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Reinvent yourself at any age with "Catch Me Up" - the new book and website by William Shatner. The future is bright!
Reinvent yourself at any age with "Catch Me Up" - the new book and website by William Shatner. The future is bright!
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Greetings! I am William Shatner, and I have a confession to make.

I’ve been unemployed over 400 times in my life. I’ve had to reinvent myself over and over to get hired by TV shows, movie producers, and even by Priceline.com when I was 60+ years old.

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If you or someone you know is over 50 and feels like it’s too late to catch up and re-invent the second half of their lives, TRUST ME…IT’S NOT!

People over 50 have been pretty beat up lately with downsizing, a slumping economy, and so many changes in the way things work. That’s why I wrote this new book Catch Me Up and I need your help to get it to the people who need it most.

In a nutshell, this book is about two things:

1. Achieving great things in your life at any age

2. How to leverage the new technology around us today to do anything you want, at warp speed.

I have another confession. Until just recently I HATED new technology. My “smart” phone made me feel stupid. My grandkids had to show me how to use Facebook. I even refused to have an email account. You know what I found out? Without this know-how, I was becoming irrelevant…and a guy like me can’t afford to be irrelevant. So I did something about it.

I went on a mission to find people who had been laid off, lost careers, had been downsized and replaced by younger people with more tech skills; but who actually fought back and won!

I interviewed some amazing people for this book.
I interviewed some amazing people for this book.
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 Meet Cliff Brahm who left the rat race at 50, and became his own boss.

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This is Dave Bateman, who left his legal practice and became a coffee farmer in Hawaii.

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 This is Julie Cole whose spectacular entrepreneurial spirit has grown stronger in her later years.

 The biggest common denominator among the success stories in the book is that in every case these newly energized folks have discovered new technologies to create their new lives.

This is not just a book of “feel good” stories.

This is real life inspiration along with the vital tools and training needed to accomplish great things at any age!

 This book and the website are labors of love. I really believe it can give hope, skills, and even community to a portion of our population that really needs it right now.

Frankly, lofty goals like this are not that appealing to big publishers. Going the traditional route would've required a number of sacrifices including a change in the overall message. So I've decided to take a page from my own book, so to speak, and use crowdsourcing to fund this project. 

 Through Kickstarter, I can preserve the integrity of this movement and give you, my backers, the chance to be a significant part of my cherished project.  You may be asking yourself…

 Most folks have parents, grandparents, an aunt or an uncle who could use some inspiration and maybe even some community. Getting this book in their hands from a guy like me might give them the inspiration to get up, dust themselves off and try again.

 First of all, thank you for scrolling all the way to the bottom and for believing in my vision for Catch Me Up. To become one of my backers, just click on the big green button at the top of the page, to the right of our video. Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge, which reward you want, and how you want to sign up. Signing up is easy! You can even do it through Facebook.

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 We will update you RIGHT HERE on Kickstarter! Once you’re a backer, we will be able to communicate directly and exclusively to our backers and show you all of the work in progress.

Thank you very much for your support!

Risks and challenges

There are always risks when you self-publish verses going through a major publishing company. Will this book reach the people it needs to reach without a major distributor? Will we be able to meet the production demands of creating the physical books themselves? Will this go over budget? Will we be able successfully create the community and following we need to make this project a success without corporate backing?

To help make sure that all of our bases are covered, we have enlisted some of the best people in the business to help us a create viral awareness campaign and let the world know about this project. Our team of copywriters, artists, editors, and marketers have all come together to work on this project because they believe in the message and the mission.

This allows us deliver Catch Me Up to you in the exact way it was intended; Untouched by corporate interference that would not have the mission of Catch Me Up as the first priority.

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    CONGRATS! William Shatner thanks you & will list your name as an official backer on the Catch Me Up website!

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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL!!
    ADVANCE DIGITAL VERSION OF CATCH ME UP BOOK. You will be the first to receive the digital version of Catch Me Up (ePub, MOBI, & PDF formats available)

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    DIGITAL VERSION OF CATCH ME UP BOOK. You will receive the digital version of Catch Me Up to read on your iPad, tablet, or computer. (ePub, MOBI, & PDF formats available)

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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL!!
    ADVANCE PAPERBACK & DIGITAL COPY OF CATCH ME UP BOOK. You will receive not just the paperback copy, but also a digital copy of Catch Me Up! (ePub, MOBI, & PDF formats available)

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    PAPERBACK & DIGITAL COPY OF CATCH ME UP BOOK. You will receive not just the paperback copy, but also a digital copy of Catch Me Up! (ePub, MOBI, & PDF formats available)

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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL!!
    SPECIAL EDITION CATCH ME UP T-SHIRT. You can only get this T-shirt here and now. Once it’s gone, it’s gone! You will also receive a digital copy of Catch Me Up. (ePub, MOBI, & PDF formats available)

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    SPECIAL EDITION CATCH ME UP T-SHIRT. You can only get this T-shirt here and now. Once it’s gone, it’s gone! You will also receive a digital copy of Catch Me Up. (ePub, MOBI, & PDF formats available)

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    HARDBACK & DIGITAL COPY OF CATCH ME UP BOOK. You will receive not just the hardback, but also a digital copy of Catch Me Up! (ePub, MOBI, & PDF formats available)

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    CATCH ME UP PAPERBACK BOOK & T-SHIRT COMBO. You will receive the paperback, t-shirt, and a digital copy of Catch Me Up!

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    LIMITED EDITION HARDBACK COPY OF CATCH ME UP BOOK. This is a special “Kickstarter Only” edition each with it’s own serial number and designation. You will also receive a digital copy of Catch Me Up.

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    CATCH ME UP HARDBACK BOOK & T-SHIRT COMBO. You will receive the hardback, t-shirt, and a digital copy of Catch Me Up!

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    CATCH ME UP FINE ART PRINT. This artwork was specially created for the Kickstarter campaign and is suitable for framing. You will also receive a paperback copy & digital copy of the Catch Me Up book.

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    AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF CATCH ME UP PAPERBACK BOOK. Your very own paperback copy of Catch Me Up personally signed by the man himself!

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    AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF CATCH ME UP HARDBACK BOOK. Your very own hardback copy of Catch Me Up personally signed by the man himself!

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    AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF CATCH ME UP LIMITED EDITION BOOK. Your very own Limited Edition copy of Catch Me Up personally signed by the man himself!

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    YOUR PERSONAL STORY FEATURED ON CATCHMEUP.COM & CNN.COM. You heard that right! You or your business will be a featured story on our website. You will also be featured in a press release on CNN.com, receive a special copy of the press release suitable for framing, and receive an autographed copy of the book, the wristband, the T-shirt, and a digital copy of the book.

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    HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU NOTE FROM WILLIAM SHATNER. You will receive a personal handwritten note (suitable for framing) from the Captain himself along with a hardback, paperback, & limited edition copy of the book, 2 T-shirts, & the wristband.

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    2 VIP TICKETS FOR THE CATCH ME UP BOOK SIGNING PARTY TO MEET WILLIAM SHATNER IN PERSON! You and a friend will join William Shatner at this exclusive VIP event to be held at a northern California winery in 2015 (Location TBD). Plus 2 copies of the hardback, paperback, and digital formats of the book, 2 T-shirts & 5 wristbands.

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