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No Easy Answers is a book that explores the questions that changed my life and guided me through recovery, redemption, and reinvention.
51 backers pledged $2,000 to help bring this project to life.

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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? 

I believe everyone has their own definition of happiness, so why should there be only one set of answers or one set of rules for everyone? After finding my own way through depression, divorce, bankruptcy, alcoholism and attempted suicide, it's my mission, my goal and my purpose to lead others out of their own personal darkness into health, wellness, and happiness - whatever that may mean for them.

During my recovery, my redemption, and my re-invention, I had to answer a lot of questions. No Easy Answers is those questions, my story, and more. It's 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.

However, publishing a book costs money, even in the age of DIY self-publishing. 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. Your pledge can turn No Easy Answers from a file on my laptop into a book that could change someone's life!

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

In addition to helping others through my writing, once the book is published, I'm also going to donate a percentage of the profits from book sales to Appalachia Service Project. Appalachia Service Project is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia. It's vision is that substandard housing in Central Appalachia will be eradicated and that everyone who comes into contact with this ministry will be transformed. I personally worked with ASP this summer, and I it was a life-changing experience for me, for the youth group that I led, and for the families we helped. 

Here's some more info about my book, my mission, and the work I did this summer with Appalachia Service Project: 

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

The main risks and challenges that come with completing this project are with the final editing and distribution. I want to make sure I get the book edited to look professional and get the finished books to my backers before my 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. Feel free to contact me with any other questions or concerns you may have before backing this project.

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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 $45, you'll receive "The Hopelessly Devoted to YouTube Package." What can I say? I was a big Olivia Newton-John fan growing up in the eighties. This package includes 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 YouTube performance of a song dedicated to YOU! Give me a list of 3 to 5 songs, and I'll pick which one I can actually play and sing without embarrassing myself too much.

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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 30-minute 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 $65.00, you'll receive "The Personal Transformation Experience." Want to be change your life? Let's make it happen! You have to be willing and able to travel to Katonah, NY for this reward. You'll get a 30 minute individual consultation where we'll discuss what you want your personal transformation to look like (career, fitness, relationships... you name it), and we'll strategize how to make it happen. I'll share all the knowledge and references I've accumulated on my own journey. If it's health & fitness you're looking for, I'll even let you play with my unconventional training gear (who doesn't want to swing a medieval steel mace?). You'll also receive, of course, 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.

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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 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 $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 $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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