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Support this Project: A tale about a boy who discovers the secrets of The Mill, a prison infamous for never releasing a single prisoner
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In the spirit of The Alchemist and the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Pillows For Your Prison Cell is a timeless parable in novella form.

Inside Front Jacket Copy to Describe the Book:

  Long ago in a distant land, a king built a windowless prison, with walls that reached to the sky. He called it The Mill.  A sentence to The Mill was effectively a death sentence because, not only had no one ever escaped, no one had ever been released!  The length of one’s sentence mattered not. None who entered ever departed. 

  In that land there was a boy named Amir. And, on his father's birthday, in an act of desperation, he made a series of poor choices that lead him to a sentence at the infamous Mill. 

   It was nothing like he expected. It was worse. 

  Once inside, he discovered the truth about why no one ever got out. But knowing the truth is only half the battle. Can Amir escape the grip of the prison and find a path to freedom?   

Read the Prologue and 1st Chapter at http://www.pfypc.com

Why a physical printing? 

In this era of e-books and on-demand publishing, I still want to create a high-quality, old-school physical book.  First of all, electronic books are like electronic photographs: harder to share and easier to lose.  I put e-books on my Kindle and forget that I have them, but I never forget the copy of The Animal Family that is sitting on my desk waiting for me to read the next chapter. 

Second, a story is more than just words, and a physical book allows me to convey the fullness of the story.  I’ve been tremendously fortunate to work with a talented illustrator who has extensive experience and stacks of published books under his belt.  James Bernardin has illustrated many books and created countless covers over his 20-year career, and he’s an accomplished plen aire and portrait artist as well.  With an artist like James on the project, it would be a shame to limit the story to digital media. 

  Third, I want to give people the opportunity to discover Pillows For Your Prison Cell at their local book store.  As much as online book sellers have improved the e-book browsing experience, there’s nothing like walking down the aisle at your favorite book store wondering what treasures await.  

How will the money be spent?

  My goal is to raise $6,500 in order to print 500 copies of Pillows For Your Prison Cell.  That breaks down approximately as follows.  A little more than half goes to the printing costs.  The next largest chunk goes to the artist for the interior art work.  (I've already paid for the cover.)  Then typesetting, the final editing, and ISBN fees.  (I've already paid for earlier editing.)  Lastly, there are fees for the Kickstarter service and Amazon Payments: 

  If I'm able to reach and surpass the goal above, my stretch goal would be to double it.  First of all, this would allow me to increase the printing six-fold to a total of 3,000 copies!!  The cost per copy goes down significantly after the first 500.  I would also be able to recoup the costs I've already spent on the cover art.  Lastly, it would allow me to print an extra set of special leather editions to use for marketing and promotional purposes.  The stretch goal would break down approximately as follows:


How does a Kickstarter project work? 

  Kickstarter is an awesome program that allows creative producers and artists to raise funds for a specific project from people who want to support the work.Essentially, I lay out my plan to print the book and you say, “that looks awesome, count me in”.You make a donation using the buttons on the right side of the screen, and you receive a reward for the donation.There are different rewards for different donation levels which are outlined in more detail below.

VERY IMPORTANT:  If I don’t raise 100% of the money necessary to complete the project, I will not receive any of it!!!So, please consider making a donation in any amount today.While you are here on Kickstarter, check out other projects that are in your area or top picks by Kickstarter staff.  

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$1+  THANK YOU Every dollar counts and I appreciate your support!!!

$20+ BOOK A hard bound copy of Pillows For Your Prison Cell.

Cover of Pillows For Your Prison Cell Hardcover Edition
Cover of Pillows For Your Prison Cell Hardcover Edition

$25+  SIGNED BOOK A signed hard bound copy of Pillows For Your Prison Cell.

$35+  FRIENDLY BUNDLE: Two hard bound copies of Pillows For Your Prison Cell.

$35+  DEDICATED, SIGNED BOOK A dedicated hard bound copy of Pillows For Your Prison Cell. I will gladly add whatever note you would like to the inside cover and sign the book.

$50+  FIRST BOOK OFF THE PRESS The very first book off the press, signed and dedicated to you. The first copy of the first edition!!

