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By Willim Willson
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About

Thanks for taking the time to check out my project. It's something I've been working on for a while now and I hope that you can get as excited about it as I am and help me finish!

WHAT IS IT?

Letters from Paris is first and foremost a love story. It's about losing love and moving to Paris. It's about struggling to figure out what love is, so that it won't get lost the next time... if there is a next time. It's a story about the language barriers all of us face because even those who are closest to us can never seem to understand what we are trying to say. It's about feeling alone, and learning that you're not, and all the beauty life offers you even when you're feeling ugly inside.

Secondly, Letters From Paris is an experiment in story telling. Story telling is like love: The basic principals haven't changed for thousands of years, but every generation must relearn how to implement them, and just as technology has changed the way that we experience relationships, it is also changing the way that we tell stories. Throughout history story tellers have always sought new ways to tell their stories, this time it's my turn.

Letters From Paris is a multimedia novel. It will combine a text with video, pictures, music, and other audio. It will also link to other websites for people who want definitions for words, translations from French, or who are just looking for more information about locations and ideas talked about in the book. It will be designed to be read on a tablet, iPhone, or other device, but as many of us still prefer to read the old fashioned way, it will also be printed. Those readers who choose to read physical copies will still be able to experience all of the multimedia content by visiting the books website. Here readers will also be able to interact with each other, participating in discussions on the book, and sharing their knowledge of Paris.

Multimedia stories have been around since the first picture books, but I believe that this project will break new ground and take a step further into the way that we interact with our literature.

Examples of my letters (unedited, rough, but give you an idea of style and tone)

WHY DO I NEED FUNDING?

Because I have no money. This isn't a huge problem for me personally, I've always said: "Money might not grow on tree's, but food does." However in this case I can't trade oranges and bananas for a killer website and a good designer.

Seriously though, I understand that asking you to give me money is a big deal. I intend to treat my backers like investors in the sense that I will make myself accountable to you for the way I use your money (Not in the sense that you will retain any rights to the finished product). I believe in total transparency and I will report all of my expenses. My funding goal of $7,500 is based on what I estimate I will need to complete this project with a fairly decent product (Of course more resources equals better product). The money will pay for: the design of the e-book, the design of the cover, and the design of the website, recording of additional audio (including the complete audio-book so you can sit back and let me read it to you), the retouching of photos, the editing of all the video, and the initial set up costs for publishing the novel through an on demand service... and probably some other things I haven't thought of yet.

In short I won't have any problem finding a home for your money, but I am confident that I will be able to deliver the final product if I reach the funding goal (though I may have to abuse some of my friendships, and borrow some equipment). If I exceed my goal it will only help me improve Letters From Paris. I am really hoping to find the resources I need to make this something great.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

Donate! This one is obvious. If you give me money I promise to use it to make something great. But almost as important as donating, you can help me by sharing this project. Post the link on your blog and your facebook, share it in twitter, or email it to your friends that you think would be interested in something like this. There is no way that I can reach my funding goal unless a significant amount of money comes from strangers. Please help me spread the word.

WHY KICKSTARTER? 

Short answer: Because I love Kickstarter. I love everything it represents. Kickstarter empowers the independent artist and gives everyone a chance to be heard. And I believe that community funding will play an increasingly important role in  art, literature, and media in the years to come.

The current model of media distribution is driven by companies that fund or create media based on what they believe the public will pay for. But why not actually let the public choose what media it wants produced. This is what Kickstarter does. It allows us all to chose what movies we want made, what music we want recorded, and what books we want written by allowing us to vote with our dollars. If this is your first time coming to Kickstarter I encourage you to spend some time browsing the different projects. You will see some really creative and just plain awesome projects. Fund them.

In fact I believe in Kickstarter so much that any money I receive over and beyond what I need to realize the best possible version of Letters From Paris, I will put right back into other Kickstarter projects.

I'll even go one further than that. Because I want you all to understand that what I am doing here is not just about making a multimedia novel, because I want you to understand my commitment to freeing art and media from financial constraints, I will pledge 50% of any profits (let's go ahead and qualify that with the phrase "after taxes") that I may make from this project to the funding of independent art, literature, music, and film. No joke.

Of course I'll be happy if I make any profit at all, but none of that will happen without you.

ONE LAST TIME...

If you think that this project has value, please donate. Then pass this along to your network. (Either action will be appreciated greatly)

Thank you for being a friend.

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    You will receive a personal "Thank you" email from the author, and be listed as a contributor on the project's website, and in the thank you section of the book. This will be awarded at all reward levels.

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    You will receive a PDF version of the novel. (This will not include any multimedia content, though you will still be able to access that content on the book's website)

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    You will receive the Letters From Paris multimedia e-book. This will integrate audio and visual content to produce a unique reading experience. You will also receive the printed version of the book, so you are free to decide how you want to experience the novel.

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    In addition to the Letters From Paris multimedia e-book, and the signed printed copy, you will receive a special print of a photo from my Paris collection (there will be several to choose from). These prints will be exclusive to my Kickstarter backers.

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    The same as the hundred dollar reward, but you will receive two. One for yourself and one to give to someone you love.

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    In addition to receiving the $200 reward, you will also receive in a special version of the book. It will essentially look like collection of love letters bound in a Moleskin journal (complete with sketches), each book will be personalized and include a signed personal letter of thanks.

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    All of the previous rewards plus I will come to your city to give you and your friends a personal reading and book signing, and I'll bring the books (US prefered... maybe Western Europe, we'll have to talk).

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    All of the previous rewards plus an insiders tour of the city. I will will be your personal tour guide for a week in Paris (travel not included). I will show you everything I love about the city. Food, museums, parks, monuments. AND I will give you the real inside scoop on how and where all of the important events in the novel happened. You will get to meet some of the characters (assuming they don't move out of the city). Then we'll have the private reading and signing. This would really be so much fun.

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Funding period

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