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By Julie Hahnke
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What's a Rendezvous?

 A rendezvous is a recruitment meeting held in a public place at an advertised time. During the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy used them to enlist the crew necessary to fill a ship's complement.

This War Correspondent RENDEZVOUS has been called to recruit the crew needed to publish the historic novel, War Correspondent during this bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812.

If I join the crew, what's our mission?

Our crew's mission is to publish my latest novel and bring it to market. War Correspondent is a story set aboard USS Constitution as she sails from Annapolis on July 5, 1812 until her victorious return to Boston Harbor on August 29, 1812.

USS Constitution is the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat and she's America's Ship of State. She earned her legendary nickname, Old Ironsides and her honored place in American history during these opening weeks of the War of 1812.

With an historically accurate setting, details of ship's life, and actual characters (including a dog), War Correspondent is a suspenseful tale from a bygone era that's (mostly) true.

Tell me more about War Correspondent!

Days after war is declared in June 1812, eleven-year-old Robbie Jones signs aboard USS Constitution as a ship's boy (aka a powder monkey) as the ship readies to sail against the British. The child of a newspaper editor, Robbie hopes to report on America's fledgling Navy, but while doing so learns lessons of courage, honor, loss, and love.

*SPOILER* Robbie is short for Roberta.

Project Status, Icebergs, and Pennies

The plot outline and character backstories are finished, as is the historical research thanks to the invaluable assistance of the USS Constitution Museum and the U.S. Navy. The manuscript is half written and should be completed by the end of the summer.

I've put together the team of editorial advisers and I have an outstanding book designer. We still need an illustrator, but I'm making a number of queries to some terrific artists whose style would fit this project.

Being a superstitious lot, sailors don't like to speak of icebergs, but we're very knowledgeable about their shape. The roles I've just enumerated are the small, but visible, tip of our iceberg.

To keep that tip afloat, we need a dedicated crew providing support. That's where you come in! In 1925 school children across America donated their pennies in a National Pennies Campaign to save USS Constitution. In 2012, we once again need your pennies (in increments of 100), to help preserve USS Constitution's story.

Your support will finance the completion and editing of the manuscript, the cover design, the illustrations, and the single most costly itemthe printing of the books.

USS Constitution belongs to all of us. Join the War Correspondent crew and help tell her story!

What rewards will I receive, besides weevils in my hard tack?

Bookish rewards include copies of the e-book, autographed first edition hardcover copies of War Correspondent, autographed copies of my other two books, your name listed in the War Correspondent's acknowledgements, and an invitation to the book launch party at the USS Constitution Museum in November.

Membership rewards (because membership does have its privileges) include crew caps with an embroidered logo of USS Constitution, and Old Ironsides bicentennial blankets (53"x60" knit, washable acrylic, $90 retail value).

The educational rewards will inspire kids with tales of Old Ironsides while exciting them about reading, writing, and life-long learning. Giving bragging rights to your child or grandchild by donating a classroom set of books or an author visit to their school...well, that's just priceless!

Educating kids of all ages about Constitution's story has long been the goal of the USS Constitution's officers and crew, and the USS Constitution Museum. Now our War Correspondent crew must step up and do its part, too. Classroom sets of books, author Skype calls to schools, and author-guided tours of the ship and museum are some of the educational rewards. You'll be amazed how great it feels to give a gift of learning! 

Help Recruit Crew!

To preserve Old Ironsides' story, we need to spread the word and recruit as much support as possible. Download this virtual postcard and share it with your friends. Remember, no gift is too small, but be sure to give until it feels good! HUZZAH to you, Kickstarters!

FAQ

  • What age is the story appropriate for? Ages nine and up. The story and themes aren't juvenile, so older readers will enjoy the book too!
  • Do I need to pay the shipping costs for my rewards? Shipping is included within the U.S. For international shipping please add $10.
  • Why would I want more than one copy of War Correspondent? Autographed and inscribed books make wonderful gifts, especially for kids. That you were a part of the crew that published War Correspondent makes such a gift even more personal and special!

Disclaimer: Neither the U.S. Navy nor the USS Constitution Museum endorses this product or any other commercial products.

Photo Credits

All photos used with permission. Special thanks to the U.S. Navy and the Public Affairs Office of the USS Constitution.

  • (Project photo) USS Constitution at night in Charlestown Navy Yard - photo by Sonar Technician (Submarine) 2nd Class Thomas Rooney.
  • A crew formation to commemorate the War of 1812.  - photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clay Weis.
  • USS Constitution fires a 21-gun salute - photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald.
  • Seaman Deidre Foster shares her cover with a pre-school student - photo by Sonar Technician (Submarine) 2nd Class Thomas Rooney

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    SHIP'S BOY Welcome aboard
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    ABLE SEAMAN You'll receive an e-book copy of War Correspondent in the format of your choice (ePub, PDF, Mobi).

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    MARINE FIFER You'll receive an autographed hardcover first edition of War Correspondent.

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    QUARTERMASTER You'll receive an autographed hardcover first edition of War Correspondent, and an autographed hardcover copy of The Grey Ghost.

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    GUNNER'S MATE You'll receive an autographed hardcover first edition of War Correspondent, an autographed hardcover copy of The Grey Ghost, and an autographed softcover copy of Through the Eyes of a Raptor.

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    SURGEON You'll receive 5 autographed hardcover first editions of War Correspondent.

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    FIRST LIEUTENANT You'll receive 5 autographed hardcover first editions of War Correspondent, a crew cap, and an Old Ironsides bicentennial blanket.

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    CAPTAIN You'll receive 5 autographed hardcover first editions of War Correspondent, a crew cap, an Old Ironsides bicentennial blanket, 2 tickets to the book launch party at the USS Constitution Museum, plus your name (or the name of your favorite class or school) listed in the book's acknowledgements.

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    THE ADMIRAL'S CHILDREN You'll receive 30 autographed hardcover first editions of War Correspondent, your class or school will be listed in the book's acknowledgements, plus you'll receive a half-day tour of the USS Constitution and Constitution Museum with the author, who'll explain how the ship's history influenced the book's characters and plot development. The perfect gift for a class!

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