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Young Adult is a collection of 74 poems about the people we find ourselves becoming in this trans-formative age of the mid-20s.
Young Adult is a collection of 74 poems about the people we find ourselves becoming in this trans-formative age of the mid-20s.
Young Adult is a collection of 74 poems about the people we find ourselves becoming in this trans-formative age of the mid-20s.
31 backers pledged $1,537 to help bring this project to life.

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YOUR BACKING CREATES REAL PHYSICAL BOOKS 

I'm really excited to announce Young Adult is ready for production and really needs your support! I've been preparing these collection of poems for over two years and it is finally ready. By backing Young Adult you help bring this book into it's final stage, print. It's my dream to connect with the world and this book is my gift to it. In these last few stages, the final PDF manuscript will be sent to one of the best print shops in the nation, Bookmobile. This team is extremely talented and looking forward to this electronic document so they may turn it into a physical in-your-hand old fashion book. Young Adult will embark on it's first 100 book print and it belongs to those who helped it get there. In return for backing this project, everyone can get a book!

View sample content from Young Adult: A Perspective Through Poetry & Writings here!!!

WHY I NEED YOU 

Self-publishing is the best route for maintaining creative control. Young Adult needs you to take it into it's very first batch of 100 books. Your support is imperative to the manifestation of these books. Over the years I've been writing for me to help deal with my emotions and through my honesty incorporated with my writing I have inevitably written for others. My lessons are in these collection of poems and I can only hope that it sheds light into similar situations in your own life. This book's purpose is to connect with you and my purpose is to connect with you but I'll need your support!

ABOUT THE BOOK  

Young Adult: A Perspective Through Poetry & Writings is a collection of 74 poems written about the adults we become and finding ourselves becoming more of in this trans-formative age of the mid-20s through identity, vulnerability, emotional pain, self-love, perspective & much more. There aren't enough young black authors in the world and that perspective needs to be told. Poets have the ability to create new functionality within their native language, I attempt to do the very same. With my style of writing the reader will get a sense of abstract thought funneled into something of simplistic beauty throughout roughly 154 pages.

Check out some sample content from Young Adult: A Perspective Through Poetry & Writings here!!!

Book Details

  • The book's dimensions are 5 x 8 inches!
  • Paperback with matte cover!
  • Roughly 154 pages, 9 chapters, personal contributor credit page!
  • Cover designed by Anthony Shields!
  • Printed by Bookmobile!
Who is Bookmobile?  

Bookmobile is a high quality print services shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Some of the best books are printed on their equipment, I'm gladly working with these guys to print Young Adult and provide Kickstarter fulfillment services. You can read more about them here!

ABOUT THE COVER

I've been creating the content of Young Adult but my best friends Anthony Shields & Malanda Jean-Claude's photography has been along side the journey as the visual lead on the cover illustration for this project. Both are extremely talented visually and has only enhanced such a creative adventure. The progression of the exterior design of the book has been gradual to say the least. Many failed photo-shoots and interesting illustrations drafts later we have been able to accurately & creatively depict a representation of the overall mood in this book. This cover means a lot. Maybe you'll connect the dots once you've read the book. Over the years Anthony has surprised me in his work whether it has been in effort of our projects or his personal creations. Check out Anthony's catalog of design here. Also peep Malanda's website here, he's a pretty established independent author himself!!!

Front Cover of Young Adult
Front Cover of Young Adult

Major Thanks to my good friend & talented musician Suite who played live keys for the kickstarter video that you watched. Vibe out & check out his music!

ESTIMATED TIME of DELIVERIES

Backers who have the "early-bird" rewards should expect deliveries late October. Stay in the loop with updates on this project!

Backers who pledge $30 should expect deliveries in November. Stay in the loop with updates on this project!

Risks and challenges

Fortunately, the challenges beside reaching OUR goal are low. But those challenges are REAL factors.

CHALLENGE #1

My intention is to have the highest quality of books printed with the best possible turnaround time. Getting these books out and shipped during the expected time frames I planned for will be the greatest challenge of all. Mostly because a number of unforeseen things could happen that may delay the deliveries. The printer could accidentally print the books upside down, jam, even my name could be spelled wrong. But I'll be in close communication with a very talented local & skilled print team at Bookmobile who produce high-end quality books.

If there is any issue with the quality or turnaround, this may result in later delivery than expected, but I will let you know if this happens. Updates will come as news come in!

CHALLENGE #2

If anyone backs this project with more than $100 I will personally deliver your book. This requires close communication so that we may meet each other during conventional agreed upon hours and I can exchange what you helped build personally. This info will only be exchanged from Kickstarter once the project is successfully back and the campaign is over so that we may communicated via email or phone.

ETAs

Backers who have the "early-bird" rewards should expect deliveries late October. Stay in the loop with updates on this project!

Backers who pledge $30 should expect deliveries in November. Stay in the loop with updates on this project!

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    You get the eBook or PDF copy of Young Adult + presale "early bird" Signed paperback copy of Young Adult delivered to your home with a signature & personal thank you card (US shipping included)

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    You get everything & more!
    Your support went above & beyond, I must say thank you in person.
    You'll be on the pre-sale list, both electronic versions of the book, including a major contributor credit in the book. I will also PERSONALLY DELIVER the book & thank you card to your home (deliveries only include the Saint Paul-Minneapolis area)

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    • Contributor credit in the book
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