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Kickstarter Campaign Rewards Contributors

  Kickstarter Campaign Rewards Contributors

This month, Books by Bob Rogers (BBBR) and advisors launched a crowd funding campaign via the internet website Kickstarter to raise $4,776 in just twenty eight days.  The purpose of our campaign is to raise funding we need to launch a set of three scholarly historical novels that promote education, property ownership, and entrepreneurship.

 First Dark and Prequels
First Dark and Prequels

Together, these three novels entertain, educate, and highlight successful entrepreneurs.  For this reason, the novel, First Dark, is already used by the United States Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York to encourage entrepreneurship.  Examples, based on former nonfictional slaves (Hiram Young and Benjamin Montgomery) who created successful businesses, are highlighted in First Dark. In these novels, ordinary people’s stories of living and loving entertain and educate students, seniors, military, teachers, inmates, and other readers.

We now have a limited window of opportunity to raise the funds we need as we must decide whether to commit fees to a convention of 20,000 attendees, two bookstores, and a library in New Orleans by June 1.  As some of you know, our first novel was published five years ago as the great recession was getting underway. Our funds are obligated for editing and production.  Traditional financing opportunities are limited.  So, we decided to think outside the box for ways that we could raise the funds we need to complete this project and came up with crowd funding.

For those of you not familiar with crowd funding, it is a new method of funding that public_htmled during the recession.   As you know, it’s not unusual for a businesses (especially publishers) to seek investors to help fund their projects.  Crowd funding is a bit different from traditional investment funding.  Instead of looking for one big “investor” we are inviting the entire community to “back” our project.  While not seeking a large sum of money, we are hoping to get lots of small pledges that will add up to the dollars needed.  In place of an exchange of equity (which is not allowed by the SEC right) we are offering valuable rewards.  Instead of being called “investors” people and businesses that support our campaign are called “backers.”

I want to stress that we are NOT asking for DONATIONS.  We very much want to reward those who pledge. We have set up rewards that offer a fair exchange.  For example, if you pledge $5 you can get an ebook that has a retail value of $6.99.  It’s a pretty sweet deal since you will probably want to buy the book anyway.  Higher pledge levels maintain the same fair exchange principle.  What your pledge does is it gets us the money we need NOW to complete our launch in exchange for valuable rewards you can enjoy at your leisure.   Our campaign has been described as “BBBR’s prepayment plan!”

We invite you to make a pledge and back our project.  There are a number of reasons why we want to launch in New Orleans  and we hope that one of those reasons might motivate YOU to pledge.  First, here’s your opportunity to support American would-be-entrepreneurs by sharing our Kickstarter campaign with your family, friends, and colleagues.  Second, BBBR is also a well-established business with a good reputation.  Our success might encourage other authors to include an entrepreneurial theme/thread in their works.  Finally, BBBR is a strong community supporter.  We work hard to promote students in our local community. From time to time, we present classroom lectures in local high schools and universities.

Classroom Chat

Classroom Chat

If you would like to pledge to our project here is how you do it.  Go to www.kickstarter.com and type “The Laced Chameleon” (the title of our book set in New Orleans published in March 2014) in the search box. This will bring up our campaign and lists all of our great rewards.  When you pledge you will also be listed as a Backer on the Kickstarter website so people will know that you have supported this project.  The amount you pledge will be kept private.

We only have until May 30th to reach our goal!  If you are going to pledge we hope that you will do so this week to help us keep our momentum going.  We would also appreciate your sharing news of our project with others.  We need to get the correct information out there.  For our Kickstarter campaign to succeed it has to be correctly understood by our reader community and needs to go viral.  The clock is ticking!  

Finally, you may be wondering what happens to your pledge if we don’t reach our goal.  Absolutely nothing.  If we don’t reach our goal your credit card will not be charged.  All the pledges and rewards disappear and we won’t be able to launch at the big convention in New Orleans.  (How sad).  Our Kickstarter campaign is all or nothing.  After all, we can’t go half way to New Orleans if we only raise half our goal.

