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Sounds good! I added in two words in bold, as I think they make it read a bit better. The list of goodies does end up looking like a giant block of text (and I know I tend to skim past those, and other's probably do, too). Maybe do dashes like this:

The book is done!  The new kickstarter begins!  And a long list of people are throwing in 31 bonus goodies (eBooks, presentations, movies, magazines, art and more) if you support the kickstarter early!   Even at just $1!

Shawn and I started work on this book 15 months ago!   It was originally going to be a collection of my previous writings, but it grew.  And shrunk.  And got polished over and over and over.  And Tracy added artwork.   And about 60 people reviewed the early copy and gave feedback.   In the end, it is a massive community effort.

It’s ready for the final editing, layout and printing.  And that’s the reason to do the kickstarter.

Check out our cool video, the table of contents, the amazing rewards, and, of course, the long list of bonus goodies you get if you support this right away!

xxx link goes here

For $1 you get:

 - Permaculture Playing Cards eBook (4 gift codes)
 - Care and Feeding of a Rocket Mass Heater (4 gift codes)
 - Rocket Ovens Cooking Microdoc (4 gift codes)
 - Hugelkultur Microdoc (4 gift codes)
 - 21 Podcast Review of Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture
 - Cool Public Thanks

And for that same $1 spent right now, you also get:

 - “Common Weeds and Wild Edibles of the World” full length movie by Sergei Boutenko
 - Chapters 1-10 of “Green Prosperity: Quit Your Job, Live Your Dreams” by Thomas Elpel
 - “Grow a Salad in Your City Apartment” eBook by Rosemary Hansen
 - “Learning to Spin on a Drop Spindle” eBook by Raven Ranson
 - 2 Chapters from “To Catch the Rain” + rainwater calculation chart by Lonny Grafman
 - “Native Bee Guide” by Dave Hunter
 - An hour long presentation by Tim Barker about ram pumps
 - Chapters 1-4 from “Dairy Farming: The Beautiful Way” by Adam Klaus
 - a two hour long presentation by Jacqueline Freeman about Farm and Animal relationships
 - Paul's 4 hour presentation on animals in the landscape
 - a two hour presentation on money and finance for permies by Jocelyn Campbell
 - Movie about the 12 rocket mass heaters at Wheaton Labs.
 - Hugelkultur chapter from “Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist” from Michael Judd
 - Uncle Mud's EZ Cob Rocket Stove from Chris McClellan (aka Uncle Mud)
 - The Spring 2019 issue of Communities Magazine from ic.org
 - Thermophilic Composting for the Garden or Homestead pdf from Alan Booker
 - Everyday Artisans' Common Sense Approach to Bread Making
 - Water Retention Landscapes slides from Zach Weiss
 - Permaculture Applications for the Commercial Farm slides from Neil Bertrando
 - "Six Quick Stove Tricks" from Ernie and Erica Wisner
 - Wading Pool Aquaponics plans from AutoMicroFarm
 - Collection of 14 Permaculture/Homesteading Cheat-Sheets, Worksheets, and Guides from Wild Homesteading
 - Unofficial Companion Guide to the Rocket Oven DVD from Wild Homesteading
 - Paul's Hugelkultur Q&A from the Eat Your Dirt Summit from Amanda Smith
 - Module 1: "Dare to Dream" from the Garden Mastery Academy by Amanda Smith
 - "The Chemerical Cookbook: Helping you detoxify your world" by Andrew Nisker of Take Action Films
 - Intro & Chapter 1 of "Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption" by Ma'ikwe Ludwig
 - Tree fractal art from Dave Burton
 - Diego Footer's presentation on "15 Lessons Learned from Driving Headlong into a Permaculture Based Homestead" from the Eat Your Dirt Summit from Amanda Smith
 - An Afternoon at Skeleton Falls video from Artful Productions
 - Seed Saving video from the Basics of Plant Propagation Course from PermaEthos

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Nicole, I liked your ideas so much, I copied and pasted it into my version.  :)
 
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paul wheaton wrote:All of the chapter notes are now processed!

