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WELCOME TO Shawn C. Berry AS WRITER

I'M PUBLISHING

A BOOK

AND YOU CAN HELP

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CAN'T WAIT FOR ALL THE SWEET DEALS TO DONATE?

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I'm thrilled to share that the final manuscript for the book "The Thread That Pulls on All Things" was delivered to Paper Raven Books on May 9th, officially kicking off the editing process! The PRB team will edit the manuscript with me over the next months, ensuring every sentence captures this story's heart and adventure! Then, PRB will professionally layout the book in preparation for publication on Amazon, Kindle, Apple Books, and indie bookstores!  

You can play a crucial community role in this publishing adventure as financial contributor supporting this project. There's a greater tale to be told; not only of how this book gets out into the world, but how launches an author: Me! Yes indeed, I have other tales to tell.

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So, What's The Book About Anyways?

 "The Thread that Pulls on All Things" tells the story of a group of teen boys guided out into the southern Sierra Nevada wilderness of California on a three-day backpacking trip. They will undertake their first rite of passage, an initiation humans have performed for thousands of years, but...why? Why do humans do such things, and how was it that we came to determine their importance for our species? It's an adventure beset with philosophical musings, stories, poetic daydreams, and challenging realizations about who we are as individuals in modern culture and a species past, present, and future. 

Through the lens of "experiential anthropology" "The Thread that Pulls on All Things" explores how our most ancient ancestors might first have created rites of passages as a way to contend with our increasingly developing consciousness in the earliest of times and across the millenia. It's an inspirational story about the value of ritual, ceremony, our oldest lineages, and why the need for Homo sapiens to develop relationship with

planet Earth is more crucial than ever. 

IF YOU'RE WALKING THE EARTH TODAY, YOUR FAMILY

LINEAGE GOES

BACK MORE THAN

300,000 YEARS.

GET TO KNOW THEM!

THE STRAIGHT

STORY

To date, this is a five-year, self-publishing project. As you might imagine at this point, I'm all in; with my time, finances, and in lifestyle. In the last 18 months I've committed myself full-time to the completion of this project with an intent to offer a professionally published book that is inspiring, entertaining, and informative. To fulfill that vision, I'm fundraising  to cover the cost of the editing and publishing package I signed on for with by Paper Raven Books.

Yes, the manuscript is in the editing stage, but there's

still plenty to do.  Tasks such as remaining research for the book, creating book promotion materials -- including gifts for financial contributions! --  planning an independent book store tour, and working through revisions as the back-and-forth editing process commences with the editing team, continue to absorb the majority of my available time.

This project has become a
full-time endeavor,
 and I love it

With the bit of time I have more available during the edit process, I also intend to pick up some part-time work here too, of course, to help cover my own living expenses and contribute to the cost of the editing package. I've already sent the first $1000 installment

out of my remaining savings to get things rolling!

THE PROJECTED

PUBLISHING  DATE IS

November 1, 2024

MY GOAL IS TO FUNDRAISE:

$9,000

for the cost of the

editing & publishing package

$7,500

to help cover personal

living expenses, June to November.

$16,500

Total Fundraising Goal

I understand this is not a small sum

Read on to understand more why your contribution truly will make a difference in achieving the goal of publishing this book, and it helps maximize the impact of the message this creative pursuit has generated! I do believe and have participated many times myself in the community financing of independent endeavors, this request is not just an exercise in community building.

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I really didn't know
what it was going to take

for me to write a book. Five years ago, I sat down to write an email -- that's no joke.  60 months later as a book project, its come to require more and more of my time. Years in, how could I not oblige it? I dropped to part-time work to make more time. Then, eighteen months ago to maximize my time, I quit work altogether, let go of my living quarters, and cashed out what life savings I had to live out of my car. Something in me knew this is what it would take for me to finish this project. 

And yes, living out of an older, subcompact SUV has been challenging, life is often without conveniences. Yet, I've been so full of gratitude for the outpouring of support I have been receiving from my communities, family, and friends with house sitting opportunities, an occasional spare room or parked RV, and donations of food and gas money. 
In between those offers, I've been out on the western landscapes, minimal camping in wilderness open spaces -- with my laptop and a solar charger, of course.

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I can't imagine having written this book without the inspiration and insight

that has come while out in the silence of a desert scrabble, or forested ridge listening to the opinion of songbirds, and taking them in with serious consideration. Whether a desert sunrise, wildflowered meadow, the hush of low tide, or the babble of a forest creek, all had their interjections duly noted as I've pecked away at the keyboard. Each stunning landscape across the breadth of the southwest wilds has literally spired into me with each breath I've taken immersed in their beauty and wisdom.

I hadn't occurred to me that this would be a good way to write a book that intends to speak so deeply and intently about our human relationship with nature. But, I am grateful for having been divinely led to this sensibility.

I hope you will consider getting involved as the home stretch draws near! And I hope you feel the gratitude I can offer through the gifts in reciprocation for your support.

HOW TO GET

INVOLVED

STAY IN THE LOOP

If you haven't signed up for the newsletter, please do! It's the best way to keep abreast of the details of development as the book moves through the editing process and up to the publishing release. Also, follow on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn for additional inspirational and informational content around  rites of passage and nature connection

FINANCIALLY CONTRIBUTE

There will be two options to participate in the fundraising; one-time donation or a limited monthly subscription. There's gifts offered in reciprocation gifts, truly from the heart as a sincere "thank you" for your help. See more below!

Please tell others in your circles about this book project. Send them to this website, links to the social media accounts, ask them to sign up for the newsletter, and to consider supporting the fundraiser! The more people who know and become interested, the more lower the impact is on the greater community.

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ABOUT THE

CROWFUNDING

The two ways to participate in the fundraising will be through a single-donation crowdfunding site such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo, and as a limited-time subscription through Patreon. Currently I'm researching best practices in setting these up.

Look for a start date to be posted soon for early June!

Total Fundraising Goal $16,500

I'm truly thrilled about offering gifts in return for participating in the fundraiser and have  enjoyed cooking up some fun giveaways! Things like:

BOOK

PRESALE

SHIRTS
AND
HATS

PRIVATE

PODCAST

OF WEEKLY

READINGS!

BOOK

PRESALE

AND SIGNED!

AND MORE

Thank you so much

for taking the time to read about this project and for considering participating! See you soon...on the newsletter!

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Shawn C. Berry

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