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Download a PREVIEW COPY NOW on Kindle, or read free on screen at Issuu.com.
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Sunny has written the book. Now we need YOUR help to print paperbacks and distribute it on cross-country tour of indie bookstores.

Sunny, photo by Todd V. Wolfson
Sunny, photo by Todd V. Wolfson

Beauty Tips for the Bereaved is the hilarious coming-of-age story of a young woman born to generations of poverty, who overcomes depression, a cutthroat custody battle, and her father's decline from hepatitis C to emerge triumphant.

Part postmodern fiction, part survival guide for those who find themselves possessing a life that just won't obey the laws of gravity. For the girl who has worried about her beauty regimen in a mental hospital or the dude who has been pooped on by a hobo. For survivalist new agers, online daters, fans of circus mice, and anyone who has ever driven past a trailer park and thought, "... but for the grace of God..." 

You'll laugh out loud on every page and be charmed by Sunny's gorgeous illustrations throughout. 

Sunny is a new voice in American fiction. Read the Preview Copy, and you will agree. Already well-known as the creator of RubyPearl dresses and as the designer of the original red dress that inspired the Traveling Red Dress, the women's empowerment movement created by author/blogger Jenny Lawson, a.k.a., the Bloggess.

She has hidden the depth of her gifts as a storyteller and illustrator until now. Avid followers of her blog already enjoy her rich and fevered prose, swept by flights of fancy and wrenched by the sort of stories that grow in the rich loam of a truly colorful background.

This poster is available at funding levels $60 and above.
This poster is available at funding levels $60 and above.

We will print the paperbacks, then drive to independent bookstores from Austin to Denver, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, Nashville, and finally back home! We'll be stocking bookstores and giving readings all along the way. Ride along with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, podcasts, Vine, and whatever else the young people are doing these days.

Funders will receive, of course, the book, but we are also offering a variety of Sunny's wares... 

the POSTER (see above),
signed & numbered PRINTS of Sunny's illustrations for the book,
STUFFED ANIMALS handmade by Sunny, and,
Ruby Pearl children's DRESSES

By the way, this may be your last chance to buy Ruby Pearl Dresses handmade by Sunny. She recently sold the company.    (photos by Shelley Reese)
By the way, this may be your last chance to buy Ruby Pearl Dresses handmade by Sunny. She recently sold the company. (photos by Shelley Reese)
You'll have a choice of three stuffed animal types, about 1/3 the size of this big guy.
You'll have a choice of three stuffed animal types, about 1/3 the size of this big guy.

At the higher funding levels, you can also purchase...

original ART by Sunny, and
original ART by her father, Max Haralson

 Her book is fiction, not memoir, but Max was such a powerful character that he inhabits its pages with his name and larger-than-life personality intact.

You can really see his engineering genius in this, don't you think?
You can really see his engineering genius in this, don't you think?


There are also some fun, silly things you can get with your funding dollars:

Sunny will write your OKCupid profile for you, or,

your very own walk-on scene in the book, for a mere $10,000. 

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DON'T FORGET TO GO READ THE PREVIEW COPY. IT'S FREE! 

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------------Here is the BUDGET------------

DONOR GIFTS

Print the books: 8000
Art Prints: 2000
Posters: 1000
Time & materials for dresses & stuffed animals: 500

BOOK TOUR

Gas money, driving 5 hours/day for 20 days: 1000
Hotels for 10 nights @ $80/night inc. tax: 800
Food @ $200/week for three weeks: 600
Rental car @ $275/week for 4 weeks: 1100
Gussy up budget: 400
Gifts for people we stay with = $20 x 5: 100

FEES & MISC

Kickstarter's Fee = 5%: 775
Amazon's Fee = 5%: 775
Just-in-case money: 450
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TOTAL = $17,500

------------IMPORTANT DATES------------

JUNE 25     KINDLE DEBUT of the complete text of the book 

JULY 12     Our BOOK TOUR launches west from Austin to NM, CO, UT, NV, CA, OR. What bookstores and libraries should we drop into for readings and book signings? Let us know!

JULY 15     The book is printed! Keep an eye on your mailbox!  

JULY 22    PORTLAND, HO! We'll be visiting independent bookstores and libraries in Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest for two weeks. 

AUG 6       Our BOOK TOUR heads back home through WA, MT, ND, MN, WI, IL, IN, KY, TN, AR, and, finally, the Lone Star State once again. 

AUG 15     AUSTIN HOMECOMING PARTY! Details TBD. 

THEN WHAT?  Well, it kind of depends on you. We'd like to print a hardcover and go on an east coast tour also. The more funding we get, the closer we can get to those goals. 

Risks and challenges

There is no risk that the book won't be finished because it already is. There is no risk that the artwork won't be finished because it is already made.

The dresses and stuffed animals will have to be made and we have given a realistic timeline for getting those items sent. Sunny is very experienced in making dresses and stuffed animals and knows how long each will take, even en masse. Of course, if we die before the end of the year, there is a possibility that some of these items will not be produced.

All in all, this is an extremely low-risk opportunity for you and
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    For $150 Sunny will WRITE YOUR "ABOUT ME" online dating, LinkedIn, or etsy profile... or whatever social media craziness you want to get up to. Yes, she will make you look cool. Also, you will receive the paperback and the poster.

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