Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on December 5, 2011.

Update #6

Where Albatross Soar is PUBLISHED! So now what?

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Dear Kickstarters,

Thank you all again for your support of Where Albatross Soar.  A lot has happened since the initial Kickstarter campaign was cancelled.  The quick and dirty is that I launched a separate fundraising site at www.WhereAlbatrossSoar.com and many of you moved your pledges over there.  If you are one of those re-pledger people, please feel free to disregard this update.  You're very much in the know, totally awesome and have probably just received your books (or you will in the next couple days)!  If you did not re-pledge on the new site, you are still awesome and I have learned that many of you missed some of the previous updates or forgot to make your pledge on the new site.  If you don't see your name on our supporters page then we did not receive a payment from you and cannot yet give you the bird, but NO WORRIES!  Where Albatross Soar is finally in print and if you still want to get/give the bird, you can order copies directly from our website above or on Amazon (where your ratings & reviews are also much appreciated).  

Alternatively, you may also support our NEW KICKSTARTER PROJECT where you will find a full length online preview of the book, and cool new prizes including my new book - Surf Poetry!  Again, if you've already re-pledged, by all means disregard this.  You've given above and beyond and I'm not trying to suck any more dough out of you ;).  That said, if you feel inclined to share this new Kickstarter project through your networks, go right ahead!  Although the first Kickstarter campaign was unsuccessful from a fundraising perspective, it did provide us with some useful exposure so we're giving it another shot now that we have a finished product.  Funds raised will help accelerate our marketing efforts and help us soar into the digital/app space!

So to summarize:

1) Thanks again!
2) Click here to see if you're on our list of people currently getting the bird.
3) If you want to support/share our new project or see an online preview of the finished product, check out our new Kickstarter campaign.
4) You can order & review Where Albatross Soar or Surf Poetry on Amazon!
5) You can follow us on Facebook here!

Your friend in flight,

Bryan

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Update #5 - For backers only

Hooray For Illustrations

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Update #4 - For backers only

Why this project was cancelled & where you should Re-pledge

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Update #3

The 12 Days Of Albatross!

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That's right, 12 days & counting with lots of coin still to raise. 
The long & short of it is we have an aggressive funding goal and short timeline to get there.  What's it all mean?  Well for me it's some sleepless nights, elevated blood pressure and an uptick in shameless plugs for Where Albatross Soar (apologies in advance).  For you, if we fall short of the funding goal it means Kickstarter/Amazon won't charge you for your pledges, you won't get your rewards, and the Albatross will have to explore alternate funding options in order to take flight.  Let's not let that happen!  It's a daunting task, but I think we can get there.    

A few more updates:
1) If the project gets funded, all backers at the $18 level & up will get a beautifully designed Where Albatross Soar bookmark mailed to them for EACH book they pre-order.  This will arrive BEFORE CHRISTMAS so that you can get your favorite surf-tyke stoked for what's to come!  You'll also get a "work in progress" PDF version of the story emailed to you so you can share it with friends & family over the holidays.

2) Updated prizes at the $1, $10, $300 & $800 levels! 

3) Please email me if you have any relevant contacts in the media, surf industry, school systems, etc who I should be sure to reach out to. 

4) Some preliminary illustration concepts are in!  We have several talented illustrators who are still putting together their creative directions/proposals, but if you care to see some of the first batch here they are!  We plan to name an illustrator by mid December.

Many thanks for all of your support.  I'm so grateful to all of you.  2012 WILL BE the "Year of the Albatross" one way or another ;).

Happy Thanksgiving!
Bryan 

ps... It has been suggested that I ask people to change their Facebook pics to the new Albatross project image and put a link to the kickstarter page in the comments/image description.  That seems like a lot to ask, but if you care to, go for it!  I'm honored :).  Email me & I'll send you the image or just snag it from my profile.

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Update #2

An Exciting Week

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Well folks, we're on our way!  Let me confess, that this fundraising stuff is one of the more stressful, humbling activities I've done in quite some time.  A necessary evil I suppose, so thank you all for the support, encouragement, feedback and putting up with all my emails & Facebook updates. :).

That said, the end of this week marks the midway point of this project's duration on Kickstarter and I'm happy to report we're nearly half way to our funding goal (41% of the way to be exact).  Hopefully we can move the needle a little more in the next few days. 

We've also piqued the interest of some very talented illustrators and had some exciting press this week.  Jim Moriarty (CEO of the Surfrider Foundation) plugged for us on Twitter, and today we're the featured story on the Korduroy.tv homepage!  You can also access that interview directly here.  For those unfamiliar with Korduroy, they're a very popular surfing site so this is some exciting exposure for Where Albatross Soar as well as Ride Anything.  

