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Kevin Shannon walked 900km across Serbia. Now he needs you to help breathe life into the book!
Kevin Shannon walked 900km across Serbia. Now he needs you to help breathe life into the book!
Kevin Shannon walked 900km across Serbia. Now he needs you to help breathe life into the book!
276 backers pledged £8,051 to help bring this project to life.

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Our Kickstarter campaign is now over, but you can still order a copy of the book. Head to WalkSerbia.com for more info and to order your copy.

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We're still taking pledges! Help us to reach our first stretch goals?!

**UPDATE**

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has pledged and made the project a reality! We still have over a week to go so I’ve added stretch goals.

THE STRETCH GOALS

Stretch Goal #1

£8,500 - Reaching this stretch goal will mean I can increase the paper stock quality making for an overall better quality book AND all the packages from the £15 reward up will get a bonus sticker pack.

PLUS I'll embark on a book tour in Serbia following the approximate route of my walks and give talks in towns that are highlighted in my book. Although not confirmed I hope to give talks in the following towns: Subotica, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Jagodina, Nis, Zlatibor, Užice and Sabac. I'll also give a couple of free talks in the UK!

Stretch Goal #2

£12,000 - Every tier from £20 upwards will receive a free abridged Audiobook version of the book read by myself

PLUS, I’ll go transatlantic to bring my talk/book signing to the US for two talks to meet some of the amazing supporters from across the pond.

Stretch Goal #3

£16,000 - I'll be able to add a photo section to the center of the paperback, create a limited edition Kickstarter only cover for all backers AND I’ll hop on a plane and fly to Australia to give a promotional talk/Q&A/book signing to try and meet as many of you amazing supporters from down under! (I'll even film myself dancing a jig out holding my book outside a famous australian landmark)

New Rewards

With the product having reached it's primary goal we've reached some exciting new rewards levels.

PRE-ORDER THE HARDBACK

Due to a few people requesting, I've added a Hardback version of the novel to the project. This is a special pre-order only version the book so grab them while you can!

WORLDWIDE KEYNOTE AND Q&A

I will travel to your location anywhere on the planet and host a book reading or keynote/talk and Q&A of the journey for you, your friends and family or your club, business or organisation. I'll also make books available at the event.

(Airfare will be extra to the reward cost)

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What is 'Walk Serbia'?

In 2013 I set out from the north of Serbia carrying a couple of changes of clothes, a sleeping bag, smartphone and a camera. It was the beginning of 'Walk Serbia' and over the course of 10 weeks and two seasons I walked the length of the country (twice) with the most simple goal; to learn about the real Serbia

Along the way I suffered from exhaustion, wore away the sole of my foot, hiked through snow storms, twisted an ankle and a knee, but more importantly met amazing people, was shown fantastic hospitality and experienced the best of a country that is, for the most part, misunderstood.

Now I’m excited to share my stories from the road in "Walk Serbia: On Foot to Discover the Heart of a Nation" and its companion Photo book.

But, to publish this book I am going to need your support!

This campaign is to raise funds for the production of two books, beginning with their raw manuscripts and ending with the first print run of the published books.

The Paperback

The goal of the paperback is simple: to give the reader a better, more truthful insight into Serbia, to tell a good old-fashioned adventure story and perhaps even inspire you to visit Serbia or go on an adventure yourself.

The book isn’t a guide to walking across a country nor is it a travel guide to a country. The book is an account of a journey on foot through a somewhat misunderstood country that is still reeling from the effects of war. It’s a book about the struggles, both mentally and physically, of traveling across a country on foot, and it’s also a book about the people I met along the way and how, even through adversity, their generosity and kindness is overwhelming.

The book itself, of course, tells the story of the walk but it’s also interspersed with short factual chapters that help to paint a picture of Serbia’s history, religion, cuisine etc.

The book will not only be published in English but will also be published in Serbian so that supporters from Serbia can also enjoy my story.

Click here to read a raw unedited sample excerpt - The Kindness of Strangers

The Photo Book

The 50+ page, 25cm x 20cm hardcover photo book is the perfect companion to the paperback. It helps to illustrates the journey through Serbia through photography and short stories and can be enjoyed either on its own or alongside the novel as part of a set.

The journey is told through a collection of snapshots from the road, from the sheer beauty of the Fruska Gora to the metropolis that is Belgrade, from the mountainous South-West of the country to the flat northern regions of Vojvodina. It's a hand-picked selection of my personal favourite photos from the expedition. Scattered throughout these photos will be insightful tales and fun stories not featured in the novel that help to annotate the story that little bit more.

Unlike the paperback this book will only be printed in English - unless there is a high demand for a Serbian language version...

Where will your money go?

As you can imagine, creating a professionally edited book is not cheap. Creating three professionally edited books in to two languages is even more costly. This is why i'm asking for your help.

