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About

"Senpai The Gallant" - From Senpai Soundtrack.

For immediate clarification, this Senpai Kickstart Appeal is to help with the finishing touches and expansion of the art and illustrations within the book, but also to seriously strengthen the promotion and marketing of the book to potential audiences. This ranges from the targeted marketing on manga and anime forums, to giving Senpai a presence at select UK and US Comic conventions over the coming 12 months. This is further outlined in the frequently asked questions and I will respond to any questions you have in the comments too! The following page tells you more about the project and also the TEAM SENPAI branded Rewards, like Laptop Cases and "Ninja in Training" Baby Onesies, which are only available through this Kickstart. Please consider helping us in any way you can to exceed our goal and make Senpai fly out of the blocks upon its release later this year.

"Daichi" - From Senpai Soundtrack

Early Reviews of a Sneak Preview of Senpai on Amazon.com and .co.uk

"Voyage 1" - From "The Japanese Garden" by "The Kyoto Connection"

The Available Gift and Dedication Rewards

Connect with James Williamson on LinkedIn
Connect with James Williamson on LinkedIn
Join and Like Senpai on Facebook!
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Follow @DandelionSenpai
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Visit the Official Senpai Website!
Visit the Official Senpai Website!

"8:15 Kargosu" - From "Demolar 2007-2008" by "Hayvanlar Alemi"

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What will the Funding Goal and any Over-Funding go towards?

The Funding Goal of the Senpai Appeal will be going towards further promoting and selling the Senpai book in many ways, including but not limited to the following: Comic Convention Presence at a selection of US and UK conventions. Striking Video Trailer Campaigns to increase our website traffic and sales conversions. Professional Press Pack Creation to encourage reviews and news stories on our unique journey. Selective Web-based Advertising on Manga and Anime Forums for our target markets. Attracting Studios to the franchise by increasing the perceived and actual worth of the Senpai brand. Physical and Online Distribution to both online and brick and mortar comic stores and supermarkets, buying enough bulk orders to offer the books at a low enough cost to be extremely competitive. More High Quality Illustrations throughout the book. Offer Competitions and Merchandise through Radio and Online to further build the brand. 

  • Is there any eventuality where the Chapter Sponsor Advertisement in book one may not last for three years?

The only instance is if your company should go into liquidation or should close for any reason that causes you to cease trading under that name.  It doesn't look good to have dead flowers in the window of a florist, nor does it look professional for a deceased ad in a novel. Other than that though, the full three year term is available to you. 

  • Can ANY company submit a Pledge for Chapter Sponsorship?

I personally would prefer that companies of the following nature refrain from pledging for a chapter sponsorship slot. If one of the following companies should pledge, I withhold the right to cancel their pledge upon the close of the Appeal and return their funds in full. At which point, the advertising space will go to a second interested party (so please contact me by email to express your interest should this be the case). Alcohol Brewers and brands, Tobacconists and Pornographic Sites are strictly prohibited from pledging to sponsor a chapter in the Teenage Themed Senpai Novel. Gambling is permitted purely on the technicality that everyone who pledges in any capacity, is essentially gambling upon the successful completion of this book and the ability for Senpai to go on to be a little starlet. Therefore gambling is an inherent part of the Kickstart process for the backers and it would be foolish for me to distance myself from that fact. 

  • Anything else I need to know before I pledge for a chapter for my business?

Any advert cannot be a time-specific offer that will then render their advertisement obsolete after an amount of time. Sponsors should remember the static nature of printed volumes and media. There is currently no facility to update or amend the logo at this time. 

  • It would be much better if sponsors could update their logo?

Agreed. However at this early juncture and with limitations of the Kindle, Kobo and other such platforms this is just not feasible. The moment that it is possible, and upon the creation of the Senpai mobile application environment, this is something we will look to roll out with future sequels of Senpai. At this time though we have taken that into account by offering a much longer duration to the sponsor advertisement places  than we plan to do in future as a substitute.

  • Am I guaranteed to receive my reward gifts?

Yes, every item is already in stock and ready to be dispatched upon completion of this Kickstart Appeal. We will be in contact shortly after the end of the this Appeal with a form for you to complete with your contact details so that we can dispatch and have the items to you as per the agreed time-limit with each reward. In cases where more than one type of item is being dispatched to you, please be aware that items may be sent individually so in some cases they will arrive at different times. 

  • How many people are working on this Kickstart and the Book?

There's an editor and illustrator working on the book alongside me, but the Kickstart is purely being conducted and operated by me [James] around writing the conclusion of the book. I know it's a lot of work to be undertaking, I know. But I'm on top of everything and sleep is overrated. 

Risks and challenges

The main challenge is obviously the completion of the book. The Kickstart can only be as good as the product that underpins it. The difficulty is therefore making sure that the rest of the book lives up to the start, which has been shown to numerous different external readers in the Sneak Preview/Advance Purchase on Amazon and has received much more positive feedback than I originally anticipated.

There is not very many obstacles with the merchandising because I'm working with a selection of top distributors and manufacturers, so that other than a lot of order placing, there shouldn't be a single hiccup in the process.

Unique challenges will rise in prioritising what is essential from the Fund Goal and what is not, should we achieve the £5,000 (or more) target. This is down to how the next few months and the end of production plays out and the careful monitoring of the situation. Similarly, if anyone has any ideas to further promote the book then I would love to hear from you either by contacting me on here or by using the website contact form.

If you are a member of the associated press or a review site and you would like to feature either Senpai or myself then please use the same communication avenues to get in touch.

