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WELCOME TO 'OUR STORY BOOK'!

NEW STRETCH GOAL >>> £5,000

The original goal of £1,800 was quickly reached. This was the minimum required to make the project feasible. However, we are still a long way off our target of having 200 contributors (pages) to make up a decent book with all the diversity of ideas that entails. This new stretch goal should hopefully bring us closer to this objective.

To stay up to date with the latest developments follow 'Our Story Book' on Facebook and Twitter.

What is this project all about?

A book. The creation of our book! The intention is to create and publish the first ever book to explore the subject of immortality, which is both entirely crowdfunded and crowdsourced on Kickstarter. The idea is to find people from around the world, from all walks of life, to each write one page of the book. Just sharing their take on immortality.

Why?! To be a part of this experimental book that seeks to explore the creative, witty, meaningful, weird and wonderful perspectives of all those who wish to contribute. To fulfil an ambition to become a published author. And, perhaps, to even become immortal! 

But why does "Our Story Book' explore immortality?
Because none of us are immortal. This means that any dreams or ambitions we may hope to realise in our lifetime, such as publishing our own book, should be jumped on whenever the right opportunity presents itself. Although our bodies are not immortal (not yet anyway), a good book can be! Our thoughts and ideas make up an important part of who we are and sharing this part of us, in a book, is one way to experience immortality.

'Our Story book' will explore a snapshot of 'immortality' in 2014 as seen through the eyes of our many authors. Everyone who donates £5 to create one page will become a published author with a guaranteed* place in the eBook. Then 100 pages (maybe more depending on the number of pages submitted) will be carefully selected from our community of co-authors for the final printed version of the book. These 100 pages will represent a diverse mixture of ideas from all those who collaborated on the project.

*Providing your page meets the guidelines you are guaranteed a place in the eBook.

Click to view the current online version of 'Our Story Book' so far. *Note that this book is a working progress, so the content you see here most likely will change and be presented in a different order for the final book. 

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Definition of Immortality

Immortality is defined as 'eternal life, the ability to live forever'. For lots more information on this subject check out what Wikipedia has say.

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The List Of The Immortal

Recognise a true legend by adding the name of that person or thing to this list and it will be printed on a page in the final book! Check out the £8 reward!

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Who are the coauthors of this book?

Really ANYONE can become a co-author of this book, but at the same the aim is to include experts in relevant fields, such as science, philosophy, sociology, medicine, etc.. along with poets, artists, writers, thinkers, comedians and of course all mixed in with the ideas and thoughts of the everyday man. 

For example...
* Aubrey de Grey, the pioneering researcher into reversing aging with regenerative medicine.
 * Stephen Cave, British philosopher and author of the internationally acclaimed book, Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization
* S. Jay Olshansk Ph.D, American professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Research Associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago and author of 'The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging'.
* Zoltan Istvan is a futurist, philosopher, journalist, and author of the bestselling novel The Transhumanist Wager.

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The book specifications
The final book will be in printed in black and white, perfect bound on high quality matt white FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper.

The paperback version will be A5 size 5.83 x 8.27 inches (148 x 210 mm)
The hardback version will be A5 size 6 x 9 inches (152 x 229 mm)

How the hardback version of the Our Story Book might look!
How the hardback version of the Our Story Book might look!

If your page is selected for the printed version of 'Our Story Book' then your take on immortality will be one of the 100 that represent the community of co-authors behind the project.

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How the money raised will be spent
Our target is £1800, according to my calculations this is the minimum amount we need to raise to make this project viable and to make 'Our Story Book' a reality. This is to pay for the publication and production of the final book and to cover the many little expenses that occur when getting a book published.

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The 'Our Story Book' tshirts
You wrote the book, now get the tshirt.

Printed on 100% white organic cotton tshirts.
Available as UNISEX, MALE SLIM-FIT and FEMALE SLIM-FIT
Sizes: SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE & XLARGE
See size charts for tshirts!

The official 'Our Story Book explores IMMORTALITY' design will be printed on possibly the most sustainable tshirt you will ever own.