The funds raised by this Kickstarter will help to cover the costs of designing and producing the book and bringing it to market. You will help me to:

  • Hire a book designer to create an e-book and paperback book.
  • Hire a layout designer to work with me to create the coffee table photography book
  • Work with a cover designer to make a cover that looks great both in print and electronically.
  • Pay initial set-up fee for electronic publication.
  • Cover the printing costs for the first run of books.
  • Do outreach and marketing.
  • Create and ship the rewards to you.

A Little More On The Rewards

I’ve tried to offer a broad range of rewards to suit everyone.

THE DIGITAL BOOK

An electronic version of the finished book upon release in your chosen format and language

PRE-ORDER THE PAPERBACK

  • A signed copy of the first edition of the paperback in either English or Serbian
  • 1 of 3 limited edition bookmarks
  • 1 of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
  • An invite to an online Q&A with myself
  • Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

THE KICKSTARTER SET

  • A signed copy of the first edition of the book in either English or Serbian
  • A set of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
  • A set of 3 limited edition bookmarks
  • A digital download of the book
  • A personalised thank you note
  • Your name in the thank you section of the book
  • An invite to an online Q&A with myself
  • Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

THE PHOTOBOOK

Pre-order a signed copy of the 50+ page photobook featuring photography from the journey and a thank-you in the printed acknowledgements of this and also the paperback edition PLUS:

  • A set of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
  • A set of 3 limited edition bookmarks
  • A digital download of the paperback
  • A personalised thank you note
  • An invite to an online Q&A with myself
  • Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

Pre-order a signed copy of the paperback in either English or Serbian AND the 50+ page Photobook featuring photography from the journey and a thank-you in the printed acknowledgements of this and also the paperback edition PLUS:

  • A set of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
  • A set of 3 limited edition bookmarks
  • A digital download of the paperback
  • A personalised thank you note from the author
  • An invite to an online Q&A with myself
  • Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

I have also created higher tiers that are aimed at those of you looking for a very unique opportunity to support the project and have an adventurous spirit. You will be able to spend a 4 days walking part of the journey featured in the book to get a real taste for adventure and life on the road. We’ll sleep wild, cook over open fires and enjoy Serbia's wild beauty. Plus, as the end you’ll receive a one-off limited edition of the book.

There are also exclusive opportunities to bring the story directly to your community, organisation or business. I’ll come to a venue of your choice, whether it be your office, school, scout hall or even your living room to talk about my journey.

HOW TO PLEDGE

Step 1. Decide which Pledge description/s you like, taking note of any international shipping estimates.

Step 2. Create a Kickstarter account, determine payment method

Step 3. If the campaign is successful, in 30 days, your account will be charged and your reward is secured. If our campaign is unsuccessful, then you will NOT be charged.

Step 4. But of course it will be successful but not without your help! Please join in helping this project succeed by spreading the word!

Whatever your able pledge, I thank you wholeheartedly for your support.

Risks and challenges

Although it’s been a decade long dream, this is my first time publishing a book. I chose to self-publish the project via Kickstarter so i’ll be able retain full creative control over the final product so that the story I want to tell is the story that you read. Of course I will be working with a professional editor who will turn my manuscript into a finished, professional book.

Although the manuscript for the novel is pretty much finished for the most part but I’ll be working with my editor to create a proper arc to the narration and ensure the words say what i actually want them to say.

I’ll also be translating the book into a second language which, although I have a translator I am very confident working with, is a very daunting task. But it’s of the upmost importance to be able to share my story with people in Serbia.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.45

    SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

    If you'd like to simply help and show your support, Thank you! I'll also you keep up-to-date on all things Walk Serbia with exclusive updates, the book availability or more.

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    THE DIGITAL BOOK

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    EARLY BIRD OFFER!

    PRE-ORDER THE PAPERBACK

    You'll receive the following:
    - A signed copy of the first edition of the paperback in either English or Serbian
    - 1 of 3 limited edition bookmarks
    - 1 of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
    - An invite to an online Q&A with myself
    - Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

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    PRE-ORDER THE PAPERBACK

    You'll receive the following:
    - A signed copy of the first edition of the paperback in either English or Serbian
    - 1 of 3 limited edition bookmarks
    - 1 of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
    - An invite to an online Q&A with myself
    - Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

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    EARLY BIRD OFFER!

