The story behind "The Amazing Read"
My name is Jordan Alexander and I’ve just written my first book, I Love You, Send Money – a wild adventure into online dating. Of course I want people to read my book, but I got to thinking, how could I create a more ‘adventurous read’?
My daughter’s friend posted a throwback pic from an Amazing Race birthday party. It was really cool that these now ‘young women’ still fondly remember the adventure they had travelling in their teams all over Wellington, collecting clues while racing to the finish line. That one picture captured the magic of the glorious day we had together – it truly was AMAZING. I got to thinking about how I might take I love you, send money (ILYSM) on a “wild adventure” of its own. Ta da…and so, The Amazing Read was born.
My idea for #theamazingread is to produce 50 limited edition, special travelling books – created specifically to travel the globe and build a community. I’ve already written the book (yay) and done up a proof for the travel book edition with special features to allow you to track who’s on your team, and a map to show where your team’s book has travelled. During the race, we would collect photos of each participant with the travelling book and a distinguishing geographic feature so we can all enjoy the journey together.
The objective of #theamazingread is to be the first team of ten, to race around the globe, cover the most ‘miles’ and build the most distant community in the shortest time before 1 June 2017 when books are due back in Wellington NZ. The team with the most miles between stops (point to point) and the team that travels the fastest win rewards.
I feel that #theamazingread will bring some fun back into reading and seriously, when was the last time you could say, “you’ve got mail” tb. I’ll be blogging about each travelling book driver (backer) so others get to know them more and we can all have fun living vicariously through the fifty books as they travel around to exotic and maybe not so exotic locations. Monthly updates and pics will show how we are growing a global community and sharing an important story about online dating through this “wild adventure.”
I love that The Amazing Read will create lasting memories for each book’s team – just like the Race did for my daughters and their friends !!!
I hope you can support me to get the I LOVE YOU SEND MONEY – THE AMAZING READ project to the starting line…
Where can you get a special travel book?
Only on Kickstarter!!! There are only 50 books in the Amazing Read. If you purchase one, you are in the driver seat for the race and decide where the book will first visit – the starting line if you will. You’ll decide if your library or someone else gets your limited edition signed numbered copy of ILYSM, and you’re the hero of the show as everyone on your team will receive an eBook of the I Love You, Send Money trilogy too – so your experience will keep giving long after the Amazing Read concludes.
Why backers should support this project...
The Amazing Read project creates a unique “read and race” experience, not only for those involved with the travelling book teams, but also the supporters as they ‘read & race’ together, sharing stories and pictures and reviews of the book and thoughts about the important social phenomenon of ‘online dating’!
My goal is to receive backing for $6,400 to get The Amazing Read – special travel edition of book I Love You, Send Money to the starting line. Not only do funds support creating the 50 special limited edition travel books, pledges will also be used to support production of the other rewards and books, track and report on the ‘read & race’ experience over the 7 months from November to June 2017, and create ‘The Best of #theamazingread Collection’ featuring highlights of the most awesome pics and stories for all supporters to enjoy post the race end (delivery August 2017).
Each supporter will receive the journey highlights video capturing The Amazing Read experience - creating lasting memories for all involved. ALL of the pledge funds are used for The Amazing Read experience which ends on 1 June 2017 when the winning teams are announced. Now…we need to find ‘drivers’ for each of the fifty Amazing Read travel books. There are only 50 available…so get in quick!
Tell me more about the book we'd be reading: I Love You, Send Money
Ready for a wild adventure into online dating? It is estimated that by 2040 over 70% of new relationships will start online. Internet dating is all the rage, radically changing our ideas of romance, sex and relationships. No longer a domain for the desperate, society continues to embrace dating sites as a good way to meet people and user number skyrocket. It's easy to do and so many find true love. There's never been a better time. Or so it seems…
Alexis is a bubbly, warm and cultured Gemini who loves wine and beach walks but she struggles to find time for relationship with her work and family commitments. James is a successful railway consultant that travels the world, adores his teenage son, and feels it's time to love again having mourned the loss of his wife to cancer for eight years.
I Love You, Send Money provides you with premium seating to get intimate with James and Alexis in this modern day fairy tale. Each goes online searching for true love. Neither expects to find a perfect match. The emotional rollercoaster of their story, the first and only online dating experience for Alexis, is best enjoyed with a glass of wine by the cozy fireplace. Indulge in the compelling narrative of this reality read. Each chapter is paired with food and wine, mood music and art, leaving a lasting impression in your reading experience. This Internet dating romance with a twist brings new meaning to the saying: All's fair in love and war.
Who's the Author?
Canadian born and raised, Jordan left her hometown of Oshawa, Ontario to live in the wild west of Canada before heading down under to New Zealand twenty years ago. She has enjoyed working in operational and strategic roles in North America and Australasia, and is currently Managing Director at Pangaea Consulting. Jordan likes being a social commentator disguised as a travelling Pollyanna, and plans to write more reality read novels for her smarty-pants audience. When not writing, she engages in strategic and change projects, facilitates groups and enjoys coaching individuals. She now lives in Wellington with her two daughters. This is her first book. Visit jordanalexander.me for more details.
I’ve put together a budget for The Amazing Read and am looking for your help to fund 50% of the costs. My goal is to receive backing for $6,400 to get The Amazing Read – special travel edition of book I Love You, Send Money to the starting line. Not only do funds support creating the 50 special limited edition travel books, pledges will also be used to support production of the other rewards and books, track and report on the ‘read & race’ experience over the 7 months from November to June 2017, and create ‘The Best of #theamazingread Collection’ featuring highlights of the most awesome pics and stories for all supporters to enjoy post the race end (delivery August 2017).
- Design & Publish 50 Limited Edition ILYSM Travel Books $2,900
- Track & Report Race Progress with blogs, pics, newsletters $2,700
- Create & Produce Rewards & Winner Prizes $4,600
- Design & Produce "The Best of #theamazingrace Collection" for ALL participants and supporters $1,800
- Kickstarter fee & payment processing $800
BUDGET TOTAL: $12,800 (I'm seeking your help to fund 50% = $6,400)
*All dates are in New Zealand Time.
Risks and challenges
We have done our best to mitigate the risks and challenges for this project.
The "travel edition" of I Love You, Send Money has been proofed and is ready for production so we are confident that we can get the travel books produced and on their way to their starting destination in November. We just need to make sure we have good communication with our book ‘drivers’ to see where the starting location is for each book.
We are committed to open communication with our backers. You’ll be the first to know how things are going. Our team is committed to being honest and transparent and are fully prepared to make sure this project happens in the stated timeline. We're all in this together!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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