Finding Wholeness - A book by Dennis Maione
The final entry in my "What I Learned from Cancer" series. This book uses stories to talk about things more important than health.
Finding Wholeness is the last in a series of projects that explore Dennis Maione's cancer journey and what he learned from it. Beginning with the book What I Learned from Cancer he introduced a story of health and healthcare and what he learned in the midst of crisis and chaos. Next was the play Three Things: Stories About Life where he took the lessons from cancer and applied them to a new story. Finally, Finding Wholeness uses ancient and modern stories to fully answer the question, "What did you learn from cancer, and from the rest of life for that matter?".
This book is spiritual as is the topic of wholeness in life. It uses both the author's stories as well as some re-imagined stories of Jesus from the Gospel of Mark to hold out the hope that, despite the inevitability of the failing of our bodies, we can quest for more than physical health.
You might ask, "What is he going to do with all that money?" Well, printing books is a costly proposition. I have the good fortune of having professional editing services available to me at no cost but everything else costs money, especially when you are creating a quality product.
My baseline budget is $7,000. That will allow me to print 1000 copies of the book. But what I really want is $8,200 because with that I can add illustrations and I can do a first run of 1,500 books.
Here is a quick breakdown:
Design and Layout: $1,300
Book Printing (1000 copies): $3,700
Reward Shipping: $800
Taxes and Kickstarter Fees: $800
So, no swimming pool or golden toothbrush. I get a bunch of books and you get good inspirational reading.
Risks and challenges
I've got a track record of getting my projects done and getting them done on time. Both "What I Learned from Cancer" and "Three Things" were produced in the time frame predicted and outside of a couple of shipments that disappeared in the US Postal system everyone got what they expected ... well, there is the audio book which is still in the works and I'm working on the DVD from the play, but those are all going to get finished and shipped out some time soon.
However, delays are possible in all projects. So, what are the potential issues in this one?
1) A blow to the head: this is the unforeseen circumstance that keeps me from completing.
2) Delays in third party services. I am using two outside contractors, my designer and my printer. My designer has never caused me problems in terms of timely turn-around of my products, but it is possible that he gets too busy with life or moves to Tuscany or drops dead. Should that happen, I have alternate sources for the services that he provides.
My printer is a high capacity producer. They printed 2000 copies of my first book in a couple of hours, so I am not very concerned about their ability to get the work done. However, they are a first-come first-served operation and so timely output is based on timely input and I cannot really know the completion date until I get them an actual print-ready manuscript. This caused a few weeks of delay in my first book but nothing that drastically changed timelines as I had contingencies built in, just like I do with this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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