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Help me publish my new book.
Crash Barry
Portland, Maine
United States
1 Team Member

My name is Crash Barry and I write about the seamy side of life in Maine. Perhaps you’re familiar with my rollicking novel Sex, Drugs and Blueberries or my gritty memoir Tough Island. Maybe you’ve read my column One Maniac’s Meat or my other work in the Bollard or you enjoyed the short-lived Crash Report in the Portland Daily Sun. Or maybe you just stumbled across this project because you liked the name Marijuana Valley.

I think we're curretly living in the best time in the history of the printed word to be an indie writer like myself. While some authors bemoan the collapse of the publishing industry, I think that in the Internet era, the future looks brightest for writers who embrace the new paradigm.

And one of the wonderful things about the new paradigm is the relationship between author and reader. Thanks to social media, email, blogs and my books and newspaper work, I feel I have a real relationship with the folks who read my what I write. And it’s been a great year traveling and meeting people at library and bookstore events across Maine as part of my Tough Island: Live tour.

Which has given me the confidence to attempt to raise the money necessary to successfully print and promote my new book Marijuana Valley, Maine via crowdfunding and Indiegogo. The $12,000, or more,  that I hope to raise will be spent on the business side of publishing. While I'm very appreciative and proud of the sales of my first two books, it was a difficult struggle to find the cash to actually get the titles in print. Editing, design, advertizing, public relations and mailing all cost a lot of money. And by pre-selling copies of Marijuana Valley, I'll be able to handle the costs without much stress, thanks to my loyal readers.

In the forthcoming Marijuana Valley, which I expect will be out around the start of 2013, I detail the trials and tribulations of several people –all who happened to live on the same road in rural Maine – as they grew medical marijuana, legally, during the summer of 2010. Marijuana Valley is a vivid, behind-the-scenes look at a tiny slice of the secretive subculture involved with Maine’s most valuable agricultural product.

For the duration of the campaign, I'll be regularly posting updates and special tips and tales related to marijuana and the cannabis subculture, much of which I learned during the last 18-months I've spent researching the topic of marijuana.

I hope you’ll tune in and I hope you'll support this project. And even if you can't help out financially, I'd really appreciate you sharing this details of this project -- and the accompanying film -- with friends and aquaintenances.

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  • $10USD
    Marijuana Valley, Maine eBook

    You'll receive an eBook version of my latest book, plus a personal email from me thanking you for your donation.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $30USD
    signed 1st edition

    A signed first edition of Marijuana Valley shipped to you, plus a Marijuana Valley, Maine bumper sticker and a Facebook shout out.

    21 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $50USD
    Two books & a party

    A signed first edition of Marijuana Valley shipped to you, plus a signed copy of any of my other books, and a Marijuana Valley, Maine bumper sticker, a Facebook shout out and an invite for one to a pre-party in Portland, Maine on the night of the book launch.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $100USD
    The Crash Pack

    Signed copies of all three of my books, plus the bumper sticker and an invite for two to a pre-party in Portland, Maine on the night of the book launch.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $500USD
    BBQ and trimming lesson

    For $500, you get the other rewards, plus an invite to come to my homestead for a BBQ on Oct. 14, 2012 on the day we harvest a marijuana plant. Donors get a personal lesson on how to trim ganja. This is a very special opportunity, especially considering none of Maine’s prestigious schools or universities offers marijuana trimming lessons.

    1 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2012
  • $2,500USD
    Crash Barry, consultant

    I will guide you through one season of growing legal marijuana in Maine. This perk includes a site visit, on-line and telephone consultations and advice on strains and equipment purchases.

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