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A photographer lends his voice to his dog, who recounts his narrow escape from death, then settles the question: Who rescued who?  http://www.speakuptalkradio.com/bob-soltys-speaks-up/
A photographer lends his voice to his dog, who recounts his narrow escape from death, then settles the question: Who rescued who?  http://www.speakuptalkradio.com/bob-soltys-speaks-up/
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After a second near-death experience in Colorado last year when he was almost 14, Lucky the Jack Russell Terrier decided to tell how he escaped execution at an early age, and recount his adventures traveling across America with his Dad. Lucky's story is illustrated with delightful black and white pictures I took of him around town and on the road. 

Grinnell, Iowa
Grinnell, Iowa

As Lucky and reminisce, I take notes with a fountain pen in a printout of the book template, and later word process them into my MacBook. You can read part of the first chapter at the very bottom of this page.

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Front cover

Your backing helps us publish the book to make children and adults smile as they learn how Lucky's life and his Dad's became lucky lives.

Having self-published a book last year, I know how to do it again.

Where does the money go? $1900 to set up and get the book to press with basic editing, another $400 to $600 for editing and revisions, and the rest for printing postcards, mugs, and gelatin silver prints. 

Upon successful funding, I'll order postcards from Jakprints here in Cleveland, a dog-friendly place. Once the books arrive, Lucky and I will go to the Post Office and I'll mail them to you.

Thank you for helping Lucky tell his story! 

From chapter 1: "I don’t know why they did it. It’s not like I crapped on the floor or watered the carpet. But on the night of September 29, 2003, my human drove me to the South County Shelter in San Diego, took my tag off, tied me to a light pole in the parking lot, and left me there. 

When the shelter staff came to work the next morning, they untied me and took me in, but my troubles weren’t over yet. Because money for pet shelters is limited, California shelters keep pets without tags for only three days. On the morning of October 3, my time was up. A little before 11 o’clock, one of the staff opened the door to my cage and reached in, a sad look on her face. My short life passed in front of my eyes ..."

Risks and challenges

Last year I successfully completed my self-published book Hurry Up and Wait about the three year backlog facing the agency from which I retired a year ago (see link to book above) and learned what I have to do to self-publish this book. No premarket review or approval is required to complete the book or distribute rewards.

Eighty-seven pages of A Lucky Life are in my MacBook. As a writer and photographer since 1971, I'm committed to rewarding you the backer and to helping Lucky tell his story. Thank you for your interest and support.

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    Signed copy of the book, a coffee cup with Lucky's photo, and an unframed 8 x 10 black and white resin coated (RC) print of Lucky.

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    A twenty-minute Skype portfolio or writing review with Lucky and me, "Friend of the Project" recognition in the book, a signed copy of the book, a coffee mug with Lucky's photo, and an 8 x 10 RC print.

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    A thirty-minute Skype portfolio or writing review with Lucky and me, "Friend of the Project" recognition in the book, a signed copy of the book, a coffee cup with Lucky's photo, and an 8 x 10 RC print.

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    A forty-five minute Skype portfolio or writing review with Lucky and me, "Special Friend of the Project" recognition in the book, a signed copy of the book, a coffee cup with Lucky's photo, and a framed 11 x 14 fiber-based gelatin silver limited edition print of Lucky.

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    A one-hour Skype portfolio or writing review with Lucky and me, "Special Friend of the Project" recognition in the book, a signed copy of the book, a coffee cup with Lucky's photo, and a matted 11 x 14 edition of one color print of the cover photo.

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