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13 soulful essays. 13 delicious recipes. Fund the first print run of 500 copies Goal = $5,592
13 soulful essays. 13 delicious recipes. Fund the first print run of 500 copies Goal = $5,592
71 backers pledged $3,675 to help bring this project to life.

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We have made our initial goal in one week! Thank you all for your support. What's next? It's on to a print run of 500 copies. Here's what I need to print 500 copies: $5,592.

$5,592 will print 500 copies of the book, allowing me to get it into independent bookstores, pet boutiques, and similar locations.

$5,592 IS MY ULTIMATE GOAL.

Who are Buddy Girl and Daisy May?
Buddy Girl was our first dog. She was the light of our lives. Daisy May is our new puppy. Golden Angels tells their stories and yours: how we move through the grieving process and the incredible gifts pets provide to us throughout their short lives.

Why another dog book?
Golden Angels is different. Each of the 13 essays ends with a recipe that brings the story to life. Food, like pets, enriches our lives and soothes our souls. I began the book as posts on my food blog shortly after Buddy Girl died in order to share the revelations her passing brought to me.

Why do a Kickstarter campaign when it's already an e-book?
People want to give Golden Angels to a friend or family member who just lost their pet. An e-book doesn't feel the same. Independent pet stores and vets are interested in selling the book. The Kindle version has 30 5-star reviews, so I know that people love the book.

How much are you trying to raise?
$2,000 will pay my designer and fund a tiny print run of the book. If more people pledge to receive the book, we’ll do a larger print run. My goal is to be able to print 500 copies, which is $5,592.

If you make your goal, does the campaign end?
No, the campaign runs from July 15 through August 18. If we make our goal early, that’s awesome! It means that more people are supporting this first run of the book. And Daisy might get some extra kibble.

How much do I have to donate to receive a book?
At $25 you receive a digital version of the book in the format of your choice. Donate $50 to receive a personally signed softcover copy. Daisy will be signing them too!

What is the money for?
This Kickstarter campaign pays for the designer, proofs, the first print run, shipping, and the Kickstarter fees (around 10%).

What are Kickstarter rewards and how do they work?
The project creator sets rewards related to the project. You can opt out of receiving a reward if you wish. For example, you can choose to donate $200 but select the $50 reward (you can choose any reward you like, so long as your donation is higher than that level).

Hand-made juicer pulp doggy biscuits for donations of $125 and up
Hand-made juicer pulp doggy biscuits for donations of $125 and up

The cost of the reward needs to cover the actual item, shipping, the Kickstarter fee of about 10%, and enough extra to actually fund the project. I had to use the highest price per book copy to create my reward levels, as I don't know how many I'll be printing until the project funds. (Some Kickstarter projects get into trouble because they haven't covered enough of their reward costs.)

For this project, there are rewards for pledges of $10, $25, $50, $125, and $150. They are described at right. Free shipping in the continental U.S. only.

Thank you so much for visiting my page, watching the video, and sharing this project! Fingers and paws crossed!

Risks and challenges

I successfully printed my first book in 2006 and worked with the same designer, so I am familiar with all the challenges of getting a manuscript into print. The book is completely finished and edited, and the design will follow the look of the iPad version. I don't anticipate any problems with the design process.

After researching a number of printing options, I have chosen Bang Printing based in Minnesota and California. They do beautiful work of very high quality; they will be fulfilling orders for me.

I have a vendor lined up to make the doggie bandannas and one for the thank-you cards. And I'm stockpiling the hand-made doggie biscuits, making a batch or two each week.

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    Thank you card personally signed by Daisy May, the Golden retriever

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    Digital copy of the book in the format of your choice plus a thank-you card from Daisy

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    Copy of the printed book personally signed by me the author and Daisy May the Golden retriever.

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    Signed copy of the book, orange "Angel" doggie bandanna, invitation to meet Daisy at the San Diego launch party OR two-dozen handmade doggie biscuits if you cannot attend

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    5 signed copies of the book, orange "Angel" doggie bandanna, your name in the credits of the book, invitation to meet Daisy at the San Diego launch party OR two-dozen handmade doggie biscuits if you cannot attend

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    Book club patron: 10 signed copies of the book, Skype session with me and Daisy with your book club, 2 dozen handmade cookies sent for your meeting, your group's name in the credits of the book

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    West Coast appearance patron: 20 signed copies of the book, personal appearance at your book club, bookstore, dog group, or other gathering, your group's name in the credits of the book

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    Book tour angel: personal appearance in your city or town (US only), up to 50 signed copies of the book, your name or group name in the credits of the book, Angel t-shirt for you

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