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Simple Tools BooksBy Simple Tools Books
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Simple Tools BooksBy Simple Tools Books
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About

What's the Deal with What's the Deal with Christians?

Let's face it: there are some confusing aspects to Christianity.  Sure, Christians want to explain to others what they believe; they want to do as Peter wrote, to "always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."  However, there are going to be limits to our mortal ability to explain the immortal.  The Bible itself notes that God's ways and thoughts are beyond ours, and seem like foolishness to the world.

When you encounter a real stumper of a question and can't find an answer, it can be truly frustrating, no matter who you are...and that's what this book seeks to handle.

 

This Book is for Everyone!

As the subtitle suggests, this book is intended to be straightforward, approachable, and welcoming for any reader.  Non-Christians will find the book to be understanding of their doubts rather than confrontory in nature, and questions are addressed carefully and logically for those seeking intellectualism in the midst of what seems like religious obfuscation.  For new Christians who feel daunted by how much they don't know yet, the book's casual tone doesn't expect you already to be an expert in theology.  On the other hand, if you're a long-time Christian, the book does not talk down with over-simplified answers, either.

You can get your own full digital copy for only a $10 pledge, to read on your computer, tablet, or phone!

 

Okay, Now What?

Does it sound great?  The good news is that the book is already finished!  It's over 200 pages long, and includes a full index for easy topic lookup.  Currently, however, it is available only in digital format, and I would like to make it available in print format as well.  That's where this campaign comes in.  I'm looking for two things: of course, I am raising money to cover any out-of-pocket expenses that I may incur during the publishing process.  In addition, however, I hope to present the results of this campaign to potential publishers as evidence of the book's popularity, to encourage them to pick me up.  So...spread the word to everyone you can think of and let's really blow this thing out of the water, shall we?

After clicking, select "Download" to save to your computer, then open the new file, print, cut into eighths, and hand out!
After clicking, select "Download" to save to your computer, then open the new file, print, cut into eighths, and hand out!

 

Everyone who contributes will receive updates on how my publication process is going, but if no traditional publishers choose to accept my book at this time, then I'll be publishing independently through WestBow Press (a division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan).  Not only will this get the book onto shelves, but it is also a common way to attract the attention of traditional publishers and win a contract.

The minimum goal ($2900) of this KickStarter campaign will be enough to accomplish the following if independent publishing is necessary:

  • Printing of softcover and hardcover formats, with ISBN, copyright registration, and Library of Congress control number
  • E-Book format
  • Distribution to hundreds of online and brick-and-mortar booksellers

If we reach a stretch goal of $5000, then I will also be able to get the book a lot of extra publicity to boost its sales:

  • Press release to a minimum of 500 media outlets
  • Targeted advertising at least 1 million times on Facebook and Instagram news feeds
  • 30-day ad and giveaway campaign on Goodreads, the world's largest online community of book lovers

If we gather $8700, then I'll be able to ramp it up even more:

  • Website and social media hub for the book, to drive online traffic
  • Advertising with the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA), connecting the book to 7,000 retailers and bookstore owners
  • Targeted advertising for 30 days on Google's network, which includes not only its search engine, but also Gmail and YouTube, as well as any Internet sites that show AdWords ads

I know that none of us can conceive just how awesome God can be with this campaign, so in case He sees fit to pull enough of you together to raise $16,700, then I'll be able to give my book the grand treatment:

  • A dedicated publicist who will work on the book's behalf for 12 weeks
  • Publicity opportunities with media outlets
  • Communication with editors, program directors, bloggers, and other influencers to drive interest (and sales)

If you show me that kind of support, it's only right that I do something extra for you as well: I will upgrade the digital book's table of contents and index (no small feat) so that all entries link directly to the pages that they reference, for faster and easier use; when completed, I will send the upgraded version to all previous purchasers of the initial version.

Thank You!

If you've read this far, you're obviously interested in this project that the Lord has laid on me.  I thank you in advance for any amount that you can donate, and I will keep you all closely informed of how things progress.  Now let's make this happen!

Risks and challenges

The book is already complete and ready to go, so all I need now is a route for publishing. I will follow standard procedures for contacting traditional publishing companies for a contract, promoting the book based on its popularity during this KickStarter campaign.
If none of the companies I contact offer me a contract, then we can still be sure of results via independent publishing. The goals listed represent the costs with WestBow Press, a well-established division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan, and success with them has often attracted subsequent contracts from traditional publishers.

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    Every little bit helps, and I want you to know that I appreciate even a $1 contribution. Since you're interested in the success of this project, you'll be added to the mailing list to stay updated on the progress of my efforts to bring the book to press, plus your help will be recognized in the next mailing.

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    Not only will I send you a full digital version of the book, but I’ll also hand write a personalized message of your choice (tasteful, of course) that I will scan and place inside the “front cover,” just like you would get at a physical book signing. A great gift idea!

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    If you have some burning question for me, now’s your chance! In addition to the above rewards, a $50 contribution will earn you the opportunity to ask me a question regarding the content of the book, my process writing the book, a question about the Christian walk, or even a personal question for me (within reason). I’ll post my video response for you and your friends to enjoy.

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    I know that you’re not supporting this project for your own sake, but I’d like to show special appreciation for contributions of $75 and above, all the same. When the book makes it to press (as we all believe and anticipate), I will add to my “thank you” page a list of these high-dollar supporters, so that their names will be in print to be recognized for just how far they got me toward my goal.

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    Answering a single question via recorded video was pretty good, but when you contribute $100, I will provide a 1-hour talk to your group (or just you, if you wish), via Skype or similar service. I can either prepare a discussion regarding a Christian topic of my choice and in similar style to the book, or I can open the time up to Q&A regarding the book. Take your pick; you get an hour of (remote) me! (At least 2 weeks advance notice, please; subject to scheduling availability.)

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    For twice the price, I’ll make myself available via Skype or similar service for an entire day of discussions. Each session will match the format of the above reward: a topic prepared by me or an open Q&A. (At least 2 weeks advance notice, please; subject to scheduling availability.)

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    If you provide me with this much support and encouragement, then I am willing to put myself completely at your service! I will provide you with the same 1-hour talk as offered at the $100 level, but I will travel to your group to deliver it in person. (At least 2 weeks advance notice, please; subject to scheduling availability. Travel arrangements, if necessary, will be made by the backer, so as not to deplete funds intended toward the project.)

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    Now it’s a Party!

    Wow! $1000! I really don’t know what to say. If you bite this big a chunk out of my goal, then you have definitely gone above and beyond, and I can’t help but try to do the same. I will travel to your group’s location to deliver a series of discussions, each as described above. The sessions can take place across an entire day, or can be split up for separate groups across two half-days (such as an adult group on Saturday and a youth group on Sunday morning). (At least 2 weeks advance notice, please; subject to scheduling availability. Travel arrangements, if necessary, will be made by the backer, so as not to deplete funds intended toward the project.)

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