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I love how you explained all the rewards more fully in the kickstarter.  I noticed one tiny typo which I noted in the comments there.

Is there a project launch date yet?  (fingers crossed it won't be during the time I'm traveling and out of the cyberworld.)
 
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David Huang wrote:I love how you explained all the rewards more fully in the kickstarter.  I noticed one tiny typo which I noted in the comments there.

Is there a project launch date yet?  (fingers crossed it won't be during the time I'm traveling and out of the cyberworld.)



Thanks for pointing out the typo! I have fixed it!

I think it is wise for us to not say an exact date. Because if we do, the whole world will conspire against us to make sure that for some reason we can't meet that exact date.

This I will say: Soon. We're aiming for roughly a week from now.
 
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Bryan Beck wrote: It would be great to have options for a combination of physical and e-books if you can do that without making it super complicated or a PITA to implement.  A single physical copy for myself plus ebooks (for me and to share) would be a great option.  




We have a mention of exactly that in the description.   Do we need to add a line saying something like "or a combo - deets in the description"  ??
 
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Here is a link to preview the Kickstarter page:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paulwheaton/308937956?ref=752944&token=0ede3563

The kickstarter is not running yet - this is the thing so people can look at it ahead of time and point out flaws in spelling, flaws in grammar, flaws in philosophy, etc.

Thanks to those who have already pointed out a couple of minor issues!
 
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Shawn Klassen-Koop wrote:
I think it is wise for us to not say an exact date. Because if we do, the whole world will conspire against us to make sure that for some reason we can't meet that exact date.

This I will say: Soon. We're aiming for roughly a week from now.



I certainly understand, and have to agree with you.  Alas, it looks like the timing will be exactly what I feared.  Ah well, I may be a week or so late supporting and promoting the project.  Such is life.
 
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It would be great if at some level of goodies Paul and Shawn would sign a copy of the physical book. I know it always surprises Paul that someone would want that but a lot of people, myself included, enjoy having the author(s) sign my copy.
 
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Why would you want me to scribble in your book?  

Maybe if people could fill out a field saying what they want us to say, Shawn could come to my house and we could write something like "this book is a gift from Bob mcbobberson"  ?   But for anybody named bob I have to add "note that 'bob' is spelled with just one 'o'."
 
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I just like author book scribbles. Some people like puppies...
 
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All I can say is this is exactly what I need. I have been talking to a few people about everything listed. Just giving a book away will make it so much easier. Love it, cant hardly wait to share the book.
 
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Shawn,

You wanna drive to my place and we can sign some books?


What do people normally pay for a signed copy?  Asking cuz Shawn is about to ask if his gas money will be covered.



 
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David Cortez wrote:All I can say is this is exactly what I need. I have been talking to a few people about everything listed. Just giving a book away will make it so much easier. Love it, cant hardly wait to share the book.



There have been so many times I have wished to be able to hand someone a book like this one instead of trying to somehow dump all of these ideas in a 5 minute conversation. But that book didn't exist. Soon it will. My hope is that this book will be a useful tool for many people like us who regularly find ourselves in such a situation.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:Shawn,

You wanna drive to my place and we can sign some books?


What do people normally pay for a signed copy?  Asking cuz Shawn is about to ask if his gas money will be covered.





It's possible that I may be able to arrange something. I'll have to look into it further.

Is this something that people might value as a stretch goal if the campaign gets funded?
 
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Loved the video and am most interested in a book

Gld you are covering heating costs in the book, are you addressing COOLING COSTS? We live in the high desert mountains in SouthEastern AZ and have seen more extreme highs and lows in temps over the last few years - where it used to be reasonably mild. I expect many are seeing the same and cooling is rapidly becoming and issue as much as heating.

I would market by introducing the Energy cost savings for heating (and cooling if it applies).

Good luck, Cant wait to see the finished product!
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

Bryan Beck wrote: It would be great to have options for a combination of physical and e-books if you can do that without making it super complicated or a PITA to implement.  A single physical copy for myself plus ebooks (for me and to share) would be a great option.  




We have a mention of exactly that in the description.   Do we need to add a line saying something like "or a combo - deets in the description"  ??



Ah, I missed that but see it now.  Yes, I think if you put "or a combo" in the pledge boxes (down the right hand side), people like me will be less likely to miss it.  

 
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Dina Herrington wrote:are you addressing COOLING COSTS?



Not in this book.  

I have so many books to write and this is going a lot slower than I thought it would.  At the same time, I am hopeful that the book does really well and shawn and I will want to write more books, and we will go faster the next time!

 
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Bryan Beck wrote: Yes, I think if you put "or a combo" in the pledge boxes (down the right hand side), people like me will be less likely to miss it.  



Taking a look.   The current line for the $100 level says

12 Physical Copies or 36 eBook Gift Codes for the Book



I think we might be allowed to add about ten more characters.    So what might be wording that express what is there and say "or mix and match!"   Maybe just add ", or a combo" ??  Maybe "or 6 and 18" ...

Anything I try seems to add confusion rather than clarity.  Suggestions?



 
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Has this kickstarter started? Bc I definitely want this book. And I have a couple friends who need it, too (although they don't know yet that they do!).
So please lmk asap!
 
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The kickstarter has not started yet.  Stay tuned!
 
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paul wheaton wrote:
I think we might be allowed to add about ten more characters.    So what might be wording that express what is there and say "or mix and match!"   Maybe just add ", or a combo" ??  Maybe "or 6 and 18" ...