* 100% Organic Product in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), produced from Indian Cotton, and certified by the Control Union and Soil Association Certifications
* 90% reduced Carbon Footprint (CO2e) according to the BSI PAS2050 and certified by the Carbon Trust
* ETHICAL TRADE AND JUSTICE FOR WORKERS 

Female Slim-fit 100% organic cotten tshirt

Male Slim-fit 100% organic cotten tshirt


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 Guidelines for submitting a page of the book

  • What you create on your page is up to you as long as it deals with the subject of immortality.
  • When creating your page it is encouraged to be spontaneous, avoid trying to over think the challenge. Remember there are no right or wrongs for what to write, just a few guidelines to follow.
  • The content you create must fit the size of an A5 page, 5.83 x 8.27 inches (148 x 210 mm). If you are unsure of these dimensions you can simply use an A4 size piece of paper as the dimensions are the same. Your content will then be reduced in size to fit an A5 page.
  • All content must be submitted at a high resolution (300dpi) to ensure a good print quality.
  • Create bold content and avoid drawing an illustration using a pencil as it will probably not show up clearly when printed. The book will be printed in black and white, so be aware that no colour will be shown.
  • All content submitted must be your own and not infringe any copyright laws.
  • You can submit more than one page for the book as along as you make a contribution for each page you submit.
  • You can be as conventional or as unconventional as you like when it comes to how you create your page. For example, creating a page with text only or drawings, poetry, a mini essay or a limerick or some strange mixture of all these things.
  • It is recommended you write your page in English to increase the chance of it being included in the final printed version, but this project is open to everyone, so pages in other languages are accepted.
  • PHOTOGRAPHS MUST BE YOUR OWN! If you choose to have a photograph on your page then it must be your own. Do NOT take photographs from the internet or other people!
  • No offensive material (hate speech, etc), pornographic material, endorsing or opposing a political candidate or any commercial material. The creator of this project reserves the right to reject content submitted if deemed unsuitable and it must of course uphold Kickstarter's guidelines.
  • No self-promoting or advertising, (UNLESS you have bought the 'commercial page').
  • Just going out on a limb here to predict that THIS BOOK WILL NOT BE SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN! And just to clarify this book is suitable for monkeys, at least adult ones.
  • If your content is not accepted due to not meeting the guidelines, then you will be given one more opportunity to write your page.
  • You will be able to submit the content for your page until 7th September 2014. Though I encourage you to submit your page as soon as possible. If you miss the final deadline then unfortunately your page will not be included in the book.
  • Your page MUST be submitted as a PDF or JPG file.
  • The file name must include you name, nationality and age. For example 'James_Sutton_British_28.jpg'
  • Follow this link to the page submission form.

       >>> CLICK HERE to go to the page submission form!

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Timeline for the project
The Kickstarter campaign will run for 60 days. Right from the launch I will begin accepting submissions of pages and will publish a selection of them online, so everyone can follow the progress of the book. All the authors of the book will have one week after the end date of the campaign to submit their pages. I then estimate it will take a couple of weeks to put the final version of the book together, publish and produce your copies of the book. Depending on where you are in the world it will then take anything from a week to three weeks for your book or tshirt to be safely delivered.


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Additional important content for the book
The final book will have a few pages explaining the concept behind the project and how it began life on Kickstarter. Also it will likely have some extra pages at the back of the book, for example...

* A wall of fame page
> Best illustrated page
> Funniest page
> Most thought provoking page
> Most random page
> etc...

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What will happen to the final book
Once 'Our Story Book' has an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) and is published, then both the printed version and ebook will be made available to buy online from places like Amazon and all other good book stores.

The more people who have a copy of the book, the more chance that "Our Story Book' will last the length of time and become immortal. So if anyone has a nuclear bunker or a hut at the top of the Himalayas then please let us know and we will send you a free copy of the book for safe keeping.

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Disclaimer
By becoming a supporter of this Kickstarter project and co-author of the book, you agree to give full permission for the creator of this project, James Sutton, to use any content you produce for the purpose of this project, hereby agreeing to allow him full and unrestricted use of this content. Also be aware that due to the Kickstarter guidelines “Creators cannot promise to donate a portion of funds raised or future revenue to a cause or cannot offer equity or financial incentives (ownership, share of profits, repayment/loans, cash-value equivalents, etc)” to the backers.

Contact
If you have any questions about the project or if you would like to access the 'Our Story Book' Press Kit, then please contact James using james.ourstorybook@gmail.com

Risks and challenges

There are not many risks here. Potential issues we face...

a) Firstly, we need to get enough backers to make this book work. The more people you tell about this project, the more interesting the final result will be.

b) Somebody could try to sabotage the book by sneakily writing something obscene in a foreign language, hoping that I will not be able to understand. Ahhh but I have Google translate! Plus all foreign pages will checked by our international community during the selection process for the printed version of the book.

