Help Fund and Share Tiger's Story

Help bring my new book "My Best Little Buddy: 17 Years of Love & Friendship with Tiger" to print and ebook! Part of book sales to benefit Nashville Cat Rescue.
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Tom Templeman
Animals
Nashville, Tennessee
United States
1 Team Member

Hi, I’m Tom Templeman.  As a long time indie songwriter and artist, I never thought I’d be writing book; yet, here I am putting the finishing touches on my first one! 

I’d like to introduce you to the inspiration for this effort:  a little grey tabby cat named Tiger, who we found as a kitten abandoned in a park and quickly became my best little buddy. 

It was with profound heartbreak, sadness and sorrow that we put my loving little guy, Tiger, to sleep with incurable heart disease on July 13, 2012.  We had a relationship of love, fun and friendship that spanned 17 amazing years. 

During those 17 years he was my best pal, playmate, protector, comic relief, comforter, and laptime snuggler.  Tiger was full of goofy personality; he was everything I could ever ask for in a pet.  To many of my friends and family, including me, Tiger often appeared to be more of a little person disguised in grey striped pajamas than a cat, who viewed life like a perennial five year old!

Some of my closest friends encouraged me to share the story of my friendship with this little guy.  At first I thought of writing it as a song, and then 35,000 words later, I realized this would not fit into a song at all, and the book with the title “My Best Little Buddy: 17 Years of Love & Friendship with Tiger” was born.

This book is written from the heart, as I share special stories of Tiger over the years that brought laughter, love, tears, joy, comfort, and many, many great memories. 

I believe that anyone who has shared the love of a special pet, or simply has a true love of animals, will relate to and enjoy reading this book…and yes, there will also be a song included in the book written from Tiger’s point of view, to balance the book being from my point of view.  The lyrics will be included in the book, the mp3 will be downloadable from CD Baby. 50% of song proceeds are going to benefit Nashville Cat Rescue, as will 20% of book profits.

I hope to raise $4,000 to bring this wonderful and heartwarming book to press and be able to share Tiger’s story with others.  This includes the initial small run print as well as converting the book to the formats needed for Amazon/Kindle, Apple and Barnes & Noble digital ebooks.

In return for your generous pledges, here are the rewards that I am offering:

For $10 or more – A digital copy of the book “My Best Little Buddy: 17 Years of Love & Friendship with Tiger”

For $25 or more – A digital copy of the book, plus a printed copy of the book plus a free digital download of the song “My Best Friend”

For $50 or more – A digital copy of the book, an autographed copy of the book plus a free digital download of the song “My Best Friend” and your name listed in the “Thanks to my Contributors” page under Bronze Level contributors

For $100 or more – A PDF copy of the book, plus an autographed copy of the book including a personalized dedication,  plus a free digital download of the song “My Best Friend” and your name listed in the “Thanks to my Contributors” page under Silver Level contributors

For $500 or more - A PDF copy of the book, plus ten autographed copies of the book including a personalized dedication, plus ten free digital downloads of the song “My Best Friend” and your name listed in the “Thanks to my Contributors” page under Gold Level contributors; personal invite to the book release event (does not include food, transportation & lodging); special recognition and acknowledgement at the event.

For $1,000 or more - A PDF copy of the book, plus twenty autographed copies of the book including a personalized dedication in each, plus twenty free digital downloads of the song “My Best Friend” (one to go with each book)  and your name listed in the “Thanks to my Contributors” page under Platinum Level contributors; personal invite to the book release event (does not include food, transportation & lodging); special recognition acknowledgement at the event; personal meet and greet time with the author post event.

The goal is to have the book released within 60 days of funding.  Thank you so much for visiting my project, and I look forward to thanking each and every one of you for helping me share the story of my best little buddy Tiger!  Remember, none of this happens without you!! Thank you all!

$1,330USD
raised by 34 people in 2 months
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$4,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on May 7, 2013
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  • $10USD
    digital book

    A digital copy of the book “My Best Little Buddy: 17 Years of Love & Friendship with Tiger”

    4 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $25USD
    digital, printed book & song

    A digital copy of the book, plus a printed copy of the book plus a free digital download of the song “My Best Friend”

    10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $50USD
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    A digital copy of the book, an autographed copy of the book plus a free digital download of the song “My Best Friend” and your name listed in the “Thanks to my Contributors” page under Bronze Level contributors

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    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $100USD
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    A digital copy of the book, plus an autographed copy of the book including a personalized dedication, plus a free digital download of the song “My Best Friend” and your name listed in the “Thanks to my Contributors” page under Silver Level contributors

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    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $500USD
    Gold Level

    A digital copy of the book, plus ten autographed copies of the book including a personalized dedication, plus ten free digital downloads of the song “My Best Friend” and your name listed in the “Thanks to my Contributors” page under Gold Level contributors; personal invite to the book release event (does not include food, transportation & lodging); special recognition and acknowledgement at the event.

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    Platinum Level

    A digital copy of the book, plus twenty autographed copies of the book including a personalized dedication in each, plus twenty free digital downloads of the song “My Best Friend” (one to go with each book) and your name listed in the “Thanks to my Contributors” page under Platinum Level contributors; personal invite to the book release event (does not include food, transportation & lodging); special recognition acknowledgement at the event; personal meet and greet time with the aut

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