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Last updated October 1, 2013

One Dollar. One Word. One Story.

For just $1 per word, you provide the words from which I will create a story. Simple. Irresistible. Epic. What's Your Word?

One Dollar. One Word. One Story.

For just $1 per word, you provide the words from which I will create a story. Simple. Irresistible. Epic. What's Your Word?

$264
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
15
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, October 1 2013 9:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 1, 2013

About

Are you ready for a zany project, something outside the box? Behold.

You contribute a word. Your family, friends, and basically everyone you've ever known each contribute words. Using those words, I'll create an awesome story and distribute to all backers. It's a simple project, but a good one.

Excited to join but don't have the right word yet? No worries, join now anyway!

Pledge now and ponder your word choice all September - words will be officially collected after funding. In the meantime, visit the What's Your Word? Facebook page to declare your word. YouTube uploads are welcome, I'd love to see and hear your word!

Submission Details

  • Maximum sentence length is 20 words.
  • Word ordering may be specified. i.e. "New York City" or "Kickstarter Rocks"
  • Obscene, vulgar, or hateful words/speech may be changed with your permission or rejected at my discretion. You'll get your money back.

Timeline, Resources, and Money

  • The book will be in your figurative hands before Christmas... 2014. I will bust my keister to get the final, quality product to you asap. Plan about one month per 10,000 words. Bring on the fun!
  • Updates will be available throughout the campaign and beyond via Kickstarter, Facebook, YouTube, and the website (will be launched soon), which will have a searchable index of backers' words plus additional resources.
  • T-shirts for « BENEFACTOR » backers will be sent 3-6 weeks after survey responses are received.
  • Contributions will be used to explore trends, relationships, and the degree of connectedness among Kickstarter (Internet) users. Results will be published via infographics. Backers may opt-in (in the survey), and confidentiality will be strictly maintained.
  • Here are some essential elements your pledge enables:

Don't miss your chance to be part of something great. Go pledge a dollar (or more) and share What's Your Word? with the universe. That's it, that's the project. Simple.

Risks and challenges

~ Christmas of 2014, really?

Yes, it's an aggressive goal, to go from nothing to something in a little over a year. I work best under pressure. I have core plot elements prepared but anticipate your creativity will move things in new, unexpected, and challenging directions. Wahoo!

~ What if the book sucks?

It won't. I abhor personal mediocrity. When I set out to do something, it's with excellence. Remember, too, that you're fully vested for less than the cost of a candy bar or soft drink... is that really a risk?

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1

    « BACKER BUNDLE » You get the PDF version of the book - complete with your word (or words) somewhere in there! In the mean time, you get access to the online resources, such as the searchable index. Add $1 for each additional word, no max for you wordy types. Words may be standalone, ordered phrases, or complete sentences.

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    « DIGITAL BUNDLE » Receive the e-book (compatible with Kindle, Nook, and iPad), plus the BACKER BUNDLE. How cool is that!?! Submit up to 10 words. Add $1 for each additional word, no maximum.

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    « REFERENCE BUNDLE » Your moniker will be referenced with each quote submitted, if desired. Includes the DIGITAL BUNDLE.

    Submit up to 20 words and, as before, add $1 for each additional word, no maximum.... I'm noticing a trend here.

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    « BOOKWORM BUNDLE » Receive a physical copy of the book signed by me (if you want Smithlings' scribble, that's extra), plus your name will be included in the acknowledgement page. Add $25 for each additional signed book. Includes the REFERENCE BUNDLE. Submit up to 35 words and, you guessed it, add $1 for each additional word, no maximum.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    « BENEFACTOR » Receive a Kickstarter-only "What's Your Word?" t-shirt. Whoa, stylish! Add $15 for each additional t-shirt. Includes the BOOKWORM BUNDLE (yes, the signed book!). Submit up to 50 words and if you've still got more on your mind, add $1 for each additional word, no maximum.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    « SCENERY » You provide scenery details for a location to be used in the novel. Includes the BENEFACTOR reward, plus two additional t-shirts and signed books.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    « CHARACTER NAMING » You provide the name for one of the main characters. Includes the BENEFACTOR reward, plus four additional t-shirts and signed books.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    « HAWAII DINNER » Next time you visit Oahu, enjoy dinner with the author. You're responsible to get to Oahu, but I'll pay for the food. Includes the BENEFACTOR reward, plus six additional t-shirts and signed books.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    « PROTAGONIST » Name the hero(ine)! You provide the main character's name! Includes the BENEFACTOR reward, plus eight additional t-shirts and signed books.

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    « HAWAII CRUISE » Take a cruise with the author and cast members and receive inside details about the book before publication. Includes the BENEFACTOR reward, plus ten additional t-shirts and signed books.

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Funding period

- (30 days)