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About this project

We are Write Integrity Press, a small – but growing – independent publishing company, looking for some creative ways to promote our authors.

We need your help.

We want to promote our authors in a way that will generate some buzz, so we’re counting on readers and writers all over the country to help us do that.

If this project is funded, we’ll launch the          

HOPE Tour 2012!

We’ll spend approximately 80 days on the road, traveling over 7000 miles, covering 15 states, visiting at least 26 cities/towns where some of our authors and other author friends live. (We’ll try to do another tour like this in a year or two to hit some of the states we miss this time!)

We'll visit our authors’ towns, talk to their local bookstores and newspapers, visiting radio & TV stations as we go.

We’ll meet readers, sign books, talk to some book clubs, give away some prizes, and host some fun events like book readings, pizza parties, cookouts and S'mores parties.

But we need your help to make this happen.

Will you please help us promote our authors by funding this tour?

We have only 30 days to reach our goal, and if it’s not reached, you won’t lose a penny.

We’re offering several fun rewards to show our appreciation of your support, and we’d love to meet you if you’re somewhere along our route.

Be sure to keep an eye on the blog for our latest travel plans.  We’ll blog as we go, and share photos of events and people we meet. www.WriteIntegrity.com and www.TracyRuckman.com. Be sure to like us on Facebook and Twitter, too, to keep track of our journey.  

If this project is funded, we’ll hit the road the first week of May.

Here’s a tentative list of stops on our tour:

  • Begin Tour in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Charleston, SC
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Concord, NC
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Rockville, MD
  • Blue Grass, VA
  • Lexington, KY
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Rockford, IL
  • Rochester, MN
  • Rapid City, SD
  • Boulder, CO
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Pueblo, CO
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Amarillo, TX
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Dallas, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Mobile, AL
  • Clearwater, FL
  • Auburndale, FL
  • Fernandina Beach, FL
  • Savannah, GA
  • Macon, GA
  • Atlanta

We are grateful for your support and greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about our project.

Rewards

As rewards for your contributions, along with lots of fun experiences and souvenir items, we’re giving away copies of our some of our books, including two novels being published during the Kickstarter campaign:

A Familiar Shore by Jennifer Fromke is contemporary women’s fiction. Meg Marks is a young lawyer raised off the coast of the Carolinas. An anonymous client hires her to arrange his will, and sends her to meet his estranged family at their lake home in northern Michigan. After a shocking discovery, she finds herself caught between his suspicious family and a deathbed promise her conscience demands that she keep. Will she sacrifice her own dreams for revenge or will she seek something more? Available March 23, 2012.

Missing by Suzanne Williams is women’s fiction with a historical setting. For Adele Davis, the loss of her husband during the war in Vietnam leaves her with unanswered questions and a decision—whether to love again. For Amos and Elizabeth Sanders, it is the absence of their precious son, which brings sorrow and pain. Yet a twist of fate gives them something far greater.

For Molly and Doug Sanders, war brings too many secrets, secrets which all but destroy their marriage. Can they find their love again? Three generations of one family tied together across time through the powerful forces of love and war. Available April 20, 2012.

Other books we’re giving away include those in our HOPE Series – a series of books that leave the reader with a sense of hope in this sometimes dark and dreary world. We are still seeking books for this line, and will even be issuing a few contracts during our tour. This line of books will include both fiction and nonfiction, in a variety of genres.

As an added bonus, since we’re foodies, too, we’ll be compiling a fun book called Best Bites on Tour – so give a shout out to some of your favorite regional foods and local, down-to-earth restaurants, and we’ll try to check them out! We’re giving away several copies of this book, and even the possibility to be included INSIDE the book, so be sure to check out those options! This book will be made available November 2012.

Thank you so much! We hope to see you out on the road in a few weeks!

Special thanks to World Literary Cafe and The Book Club Network for helping us spread the word about Hope Tour 2012! Check 'em out!

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    Thank you. Every bit counts. We’ll send everyone who donates at any level an “I Kickstarted Hope Tour 2012” sticker – no one leaves empty-handed.

