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Help me fund my book about big fish in small ponds one chapter at a time.
What am I planning for chapter one?
The Best Water Skier In Luxembourg - Tales Of Big Fish In Small Ponds will recount my encounters with those who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of excellence in small worlds.
As a first step I am asking for your help to research and write the first chapter, to find the best water skier in Luxembourg.
The internet doesn’t reveal who he/she is, but there are a few water skiing clubs in the country and in 1961 16 year old Sylvie Hülsemann won the world water skiing championship under controversial circumstances. As well as finding today’s best water skier I will attempt to track Sylvie down and hear her story directly.
Once Mission Luxembourg has been funded and completed, my aim is to fund the following expeditions to find:
How you can help
This is not a solitary quest and I will need all the help I can get.
First, I need to know more about water skiing, Luxembourg and water skiing in Luxembourg. Can you offer me advice? Could you introduce me to people? Do you already know the best water skier in Luxembourg? Could you donate incentives? I’d love to hear from you.
Second – and most importantly - I need to raise £2,000 to cover the research trip, writing and design of Chapter 1 (which will be 8 – 10,000 words long). The list of rewards listed opposite show you exactly what you get for pledging. Everyone who supports a chapter will get a discount on the finished book when all eight chapters are complete.
This isn’t an extract from the book. But it is an example of how small special interest groups create weird and arresting stuff.
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This book is now published. You can still pledge, but you won't get listed as a supporter in the back.
e-chapter with your name acknowledged as a patron
e-chapter plus a postcard from me from Luxembourg
e-chapter and a postcard and a specially selected souvenir from me from Luxembourg
The e-chapter plus an exclusive heavy metal-style 'Luxembourg Water Skiing legion' T-shirt
E-chapter plus a signed photo of the best water skier in Luxembourg (or if they refuse, the second best, which is cooler anyway)
E-chapter plus a framed copy of your favourite poem (up to 150 words) translated by me into Lëtzebuergesch, the national language of Luxembourg (which I don’t yet speak a word of)
E-chapter, plus an invitation for you and a friend to an exclusive welcome home party, slide show and lecture about my trip, with Luxembourg specialities and wines.
E-chapter plus a truly extraordinary surprise.
Accompany me on my trip and we’ll research everything together.