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Dogs are great comforters. Humans can be too. Learn how with this thoughtful and beautiful guide.
Dogs are great comforters. Humans can be too. Learn how with this thoughtful and beautiful guide.
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This book is for anyone who has ever felt awkward when reaching out to someone who is struggling. You know those times - when you see someone hurting and you don't know what to do or say.

Jen Marr was inspired to create this book because of this need to teach comfort as a skill. The lessons and insights in this book are based on the 25,000 connections Jen Marr and the Inspiring Comfort team made over the past several years.

Paws to Comfort empowers you with simple tools, inspirational stories, a framework to break through the awkward zone and become a better comforter with the power to change someone’s life. Just like dogs do so naturally - One comfort connection at a time.

Paws to Comfort will publish on November 11, 2019.

A simple truth is this: Everyone you know has a problem you don't know about. We all need comfort.

Consider these trends: 

  • The pace and stresses of everyday life keep growing.
  • The world is increasingly a divisive and mean place.
  • Technology that's meant to connect us instead leaves us feeling empty and disconnected.
  • Studies show anxiety, depression, and suicide are on the rise.

Comfort is a skill - it's an action.

Comfort is at the intersection of compassion, empathy, and being intentional. It's pausing to see someone's pain and then showing up. It's connecting with a person in a way they know someone cares. Most people find making that one to one comfort connection awkward and tend to avoid it. But there are experts among us who instinctively know what to do. If you've watched a dog with someone who is struggling, you've witnessed it.

This is where Paws to Comfort begins. It reveals how we can be there for each other and move beyond awkwardness into meaningful connections - making the world a more comforting place.

Jen Marr, Founder of Inspiring Comfort, along with Skye Quinn, the Senior Design Coordinator of TIME Magazine, supported by Inspiring Comfort Co-Founders Mary Perry and Jill Bornstein created this beautiful book, Paws to Comfort.

Paws to Comfort is filled with emotional stories, everyday strategies, and interactive tools to make you a better comforter. The book is divided into 4 parts:


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We decided to crowdsource this project because it isn’t just about selling a book: it's about building a community of comforters.

We hope you and all of your friends support our mission and pre-order Paws to Comfort and other rewards. Together, as a community, we can bring Paws to Comfort to life and bring comfort into our homes, schools, workplaces and communities.

Everyone who pre-orders the book will be named in the book in a special acknowledgment section. The first 500 people to pre-order a printed book will receive a special gift - our exclusive Comfort and Joy Holiday Ornament, crafted from beautiful white ash wood.

Do you think your workplace would benefit from many people receiving a copy of Paws to Comfort, or a workshop done by one of our founders? Please consider a larger pre-purchase bulk buy and a program. Contact us directly to work on details.

pawstocomfort@inspiringcomfort.com for more information about this project.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO OUR BACKERS: 

  • Once the Kickstarter Campaign closes you will receive an email from us/kickstarter asking to confirm you shipping address - please respond as this is a critical step in the delivery of the book and other rewards and we cannot deliver without this response. 
  • Shipping and applicable taxes are included in price for all U.S. orders.
  • Orders outside U.S. have an additional $20 shipping fee.

We have a goal of $58,710 for our first run of 2,500 copies and have worked hard to keep our costs down.

  • Manuscript to Book -- $7,505
  • Book Production and Delivery -- $21,250
  • Launch and Promotion -- $17,475
  • Additional Kickstarter Rewards -- $5,270
  • Kickstarter Fees and State Taxes -- $ 7,210

 We would really love it if we could go over the $58,710 minimum! If you can help us get to a higher level, you will allow us to:

  • Produce up to an additional 2,500 first edition copies
  • Market our mission to mental health organizations, schools and workplaces
  • Show the world that this topic is incredibly important

To date, Inspiring Comfort has been a self-funded, social good company. With a financial investment from the founders and thousands of hours invested, we've transformed our programs. We've gone from a suitcase filled with supplies rolled into classrooms and conference rooms, to our more sophisticated evidence-based Comfort Programs. 

