WE DID IT!
Friday, February 21, 2014
I'm so grateful for everyone's support, I could burst! You are all amazing. Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary wouldn't have happened without you.
The campaign is over and you are too late to preorder a hard cover copy of my book through this Kickstarter page, however you can still get a copy of the book if you head over to www.sexculturerevolutionary.com.
I look forward to having you drop by...
Over 13 years ago, Polly Whittaker began forging the new frontier of sexual expression. It began as a simple idea: to create an environment in which people could express themselves sexually in a social context in a way that’s not seedy or creepy, traditionally the case when talking about sexuality. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, she built Kinky Salon, a creative and sex-positive environment, that has since turned it into a global movement, with events happening in a dozen cities all over the world.
San Francisco is the home of the sexual revolution, and the community that has evolved around Kinky Salon over the past decade is an important chapter in that history. By spearheading this intentional community-building, Polly has laid down the foundation for an evolution of how we view sexuality in our modern world.
Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary, is a no-holds barred look into this incredibly creative world. It’s a book about modern relationships, counter culture, a quest for family, and a real-life glimpse into this little corner of the sexual revolution.
Polly Whittaker has lived three lives: A rebellious latex fashion designer with a penchant for dancing on tables, an irrepressibly optimistic social innovator with a mad plan to save the world, and a lonely girl defined by the death of her father. This powerful memoir, told with great honesty and humor, vividly captures the failures and triumphs of a young woman struggling to understand the meaning of her own existence, while pursuing her dreams to change culture.
My Three Lives
I’ve been born three times in this lifetime so far. The first was pretty standard. Pink and screaming I entered the world confused, bald and cross-eyed in Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, London, England. I still have the hospital wristband they wrapped around my tiny wrist when I emerged from my mother’s belly. It fits around two of my fingers. I keep it because it reminds me of where I came from. It says “Whittaker, Girl.”
The only notable difference with my delivery was that my father flirted with the pretty midwife. She slipped her hand under the blankets between contractions, to feel the bump in my mother’s belly. My father saw his opportunity and his hand went up the other side, meeting hers in the middle at the top of the bump. “We must stop meeting like this.” He said, with a charming smile. My mother laughed.
When I was a child, my parents recounted this story of my birth repeatedly. That might give you a little insight into my upbringing. “Daddy, Daddy, tell me the story again of how you flirted with the midwife when I was born.”
My second birth happened when I moved to San Francisco. I left behind my family name and became Polly Pandemonium. Re-naming myself was a rite of passage. It felt empowering to be in charge of my identity, to create a name for myself. I took control of who I wanted to be, and in one bold gesture I wrote my own future, and left all the baggage of my past behind. I became a new person.
My third birth? It had complications.
Polly Whittaker is a 21st century sex culture revolutionary. She has dedicated her life to sexually progressive community, as an acclaimed latex fashion designer, a creator of arty, sexy parties, and a spokesperson for sex culture. Born in London, England, in 1974, she is the daughter of a hot air balloon pilot and a sex therapist. She relocated to San Francisco—home of the sexual revolution—in 1999. Her award-winning event, Kinky Salon, takes place in a dozen cities across Europe and North America. She recently joined forces with Christopher Ryan, Author of NYT Bestselling Book Sex at Dawn to create Kotango.com—a social network for global sex culture.
This is a significant time in the story of San Francisco, where big businesses are moving in and alternative communities are being pushed out. Now more than ever it’s important to share and document our experiences of sex positive culture, and San Francisco counterculture. By supporting this project, you can make sure that this important slice of SF history isn’t lost.
I've done a lot of research regarding traditional versus self publishing and there are a lot of reasons why self publishing is the right choice for me. Of course traditional publishing takes a huge percent of the profits, but I also want control over the final product like the final print, the editing process, and my voice as a writer.
The mere gesture of donating—at any amount—means you are casting a vote saying that you support smaller DIY publishing. It’s your vote saying that you believe alternative communities are an important part of our social ecosystem. And finally, it says that you see value in this story, and that it should be brought into the world.
