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The lot was full of drunks, wooks, tourheads, custies, a junkie informant and some determined DEA agents: The story of summer tour 1992

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Summer 1992, Chicago Illinois

Two unsuspecting college students embark to relive an epic Grateful Dead experience from the previous summer only to find themselves entwined in a D.E.A. sting operation targeting Deadheads. Ride the train of deterioration that became the Shakedown Street of the late 1980's until that last summer in 1995 and beyond, ya dig? Cops wearing Birkenstock and Family ratting out fellow heads. Follow two Generation X bros as they embark a journey of enlightenment and inebriation. A roller coaster ride of suspense that will raise the neck hair of anyone who's been to a live show. The story, a lesson in legal boundries that brings to question the war on drugs (policy not band). A jaw-dropping account that will fully explain the meaing of that old Family saying transcribed to the bumper sticker you're familiar: MEAN PEOPLE SUCK.

MEAN PEOPLE SUCK.  The Book.
MEAN PEOPLE SUCK. The Book.

2 WAYS TO SUPPORT THIS BOOK!

$$$ Money $$$
I've made it simple: If you are interested in this book, your support to this kickstarter will get you a book by Christmas!

I strive to make this project worth while and engaging with rewards that are simple and tiered affordably. Participants will experience a fluid campaign with regular updates and real live events that will twist and turn all of our summers with suprises along the way ;)

#TALK #TEXT #SHARE #TWEET

Talking about this book is the most important component on this Kickstarter campaign! Social awareness will set our country free. 

I can do my best to start the conversation, but it needs to continue in discussions at bars, cocktail parties, coffee shops, music events and of course social media.  This book has been 23 years coming.  

Not just Deadheads will find interest in this book, it has wide appeal to a broader mystery/crime/fiction/nostalgia audience. It explores the legal aspects of mandatory minimum sentencing laws as well as showing the tragedy that can befall those entrapped by law enforcement. If you were alive in the 1990's or curious about the 90's, this book is for you.

Risks and challenges

CHALLENGE #1: CAN YOU BELIEVE that TODAY there are still Deadheads locked up for non-violent crimes that occurred on Grateful Dead tour 20 years ago??? I WAS SHOCKED! As a country our biggest challenge is revision to the mandatory minimum sentencing laws. I have put together a $ 65 pledge that will get you a book as well as your State's senator and congressmen and women. On a federal level, I will make effort to get this book in the hands of President Obama and VP Biden in hopes for Presidential pardon(s) before leaving office. I will hand write a list of incarcerated music fans requesting clemency. Obama can read our book on a flight from DC to Hawaii...as a Chicago guy he will love it!

** Through fiction, this book will show the injustice of anyone spending hard prison time for non-violent actions going down during concert tours. **

Beyond the KICKSTARTER : Upon successful kickstarter (July 29th, 4:20PM ...CHEERS!) I will edit character name(s) to reward level sponsors, adjust manuscript print format to facilitate these changes. Have final draft dictated to audiobook thus verifying final draft edit (YAY! I'm a voice actor). Compile thank you page(s) for all Kickstarter supporters (that's you)! Send manuscript to printer. Meet with potential publishers / filmmakers. Assemble packages to kickstarter orders (books, t-shirts, shwag). Fulfill book packets to kickstarter supporters, delivery November 2015. Merry Christmas ! BUCKLE UP KIDS ! ! ! ! Start penning sequel about 2015 Fare Thee Well shows?

To add a prisoner name to our clemency list for Obama connect with me on Facebook.
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Media inquiries and production level pledges, connect through LinkedIn.

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  • The numbers (BUDGET):

    The Potatoes:
    Second and final draft editing, formatting - $750
    Web registration / hosting - $ 95
    ISBN registration - $195
    Book printing : LIMITED EDITION, hardcover (5 1/2 x 8 1/2) (100 copies) - $1,300
    FIRST EDITION, softcover (5 1/2 x 8 1/2) (1000) - $2,200

    ** First edition printing will adjust upwards to fulfill all kickstarter book pledges / orders in 1000 increments over the initial 1000 print run. If you have reserved 2nd edition printing rights, actual print count will be known and disclosed for first edition print run totals BEFORE the manuscript is sent out to print.

    The Gravy:
    Artwork / cover and map: $1,000
    Marketing Material: 100K postcards / bookmark - $3,200
    Direct marketing: Santa Clara, Chicago - $6,800
    Social Media marketing: $500
    TShirts / promo shwag: $500-1000

    Administrative
    United States Postal Service (USPS) shipping - Est. 15% of total raised
    Kickstarter payment at 5% of total raised
    Payment processing fees at 3-5% of total raised

    TOTALS: $UGH - Let's blow this up! Keep an eye out for stretch goals and lets make it a fast start!

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  • The success of this book project can be summarized in one sentence: 300 BOOKS PLEDGED funds this project! Just 300 of you committing to the base level reward, which is the actual book (brilliant!) will in itself create the book. You are a CREATOR! You are a PUBLISHER! You are KIND and part of something GREAT!

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25 USD

    CASH FOR YOUR EXTRA pledge.

    First Edition: Softcover copy of book.

    WOW! Thank YOU - You deserve a book! You are a PART of making this book possible!

    (1) 1st Edition - Softcover book, signed by author.
    EBook - epub, mobi, pdf
    Audiobook - mp3

    US Domestic Shipping included.
    Digital ebook and audiobook will delay delivery one year to allow first edition print sales and will be delivered electronically.

