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Good Morning Readers and Happy Tuesday,

This update has been in the works for a long time now, but the wait is over!  Today is the day!  I am pleased to announce that When I’m 64 has been scheduled for production and will be released on March 27th, 2018.  There are many small deadlines that myself, along with the team at Inkshares will be targeting, so this date is subject to change but we will do everything in our power to have this book in your hands on or before that date. 

Over the past 11 months, I have been working in the wings to ready the book for print.  The developmental edit was hugely helpful and has resulted in a polished manuscript that is ready for the copyeditors to refine.  The cover is a gorgeous visual representation of this story that means so much to me, and is ready to be tweaked to fit the final pour from production. And lastly, the photos that bring the story to life have been lovingly selected and are ready for inclusion within the manuscript. 

There is a lot of work that will need to get done between today and the publication date, but I am eagerly looking forward to all of it.  I will send along important updates as we get closer to the release, but in the interim please feel free to share the link with anyone you think is looking for a good read, has a book club or happens to run a library ;).

 As always, thank you for your support!

Lauren

Good Evening Readers!

It has been awhile since I sent you an update, so I figured now would be a perfect time to fill you in on the exciting work we have have been doing since the funding period ended in October.  

The manuscript was submitted for a developmental/content edit, which has helped tremendously to enhance the story, and make sure the plot flows smoothly.  Since receiving the edits back last week I have been hard at work incorporating the suggestions from the editor and making sure that the manuscript is the best it can be.  

My incredible sister-in-law has also been working tirelessly on the design for the full cover. She sent over a few renderings last night and, WOW, the cover is really going to pop in print!  

My goal is to have all of this into the capable hands of Inkshares before the holidays, so just a few more weeks of diligent work and we will really be on our way to seeing the published book,  When I’m 64.

Thank you all so much for your love and support!

Contest Update!

As you are aware, in honor of my father’s birthday on September 20th, I held a contest to raffle off two tickets to see Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden on Friday, October 28th.  All books purchased between September 20th and September 30th counted as a single entry into the contest and today I am happy to announce the winner!

Carl Edwards is the lucky man!  

Congratulations Carl, I hope you have an awesome time and enjoy the show!  

There are 10 days left in the funding campaign, thank you all for your love and support :)

Lauren

Good Morning Readers,

Today would have been my Dad’s 70th birthday, and to say that I have a heavy heart this morning is an understatement. Over the course of the past week, I have been trying to think of ways to be able to celebrate his life today, rather than to mourn his loss. For starters, I’m going to play tennis, as he would have done on a gorgeous September afternoon. And for dinner, I will cook one his best recipes, penne vodka, from scratch, and yes, with real heavy cream and a whole stick of butter to boot :). When I’m 64, has been such an amazing, inspiring, and healing part of my journey over this past year that it seemed fitting to find a way to incorporate that into this day as well.  So, without further adieu, I would like to outline the rules of my Dad’s Birthday Giveaway:

In honor of my Dad’s birthday I am going to raffle off 2 tickets to see  Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden on October 28th, 2016. How do you win? Any book pre-order placed between now, September 20th, 10:00 am and the end of his birth month, September 30th at 11:59 pm , will get entry into the raffle. EACH COPY PURCHASED counts as a single entry, so that means if you purchase multiple copies (each person is capped at ten pre-orders of the book by Inkshares), you get additional entries into the raffle.

Don’t like Billy Joel? Live out of the area? NO problem! If you decline the ticket prize, you can opt to receive a $100 Visa Gift Card, instead!

Please share this information with your network and help make this day a significant one in the life of When I’m 64! There are just about 3 weeks left in our funding period so share, share, share.  You know what they say, you can’t win if you don’t play - and in this case, you can’t play if you don’t know about the game!

 Happy Birthday Dad :)

Love,

Lauren


Good Morning Ladies and Gents!