If you have any questions, please call Bob at 704-968-8047 or email him at [email protected]   Thanks for your consideration and for all the support you have given us over the past five years!  We would not be in business today without the support and friendship of our reader community.

Sincerely,

Bob and advisors of BBBR

Charlotte, North Carolina

Click here to go to BBBR’s Kickstarter Page 

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Here’s a video that shows how pledges are made on Kickstarter:

 http://vimeo.com/67736083

How To Pledge On Kickstarter

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Inspiring Entrepreneurship: The Laced Chameleon Project on Kickstarter

Link to my Kickstarter page.

Several weeks ago, I published a new novel, The Laced Chameleon.  My fourth book, Sacrifice at Shiloh Church, is scheduled for publication in June.  These two books are prequels to my highly acclaimed novel, First Dark. 

The Gripping saga of Isaac Rice is a hero’s journey. [Don’t] be surprised if First Dark ends up as a popular mov-ie. It’s also a darn good read.  — Baltimore Post-Examiner

My characters are ordinary 19th and 20th century people who live and love amid the turmoil of their time.  The lives of Isaac, the Buffalo Soldier; Francesca, of lace, gowns, and extravagant balls; and James, the Englishman, illustrate intertwined lives formerly separated by America’s inane insistence on race, class, and chaste.  Race matters in America.

We are at a time in history where we could use some reflection on our practices and actions from the previous centuries up until the present moment. […] artists and creators […] can expose those things to us, showing it from a whole new perspective. – March 2014, Marc Zorn, CEO, Vision Launch.

I’ve had a life-long fascination with the lives of ordinary people who performed extraordinary deeds during the public_htmlment of our adolescent nation between mid-19th century and the Great Depression.  Inspired by a painting created by the late artist-historian, Don Stivers, I set out to provide a name and a life behind the face depicted in Don’s “Proud to Serve.”  Twenty years later, I published my second novel, First Dark, giving voice to Don’s character and ordinary people of this great land – African, Apache, Cheyenne, European, and Mexican. Because of its balanced storytelling, First Dark is used by the United States Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York to encourage entrepreneurship based on former nonfictional slaves (Hiram Young and Benjamin Montgomery) highlighted in the book who created successful businesses. Right now, I’m working on securing funding via the Kickstarter platform to extend the reach of positive, but little known, role models in my books.

It’d be great if you would consider writing a social media post about my project, sharing it with your family and followers, or even donating.

Concurrent tasks are underway to secure several venues for the launch of a multi-book book tour in several Southern cities, but most especially in Francesca’s native New Orleans.  The tour should become self-sustaining after New Orleans.

The two novels and the novelette were meticulously researched. They identify nonfiction characters and have bibliographies on my web site.  At every opportunity, I use my books to entertain while educating.  More importantly, after the dust settles on the discoveries, action, humor, tears, and romance in my books, I want readers to again realize that we are all “the other” and we are really more alike than different.

In my tiny Kickstarter video, hear me discuss The Laced Chameleon project.  Please see my blog and excerpts from my books for examples of my work.

There are rewards for various donations to my project.  In short, rewards are books, limited edition signed Chameleon posters that include Francesca’s portrait, and me as a lecturer/performer.  Details are located here.

The editing and production costs for the novels are already paid.  What remains to be done are the professional editing and production of the novelette ebook on multiple platforms.  Those expenditures will be dwarfed by the expenses and fees for venues and travel in the launch of the book tour.  One potential venue is before a convention of 20,000 attendees.

This is an all or nothing campaign.  In other words, if I fail to meet my project fundraising goal I get nothing – zilch, zero.  No pledge is too small.  Those who pledged contributions will not proceed to make payment and there will be no rewards.  Of course, I look forward to a successful campaign.

Thank you very much in advance for any way you chose to join or participate with my launch team.

Link to my Kickstarter page.

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