$80+  SILVER BUNDLE: Five hard bound copies of Pillows For Your Prison Cell to share with friends, family, or your book club.

$85+  LUNCH WITH THE AUTHOR: Join me on Beautiful Bainbridge Island at the New Rose Cafe and a dedicated hard bound copy of Pillows For Your Prison Cell.

$100+  LEATHER BOUND SPECIAL EDITION A very special Leather Bound copy of Pillows For Your Prison Cell. Dedicated by the author. This is a very cool binding like an old journal. See a picture of it below.  I will sign and dedicate this edition as requested.

This is an example of the special leather edition for a $100 donation.
This is an example of the special leather edition for a $100 donation.

$150+ GOLD BUNDLE: Ten hard bound copies of Pillows For Your Prison Cell to share with friends, family, your book club or sell in your shop.

$200+  DAVID FATTER SPECIAL: A tour of Seattle with the author and a lamb stew dinner for 2 guests (just like Amir's mother makes in the book!). Plus a very special Leather Bound copy of Pillows For Your Prison Cell. [Transportation to Seattle, lodging, and other meals not provided.]

$245+ PLATINUM BUNDLE - A very special edition Leather Bound copy of Pillows For Your Prison Cell. Dedicated by the author. Plus 10 hard cover copies to share with friends.

$400+ CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IS ALMOST DONE: Five very special edition Leather Bound copies of Pillows For Your Prison Cell. Each one individually signed and dedicated by the author.

$750+ CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IS DONE! Ten very special edition Leather Bound copies of Pillows For Your Prison Cell. Each one individually signed and dedicated by the author.

$1,000+ HARVEST DINNER WITH THE AUTHOR: An exquisite sit down dinner for 6 guests at the home of the author with 3 signed Special Edition Leather Bound copies of Pillows For Your Prison Cell.  Full menu prepared by the author with food raised by the author and/or sourced locally featuring: Roast Leg of Lamb with Mint Reduction Sauce, Fresh Blackberry Cobbler, Home-made Apple Cider, and more!  My wife and I would love to host you and 5 of your friends for a dinner you will not soon forget.  We raise lambs, apples and blackberries on our property and will source other ingredients from Bainbridge Island and Washington State.    

$1,000+ PRODUCER DEDICATION: Take this opportunity to put your dedication in print right below mine. This will be a printed part of every copy of the book, so you'll be telling the whole world how you feel. I'll include a Special Edition Leather Bound copy for you as well.

Risks and challenges

Here's the good news. I'm not doing this alone. I am working with a very good friend who is an experienced professional illustrator. I am also working with another friend who has 30 years of experience in publishing and printing, and now runs a publishing company. Together they are helping me iron out all the details.

Complete:
Writing and Editing
Artist secured for Cover Art and Interior Art
Cover art is complete
Printing Consultant has already given me quotes for printing costs
Printing Details Selected (Cloth, End Papers, Paper, Font, Margins)

To Be Completed DURING the Funding Period:
(I will be sharing updates on the status of each of these during the funding period.)
Final Edit
Complete Chapter Interior Art
Typesetting
Complete the Jacket Design. (already underway)

To Be Completed AFTER the Project is Funded:
Once I receive the funding from Kickstarter (2 weeks after the funding period ends), I will order the printing. It will already be set up with the printer.
Printing is expected to take 2 weeks to print and 1 week to ship to me.
The special edition leather-bound copies of Pillows are expected to take an extra 3 weeks for production and delivery.

RISKS/MITIGATIONS:
Any of these risks could cause a delay, but I don't believe any one or even all of them combined would cause a failure.

Risk: Artist fails to deliver the interior art or is delayed.
Mitigation: I know two other artists well whose work I really love. Either of them may be able and available to provide art.

R: Printer failure or delay.
M: Fortunately, my printing partner has 30 years of experience and many printing partners for us to work with. If one will not be able to print in a timely manner, we can go to another printer.

R: Editor is not available for final edit.
M: The printing partner and other published friends of mine all have editors that they've recommended. I could turn to one of them.

R: Something happens to me!
M: Amazingly, I have two interns helping me this summer to manage all of the little details in getting this project done. They are amazing and well on their way to making this happen no matter what!

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