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Jackson DameBy Jackson Dame
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Jackson DameBy Jackson Dame
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$508
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About

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Hey, my name is Jackson!

I have written a practical book about how faith and Christianity can impact your creative process in a powerful way. Now, it's time to self-publish this project and get its message into peoples' hands. Would you join me?

About me

I'm a 22-year-old writer, creator, and communicator. I've been blogging for over 5 years, and I have written for Bedlam Magazine, the Far East Broadcasting Company's blog, and Christian Media Magazine

I have a B.A. degree in Media Ministry, and my passion is for church media, communication, and creativity.

What is the book about?

Ex Materia is a book that I wrote because I believed there were other people like me. People who struggle with being creative and need help to climb out of the rut. 

A couple of years ago, I found myself in a place where I just couldn't come up with any fresh ideas. No matter what I tried, I came up short. So, I decided to take my creativity problems to God.

Mockup image of the book.
Mockup image of the book.

I'm a Christian, but for a long time I didn't realize how relevant God and Christianity were to my creative life.

I began to search the Bible for help with my creative struggles. And I found relief immediately. I started to see God as a master creator and explored how His creative process can impact and cultivate my own. 

That's what Ex Materia is all about. It's about embracing faith, learning to be truly creative, and cultivating a lifestyle that breeds great ideas.

The paperback version will be 5"x8" and roughly 110 pages in length.

What does Ex Materia mean?

It's a Latin phrase that means "out of something" or "out of material". It's kind of the opposite of the phrase "ex nihilo" which was often used in the past to describe how God created the world out of nothing. As you begin to read the book, the meaning will become more clear and practical. 

How close is the book to being finished?

Ex Materia has been in the works for over a year now, and it's gone through multiple drafts. After lots of rewriting and feedback from early readers, the manuscript is basically complete. 

I'm ready to self-publish Ex Materia and get its powerful message into the hands of readers. 

Reviewing notes and editing the manuscript.
Reviewing notes and editing the manuscript.

What will I get for contributing?

When you support this project, you'll receive a copy of the book either in digital or print form. By pledging at the lowest level or higher, you're pre-ordering the book. But, there's more...

For those that are willing to invest a little extra in the project, I've got a series of exclusive rewards that you can receive in addition to copies of the book. Check them out on the sidebar or described below.

Additional Rewards 

EX MATERIA Kraft Notebook - These simple kraft notebooks are exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign. Each one is handmade.
EX MATERIA Kraft Notebook - These simple kraft notebooks are exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign. Each one is handmade.
Reporter Notebook - These handmade reporter-style notebooks are crafted from leather and feature refillable inserts. I carry one with me almost everywhere to record thoughts and ideas on the fly.
Reporter Notebook - These handmade reporter-style notebooks are crafted from leather and feature refillable inserts. I carry one with me almost everywhere to record thoughts and ideas on the fly.
Traveler's Notebooks - I specialize in making leather traveler's notebooks. A traveler's notebook is basically a leather case that you fill with paper notebook inserts. They are great because you can continue using them for years.
Traveler's Notebooks - I specialize in making leather traveler's notebooks. A traveler's notebook is basically a leather case that you fill with paper notebook inserts. They are great because you can continue using them for years.
  • Rough Paperback Manuscript - When I was refining the Ex Materia's manuscript, I had several paperbacks printed to test the quality of the printer I am using. I used one of them in the editing stage and marked it up with handwritten notes and comments. It's well loved (worn), as I've been carrying it around for the past month or so. I'm willing to part with this piece of the project's history to get the book finished. There's only one, so get it while it's available. 
  • Bottle of Dirt - A small, clear bottle containing some of the dirt I used to photograph the book's cover design. Yes, I actually saved the dirt after I was done. This fun little artifact from the project can serve as a reminder of the book's message.

What will the funding go towards?

My goal isn't profit. Ex Materia is a passion project. My goal is to get the book and its message into as many peoples' hands as possible. Your contributions will go towards things like: 

  • Editing 
  • ISBN number
  • Printing
  • Shipping
  • Rewards
  • Percentage to Kickstarter
  • Safety Net (In case of emergency)

I have saved a good chunk of money by designing the book's cover myself.  Plus, my own creative aesthetic gets to shine through.

Estimated Cost Breakdown
Estimated Cost Breakdown

Why self-publishing?

I'm self-publishing this book because it's the best route for me. I have direct control over the project, and I'm able to do things like design the cover myself. My own creative touch goes into almost every aspect of this project. 

With self-publishing, I'm able to invite you, the reader, to become a part of the project by helping make it into a reality. Instead of just being a consumer, you'll be playing a small role in creating Ex Materia.

When will the books arrive?

I am planning to ship the books in October. The Kickstarter campaign will end in late June, giving me plenty of time to oversee and complete the following steps: 1) editing 2) e-book conversion 3) interior layout 4) final design 5) print preparations 6) printing 7) compiling rewards for backers 8) shipping the rewards.

The faster I can get through all of these steps, the sooner the books will be shipped. 

A few weeks after I ship the books to backers, the book will be released publicly. So, by supporting this Kickstarter project, you'll get early access to the book before anyone else. Public release date to be announced as the project progresses.

Stretch goals

In the event that we surpass the minimum funding goal and reach $3,500, I'll throw a public book launch party. Everyone is welcome to attend! There will be a meet and greet, refreshments, and more.

Mockup of the book.
Mockup of the book.

Thanks for visiting!

Thank you so much for checking out my Kickstarter project. I would be honored to have you help me turn this project into a reality. In the words of poet Robert Morgan, to be read completes the art. By backing this project, you are becoming a part of the creative process.

Contact me

Have questions or a press inquiry? I'd love to talk. E-mail at jacksonldame [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Risks and challenges

Ex Materia is my first book. I'm a new author, so I am expecting a certain amount of learning curve with the process. That's why I've been doing so much research and why I have included a safety net in my budget.

I'm also a recent college graduate with a fiancee. I'm hoping to start a full time job soon and planned to get married this fall. Planning for these life events ahead of time will help me manage my time later and ensure that the project stays on schedule.

I'm confident that I can overcome obstacles and finish the project in a timely manner.

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