Here is what is left:

  - appendix B (now about 75% complete)
  - get youtube stuff ready
  - finish stuff from last kickstarter
         o waiting for 12 rockets hi res from dan
         o waiting for skiddable structures low res from dan
  - footnotes (now about 25% complete)




Appendix B is now done!

Tracy posted the stuff for youtube!

All that is left now is:

  - finish stuff from last kickstarter
         o waiting for 12 rockets hi res from dan
         o waiting for skiddable structures low res from dan
  - footnotes (now about 30% complete)


 
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Here's the updated image. Better?

 
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The pledge adjustments look great.  The new picture of the book/apple looks great.  Now when i looked at the kickstarter there were two versions of the image in there, one is good and the one that's the video is pixelated.
 
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Mike Jay wrote:The pledge adjustments look great.  The new picture of the book/apple looks great.  Now when i looked at the kickstarter there were two versions of the image in there, one is good and the one that's the video is pixelated.



They look the same to me.

I just tried something. How about now?
 
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Shawn Klassen-Koop wrote:

Mike Jay wrote:The pledge adjustments look great.  The new picture of the book/apple looks great.  Now when i looked at the kickstarter there were two versions of the image in there, one is good and the one that's the video is pixelated.



They look the same to me.

I just tried something. How about now?



I updated the primary image with the new image about half an hour ago.  Sorry, I should have said so in this thread.
 
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Ah, because I just went and did the same thing... That's why it didn't look any different when I did it...
 
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Yes, the two book/apple images both look good now
 
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Over the last few days I think I've probably added 200 footnotes to the book with links to relevant permies threads. One more push today and I hope to get through the rest of the book!
 
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Only 2 chapters left for footnotes! Gotta crash now but getting an early start so I can finish before I meet with Paul in the morning!
 
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I have made it through the last two chapters and declare the footnotes to be ready!
 
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Everything is now done except:

- finish stuff from last kickstarter
        o waiting for 12 rockets hi res from dan
        o waiting for skiddable structures low res from dan

The last email from dan suggests that we might be able to get this all sorted today.
 
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Kickstarter won't let us post an FAQ until the kickstarter is officially started.   But there have been some really excellent FAQs so far that we have ready to put up the moment the kickstarter starts.

What other Questions are there to to add to this list?



FAQ



Q:   Can you make a reward so I can get more?  Like maybe a case price?

A:  When the kickstarter is over, we will set people up with their goodies on permies.  The people at the $80 level and up will be set up to have purchased a dozen physical books.  And there will be an upgrade option to a full case.  



Q:  What will the “language rating” be?

A:  The language rating will be:  Perfect!  We even made up some new words!   Like “VORP!”   Vorpitty vorp vorp.

One of our reviewers was contemplating giving the book to people that choose to fear and hate  certain words.   He counted every spec of potential hate fuel in the book.  

To gauge how we did, we looked to the IMDB parental guide stuff for the top 10 (in monies) movies of 2018.  It looks like we would be rated “mild” - same as the Disney cartoon “Incredibles 2”.  “Deadpool 2” was rated “severe.”

The reviewer’s report points out that we say “own your own shit” twice, “damn” four times and we quote an older document that says “The second observation is that most people find folks one level back to be ignorant and people two levels back seem like assholes.“   That’s it.  That’s everything.  Apparently, “shit”, “damn” and “assholes” don’t have the punch they had 40 years ago.  Since there are about 20 times more total words in our book than the disney movie, I wonder if we score “milder” than the Disney movie.  Which is the mildest of the top ten movies of 2018.  So we would probably be rated “too mild.”  If we want to reach a wider audience, I suppose we should bump the spice and excitement up a few notches just to get to “popular Disney movie level” (or to prove that this book is not under the thumb of some hate group), but I choose to focus on this kickstarter instead.  

Of course, if you ask me to come speak to your group, I promise I will use the FULL beauty of the English language.  Word police be damned!



Q:  Why is the international shipping so expensive?

