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10
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, May 23 2015 3:55 PM UTC +00:00

About

Hello,

I'm Jamie Sheffield, an author who lives and writes in the Adirondack Park in Northern New York; I'd like you to help me write my next novel.

My other job is as a public school teacher in the Olympic village of Lake Placid, NY (home to the Olympic games in 1932 and 1980), which keeps me busy during the school year ... so I do most of my writing during the summer months.

The last few years, I've written the rough drafts of my first three novels during a month-long writing sprint called "Camp NaNoWriMo" (NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month), during which I typically write 2,000 to 3,000 words per day. I then spend the fall editing/fixing the novel, and publish early in the New Year. This is a pattern that has worked well for me, but I have an idea of how I could improve things ... with your help.

Last summer I rented a cabin in the middle of the woods with an odd/perfect set of attributes for my writing: wifi, no TV, lots of privacy, and no running water (which doesn't affect my writing much one way or another, but I thought was worth mentioning because it's cool). I spent an incredibly productive week in the woods, writing and thinking and sleeping and eating, and not much else. 

Cabin from outside
Cabin from outside

I see this Kickstarter as a chance for me to crowdfund an advance on my next novel with the help of fans and supporters and patrons of the arts. I'm three for three when it comes to writing my novels using the NaNoWriMo method and the time spent in the cabin last year was magic-time as far as my writing was concerned (I had a couple of days in the 8-10 thousand word range, and wrote some truly beautiful scenes that made it from rough to final draft essentially intact). I hope you'll choose to support me. I am offering a variety of rewards based directly on my writing efforts for supporters to choose from.

My primary writing space in the cabin
My primary writing space in the cabin

At the cabin last summer, I was able to write for hours at a time without disturbance, sleeping when I was tired and writing when the mood was on me. No phone calls, no UPS guy, no dogs to walk (or shush when the UPS guy comes), nobody (dogs or wife or child) to glare at me for getting up to write at four in the morning or take a nap at noon. I took walks in the woods just outside my door to clear my head and stretch my legs, and read on the porch for an hour when my head got muzzy from too many words running through my fingers.

Kitchen Table (and writing workspace #2)
Kitchen Table (and writing workspace #2)

With your help, I would like to continue, or even expand, this 'writing retreat' during my writing sprint in summer 2015. Your money will allow me to rent the same cabin (or one like it) for a week (or two if my Kickstarter exceeds my funding goals), and write the fourth full-length novel in the bestselling and award-winning Tyler Cunningham series.

Kitchen (note handpump)
Kitchen (note handpump)

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or suggestions about the project, my writing, or some combination of the two.

Thanks,

Jamie

Risks and challenges

Every writing project faces challenges, but I have a proven track record as an author, having published three full-length novels and a collection of novellas already. My pre-planning activities and system of 'writing fast and editing slow' has worked for me during three previous years, and should continue to do so next summer.

I have a supportive team of friends and family and readers who I can turn to (and have turned to in the past) when things in the writing process hit a road-bump.

The cabin was a fantastic inspiration and it helped to focus my writing energies and time by reducing the distractions that can happen when I write at home. It is my hope that by following this model again, can have even greater productivity gains this coming summer.

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    a signed copy of the novel I'll be writing during the retreat.

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    a signed copy of each of my five books, and a selection of "dailies" (rough typing product from my day's work in the cabin) from my writing sprint.

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    a personal acknowledgment in the book, and an invitation to a "cast-party" BBQ to celebrate the completion of the first draft of our next novel at the end of the summer.

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    instead of my collected works, you'll receive a signed copy of my newest book in a limited edition hardcover version.

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    you get 10 copies of your choice of my books sent to you.

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    I will also travel to your location and spend two to three hours with your group talking about writing and/or my books.

    (for locations more than 200 miles from 12945, I'll ask for reasonable travel fees)

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    You will also be invited to come up for a visit and tour of the Adirondacks, as described by Tyler in my books. We'll work out the details based on your wishes, but it could include paddling, hiking, a picnic of Tyler-inspired delicacies, hammock camping, and so on.

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Funding period

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