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CJ SwannBy CJ Swann
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CJ SwannBy CJ Swann
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$968
pledged of $2,400pledged of $2,400 goal
23
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, February 6 2019 12:29 PM UTC +00:00

About

A packet of letters. A daughter’s loss. A mother’s wisdom. An inspirational story of a daughter’s journey through sadness of loss recounted through a year of letters. With your help, I can share my story.   

I’m the daughter.  Meet my mom. Share my journey.

I rearranged the contents of my desk in our new RV, pulling out a stack of letters and the memories flooded back. And a few tears. These were letters written to my mother in the year after her passing. Thumbing through the letters, stopping to read one, then another. Then another. These letters shaped the story over a year of accepting and overcoming the sadness of loss, missing traditions, routines, and my mom’s companionship and love. I needed to fill a void so I picked up my pen to create a new connection. 

First I laughed and then I cried. I could only imagine her reactions, responses. The memory of my mom inspired me to write this book, to share my journey. My purpose for publishing my story is to inspire someone who may need to fill a void like me and to bring a smile to hearts. Please, help me in my endeavor by backing my project!

Hello! I’m CJ and following is a highly condensed version of me:  This is my debut book, but not my first publishing experience. After 16 years producing and editing magazines, my career took a detour through the wonderful world of hospitality. Then, I became a Caretaker. For a second time. In this new life chapter, my passion for creating and producing my own work reawakened. Now I write, caddy, craft, read, collect new hobbies, make new friends and travel in our RV with my husband and our cat. It’s a heck of a journey and one my mom would have loved to hear about, daily. Please, pick your pledge and help me publish my project!

I chose Julia Wallace because of her love of helping writers reach their dreams of being published authors. My editor has worn many hats over the years, working her way up the publishing ladder from proofreader to catalog copyeditor to magazine editor and writer. After working as marketing manager, she returned to WaterBrook Press as managing editor. Now with Penguin Random House for nearly 17 years, she helps publish thousands of Christian adult nonfiction, fiction, children’s, YA, and giftable books. Her experience will be invaluable as I put together my project. 

Sarah Beaudin is a book and marketing designer with over 8 years of industry-specific experience. She helps publishers, independent authors, and creative entrepreneurs take their books from manuscript to masterpiece.

I’m asking for your help to publish my project, Letters to Claudia. The funding goal to finish the project is $2600. Your contributions will help me complete production of both eBook and paperback versions and begin distribution of my debut book. My editor is excited and ready to continue work on our project. I’ve gone as far as I can and need help to finish the editing, design and formatting for my book.  Please join my team by pledging the Reward that is best for you from the Rewards sidebar.   

My mom and I would always talk over a cup of coffee or tea, depending on the time of day. Some occasions we would pop a cork and settle in with a glass of cabernet and dessert, usually chocolate. I’ve named the pledge levels in honor of our dining table chats. Anything you can pledge would be much appreciated!

Rewards are listed in the sidebar on your right. Please check out the pledge levels and choose your favorite. Mine is the $25 Grab a Cup level – 3 Rewards including one special backers-only story. #5 Pop A Cork give you an opportunity be included in a special chapter of the book.

Whichever Reward you choose, you will be the first to get both the digital and first edition paperback version of Letters to Claudia – 3 months before it’s available for sale!

Every project has a detailed list of deadlines. The main body of work is compiled and success of the campaign will allow me to proceed according to the timeline with editing, interior design, and formatting. Check out the dates of completion:

Join my Team, too! Pick the pledge of your choice from the Rewards Sidebar. Remember, the $25 Grab A Cup pledge gives you both a digital and paperback first edition! Thank you for your sponsorship!

Your support, your pledges, are an incredible help to me. Your hard-earned contributions will be used to complete the final stages of editing and graphic design needed to ready the book for production in both eBook and paperback formats.  Fulfillment fees and taxes are also part of the production pie. The following chart shows a breakdown the $2600 goal.

Backer Cost Breakdown
Backer Cost Breakdown

As an independent author producing my debut book, I want to thank you for backing my project and being a part of its success. It is important to me that you know: 

1. I believe in my story. 

2. I want to show that loss is sad, but can be so much more. 

3. I want to share the memory of a cherished mother/daughter relationship. 

4. I want to inspire others to share their traditions and conversations (see Reward #5). 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about my project, Letters to Claudia, or the campaign. 

Thank you! I hope you become part of my Team!!

Risks and challenges

Best laid plans… Well, you know the rest. So, we plan for the challenges and address the risks.
Our biggest challenge: A successfully funded campaign. Before we can tackle the remainder of the project, we need to hit our goal. We have our plan in place to ensure success and hope every backer will be part of that plan, too.
Another challenge that might occur is a delay in the production schedule. My timeline takes into account certain challenges like technical difficulties, shipping issues, and the “oops! I missed that typo” error right before a deadline. If those challenges arise, I will make sure I’ve updated all backers on what happened and how we solved it.
There are risks involved in any project. Financial risk is minimal because Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform. If we are not 100% successful, no money is collected from you!

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    Visit for a bit and for a few dollars more, receive the exclusive Bonus Story “Be Happy”
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    Grab a Cup...

    Hang out, pour yourself a cup, pick this reward & get your first edition paperback copy of Letters to Claudia before it’s available for sale.
    PLUS… everything in “Start the Pot”

    Bonus delivered April 2019

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    & Dessert...

    It’s better when you can share. For $40, get 2 first edition paperback books, one for you and one to gift.
    PLUS… everything in “Grab a Cup”

    Bonus delivered April 2019

    Includes:
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    • Exclusive Bonus Story “Be Happy”
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    Pop a Cork...

    Support the project at this level and the Premium Reward is you! Sign up for Pop A Cork, send me a note sharing a memory. Tell me about who you would write your letters to and why and be included in a special contributors chapter!
    PLUS… everything in “& Dessert”

    Bonus delivered April 2019

    Includes:
    • First edition digital copy of Letters to Claudia
    • Exclusive Bonus Story “Be Happy”
    • 2 first edition paperback books, one for you and one to gift.
    • Share a memory & talk about who you would write letters to & why.
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