A:  We have about 40 hours invested in getting the price down this much. Frankly, that’s about 39.75 more hours than we ever wanted to spend learning about international shipping. It’s nuts. We got it to be cheaper - but all we can do is pass our pain onto you. I think your government and our governments are punishing you for something. If you know things we don’t know, please share that information here https://permies.com/t/107089/International-shipping-world-book-kickstarter



Q:  Why are some rewards earlier than others?

A:  Printing, shipping and fondling of physical books and boxes takes time.   So for the few rewards that are entirely digital, we think we can have stuff done earlier.



Q: Why does it cost more to have Paul come and speak at my event than it does to have Shawn come?

A: Speaking services are priced per pound.



Q: Are you set up with kickbooster or something similar?

A: I looked into kickbooster last year and decided against it.   Instead, I gave referral codes to anybody who asked and then gave them kickbacks when the kickstarter was over.   We are doing this again for this kickstarter.   Details here https://permies.com/t/kickback



Q:  I would like to interview both of you for my podcast.  Are you okay with that?

A:  Yes, here is the media kit with all the goodies and contact info:  https://permies.com/w/media



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I'm so excited it finally inspired me to register on the forums after getting permies emails for 2 years just so I could say thanks!
 
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Kali Gardener wrote:I'm so excited it finally inspired me to register on the forums after getting permies emails for 2 years just so I could say thanks!



Welcome to the forums! I lurked here for quite a few years before doing much posting. My quest has been far richer ever since.
 
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We added some images to the kickstarter for the earlybird stuff.

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


 
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paul wheaton wrote:Everything is now done except:

- finish stuff from last kickstarter
        o waiting for 12 rockets hi res from dan
        o waiting for skiddable structures low res from dan

The last email from dan suggests that we might be able to get this all sorted today.



The 12 rocket mass heater vid is now fully processed and all set up!

Just one microdoc left!
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

paul wheaton wrote:Everything is now done except:

- finish stuff from last kickstarter
        o waiting for 12 rockets hi res from dan
        o waiting for skiddable structures low res from dan

The last email from dan suggests that we might be able to get this all sorted today.



The 12 rocket mass heater vid is now fully processed and all set up!

Just one microdoc left!



And now that microdoc is done.  

That's it.  We've done all the things.  Now is the time to begin the kickstarter.

 
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Today is the day! We are starting at 2 PM mountain time!
 
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I feel good.  

I feel good that I haven't barfed yet.  

Will this be a flop?  A success?  A massive success?  
 
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You will kill it, as always. Rock on, Paul.
 
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2 pm mountain time .... so 4pm Eastern ...3pm central... 1pm west coast.

As the vulcan would say — live long and prosper!
 
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We hope to have a thread posted in the crowdfunding forum the moment it starts.

People that have a watch set up on this forum would probably get the earliest notification.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:People that have a watch set up on this forum would probably get the earliest notification.



Unless you have clicked "follow" on Paul's kickstarter profile. In which case you might find out 5 minutes earlier.
 
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Or if they are subscribed to my youtube channel and have clicked on the little bell icon.
 
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Hi Paul,
Take ginger for the nausea and don't barf, all will be fine. You are well loved and respected, we are all watching the clock, ready to pledge.
It's ok for you, it starts at 2pm your time - I have to wait until 10pm tonight before I can dive in. ;o)

Lesley
 
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Almost forgot ...   most people will be finding out about this kickstarter by me sending out the monthlyish.   I will start sending it at about 2, on the dot.   The thing is - it takes about 12 hours to send.
 
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I imagine this might be a frequenly asked question: doing the math in the reward examples sounds like it's $8.33 per book. does that mean you get three (physical) books at the $25 reward level?

edit: nevermind, question answered in live kickstarter
 
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Wahoo !!! I just purchased this  - I think that I may have been second ; )

Paul & Shawn - may you have great luxuriant success !!
 
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Wooo!  Pledged!

 
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Kw Velasco wrote:Wahoo !!! I just purchased this  - I think that I may have been second ; )



Ahh you beat me!  I was number 5.  So excited for this book. Yay Paul and Shawn!!
 
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CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE KICKSTARTER


I am locking this thread. The new thread for the kickstarter is:

https://permies.com/w/bwb
 
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