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"Lost Journal Vol. 1 - 3." Each book has 90 of my nationally syndicated humor columns and 90 classic photos.
132 backers pledged $6,375 to help bring this project to life.

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FOURTH STRETCH GOAL

I set 'em up, you keep knocking 'em down!  We've got 3 days left, so I'll add one final goal.  If and when we hit $6,000, I'll add this reward for EVERYONE who has donated to the campaign, at any amount:
I LAUGHED, I CRIED, I HATED IT:  A Curmudgeon’s Guide To Horrible And Overrated Movies
In this mini-book (36 pages), I eviscerate movies that were successful, despite sucking beyond belief.  Includes:  "Face/Off," "My Best Friend's Wedding," "Jingle All The Way," "The Saint," "Hollow Man," "The Wash," "The Matrix Reloaded," and "Citizen Kane."  Yes, you read that right - "Citizen Kane," the most over-rated movie of all time.  Also includes several years of critiques of the worst nominee in each major Oscar category.  I dubbed this distinct honor "The Felix."

THIRD STRETCH GOAL MET!

More thanks to you, and more importantly - more stuff!  If and when we hit $5,000, I'll add this reward for EVERYONE who has donated to the campaign, at any amount:
mp3 from ESPN Radio's The Tony Kornheiser Show, in which Tony reads and discusses my column "Nephew's 'Enemies List' Exposed."  Dan's son, Tommy, who was 7 years old at the time, put Mr. Kornheiser on his hit list for making fun of Binghamton.  (Kornheiser graduated from SUNY Binghamton.)  Someone sent my column to the show, and Tony read it on the air.  Then he and his producers tried to brainstorm ways to win back Tommy's respect.  It's very, very funny.  There's only 6 days left in the Kickstarter, so if you want to hear this, point a few friends to this page!

SECOND STRETCH GOAL MET!

You guys rock.  If and when we hit $4,500, I'll add this reward for EVERYONE who has donated to the campaign, at any amount:
"Dan Mollen: Jackass of the Month"
Oh, so this way turns the worm... I got my chance to write a revenge hit piece about Dan.  It also includes a photo.  Not only was this photo the worst picture ever taken of Dan (which takes some doing), it's quite possibly the most awkward teen photo in history. Based on what?  Well, when Google first introduced Google Images, there was a period of about a year when the NUMBER ONE search result for the words "high school" was this photo.  Users of online forums were jokingly using his photo (and mine, by the way) as their "avatar" (profile picture, basically).  Wanna see it?  Ask some pals to pre-order their books through this campaign and get us to the next goal!

FIRST STRETCH GOAL MET!

Right now, the campaign total is at about $3,500. If and when we hit $4,000, I will add this reward for EVERYONE who has donated to the campaign, at any amount:
"Tim Mollen: Jackass of the Month"

A very funny article written by my brother, Dan, for his online humor magazine in the early 2000s. It includes the single worst photo that has ever been taken of me. Both were taken down from the Web years ago, at my request, because they made the number one Google result for my name "Tim Mollen: Jackass." True, but not helpful for my career... I'll e-mail these out after the campaign ends on March 1. There will be two versions: .doc and .pdf.

BOOK DESCRIPTION (with purpose of fundraiser below):

One part memoir, two parts humor, LOST JOURNAL collects the best of the nationally syndicated column seen in over 300 newspapers and websites.

Each column is a humorous snapshot of a day in the author's past, written as a journal entry.  A particular entry may be from Halloween 1980, yesterday, or the day he was born. By writing a diary in retrospect, Mollen satirizes both past and present, serving up pop culture and nostalgia with a wit that is both sharp and gentle-hearted. Many of the entries present poignant, self-deprecating stories of growing up in the 1970s and '80s as the youngest of six boys in a middle-class, Irish Catholic family.

There are three volumes, each with 90 classic columns and 90 full-color photos. There's also a CD, with Mollen reading 12 of his best stories.

PURPOSE OF KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN:

Self-publishing 3 books and a CD requires financing to address some specific needs:

  • Paying my very talented cover designer.  Her art for all three books and the CD is gorgeous, and I'm thrilled with it.
  • Printing copies to sell directly to bookstores and other retail outlets, and to take to signings and other events.
  • Utilizing Amazon's "Complex Conversion to Kindle" service, which will ensure the book's layout and photos will translate well to their e-readers.
  • Converting content for other e-readers and mobile platforms, including the Nook and iPad.
  • Mastering the audio tracks (already recorded) for the CD.
  • Registering copyrights with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
  • Submitting to the Library of Congress.

There will be even larger expenses to launch a marketing campaign:

  • Launch party in early May - venue, entertainment, food, and drink.
  • Press kit - including posters, postcards, info sheets, bookmarks, and business cards.
  • Newspaper, radio, TV, and online advertising.
  • Travel expenses for a national book tour.

