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OMG we’re doing it!

July 25, 2013

So we’re doing this thing. We’re writing a book. As I type, Franklin and I have spent the last hour and a half sitting next to each other with our Macbooks in our laps, repeatedly exchanging the OMG-we’re-really-doing-this-shit’s-about-to-get-real looks.

The OMG comes not just from facing the sheer effort writing a 500-page book. It’s not just preparing to offer advice to what we hope will be thousands of people as they prepare to embark on one of the most important, difficult, scary and wonderful journeys of their lives. And it’s not just trying to agree about the Oxford comma.

It’s that we’re going to need to ask you for help in doing it all. Not only will we be asking for you to dialogue with us and share your real-life stories.: we’re going to need your money, because we can’t afford to write or produce this book without you. The kind of poly book that publishers were interested in is not the kind of book we want to write. So we’re counting on you to step up and show us (and all those publishers) that you want this book.

We’re launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo on August 22. Strong support from Day 1 will be absolutely key to its success. We actually need about $38,000 to fund the entire book, including writing, editing, design and indexing, as well as printing and shipping the first edition (and all the other rewards) to our backers. That’s a lot of money as far as crowdfunded books go, and we’re still sorting out how much we’re going to ask for at the outset vs. whether we’ll be structuring stretch goals into the campaign. Getting a sense in advance of what kind of support we’ll have will really help us with knowing how much money to go for.

We plan to put up a survey soon, but right now, the best way to show your support is to sign up in the box at right to be notified of the campaign launch. We promise not to spam you, and there will be an easy unsubscribe link of every email we ever send. Apart from hits on this blog, the number of people who sign up for our mailing list will be the best measure we have, right now, of how much support we might have for our campaign. Please sign up even if you already follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or elsewhere, because your signup shows us specifically that you’re interested in our campaign.

Also, if you have skills in crowdfunding, video production, social media strategy, marketing, or anything else that you’d be willing to lend to our efforts, please get in touch. You can reach us at or

Thanks to everyone who chooses to support us. We’re writing this book for you, and we’re glad to have you on board.

  1. Adrian permalink
    July 26, 2013 12:37 am

    And I am OMG-this-is-so-exciting!

    What about an ebook and have the print as stretch goal?

    • Eve Rickert permalink
      July 26, 2013 5:24 am

      Oh, that’s an interesting idea! Printing & shipping costs account for about half the total goal. I’ll think about that when I’m running the numbers.

  2. blue permalink
    July 26, 2013 1:04 pm

    Perhaps you’ve already thought of this but maybe you should put a word in with Dan Savage of Savage Love fame. This definitely sounds like something he’d be willing to promote and he reaches a lot of people.

    also, i’m so glad you’re doing this! best of luck!

    • Eve Rickert permalink
      July 26, 2013 3:58 pm

      Thank you for your support! Great suggestion about Dan Savage.

  3. Linda permalink
    July 31, 2013 1:17 am

    Excited! I second the suggestion of an ebook.

    • Eve Rickert permalink
      August 2, 2013 10:04 pm

      Thank you! We’re definitely doing an e-book. It’s just a question right now of how to structure the tiers for each thing. Designing a good crowdfunding campaign is hard!

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