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    A Hope Tour sticker AND a handwritten touristy postcard sent to you from somewhere on the journey.

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    All of the above and an e-book version of Best Bites on Tour will be e-mailed to you in the digital format of your choice.

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    All of the above and an e-book version of Jennifer Fromke’s A Familiar Shore or Suzanne D. Williams’ Missing will be e-mailed to you in the digital format of your choice.

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    All of the above AND a print copy of Best Bites on Tour AND two handwritten touristy postcards from different locations on our journey.

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    $33 or More – All of the above AND a SILLY SOUVENIR from somewhere along our journey. (domestic shipping only please)

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    Autographed copies of Jennifer Fromke’s A Familiar Shore AND Suzanne Williams’ Missing AND Best Bites on Tour AND a silly souvenir from somewhere along our journey (domestic shipping only please.)

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    Beautiful and unique photo album of our Hope Tour 2012.

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    Autographed copies of Jennifer Fromke’s A Familiar Shore AND Suzanne Williams’ Missing AND a print copy of Best Bites on Tour AND a silly souvenir AND a several handwritten touristy postcards from our travels. (domestic shipping only.)

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    Receive the entire digital collection (as they're published) of the HOPE Series of books. Some of the books have yet to be contracted, some will be contracted during the tour! The series will consist of at least 10 books in a variety of genres. (domestic shipping only) The estimated delivery date is for at least the first book in the series, others will be published and delivered throughout 2013 and 2014.

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    Lunch for you and a guest with us at YOUR recommendation for the Best Bites on Tour book in any town on our proposed route (or within 50 miles of the route) and a digital copy of Best Bites on Tour.

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    Lunch for you and a guest with us at YOUR recommendation for the “Best Bites on Tour” book in any town on our proposed route (or within 50 miles of the route), with your name mentioned in the book and a print copy of Best Bites on Tour.

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    Lunch for you and a guest with us at YOUR recommendation for the Best Bites on Tour book in any town on our proposed route (or within 50 miles of the route), with a snapshot of you and our lunch included in the book and a print copy of Best Bites on Tour.

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    Pizza party, Wienie Roast, OR S’mores Party for you and 10 guests in any town (or within 50 miles) on our proposed route.

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    Writers, bypass the slush pile. Send us your book manuscript for consideration, no agent, no proposal necessary. We can't promise a contract, but we'll give it every consideration and let you know asap. Estimated delivery date just gives you time to submit your project.

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    Unique, one-of-a-kind scrap book/photo album of our entire Hope Tour 2012.

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    Writers - receive a five-page assessment of your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses, and a two-page marketability assessment. Estimated delivery date just gives you time to get your project to us.

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    Receive a 30-Minute Skype session with award-winning, best-selling author Melissa Foster, founder of World Literary Café.

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    Limited edition photo canvas of one photograph taken during our tour. You will
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    A one-day writing workshop during our tour for your writer’s group located along our journey, involving local authors. Topics could include: independent publishing, marketing your book, self-editing, getting an editor’s attention, building a platform, networking, or others. Participation limited to 50, but can be as few as 10. Estimated delivery date indicates the end of the tour. Depending on your location, the workshop could take place any time May-July.

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    A two-day writing workshop during our tour for your writer’s group, located along our journey, involving local authors. Topics could include: independent publishing, marketing your book, self-editing, getting an editor’s attention, building a platform, networking, or others. Participation limited to 50, but can be as few as 10. Estimated delivery date indicates the end of the tour. Depending on your location, the workshop could take place any time May-July.

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    We’ll add your town (continental U.S. only, please) to our list of stops and host a cookout (the works!) or pizza party for you, your family, and friends (up to 20 people) in your honor and invite local authors to join us. We’ll also provide you with a big box of books for you and your friends to share and digital copies of all our books. Depending on your location, we could add your town in the middle of the tour, or at the end, so the estimated delivery date is based on either option.

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Funding period

- (30 days)