About this project
Politics is and has always been a dirty affair. The nature of America's two party system leads registered voters and elected officials to see the relationship between the two sides as binary: good and bad, right and wrong.
Party of None: The Broken Compass of American Politics...And How to Fix It explores the nation's political landscape, both past and present, and establishes common ground for all Americans. Party of None explains what is wrong with the current political system, and does so in a non-partisan manner. It is a call to action for all Americans, from the newest registered voter to the most seasoned federal leaders. The chapter "The Ultimate Patriot" lists 23 such actions that define our patriotic duty.
All too often, the general populace fails in their duties as citizens: they listen to biased political ads when deciding for whom to vote; they vote strictly along party lines, without informing themselves on the qualifications of individual candidates; or they choose not to vote, deciding their voice doesn't matter. Also far too often, elected officials fail in their duties to their constituents: they bow to commands of lobbyists who bankroll them; they stymy legislation based on party affiliation, rather than the legislation's merits; or they fail to even attempt to fulfill their campaign promises. Party of None outlines these problems, and offers ideas for how to get the political machine moving again.
We feel passionately about Party of None because we love and respect our home, the United States of America, and we feel the divisiveness between the political parties disgraces our nation. It leaves us feeling as though the parties actually represent no one; through trying to appeal to the most base, they leave the majority feeling misrepresented. Much as we as registered voters may feel that the other side is somehow evil, wrong, or bad, we must realize that we are all home in the United States: we all love our country, we all want to make things better for ourselves and our heirs, and we all want to live freely.
Party of None will be about 200 pages when completed, and is scheduled to be published in ebook format on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Paperback copies should be available by December of 2012. The publication timeline for Party of None is tight because we feel strongly that this should be available to read before the November 2012 election. As the authors, we do not officially endorse any candidate or ballot measure. We are open about our political affiliations in our personal lives, but Party of None is not about our political interests. We know that our readers will interpret the information we present according to their pre-existing political beliefs. We also encourage that. Our goal is to make our readers more aware of their political beliefs, and to encourage them to express their political beliefs in more constructive ways.
As we complete certain aspects of production, such as the Party of None logo and the official cover art, we'll update everyone here. For smaller, daily updates, please "Like" the Party of None Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PartyofNoneBook. For daily excerpts from the chapter entitled "Ultimate Patriot," along with other Party of None news, visit our official Web site at www.partyofnone.org.
Risks and challenges
Our risk is low, but we face many challenges. Our only risk is that we won't sell many copies of Party of None, but since we are publishing through an "on-demand" self publisher (Amazon's partner, CreateSpace), we won't lose out financially if the book doesn't sell.
Our biggest challenges are time and marketing. We know we have an incredibly tight production schedule, and since we're new to publishing, there will be all sorts of problems that arise in the process. If interest in the book exceeds our publisher's capacity, we may have trouble fulfilling orders of the paperback in a timely fashion. If the book doesn't sell right away, without Kickstarter funding we won't have any money to invest in marketing or advertising.
Above all, the fact that we're first-time book authors is both our biggest liability and our biggest advantage. We know we're going to encounter snags that we haven't even thought of. But our belief in the subject matter, our belief that Americans *need* to engage in a serious debate, and our belief that our message will help enrich this debate are our biggest motivators. We know this belief isn't enough for us to succeed, however. Kickstarter funding will allow us to invest in some advertising if needed, or to enlist help with book cover design, manuscript scanning and conversion, layout, etc.
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