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    END MANDATORY MINIMUM pledge.

    (1) First Edition: Softcover copy of book, signed by author.
    (1) First Edition: Softcover copy of book, sent to your state representative !

    WOW! Thank YOU - You deserve a book! You are a PART of making this book possible! You are also a SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS individual who sees the bigger picture. My aim with this story is to show the utter ridiculousness of long term drug sentencing laws that plague America and our legal system. This book is the perfect way to get law makers to digest it!

    (1) 1st Edition - Softcover book, signed by author.
    (1) 1st Edition - Softcover book, sent to your State representative.
    EBook - epub, mobi, pdf
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    Digital ebook and audiobook will delay delivery one year to allow first edition print sales and will be delivered electronically.

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    COSMIC CHARLIE pledge.

    LIMITED EDITION: Hardcover copy of book with full color jacket.
    Black with white lettering MEAN PEOPLE SUCK tshirt (S-XL)

    WOW! Thank YOU - You are a major CONTRIBUTOR to making this book possible!

    (1) Limited Edition - Hardcover Novella, signed by author.
    (1) 1st Edition - Softcover book, signed by author.
    Your name (or alias) credited in 1st edition and limited edition print book run.
    (1) TSHIRT Black with white lettering MEAN PEOPLE SUCK (S-XL)
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    Audiobook - mp3

    Digital ebook and audiobook will delay delivery one year to allow first edition print sales and will be delivered electronically.

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    INDIE BOOK / COFFEE / RECORD STORE pledge.

    (5) First Edition: Softcover copy of book.

    WOW! Thank YOU - Your support is AMAZING and we are humbled you have added our book to your inventory! You are part of the GRASS ROOTS MOVEMENT bringing this book to market!

    (5) 1st Edition - Softcover book, signed by author (for resale).
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    Pledge $750 or more About $750 USD

    ** RENAME THE PROTAGONIST: A & R**
    The story focuses around TWO twenty-somethings who set out to relive a Grateful Dead concert from the year prior. YOU name one of the DEADHEADS.

    Thank YOU - In addition to YOU helping make this project possible, YOU are a BIG SUPPORTER of MEAN PEOPLE SUCK. You do NOT suck!

    OF COURSE you recieve:

    (1) Copy Limited Edition hardcover edition of book. Signed by author.
    (10) 1st Edition - Softcover books, signed by author.
    Your name (or alias) credited in 1st edition & limited edition book run.
    (1) TSHIRT Black with white lettering MEAN PEOPLE SUCK (S-XL)
    Copy of ebook - epub, mobi, pdf formats
    Copy of audiobook - mp3 format

    Name will need to be given to author within ONE WEEK of kickstarter completion to insure book printing and delivery dates.

    US Domestic Shipping included.
    Digital ebook and audiobook will delay delivery one year to allow first edition print sales and will be delivered electronically.

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    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500 USD

    ** RENAME THE ANTAGONIST: V **
    The story focuses around an undercover sting operation. YOU name the lead agent/officer who's goal is to lure/arrest Deadheads.

    Thank YOU - In addition to YOU helping make this project possible, YOU are a BIG SUPPORTER of MEAN PEOPLE SUCK. You do NOT suck!

    OF COURSE you recieve:

    (1) Copy Limited Edition hardcover edition of book. Signed by author.
    (10) 1st Edition - Softcover book, signed by author.
    Your name (or alias) credited in 1st edition & limited edition book run.
    (1) TSHIRT - Black with white lettering MEAN PEOPLE SUCK (S-XL)
    Copy of ebook - epub, mobi, pdf formats
    Copy of audiobook - mp3 format

    Name will need to be given to author within ONE WEEK of kickstarter completion to insure book printing and delivery dates.

    US Domestic Shipping included.
    Digital ebook and audiobook will delay delivery one year to allow first edition print sales and will be delivered electronically.

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    ** 2015 SCRIPT OPTION**

    YOU will help this project reach FAR BEYOND its initial written potential. YOU can option future rights to produce a televised or filmed adaption of the MEAN PEOPLE SUCK.

    OBVIOUSLY you receive:

    (1) Copy Limited Edition hardcover edition of book. Signed by author.
    (10) 1st Edition - Softcover book, signed by author.
    Your name (or alias) credited in 1st edition & limited edition book run.
    (1) TSHIRT - Black with white lettering MEAN PEOPLE SUCK (S-XL)
    Copy of ebook - epub, mobi, pdf formats
    Copy of audiobook - mp3 format

    US Domestic Shipping included.
    Digital ebook and audiobook will delay delivery one year to allow first edition print sales and will be delivered electronically.

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    ** SECOND EDITION PRINT OPTION **

    YOU will help this project reach the eyes of an even bigger audience! YOU option rights to a second printing of MEAN PEOPLE SUCK.

    OBVIOUSLY you receive:

    (1) Copy Limited Edition hardcover edition of book. Signed by author.
    (10) 1st Edition - Softcover Novella, signed by author.
    Your name (or alias) credited in 1st edition & limited edition book run.
    (1) TSHIRT - Black with white lettering MEAN PEOPLE SUCK (S-XL)
    Copy of ebook - epub, mobi, pdf formats
    Copy of audiobook - mp3 format

    US Domestic Shipping included.
    Digital ebook and audiobook will delay delivery one year to allow first edition print sales and will be delivered electronically.

    *The FIRST EDITION print will facilitate all Kickstarter book pledges/orders rounded up to the nearest thousand books printed.

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