This morning I have another exciting update to share with you.  Last night, I received an email from the Inkshares Team letting me know that When I’m 64 has been selected as the September Pick of the Idiosyncraticate Syndicate!  For those of you that aren’t familiar with Inkshares Syndicates, what this means is that readers and writers have formed a group in which they pool their money, and select one book each month to support and offer a boost in sales.  This particular syndicate has a unique vision for their group and have chosen to support books that are in typically unsupported genres such as comedy, autobiographical, or in this case memoir.  

I am so proud and honored to have been selected by the syndicate lead, and I wanted to share what he wrote about why my project was selected:

"It takes bravery to put your story out there no matter the subject matter -- even if it’s pictures of people arguing about politics -- but this memoir-within-a-memoir is truly something else. I couldn’t do this and I love that others can. I want to see this go all the way. It’s exactly the kind of book I want this syndicate to get behind. "- Billy O’Keefe

With the backing of this syndicate, I have the support of my fellow authors, and have a total of 346 pre-orders to date.  While this is amazing in and of itself- it does give me hope that we can reach the fully supported publishing tier of 750 pre-orders.  With 31 days left in my funding campaign it would be amazing of you all to continue to help spread the word about this project with friends, family and co-workers.  

Thank you all for your continued love and support :)

Yours in gratitude,

Lauren

Happy Friday Friends!

 I am beyond excited to be able to share a beautiful update with you all - When I’m 64 has a brand new look! Over the course of the past few weeks my incredibly talented sister-in-law, has been listening to my ramblings and attempts to be visually creative - really not my strength- and has designed an incredible cover for the book, even more amazing than anything I could’ve imagined.

 Check it out and feel free to share the link to the book with your network. With this new look I think we may just have a shot at the full publishing service goal of 750 pre-orders. We’re at 295 copies today, and have just under two months to reach our goal. 

 Thanks for your continued help and support! 

 Lauren

Happy Saturday!

This morning I am sending you an update of the most amazing kind.  We have reached 250 pre-orders, the number needed for Quill Publishing!  I am so excited and humbled and in awe of my wonderful and supportive friends and family that I couldn’t wait to share the great news. 

Today is 365 days since the birth of my daughter, official birthday tomorrow (leap year is crazy!), and this is the best gift I ever could have dreamed of receiving on this day.  Thank you all for helping to make my Dad a special part of my daughter’s birthday celebration today :)

Yours in gratitude,

Lauren

Good Evening Readers!

Today was a very exciting day, we hit the 200 pre-order mark!  The first goal of 250 copies needed for Quill Publication is well within sight, thanks to all of you.  After working on this project for so long on my own, I have to say that I am overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback and support that you have all shown me.  

I am so excited to share this book with you all, please keep spreading the word and sharing the link with your friends, family and co-workers.  If someone you share the link with signs up for inkshares and purchases a book, you will get a referral credit in your account to spend on another book - that’s free money people!  

Thank you all again for your continued support and feedback!

Much Love,
Lauren


Good Morning Readers!

This is my first reader update and I’m writing to you today to let you all know about the success we have achieved this first week.  After posting the book last Wednesday, just one week ago, we have sold 127 copies - just over half of the total copies needed to see this book published!

I wanted to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart - I have been writing this book over the course of the past eight years and in just one week you have helped my dream come within reach.  

There is still a long way to go to reach 250, the light publishing goal, but if this next week is anything like last week we will be there in no time.  Please continue to share the link to this book with your friends, family, colleagues, and anyone else you think may be interested in reading this truly amazing story and/or helping a gal become a published author (!).  

Yours in gratitude,

Lauren

P.S.  Interesting fact I learned this week - all super readers will see their names published in the back of the book as major supporters of this project.  If you’d like to see your name in print, check out the super reader option on the order page!


Image %282%29 Katie C. McKenna · Author · added over 1 year ago
Wow.  What an amazing first chapter.  The voice is clear, unflinching, stunningly honest and beautifully told. It is incredible that your father, even as a very young boy, found ways to cope, and to fight to live. I am so enthralled by this story, and am really excited to read the about the rest of John Herbert Wagner Jr.’s life.   

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