Frequently Asked Questions
First of all, thank you all so very much for your support! I had no idea this would be funded so quickly. I'm completely stunned - and very grateful. With the goal met, we can consider "stretch goals" in the form of additional content, other options, and anything my backers want to support, really! I'm open to your suggestions and interests. Feel free to contact me with your ideas!
As of this evening, I'm talking with some people about realistic financial requirements for an iPhone and Android app that will let you take the calendar with you on the go. I've also had a suggestion for a coil-bound format in addition to paperback and hardbound formats already offered, and I'll be pricing that option too. Watch this page for more updates very soon! And thank you, again, or as they say in ancient Egypt, Dua Netjer enten (I thank God for you).Last updated:
Amazing! We've made $10k in pledges. Thank you all so very, very much for supporting this project!
An additional option with a coil-bound format ("Uraeus" level backer reward, $35+), has been added.
Also, ALL REWARDS that currently include a hardcover version will be given the option of swapping the hardcover out for a coil-bound version if they choose.
If you've already pledged, don't worry. You can log in to your Kickstarter account and update your pledge rewards at any time until the project funding phase ends on March 14th.Last updated:
A "stretch goal" is an informal goal, after we've made our first important goal. If we reach a stretch goal, or multiple stretch goals, it will permit the project to grow or add new options. For the Ancient Egyptian Daybook project, we're working on three stretch goals:
At $10,000, I will add backer options for a high-quality, coil-bound printed format. (ACHIEVED MARCH 6, 2013) This will be designed so that the calendar book and accompanying day planner will lay flat when you use them.
At $20,000 (LOWERED TO 15,000 MARCH 13), I will give away 50 copies of the paperback Daybook to 50 libraries of your choosing (or mine if you don't choose enough of them!) Free books so people can read them! Ancient Egypt for everybody.
At $40,000, I will create a calendar mobile app for iPhone and Android platforms. It will let you calculate and use your ancient Egyptian calendar, synched up with the modern one, on the go.Last updated:
After several days of getting quotes and talking to various people who program mobile apps, we decided on a 40k stretch goal to create the Ancient Egyptian Daybook in a fully interactive app for iPhone and Android devices. While we could do a simple app (read: a literal copy of the book, like an e-book but with flashy buttons and sliders) for less money, ultimately I'd love to recreate the ancient Egyptian calendar itself, along with the tools needed to calculate it, for the app.
The app I envision would permit you to either enter an arbitrary New Year date, or calculate one for your geographical location. That would involve both GPS and the ability to check how Sothis (Sirius for you astronomers) appears over your location, and when its heliacal rising occurs each year over that location. This is a crucial test for two of the four different ancient calendars, and is different even for the same physical location based on altitude, humidity, and other factors. Even calculating it by hand takes time and specific math.
My programming contacts estimate it will take 480 hours to program an app with that sort of personalized, intricate calculating ability. Most programmers don't make minimum wage, and I do not wish to outsource this project to another country (read: ask someone fully capable to work for a tenth or less of what my fellow U.S. citizens would be paid) to get it done.Last updated:
Because of your incredible, unexpected response (thank you so much!), we've ended up with a number of different backer rewards. I'm not permitted to edit existing rewards. I can only add new ones, so I apologize for any confusion with similar rewards or tiers. Here's a quick cheat sheet.
ALL REWARDS INCLUDE
my deepest gratitude. Thank you so very much!
PLEDGES OF $50+ INCLUDE
Your name in the Daybook's acknowledgments, if you choose.
PLEDGES OF $75+ INCLUDE
Your choice to swap out the hardcover copy for a coil-bound/spiral bound copy if you choose, since we made our 10k stretch goal! I'll be asking for this information from these backers once the campaign is over.
LOTUS ($1 or more)
Personal thank-you email
PAPYRUS ($5 or more)
DIGITAL SCRIBE ($10 or more)
Thank-you postcard and Daybook e-book
SCRIBE ($25 or more)
Thank-you postcard and Daybook paperback
URAEUS ($35 or more)
Thank-you postcard and Daybook as a coil-bound/spiral bound book
NOMARCH ($50 or more)
Thank-you postcard, Daybook e-book, and Daybook paperback (autographed)
TWO LANDS ($60 or more)
Thank-you postcard and two (2) Daybook paperbacks (autographed)
QUEEN OF EGYPT ($75 or more)
Thank-you postcard, Daybook e-book, and Daybook hardcover OR coil bound/spiral bound book (autographed)
PHARAOH ($100 or more)
Thank-you postcard, Daybook ebook, Daybook paperback (autographed), and Daybook hardcover OR coil-bound/spiral bound book (autographed)
FOUR SONS OF HORUS ($150 or more) Thank-you postcard, Daybook ebook, Daybook paperback (autographed), Daybook hardcover (autographed), AND Daybook coil-bound/spiral bound book (autographed). (all four forms of the Daybook)
PYRAMID BUILDER ($250 or more)
Thank-you postcard, Daybook ebook, Daybook paperback (autographed), Daybook hardcover OR coil-bound/spiral bound book (autographed) and The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook in all 3 formats (ebook, paperback, and hardcover, all autographed)
RAMSES ($1000 or more)
Thank-you postcard, Daybook ebook, Daybook paperback (autographed), Daybook hardcover OR coil-bound/spiral bound book (autographed), The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook in all 3 formats (ebook, paperback, and hardcover, all autographed), AND I will come give a lecture on any ancient Egyptian topic you choose, free of charge in the continental US. (If you don't live in the US, I will come give that lecture internationally, with your help to cover my airfare after the first $500.)
Contact me (or post in the comments section) with any questions.Last updated:
Thanks for the interest in the previous book! I've been getting lots of questions about it since it went up as a potential backer reward in the higher tiers.
The Prayerbook's been in print for some years. You can get it in paperback, at any bookstore using its ISBN: 978-0-578-03071-5 . It's also available in a hardback form at Lulu, as an e-book via the iTunes bookstore (and in other formats via Lulu), and directly from the website http://www.egyptianprayers.com .Last updated:
Absolutely. The Ancient Egyptian Daybook will be publicly available shortly after we ship copies to our Kickstarter backers. Currently we expect that to be some time in December 2013.Last updated:
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