If any setbacks should arise then I will be more than forthcoming with backers via the FAQ section of the page. I really look forward to building a supportive community for Team Senpai and hope to keep backers in the know about anything that happens in the process.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.24

    Because you're freakin' awesome No reward required, just Team Senpai's undying love.

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    Digital Copy of the Book + Two Songs Inspired by the Senpai Story. "Daichi" and "Senpai the Gallant" will be delivered to your email at the end of the Appeal. You can hear both songs on the page now!

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    Digital Copy of the Book + Team Senpai Collapsible Can Cooler, made of indestructible ninjaprene (wetsuit material). Folds up flat for easy storage. Machine-washable neoprene construction with sewn side seams.

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    Digital Copy of the Book + Team Senpai Ninja Mouse Pad. Durable cloth topped mouse pad with rubber backing with an ultra-fine surface for improved mouse tracking. 1/4” thickness, machine washable and works with optical, laser, or roller mice. Real mice like it too, so I hear...

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    Digital Copy of the Book + Reusable Water Bottle! Made from a single piece of aluminium, this lightweight, durable, eco-friendly, leak-proof bottle is good for you and the environment.

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    Digital Copy of the Book + Team Senpai 15oz Oversized Café Coffee Mug. Dishwasher and Microwave safe, extra-large handle, a glossy finish over the Team Senpai logo. Woot, break-time!

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    Digital Copy of the Book + Team Senpai Stainless Steel Travel Mug. Business Ninjas should not leave home without this sturdy, spill-proof travel/commuter mug. White enamel finish, stainless interior and a plastic handle and lid. Fits most car cup holders, hand-wash only.

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    Digital Copy of the Book + Team Senpai “Ninja in Training” Infant Onesie. 100% cotton fabric, three snap bottom closure for dispatching those nappies quick as a flash. Available in seven colours and four sizes to be confirmed on completion of Senpai Appeal.

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    Digital Copy of the Book + Team Senpai Laptop Sleeve, available in both 15 and 13 inch sizes. Ultra-lightweight, dual zipper design, ninjaprene. Fits like a glove to avoid scratches, bumps, dust and water.

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    Digital Copy of the Book + Team Senpai Frosted Glass Stein. A 6 inch heavyweight, dishwasher and microwave safe, frosted stein with extra large handle.

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    Can't make up your mind which one reward you want? We don't blame you - all the items are excellent! Or maybe you have twins that need a ninja onesie each, or you don't like to drink alone. We understand, it happens, and so: This pledge rewards you with ANY TWO of the following items to be confirmed after the end of the Kickstart Appeal (along with the sizes and color options if applicable). Available items: Can Cooler, Mouse Pad, 15oz Coffee Mug, Infant Onesie, Laptop Sleeve, Frosted Glass Stein, Aluminum Water Bottle, or Travel Mug. Postage to the UK included in the price. £7.00 to ship anywhere else in the world.

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    One Signed Copy of the Printed Volume of "Senpai: The Tale of the Gallant Dandelion" delivered to your door. A nice and personal touch and proof that you were here at the very beginning and were instrumental in helping this newest of franchises to bloom! Limited numbered copy to ensure that this is a real potential gem! And someone IS going to get Number#1 and #2000 so you know all is fair and above board. Postage to the UK included in the price. £7.00 to ship anywhere else in the world.

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    Pledge £100 and get your name or company name permanently listed (Non Hyper linked) on the Senpai Thank You Page for Book 1 on the Official Website. Why not dedicate the spot to your child or partner or close friend? Limited Spaces so do not miss out!

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    Pledge £150 and get your name or company name permanently listed AND Hyper linked on the Senpai Thank You Page for Book 1 on the Official Website. Again you could use this promote your own business or the business of a friend or family member. I will collect the details at the end of the Senpai Appeal.

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    FIVE Signed Copies of the Printed Book of "Senpai: The Tale of the Gallant Dandelion" - Saving you £50.00 on the Reward#12 at Individual Signed Book Price, PLUS! ONE Limited Edition Senpai Artwork Print (30 x 46 cm) on the finest quality Kodak Lustre paper.

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    Only 50 Elite Backers Possible! You will get a Can Cooler, Mouse Pad, Coffee Mug, Infant Onesie, Laptop Sleeve, Frosted Glass Stein, Aluminum Water Bottle, and Travel Mug, FIVE Digital Copies of Senpai for friends or family, TEN Signed Copies of “Senpai: The Tale of the Gallant Dandelion” and TWO Limited Edition Senpai Art Prints (30 x 46 cm), the Second print ONLY AVAILABLE to backers of this £500 Pledge. Plus you will get an Optional Hyper Linked Mention on the Official Senpai Website Thank You Page for Book One, as WELL AS... A named thank you within the Actual Printed Version of “Senpai: The Tale of the Gallant Dandelion” Book One. That’s right, for the rest of time, your name or company name, child, friend or loved ones name will be printed on a special Thank You page inside of the commercially released book in all future iterations of the physically published work.

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    “Chapter #1 is brought to you by…” and then your company logo, or your personal dedication. The Prologue is already claimed for Wikipedia, because I couldn't function without them, so I hope it inspires many people to give generously to Wikipedia and keep them Not For Profit. This advertising space is for a period of three years from the release of the printed version. After which time, the advertising space will become available to new sponsorship, but obviously physical volumes already sold will retain your logo or dedication indefinitely.

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Funding period

- (60 days)