    THE KICKSTARTER SET

    You'll receive the following:
    - A signed copy of the first edition of the book in either English or Serbian
    - A set of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
    - A set of 3 limited edition bookmarks
    - A digital download of the book
    - A personalised thank you note
    - Your name in the thank you section of the book
    - An invite to an online Q&A with myself
    - Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

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    PRE-ORDER THE HARDBACK

    You'll receive the following:
    - A signed Hardback copy of the first edition of the novel in either English or Serbian
    - 1 of 3 limited edition bookmarks
    - 1 of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
    - An invite to an online Q&A with myself
    - Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

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    THE KICKSTARTER SET

    You'll receive the following:
    - A signed copy of the first edition of the book in either English or Serbian
    - A set of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
    - A set of 3 limited edition bookmarks
    - A digital download of the book
    - A personalised thank you note
    - Your name in the thank you section of the book
    - An invite to an online Q&A with myself
    - Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

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    THE DUAL LANGUAGE SET

    You'll receive the following:
    - A signed copy of the first edition of the book in English
    - A signed copy of the first edition of the book in Serbian
    - A set of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
    - A set of 3 limited edition bookmarks
    - A digital download of the book
    - A personalised thank you note
    - Your name in the thank you section of the book
    - An invite to an online Q&A with myself
    - Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

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    EARLY BIRD OFFER!

    THE PHOTOBOOK

    Pre-order a signed copy of the 50+ page photobook featuring photography from the journey and a thank-you in the printed acknowledgements of this and also the paperback edition.

    PLUS:
    - A set of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
    - A set of 3 limited edition bookmarks
    - A digital download of the paperback
    - A personalised thank you note
    - An invite to an online Q&A with myself
    - Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

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    THE PHOTOBOOK

    Pre-order a signed copy of the 50+ page photobook featuring photography from the journey and a thank-you in the printed acknowledgements of this and also the paperback edition.

    PLUS:
    - A set of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
    - A set of 3 limited edition bookmarks
    - A digital download of the paperback
    - A personalised thank you note
    - An invite to an online Q&A with myself
    - Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

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    EARLY BIRD OFFER

    THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

    Pre-order a signed copy of the paperback in either English or Serbian AND the 50+ page Photobook featuring photography from the journey and a thank-you in the printed acknowledgements of this and also the paperback edition.

    PLUS:
    - A set of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
    - A set of 3 limited edition bookmarks
    - A digital download of the paperback
    - A personalised thank you note from the author
    - An invite to an online Q&A with myself
    - Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

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    Pledge £50 or more About $73

    THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

    Pre-order a signed copy of the paperback in either English or Serbian AND the 50+ page Photobook featuring photography from the journey and a thank-you in the printed acknowledgements of this and also the paperback edition.

    PLUS:
    - A set of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
    - A set of 3 limited edition bookmarks
    - A digital download of the paperback
    - A personalised thank you note from the author
    - An invite to an online Q&A with myself
    - Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

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    THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION

    Pre-order a signed copy of BOTH the English and Serbian Paperback AND the 50+ page Photobook featuring photography from the journey and a thank-you in the printed acknowledgements of this and also the paperback edition.

    PLUS:
    - A set of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
    - A set of 3 limited edition bookmarks
    - A digital download of the paperback
    - A personalised thank you note from the author
    - An invite to an online Q&A with myself
    - Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

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    Pledge £90 or more About $131

    THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION + LIMITED EDITION A3 PRINT

    A limited edition, numbered and signed A3 photography print from the expedition PLUS a signed copy of BOTH the English and Serbian Paperback AND the 50+ page Photobook featuring photography from the journey and a thank-you in the printed acknowledgements of this and also the paperback edition.

    PLUS:
    - A set of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
    - A set of 3 limited edition bookmarks
    - A digital download of the paperback
    - A personalised thank you note from the author
    - An invite to an online Q&A with myself
    - Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

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    JUST TEN PAPERBACKS

    Quite simple, 10 copies of the paperback in either Serbian or English to hand out as gifts to friends and family!

    (This package doesn't come with any postcards, ebooks, etc - It's just ten awesome paperbacks)

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    THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION + LIMITED EDITION A2 PRINT

    A limited edition, numbered and signed A2 photography print from the expedition PLUS a signed copy of BOTH the English and Serbian Paperback AND the 50+ page Photobook featuring photography from the journey and a thank-you in the printed acknowledgements of this and also the paperback edition.

    PLUS:
    - A set of 8 limited edition, high quality postcards
    - A set of 3 limited edition bookmarks
    - A digital download of the paperback
    - A personalised thank you note from the author
    - An invite to an online Q&A with myself
    - Plus FREE Shipping to the UK and Serbia

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    Pledge £500 or more About $726

    UK TALK AND Q&A

    I will travel to your location in the UK and host a book reading or talk and Q&A of the journey for you, your friends and family or your club, business or organisation. I'll also make books available at the event.

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    EUROPEAN KEYNOTE AND Q&A

    I will travel to your location in Europe and host a book reading or keynote/talk and Q&A of the journey for you, your friends and family or your club, business or organisation. I'll also make books available at the event.

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    WORLDWIDE KEYNOTE AND Q&A

    I will travel to your location anywhere on the planet and host a book reading or keynote/talk and Q&A of the journey for you, your friends and family or your club, business or organisation. I'll also make books available at the event.

    (Airfare will be extra to the reward cost)

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