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By Terry Willitts
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About

(I know, I broke all the rules about making pitch videos - I'm not a skilled video editor, last time I did any video editing was in high school, over 20 years ago. Please take it as an enthusiastic amateur video.)

As you most likely know by now, Poo Bah is a novel that I'm writing, and have been writing for almost five years. Right now, the project is approximately 278 pages, which I feel is about 70% of the way done. (In a completely unscientific method, I have zeroed in on 400 pages as the estimation of completion. This may very well not be the reality upon completion.) This started off as a NaNoWriMo exercise (and was successful in regards to word count), and since then I've spent time here and there on it, but only have added about 20K more words to it.

Last year, I had all sorts of glorious intentions of having 2009 be the year I completed the story. That didn't happen. So I redeclared the Year of Poo Bah to be 2010. Well, here we are, half way through, and, yeah... not so much.

Here's the thing; I know I can get it done, with just enough time. I know what has to be done, I know where the story is going. This is REALLY a fun story and the one project that I'm most proud of.

The money. Ah, yes, the money. The money will be used to help me finish the book. That's right, I'll be hiring a clan of ninja to capture people to ghostwrite for me. So, I need the money to pay the ninja clan, and to feed the hostages while they write.

Wait, what? No? Okay, sorry... that's not allowed. Something about kidnapping illegal. Okay, right. The money will be used to free up time by supplementing my income so I can finish the darn story and get the editing done. See, I got laid off from the non-profit animal shelter that I've been working at for six years, because the money isn't there. And, while I am looking for more employment (employment is a good thing), I started thinking about all this time that I have and how it could be put to use. (Right now it's being put to use selling my possessions online, so that I don't lose my house, and looking for a job. But what if I had the buffer to sit down and just write? I could easily have the story finished within a good six to eight weeks. And then another four weeks or so for editing, right? So that's about three months. That would be before the end of the 2010. Which means the goal would be reached, and how cool would that be?)

So that's the first part of the money. Paying mortgage bills so I have a place to live while I'm writing/editing. The second part would be the whole self-publishing thing. I'm really unsure how this is going to pan out, as I'm looking into ALL sorts of avenues for that - Lulu and other print-on-demand publishers, as well as several more traditional self-publishers. So, please forgive me if I'm not all specific on that, but the money will also be used to print copies for the pledges that are eligible for that, as well as marketing, possibly printing more copies to sell/promote, and all the things that go hand-in-hand with promoting. (I was a manager at a bookstore in the 1990s so I do have a pretty good idea of the specifics of that.)

I've set a goal of $2500 - this will supplement my income and print copies of the book for the pledges. More would be great, because that would also be used to fund the marketing and more copies and all of that.

You can see a little bit more about Poo Bah at the Poo Bah site. There will be a lot more to come, including pages available to all pledges, as things progress. If you want to see my main writing site, 770 Days is the place to go. There's a few links from the main page to short stories I've written, a short comic I scripted and more.

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    HARDCORE FAN - Pledges at this level will receive all the perks and benefits of being a FAN, plus they'll get a promotion pack (button, sticker, bookmark, who knows what else?) sent to them when available - most likely well before the book is available to the public, even before the PDF is available to the fans! (The exact contents to be determined in the future, but it'll be very cool.)

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    BUYER - As above, plus a copy of the book, autographed/personalized, sent to you. (US/CANADA shipping included. International pledges, if it's cost effective, I'll mail it to you, otherwise, we'll have to talk and figure things out.)

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    ADVOCATE - All the benefits of above, plus acknowledgment within the book itself AND a Poo Bah t-shirt. (Same rules on the shipping, I'm afraid.)

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    FANATIC - You get all the cool stuff above (except for the physical labor), but instead of one, you qualify for TWO personalized copies (and heck, I'll even send them to different locations if need be. Want a copy for yourself but want to surprise that special person who lives on the opposite side of the country? Well, here you go! Once again the shipping outside of US or Canada will have to be dealt with in a case by case basis and I might need you to work with me on the cost of shipping - maybe this will be a super popular project and there will be a surplus of pledges and then I can afford to ship all international with no further costs)

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    THE LOCAL SUPPORTER - (Note: only available to those in my local transit area - you MUST contact me before pledging this one.) For this one, I will come over to your house, place of business, and perform 2 5-hour shifts of physical/unskilled labor. I'm a hard worker. Details will have to be hammered out in relation to timing, etc. Again, I strongly insist you contact me before making this pledge. (Note: work will not be performed until after project deadline, and again, remember, I am supposed to be setting aside most of my time for writing, so scheduling will take that and other details into consideration.) In addition, you will get a personalized PDF before the book is available to the public, access to the supporter areas, special notation on the website, and one autographed copy of the book upon release.. .

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    THE EXTREME FANATIC - You get everything that a regular ol' fanatic gets, plus one more copy (for a total of 3 physical copies, all personalized/autographed)! But wait, there's more! Act now and we'll throw in a set of Gins.... no, no, that's not right. Ahah! You'll get a character in the story named after you, based off of you (or more likely, a pet or your childhood toy or something along those lines.) I'm flexible but there are certain restrictions. I reserve final approval on the character and the naming, but as long as you're reasonable, I don't think there will be any issues. And you can tell everyone, "That one there, that's named after my Fluffy!"

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    THE TOTAL PACKAGE - Breaking it down. You get: access to the supporter newsletter and supporter-only areas on the website, acknowledgment on the website, a personalized PDF copy before the public has access to the book, a set of cool promotional-style things (button, sticker, bookmark, who knows what else), an official Poo Bah t-shirt. Also, you'll get not one, not two, not even three, but five (5!) copies of the book, all personalized and shipped to you (or wherever needs be shipped, including international destinations.) Also, you'll get a character named after you (or your pet or toy, etc, again pursuant to my approval)! I mean, this is literally the total package!

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    THE DINNER PARTY - Shortly after release of the book, I will fly out (48 contiguous states) and bring 4 copies of the book, come to your residence, and cook dinner for four (five including myself), autograph and personalize the books and discuss whatever you want to discuss. I'm not a gourmet chef, but I'm a damn good cook and am pretty versatile, I'm sure we can come up with a nifty meal. (And in all likelihood, I'd bring other stuff for everybody, too.)

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    THE BOOK CLUB - Are you a member of a book club? Like having authors come by for reading and Q&A? Well, then, this is the deal for you. This pledge will give you access to the supporter site, up to 20 personalized PDF copies before the book is available to the public, and when the book is available, I'll fly out (contiguous 48 US states) and come and meet your book club/reading group, and I'll bring 20 copies of the book for the members (obviously, I'll be happy to sign each one for you) and spend an evening with the group, reading selections and discussing all sorts of things about the book and the story and everything related to it!

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