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$892
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 27 2014 10:27 PM UTC +00:00

About

What if a self-help book didn't claim to have all the answers? What if instead, it gave you questions to guide you on your own path? What if instead, it gave you the story of someone who helped himself through the process of asking questions?

No Easy Answers is an autobiographical self-help book based on my experiences overcoming depression, divorce, bankruptcy, and alcoholism.

During my recovery, my redemption, and my re-invention, I had to answer a lot of questions. No Easy Answers contains those questions, my story, and more. It tells how I answered those questions, and how I still use them today to guide me through life, questions like:

  • "How did I get here?"
  • "What am I afraid of?"
  • "Who am I to judge?"

No Easy Answers is the culmination of many years of reading, studying, and learning "the hard way." Unlike other self-help books, you won't get any "laws" or "rules" or "secrets." What you will get are thought-provoking questions intended to help you find your own answers. No matter where you are in life, no matter what you're going through or where you want to be, I know you'll find something in No Easy Answers to inspire you. 

Here are some sneak previews of  what you'll find in No Easy Answers:

Now I need your help to get No Easy Answers published in print and ebook format. Your pledge will help cover the costs of copyediting, cover design, artwork, marketing, and finally... publishing and distribution through Amazon's self-publishing company, createspace.com! Your pledge will help turn No Easy Answers from a file on my laptop into a book that could change someone's life - maybe yours! 

Please help me reach as many people as possible with my message of hope, healing, and happiness by backing No Easy Answers today! 

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

The main risks and challenges that come with completing this project are in the distribution process, i.e. getting the books to my backers after the campaign is finished and before my August deadline. How long will the copyediting take? When will I be able to ship the physical books to my backers?

To address these concerns, I have a dedicated support representative at createspace.com who's already helped me create the budget for this project and given me a time frame for publishing and distribution. I'll be sending the manuscript for copyediting before the end of this Kickstarter campaign, so once it's funded, I can start ordering copies of the book to autograph and ship to my backers. I've also planed to do the bulk of this during the beginning of the summer, when my professional workload is typically the lightest. Feel free to contact me with any other questions or concerns you may have before backing this project.

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    For $1.00, you'll get a personal thank you from me on Facebook or Twitter, mentioning you in the post.

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    For $7.00, you'll get
    "The No Easy Answers Journal":
    A PDF copy of a workbook-style document emailed to you, featuring all of the questions featured in the book, with space to write in your own answers. Going through something difficult? Print up one or more pages, or the whole thing, ask yourself some of the insightful questions, and journal your way to new answers. Oh, and you'll also get your name mentioned in the "thank you" section of the book.

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    For $15.00, you'll receive a paperback copy of No Easy Answers autographed by me with a personal greeting, plus your name mentioned in the "thank you" section of the book.

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    For $20.00, you'll receive a paperback copy of No Easy Answers autographed by me with a personal greeting, plus your name mentioned in the "thank you" section of the book, plus a personal thank you on Facebook or Twitter, mentioning you in the post. A book you can hold in your hands AND social media cred! What more can you ask for?

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    For $25.00, you'll receive "The Works": an autographed copy of No Easy Answers gift-wrapped by me with a personal greeting, plus your name mentioned in the "thank you" section of the book, plus a CD copy of The GRAFT, the soundtrack to the multimedia show that was the "prequel" to No Easy Answers.

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    For $30, you'll receive "The Double Down": two copies of No Easy Answers, each autographed by me with a personal greeting AND individually gift-wrapped by me, plus your name mentioned in the "thank you" section of the book. One book for you, one to give to a friend, and you don't even have to gift-wrap it! Both books will be shipped to the same address.

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    For $50.00, you'll receive "The Trifecta": THREE copies of No Easy Answers, each autographed by me with a personal greeting AND individually gift-wrapped by me, plus three copies of The GRAFT soundtrack CD, plus your name mentioned in the "thank you" section of the book! All items will be shipped to one address in the same package.

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    For $60.00, you'll receive "The Paperback Songwriter" package: a copy of No Easy Answers, autographed and individually gift-wrapped by me, a copy of The GRAFT soundtrack CD, plus your name mentioned in the "thank you" section of the book, AND a one-on-one songwriting session with me where we'll write a song together, including a pre-session consultation over email/Skype/Facetime to discuss ideas.

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    For $75 you'll get "The Write Stuff":
    Co-write a story with SF/fantasy author Anthony R. Cardno.(Details: Up to 15 pages/4,000 words of story, with the work divided equally. An idea-generating session + a follow up. One complete collaborative rough draft. One complete collaborative final draft. An agreement about the final contents signed off on by both collaborators, after which any changes can only be made to editorial order, and by agreement of both collaborators. Both names to be credited, in the order chosen by the publishing editor. A 50/50 split of any monetary compensation.)

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    For $100, you'll receive "The Kitchen Sink": a personal in-home reading of excerpts from No Easy Answers, plus an intimate acoustic performance of songs inspired by the book and songs from The GRAFT soundtrack, lasting up to one hour. You'll also receive a signed copy of the book and The GRAFT soundtrack CD. You MUST live within a 50 mile radius of Katonah, NY in order to receive this pledge reward.

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    For $100 you'll get "The Hero's Journey": Your name will be used ("tuckerized") as a main character in a short story by Anthony R. Cardno. You even get to pick the genre! (SF, fantasy, horror, western, you name it!) You'll receive a pdf of the completed story, a print copy signed by the author, and notification if the story is accepted for publication.

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    For $200, you'll receive "The Golden Ticket": a personal in-home reading of excerpts from No Easy Answers, plus an intimate acoustic performance of songs inspired by the book and songs from The GRAFT soundtrack, lasting up to two hours. You'll also receive a signed copy of the book and The GRAFT soundtrack CD. You MUST live within a 150 mile radius of Katonah, NY in order to receive this pledge reward.

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