Today anyone, anywhere can go online and purchase our inspiring do-it-yourself programs and supplies, or have Founders or comfort consultants lead custom sessions.

We have donated all of our time and many of our programs to bring this mission to life.  We are now ready to take the next step in this journey with your help.

(Left to Right: Skye Quinn, Jill Bornstein, Jen Marr, & Mary Perry)
 

Thanks so much for all of your support! Together we can do this.

Comfort On,

Jen, Skye, Mary and Jill 


For more information about Inspiring Comfort visit our company website at www.inspiringcomfort.com
 

Risks and challenges

- The manuscript is almost done and is currently in design.
- The book will be ready for final editing in August.
- We are working with New Degree Press, the award-winning, innovative publishing and media company that aims to help creators demonstrate and inspire others through their work.
- We have a reputable printer and distributor to mitigate potential risks.
- We have built enough buffer into our timeline to allow for delays and to ensure a timely shipment the first week of November, 2019.
- The only challenge we could see from this project is getting serious demand, which would mean that we would need a little extra time to fulfill all of the book orders from this kickstarter campaign.
- The thing we really need right now is your support.

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    Everyone Matters

    Pre-order one eBook copy of Paws to Comfort!

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    Comfort On!

    Comfort yourself and those around you! Pre-order one print copy of Paws to Comfort! PLUS you will be acknowledged in the book as a Comfort Supporter!

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    Comfort for Two

    Double the comfort! Pre-order two printed copies of Paws to Comfort for you and a friend and learn the skill of comfort together. PLUS you will be acknowledged in the book as a Comfort Supporter!

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    Pause to Create Comfort

    Learn, create and give some comfort! This level includes a printed book plus our First Edition Mini Project Kit with all the materials to create, wrap & give out 12 Signature Inspiring Comfort Plaques. PLUS: you will be acknowledged in the book as a Comfort Supporter!

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    Monthly Comfort

    Cozy up to a comforting year! Sit back with our cozy Inspiring Comfort mug while you read through a printed copy of Paws to Comfort and plan out your year with our monthly calendar which includes 12 lessons we learn from our dogs. PLUS: you will be acknowledged in the book as a Comfort Supporter!

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    • (1) Printed Book
    • (1) 2020 Monthly Comfort Calendar
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    Comfort for Three

    Triple the comfort! Pre-order three print copies of Paws to Comfort. Learn the skill of comfort and share a copy of the book with 2 friends or strangers who could use some love. PLUS: you will be acknowledged in the book as a Comfort Supporter!

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    Total Connection

    The Full Comfort Package!! Includes a mug, 2020 Monthly Comfort Calendar, a first edition Mini Project Comfort Kit with all the materials to create, wrap & give out 12 Signature Inspiring Comfort Plaques, AND a personally signed, printed book. All the materials to make 2020 your most comforting year yet! PLUS: you will be acknowledged in the book as a Core Comforter!

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    • (1) eBook Copy
    • (1) Personally Signed Printed Book
    • (1) 2020 Monthly Comfort Calendar
    • (1) 1st Edition Mini Project Comfort Kit
    • (1) Inspiring Comfort Mug
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    The Exclusive Book Bundle

    LIMITED FLASH EVENT:
    Pre-order five personally signed 1st Edition copies of Paws to Comfort! Your five books will come from the first 125 printed copies off the press, and will then be personally signed by author Jen Marr! This exclusive reward empowers you to teach yourself and four others the skill of comfort, and works as a great gift set for friends and family. PLUS: You will be recognized as a Core Comforter!

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    Comfort Coaching

    One on One Comfort! Receive 1 hour of personalized comfort coaching and map out your own personal comfort path. Using your personally signed copy of Paws to Comfort as a guide, we will identify your own comfort strengths and weaknesses and find the tools and strategies that work best for you. PLUS you will be acknowledged in the book as a Core Comforter!

