas. My hotel experience spans the gambit of working with limited service motels to full service luxury properties and various brands such as Venture Inns, Super 8, Best Western, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts and Hilton International. I have an MBA with a specialization in hospitality and tourism from the University of Guelph, live with my partner, pillion and pillar Amanda Anne, and have two incredible sons Alex and Nic.
When not riding or producing public affairs programming, I enjoy a good book, strong coffee, good wine, a good game of scrabble, and listening to classical, jazz and classic rock music. I ride a 2009 BMW F800ST.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is the timeline. I am aggressively working to get this book out in time for Christmas. However, unforeseen delays in printing, postal service may impeded the December 2019 delivery date. As an added precaution, I have factored in eight weeks for copyediting, however copyediting services are usually deemed to be four to six weeks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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