  • The Kickstarter video for this project features the song "Happy" by Annapolis, MD singer-songwriter Doug Segree.  You can check out more of Doug's music at:
    www.dougsegree.com

Risks and challenges

The books are completely written and edited. I have a full-color photo to accompany each column. The publishing prep and design work is nearly complete.

I hope contributions will continue after the goal is met (until the end of the 30 days), especially to help reach the marketing goals for the books.

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    LIKE BUTTON LEVEL - don't want any swag, but still want to help? Your name will be in the thank-yous on my website (www.timmollen.com).

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    SUPPORTER LEVEL - a signed copy of the "Lost Journal Classics" CD, with Tim reading 12 of his best columns. Your name will be in the thank-yous on my website (www.timmollen.com).

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    FAN LEVEL - a signed, numbered, first edition copy of "Lost Journal, Vol. 1." Your name will be in the thank-yous in the e-book AND on my website (www.timmollen.com).

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    BIG FAN LEVEL - a signed, numbered, first edition copy of "Lost Journal, Vol. 1" and the CD. Save $2. Your name will be in the thank-yous in the e-book AND on my website (www.timmollen.com).

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    BEATLES ON ED SULLIVAN FAN LEVEL - a signed, numbered, first edition copy of all three Lost Journal books and the CD. Save $12. Your name will be in the thank-yous in the actual book AND in the e-book AND on my website (www.timmollen.com).

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    INTERNATIONAL LEVEL - with shipping to anywhere in the world. A signed, numbered, first edition copy of all three Lost Journal books and the CD. Save $12. Your name will be in the thank-yous in the actual book AND in the e-book AND on my website (www.timmollen.com).

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    THE GRADUATE LEVEL - looking for a graduation gift for one of the few young people who's actually read and enjoyed a newspaper column? You'll get a copy of my column "Graduation Day Doggerel" on parchment and a message from me on their voicemail singing "The Sound of Silence." Plus a signed, numbered, first edition copy of all three Lost Journal books and the CD. Your name will be in the thank-yous in the actual book AND in the e-book AND on my website (www.timmollen.com).

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    SPORTS FAN LEVEL - I will suffer through watching the sporting event of your choice with you in any Binghamton area venue - live or on TV. I will yell "SPORTS!!!" on command 3 times during the event. Plus a signed, numbered, first edition copy of all three Lost Journal books and the CD. Your name will be in the thank-yous in the actual book AND in the e-book AND on my website (www.timmollen.com).

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    RESUME GHOST-WRITER LEVEL - could your resume use an upgrade? Put my 20+ years as a professional business writer to use. Plus a signed, numbered, first edition copy of all three Lost Journal books and the CD. Your name will be in the thank-yous in the actual book AND in the e-book AND on my website (www.timmollen.com).

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    ODD PILGRIM LEVEL - I will show up at your Binghamton-area dwelling on Thanksgiving Day and recite my poem/column "'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving." The poem will be written on keepsake parchment suitable for catching turkey drippings. Plus a signed, numbered, first edition copy of all three Lost Journal books and the CD. Your name will be in the thank-yous in the actual book AND in the e-book AND on my website (www.timmollen.com).

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    IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU LEVEL - a custom-made, 500-word humor column, written by Tim, on the topic of your choice. No holds barred. (Think about THAT for a second.) Plus a signed, numbered, first edition copy of all three Lost Journal books and the CD. Your name will be in the thank-yous in the actual book AND in the e-book AND on my website (www.timmollen.com).

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    ROASTER LEVEL - "turned tables and a microphone" to roast Tim at the official book launch party in Binghamton, NY. (Tentative date: May 2014.) Plus a signed, numbered, first edition copy of all three Lost Journal books and the CD. Your name will be in the thank-yous in the actual book AND in the e-book AND on my website (www.timmollen.com).

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    PROFESSIONAL GOOFBALL LEVEL - An all-day improv comedy workshop for you and up to 15 of your family, friends, or co-workers. The class will be taught in two 3-hour blocks with an hour break between. Tim studied with Second City and has taught improv classes for 18 years. (Note - unless lodging and transportation are provided, the location must be within an hour's drive of Binghamton, NY.) Plus a signed, numbered, first edition copy of all three Lost Journal books and the CD. Your name will be in the thank-yous in the actual book AND in the e-book AND on my website (www.timmollen.com).

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    KATHY BATES IN "MISERY" LEVEL - dinner in Manhattan and a Broadway show with Tim. (Your transportation and lodging not included.) Plus a signed, numbered, first edition copy of all three Lost Journal books and the CD. Your name will be in the thank-yous in the actual book AND in the e-book AND on my website (www.timmollen.com).

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