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    • (1) Printed and Signed Book
    • (1) 1-Hour Comfort Coaching Session
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    Group Comfort

    Spread the comfort!! Gift the skill of comfort to your organization, favorite school or after school club! This level includes our complete do it yourself Inspiring Comfort, Project Comfort Program Kit for up to 25 participants at a time. Comes complete with 50 Comfort plaques, supplies, facilitator guide and all worksheets and lessons. PLUS you will be acknowledged in the book as a Grower of Comfort!

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    Comfort Party

    Have a Comfort Party! Get 5 of your friends together to create some beautiful comfort with our signature Inspiring Comfort Plaques. Start the party with a virtual comfort workshop with a Founder who will walk you through how to use your Paws to Comfort book to spread ripples of comfort throughout your community. PLUS you will be acknowledged in the book as a Grower of Comfort!

    Includes:
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    • (1) 1st Edition Mini Project Comfort Kit
    • (6) Personally Signed Printed Books
    • (1) Virtual Comfort Workshop with a Founder
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    Paws to Comfort 101

    An hour of comfort! Hear the inside scoop on Paws To Comfort and why this skill is so critical by gifting this program to your organization, community or school. This informative “lunch-and-learn” includes a founder coming to you and speaking with up to 25 participants. PLUS you will be acknowledged in the book as a Grower of Comfort!

    Includes:
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    • (1) Personally Signed Printed Book
    • (1) 1-Hour Comfort Lunch-and-Learn with Founder and 25 Guests
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    Holiday Gifts for Friends

    Comfort & Joy! Want to finish your holiday shopping for 10 of your friends today? Give each of them a signed book, a 2020 Monthly Comfort Calendar and a Comfort and Joy Ornament! You'll also receive a Mini Project Comfort Kit to make a personalized comfort plaque for each of those 10 friends. PLUS you will be acknowledged in the book as a Grower of Comfort!

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    • (1) eBook Copy
    • (11) Personally Signed Printed Books
    • (11) Comfort and Joy Holiday Ornaments
    • (1) 1st Edition Mini Project Comfort Kit
    • (11) 2020 Monthly Comfort Calendars
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    Comforting Book Club

    Read On! Grab 9 of your book club or favorite friends and get ready to talk comfort. Author Jen Marr will show up with some comfort food and beverages and lead a personalized comforting book club discussion. Each of you will have a very different journey of comfort and Jen will help you all find your individual paths using your personally signed copies of Paws to Comfort. PLUS: you will be acknowledged in the book as a Leader of Comfort!

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    • (10) Personally Signed Printed Books
    • (10) Inspiring Comfort Mugs
    • (1) Book Club Party Discussion Led by Jen Marr, Snacks and Drinks
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    Paws to Inspire Comfort

    Comfort Workshop! Gift our signature half-day Comfort 101 workshop/professional development day to your office, school, church, library, or community center. We will work with you to personalize this workshop to meet your organizational objectives. Up to 75 participants. BONUS - we will work with you to secure a therapy dog visit during the program! PLUS: you will be acknowledged in the book as a Leader of Comfort!

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    • (5) Personally Signed Printed Books
    • (1) Founder-led 1/2 Day Comfort Workshop for School/Office
    • Up to 75 participants
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    Inspiring Comfort

    EXTRA EXCLUSIVE REWARD! 2 lucky groups of up to 6 people will dine with Jen and Skye and become designated Chief Comforters! We promise it will be an extra special evening at a mutually agreed upon super cool restaurant. Jen & Skye will share why they are so passionate about this mission and how together we can make a huge difference in the lives of those struggling.

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    • (6) Personally Signed Printed Books
    • (1) Dinner with Jen Marr and Skye Quinn (6 Guests)
    • Chief Comforter Recognition in Book and Inspiring Comfort Website
    • Photograph with Jen and Skye
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