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The best of my funny, angry, sad, weird stream-of-consciousness letters written to the supporters of my last Kickstarter project.

Thanks for visiting my project!

What is The Kickstarter Letters?
I funded the entire print run of my second novel, A Greater Monster, through a Kickstarter project.* As a reward, I wrote each of my 128 contributors a stream-of-consciousness email or handwritten letter. This book is a signed & numbered handmade, hardback collection of 52 of those letters.

The Kickstarter Letters by David David Katzman
The Kickstarter Letters by David David Katzman

What’s going on in these letters?
I used either the contributor’s name or a suggestion he or she made as inspiration, as a starting point for stream-of-consciousness** writing. It’s essentially improv writing. In this collection, you’ll find ridiculous dialogues, flash fiction, personal confessions, rants, cultural commentary, and outlandish weirdness that I liberated from my brain. I tried not to judge or censor.

But are there pictures?
Why yes, as a matter of fact, Mike Wilgus, who designed the cover and interior layout of A Greater Monster, developed the cover art and interior illustrations to complement twenty of the letters.

The Kickstarter Letters cover art & poster by Mike Wilgus
The Kickstarter Letters cover art & poster by Mike Wilgus
Sample color image from interior (not final)
Sample color image from interior (not final)
Sample b&w image from interior
Sample b&w image from interior

Handmade you say?

Indeed. The Kickstarter Letters is being published by Jason Pettus who is editor-in-chief and owner of the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography. He specializes in personally making beautiful books for his authors.The pages of The Kickstarter Letters are hand-stitched together then wrapped with faux leather. The beautiful design alone makes it a great coffee table book or holiday gift. Not that you won’t want to read it, too. There are words inside.

Music?
I’ve included a playlist for both Spotify and Youtube of songs that I listened to while writing The Kickstarter Letters. They would make a resonant accompaniment to the reading of said letters.

But is it worth reading what you have to say?
Always with the tough questions. Take a look at reviews of both of my novels on Amazon (A Greater Monster and Death by Zamboni), and you can download a PDF of the first 15 pages of A Greater Monster on my website: daviddavid.net/novels) And here’s one letter, too.

Sample letter from The Kickstarter Letters
Sample letter from The Kickstarter Letters

Isn’t this whole thing a little too meta?
I certainly hope so.

*My Greater Monster Kickstarter project lived here: kck.st/daviddavid
**Whatever you do, don’t cross the streams-of-consciousness.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Risks are minimal; Jason has produced quite a few handmade books before. The illustrations are nearly complete. I do know that delivering the rewards of the stream-of-consciousness emails takes a great deal of time on my part, but I enjoy doing it. The highest level rewards of the short story, painting or improv show will likely take a few extra months to complete.

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