I can't thank you enough for all of your support.  I really appreciate it & am excited to get the next phase of this project under way!

Sincerely,
Bryan K.

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    Aloha! In addition to the good karma that comes with supporting this project, we'll add you to our list of supporters on our website. Oh... and here's a little "Ode to You" I wrote to further convey my appreciation: "While here in words I cannot put, nor in frame may cameras capture; the gratitude and thanks I feel for you, my newest backer!"

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    Thank you, this really helps! For 5 bucks & up, you not only show your support for Where Albatross Soar, you also get the e-book emailed to you upon completion, plus recognition as a supporter on our website! [EVERYTHING HERE IS INCLUDED IN ALL OTHER PRIZES]

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    Cinco de Bookmarks! You get 5 of our fantastic Albatross bookmarks mailed to you, complete with beautiful artwork & inspirational lines from the book! You not only get the good karma, "Ode to You" and e-book from the above prize levels, we'll help you keep track of your pages as you SOAR through your favorite books!

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    Sweet! At this pledge level you’ll ALSO receive one of our finest 1st editions of Where Albatross Soar. We plan to use a print company that offers high quality, eco-friendly options. Size will be aprx 6x9" or larger, saddle stitched or perfect bound tbd. US SHIPPING INCLUDED! [Outside US, add $8 S&H]

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    Signature Series! Here comes your very own 1st edition copy of Where Albatross Soar, hand signed with a special thank you from the author. [Outside US, add $8 S&H]

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    Double Up! Two of our finest copies of Where Albatross Soar are headed your way. [Outside US, add $10 S&H]

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    Triple Signature Series! You really made my day & will get three, graciously signed copies of Where Albatross Soar. [Outside US, add $10 S&H]

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    Tee Plus Two! – Our exclusive Where Albatross Soar Tee (size: infant - XXL) plus two of our finest copies of this very special book. [Outside US, add $10 S&H]

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    3X Personalized Poem Editions! Three copies of Where Albatross Soar, hand inscribed with a short poem on an inside page, each personalized & signed to your favorite tykes. [Outside US, add $10 S&H]

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    Teacher's 10 Pack! You’re a saint (and very likely a teacher or buyer at a bookstore). In any case, THANK YOU for sharing this with your kids. They're lucky to have you! All 10 copies ship to one address. [Outside US, add $15 S&H]

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    Surf Poetry Special! Choose your favorite poem from my website (SurfPoetry.com). It will come to you signed, framed (12"x15" Max frame size), along with 2 of your very own signed copies of Where Albatross Soar. [Outside US, add $20 S&H]

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    Original Poetry! Wow, you’re one of a kind. I can’t wait to write and send you your very own poem on an ocean/nature topic of your choosing. Comes framed (12"x15" Max frame size) along with 2 signed copies of the book. [Outside US, add $20 S&H]

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    ATTENTION SHOP OWNERS: Your Business Soars Here! At this level, we’ll give your business prominent ad placements/linkage in the Sponsor sections of both SurfPoetry.com and WhereAlbatrossSoar.com through the end of 2012! You’ll also get 6 copies of the book which you can sell, gift etc. Of course you'll also get preferred retailer status when you're ready to re-stock this 1st edition! (All sponsor/ad placements pre-screened for “appropriateness”).

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    Print & Digital Sponsor Listing! Reach heaps of peeps with sponsor ad placements on SurfPoetry.com & WhereAlbatrossSoar.com, PLUS you’ll be listed as an elite sponsor in the “special thanks” section of this 1st edition! You’ll also get 10 copies of the book for resale etc. (All sponsor/ad placements pre-screened for “appropriateness”).

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    Surf’s Up! Time to place your order for a super collectable, extra exclusive, custom Ride Anything surfboard - limited Albatross edition (up to 7’0”), hand shaped by me, with a full length Where Albatross Soar decal fiberglassed into one side of the board (design TBD). Plus 3 signed copies of the book. [Shipped in continental US only. International, email first to verify additional shipping cost.]

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    Dedication - Congratulations! In addition to having a huge impact on the success of this project, you just dedicated each and every pre-ordered copy of Where Albatross Soar, to the special person(s) of your choosing. I’ll personally work with you to compose the perfect dedication, which will appear in the front of the book. You’ll also get 5 copies of Where Albatross Soar, signed with a special thank you.

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