Anything I try seems to add confusion rather than clarity.  Suggestions?



What if it said "12 Physical Copies, 36 eBook Gift Codes, or a mix of each!"
 
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I think that maybe a line somewhere in the kickstarter saying "1 physical copy is equal to 3 eBook Gift Codes" would be helpful.
 
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Julia Winter wrote:

paul wheaton wrote:

What if it said "12 Physical Copies, 36 eBook Gift Codes, or a mix of each!"



I think it has to mention "the book"

O: 12 Physical Copies or 36 eBook Gift Codes for the Book
J: 12 Physical Copies, 36 eBook Gift Codes, or a mix of each!
N: 12 Physical Books, 36 eBook Gift Codes, or a mix of each!

How about that?

 
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Dave Burton wrote:I think that maybe a line somewhere in the kickstarter saying "1 physical copy is equal to 3 eBook Gift Codes" would be helpful.



Is that not in there right now?
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

Dave Burton wrote:I think that maybe a line somewhere in the kickstarter saying "1 physical copy is equal to 3 eBook Gift Codes" would be helpful.



Is that not in there right now?



*facepalm* Yes, it is there!
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

Julia Winter wrote:

paul wheaton wrote:

What if it said "12 Physical Copies, 36 eBook Gift Codes, or a mix of each!"



I think it has to mention "the book"

O: 12 Physical Copies or 36 eBook Gift Codes for the Book
J: 12 Physical Copies, 36 eBook Gift Codes, or a mix of each!
N: 12 Physical Books, 36 eBook Gift Codes, or a mix of each!

How about that?




I think this is much clearer- having it in the pledge levels as well as explaining it further in the text.  I like option N.

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I changed all of the rewards to something like "12 Physical Books, or 36 eBook Gift Codes, or a mix of each!"
 
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We got some great feedback on the kickstarter page and made some changes to the description! Thanks for helping us improve it!

Here's the preview link again for those who want to take a look:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paulwheaton/308937956?ref=752944&token=0ede3563
 
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paul wheaton wrote:I changed all of the rewards to something like "12 Physical Books, or 36 eBook Gift Codes, or a mix of each!"



I think that's pretty clear.  Thanks!
 
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At the permies.com staff meeting, several of the staff made their point about how it is important to offer signed copies.  I have always seen this as "why would you want somebody to scribble in a perfectly good book?" but the staff made it clear that it is an important thing.

So today Shawn and I talked about this and how to work it out.   One idea is that he signs copies and then mails me those and then I sign them and then mail them out.   So, a bit of extra expense that we were not planning on.  And then we talked about if the kickstarter is barely funded, or pretty well funded or awesomely funded.   That's when we decided that maybe the signature thing could be a stretch goal.   This means that if we are barely funded, then we don't worry about it.   But if we are heavily funded, we can make it a stretch goal for everybody at $100 and higher get's one signed copy.  And then we could also make it a signing party at my place where the people that come can have as many rude scribbles in their book as they like.  And those same people can help stuff boxes with lots of books!

So there is our idea of the moment.
 
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Here are couple of Facebook sized images (top 2) and Instagram sized images (bottom 2) anyone can use to promote the Kickstarter.



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Bookmarks as part of a stretch goal?

I didn't think this was important, but then I noticed that I enjoy the bookmarks I'm getting from supporting kickstarters as much as I'm enjoying the books.  

It's not much to print a few thousand bookmarks.  They make useful promotional material.  And I really enjoy it.

I did something like every book (you could specify physical book) gets a bookmark.

Late night thought - just wanted to share that I think it would be neat if you could do this.  
 
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I suppose this is a possible thing.  

Maybe as the need for a stretch goal arises, we could have somebody step up and be the bookmark person?  I suppose we would pay somebody to come up with a truly magnificent bookmark.  ??

Maybe that somebody could facilitate a bookmark contest and stuff while the kickstarter is going on?  

Assuming, of course, that we get funded at all and could use a stretch goal.

 
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Here is the banner for the permies home page.





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I'd love to help with the book signing party - I'm quite good at indentured servitude. Plus, I'm dying to meet you and Shawn, well, mostly Jocelyn. ;)  

Go, stretch goals!!
 
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On the signed book thing, I would say either offer it or don't. Don't have it as a stretch goal but make sure it costs enough monies to cover all the costs.

I.e. if one physical book is $20, then a signed book is $50, or whatever price you deem fit. That way even one book will cover postage. Time or hassle might not be covered but then YOU can laugh at staff and say FOOLS, I was right and fluff your overalls repeatedly.
 
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pj smith wrote:I'd love to help with the book signing party - I'm quite good at indentured servitude. Plus, I'm dying to meet you and Shawn, well, mostly Jocelyn. ;)  

Go, stretch goals!!



I'd  love to meet Jocelyn!
 
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Jocelyn is AMAZING!

Paul and Jocelyn have been in my neck of the woods a few times, and I've gotten to meet them both in person. And, while Paul is great and all (my son has decided that Paul is like "Grumpy Bear"--a little rough around the edges, but underneath the rough exterior, he's a nice guy who also does awesome stuff ), Jocelyn is just AMAZING. She's such a warm, understanding, caring, intelligent woman who is just a pleasure to be around. Three cheers for Jocelyn!!!
 
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