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    PAGE NUMBER 69! WRITE AN EROTIC TAKE ON IMMORTALITY. Write page 69 with an erotic twist on immortality and receive your own high quality paperback version of the final book. Plus receive a copy of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages.

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    PAGE NUMBER 42! WRITE THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY TAKE ON IMMORTALITY. Write page 42 with a Douglas Adam's slant on immortality and receive your own high quality paperback version of the final book. Plus receive a copy of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages.

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    PAGE NUMBER 10! WRITE THE FOOTBALL TAKE ON IMMORTALITY. With the World Cup happening at the same time as the creation of 'Our Story Book' it is only fitting to explore immortality from the perspective of football and some of the legendary players whose names have been immortalised through the game. Receive your own high quality paperback version of the final book. Plus receive a copy of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages.

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    PAGE NUMBER 59! WRITE THE JAZZ PAGE. Write page 59, the year Miles Davis recorded 'Kind of Blue' and give us your take on the immortality of jazz. Receive your own high quality paperback version of the final book. Plus receive a copy of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages.

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    PAGE NUMBER 16! WRITE THE BLUES PAGE. Write page 16, the day B.B. King was born on the 16th September 1925 and give us your take on the immortality of Blues. Receive your own high quality paperback version of the final book. Plus receive a copy of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages.

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    PAGE NUMBER 71! Write page 71 'THE LIFE PAGE' Worldwide the average life expectancy at birth is currently 71 years according to the United Nations World Population Prospects. Give us your take on the immortality of life and what is means to be alive in 2014. Receive your own high quality paperback version of the final book. Plus receive a copy of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages.

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    PAGE NUMBER 27! WRITE THE ROCK & ROLL PAGE. The 27 Club is a group of legendary musicians who died at age 27. It includes Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse to name just a few. Write page 27 and give your take on what it means to become immortal through music. Plus receive a copy of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages.

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    ONE PAGE AND THE BOOK X2! MAKE YOU AND A FRIEND IMMORTAL! Get 1 page and become a co-author and receive your own high quality paperback version of the final book for both yourself and a friend (add an extra £20 for hardback versions of the book). Plus receive copies of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages. Please double the shipping if you would like the books shipped to two different locations.

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    PAGE NUMBER 33! WRITE THE JESUS PAGE. Write page 33, the age that Jesus was reported to have died and give us the Jesus take on immortality. Plus receive a copy of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages.

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    THE FULL PACKAGE! Write 1 page and become a co-author. Receive your own high quality hardback version of the final book as well as an official ‘Our Story Book’ white organic cotton tshirt. Plus receive a copy of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages.

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    PAGE NUMBER 53! WRITE THE BEETLE PAGE. Write page 53 in honour of Herbie the infamous 1967 Volkswagen Beetle and receive your own high quality hardback version of the final book. Plus receive a copy of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages.

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    DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD! LIMITED EDITION! Do you have to much too say to fit into one page? Write 2 pages of the book as a double page spread and be one of the select few people who are allowed to write more than one page for 'Our Story Book'. Your double pages will appear in the eBook and could be selected for the final printed book. Also receive a high quality hardback version of the final book. Plus receive a copy of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages.

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    PAGE NUMBER 3! THEY SAY GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES! Well how about the immortality of 3?! Or the third immortality?! Whatever you choose to contribute for this page, you are guaranteed your place as the third page in both the final printed version and eBook. Receive your own high quality hardback version of the final book as well as an official ‘Our Story Book’ white organic cotton tshirt Plus receive a copy of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages.

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    Create the illustrated BACK COVER of Our Story Book! Also receive your own high quality hardback version of the final book as well as an official ‘Our Story Book’ white organic cotton tshirt. Plus receive a copy of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages.

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    BECOME AN EDITOR OF THE BOOK! Be one of the people who decides which are the final 100 pages selected for the printed version of the book. (The final selection will be decided by a small group of writers, artists and designers invited to help edit the book). Receive your own high quality hardback version of the final book as well as an official ‘Our Story Book’ white organic cotton tshirt. Plus receive a copy of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages.

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    PAGE NUMBER 2! GIVE US THE SECOND IMMORTALITY! How you interpret this page is up to you! You are guaranteef a place as the second page in both the final printed version and eBook. Receive your own high quality hardback version of the final book as well as an official ‘Our Story Book’ white organic cotton tshirt. Plus receive a copy of the eBook containing all the co-authors pages.

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