Book Production (the majority of the costs) -
Funds needed for editor, book doctor, copy editor, book designer, graphic designer, and a high quality hardcover print run, making this book not only an important story, but a bookshop-quality product.
Book Promotion -
It takes work for a self-published book to be taken seriously. I will need to hire a publicist, pay fees to be included in catalogs, and make free copies available for reviewers.
Roughly 10% of final funding goes directly to Kickstarter/Amazon, and of course there are taxes to pay for all donations received.
Backer incentives -
Hard cost of incentives
- Shipping & packing supplies to send out rewards
The Moral Minority Fairytale Book ($12 ♥ SAUCY)
This an original catalog from my former couture latex label, the Moral Minority.
It's pink and glossy and filled with sexy people in stunning costumes, and tells the fairy tale of a young girl who encounters many adventures in a magical city.
Polly: Sex Culture RevolutionaryI will send your copy signed by yours truly. This high quality, limited edition hardcover will ONLY be available through this Kickstarter.
Two tickets to my VERY SPECIAL launch party, plus a copy of Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary ($100 ♥ KINKY)
At this level not only will you receive a limited edition hardcover copy of Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary with your name printed in the book and my note of thanks within, but you will also receive TWO tickets to a fabulous book launch party happening in the spring. (Please note: There will be no sexual activity)
Pink Latex Dust Jacket ($200 ♥ PERVY)
This is a pretty HOT thank you reward! I will send you a limited edition hardcover copy of Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary, with an EXTREMELY LIMITED HOT PINK LATEX dust jacket that I have lovingly crafted just for you! And of course, I will sign and number the inside of each of these latex beauties.
I can't think of a more fitting addition to this book than to give it a second second skin of this slightly pearlescent and translucent latex vinyl. There is no denying it, this is some sexy stuff! I only wish I could offer every copy of Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary to be enrobed in this wet, luscious latex. Yummy!
Latex Fashion Class ($400 ♥ SEXY)
I will teach you how to make your own sexy, shiny latex clothes and tell you extra trade secrets that nobody else will tell you! I have been making latex clothes for well over a decade, and am one of the most experienced latex designers on the planet. I was the first employee at the now world famous House of Harlot, and have been creating high quality couture latex clothing under my own label since 1999. Check out http://www.latexfashionschool.com/ for a low down on the class.
You will also get the limited edition, hardcover, signed copy of my book, Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary.
$1,200 ♥ NAUGHTY
As a thank you for generosity, I will come over your house (in the SF Bay Area only) with a bunch of my talented friends, and we will throw a half hour Kinky Salon cabaret in your very own living room! You can invite as many friends as you like, so you are welcome to pool money with your pals to make this an event for all of you to share. (Please note: We will not have sex with you)
$5,000 ♥ LUSTY
Have you ever wanted to host an event like Kinky Salon in your own home? Well by backing my project at this level, invite your friends over, and that's exactly what will happen!
Myself and a bunch of the sexy talented people who make Kinky Salon happen every month, will storm your house and transform it into a fun & hedonistic night to remember! Please note: we will help you with decor, hosting and cabaret, but there will be no sexual activity. (Within the SF Bay Area only)
$10,000 ♥ RAUNCHY
Fly to London (plane flight included!) with Polly and she'll take you out latex shopping and introduce you to London's top latex designers. Then she'll be your ambassador to the sexy nightlife scene. Your adventure will be scheduled for sometime within the next year. (This reward does not include sexual activity)
A big thanks to all the amazing people who have helped me on this journey. I want especially acknowledge…
Kickstarter video was shot by Todd Hartman of Digital Glu
The Kinky Salon "theme song", Sex-N-Drugs, was performed by Slyde
Also strategic planning, management, and expert advice for this Kickstarter was given by:
Risks and challenges
I'm in the final stages of editing the book. I have a copy editor, book designer, and printer lined up and ready for when I'm done. But despite all of my careful preparations, it is true that the best laid plans can sometimes go awry. To account for this, I've given myself a generous deadline which will allow me to deliver on time even I wind up hitting a snag or two.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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