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Vintage typewriters will be placed around the US in unique places, encouraging people to be inspired to submit a story for publishing.

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Hello friends! Thank you for checking out our Kickstarter page. With your support and involvement, we’re going to continue the long-time tradition of sharing stories through a very unique method of collecting and inspiring them. We will curate a collection of short stories, rants, dreams, hopes, and anything else that our contributors wish to share. All written (on amazing vintage typewriters) and submitted by anyone from cool locations all over the US.

We support a lively human tradition of passing along stories from generation to generation, which throughout time has also contributed to some of them gaining recognition as tall tales. In spirit, it’s about the story and more importantly the way in which the story is told and passed along throughout time. Dear Hank wishes to continue this age-old passion for storytelling by gathering the most well formed and perhaps sundry stories and sharing them in the smartest way possible.

Dear Hank is a shared publishing concept that incorporates storytelling in a written, traditional sense. The idea is that we will place vintage typewriters all over the US in businesses and destinations of interest (Barber Shops, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars), parks (Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park), and any sort of location that people will have a little spare time to type while they are inspired. The typewriters themselves shall spark curiosity as to what and why they are there. Placed next to the typewriter will be a description of the project, a ream of vintage paper, and a return stamped envelope with our address to be mailed and returned to us for consideration to be included in the book. We hope that inspired people will take a minute to share any story they want to share: tall tales, secrets they may wish to finally get off their chest, fictional pieces, a description of the day. . . anything that comes to mind. People are storytellers by nature, it's how we entertain each other. We've reached a day where nearly everything is electronic and fast. We believe the process of manually typing on the vintage typewriters, not having spell check, and not being able to edit easily is a mostly lost but great process that allows the writer to only be concerned with the story or take more time. After all the letters are complied, a selection of stories will be chosen and we will put together a limited run pressing of the book, which shall be limited to 1,000 copies. The books will be off-set in traditional printing and binding methods, hardbound, deckled edge paper, incorporating vintage typesetting methods. We want the book to be as beautiful as the stories that it will contain. We wish to capture spontaneous, written inspiration. The idea, in the end, is to motivate people to stop for a minute and step out of their lives to create something unique while giving the opportunity of reaching a larger audience.

The project is completely not for profit. The 25K needed goes directly into the production and shipping of the book and materials. Thank you for your time and consideration. Please participate.


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    Pledge $1 or more
    About $1.00 USD

    2 backers

    For a pledge of 1$, You will be added to our mailing list and kept up to date on the Book Project.

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    Pledge $2 or more
    About $2.00 USD

    9 backers

    For a pledge of 2$, you will be mailed a return envelope with a piece of paper to type your story and mail back, provided that you can't make it to one of the typewriter locations.

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    Pledge $40 or more
    About $40 USD

    14 backers

    For a pledge of 40$, you will receive a final copy of the printed book.

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    Pledge $100 or more
    About $100 USD

    1 backer

    For a $100.- Pledge, You will receive a final copy of the book - Along with an original typed letter from one of the published stories!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more
    About $1,000 USD

    1 backer

    For a business or location that would like to have a typewriter in their establishment for one week, we are asking for a pledge of 1000$. This includes the shipping and return of the typewriter and a profile about the location in the forward of the book that will give readers a greater sense of where the stories were penned.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more
    About $5,000 USD

    0 backers

    For the most enthusiastic supporter, a pledge of 5000$ would include 10 copies of the book each with an original typed story in its original envelope, as well as one of the actual typewriters used in the project.


Funding period

- (90 days)