How to Love San Francisco

The story of a spirited young woman who finds adventure in San Francisco. See the City by the Bay through different eyes! Download a free chapter!
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Johanna Lehmann
Writing
San Francisco, California
United States
6 Team Members

Thank you all for your amazing support. 

This project is over but you still can pre-order the book! Just send an email to JohannaLehmannBooks@gmail.com 

We've passed $9,000 and this campaign is about to become one of the most successful San Francisco publishing projects! 





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The story of a spirited young woman who finds adventure in San Francisco. By crossing continents Hanni, in her mid twenties, starts a new life – with unexpected hurdles.

When Hanni gets the offer to work in San Francisco for a year, she doesn’t expect the experience to turn her life upside down. Not only does she get infected by the Silicon Valley virus to start her own company, but she also falls in love with an American guy whose behavior causes her to question her understanding of relationships. Sacrificing German caution for American optimism, Hanni navigates the ups and downs of this bizarre new world, from finding a place to stay in the most expensive city in the U.S., to deciphering the cryptic code of American dating, to developing a taste for the ‘secret sauce’ of Silicon Valley.

A rousing, fresh twist on the fictional memoir, How to Love San Francisco – One Year in the City by the Bay, takes you on a year-long excursion of life in this “Least American” of American cities, one filled with culture clashes, international friendships, and an outsider-turned-insider’s view of what living in San Francisco is really like.

  


  • 12 chapters loaded with an entertaining story of life in the most bizarre city of the United States - combined with informative facts on San Francisco

  • An inside view into the the San Francisco dating scene

  • inspiration on best bars, most scenic locations and tasty restaurants 

  • background information on tech culture of San Fran & Silicon Valley

  • Advice on how to get settled in San Francisco  

  • An outside-in perspective on American culture 

  • Access to great perks, including access to the book before official release, signed versions, exclusive invite to author events, your wonderful name featured in the book and many more  



  


  • "It reads like an entertaining blend of narrative nonfiction and POV travelogue." - Lisa, Co-founder Coliloquy

  • "Really well written and I couldn't stop reading it!" - Lucy in the Sky with a canon, SF photographer

  • "This book sets up "a fresh, somewhat frisky and unusual “take” on San Francisco. The author teases us with questions that ask us to look at our stereotypes. And she presents an answer about San Francisco not being what we think it is. It’s an “island nation,” not just a city. We liked this fresh voice, which is very hard to attain with travel articles about popular cities that have been written about so many times before. We wanted to turn the page to see what other nuggets the author brought forth." - Jury of Writer's Institute Madison University



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About the author

Hi, I'm Johanna, a San Francisco-based writer. How to love San Francisco - One year in the City by the Bay is bringing you the outside-in perspective of San Francisco. It's my declaration of love to my favorite city!

Being a German native I wrote it in German -- getting it out to our English readers is the goal!

This book is written for those of you, who look for information about San Francisco - wrapped in a fictional travel memoir  (that means: all the places described do exist, some of the characters are fictional). 

My previous work on San Francisco won the '2013 Writer's Institute' and was a semi-finalist of the Tuscon Festival of Books in Arizona. In Germany I was selected as a Top 50 non-fiction author. The German version of the book is one of the highest rated book in its category on Amazon.




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...to enjoy a taste of the SF journey for yourself!

You can also watch Johanna read the first pages of the book here:


Or download the MP3 for your phone/media player
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Your help will help share the experience of How to Love San Francisco, with the English-speaking world! A German language version is already published and distributed by my publisher in Germany, however, they don't publish internationally, so now with your help, we'll do it together! The first few chapters are already translated and edited. With your help, the rest will follow in the next couple of weeks. Publishing the book in the US will cost a minimum of $9,000.

The basic goal of $9,000 will pay for:

  • Translation
  • Copy Editing
  • Layout & Design
  • ISBNS
  • Cover Art & Illustration
  • Getting the word out

   


A huge thank you to San Francisco travel for giving us access to their great video resources on San Francisco!! You guys are awesome! Dio, thank you soo much for your help.StudiosDio was an amazing experience to create a video for a special cause!

Special thanks go as well to our Soft Launch Sponsors:

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Also thanks to Matt from The Expeditioner.com for helping to get the word out!


Dear Backer!

You will find many ways in which you can invest in this project: e.g. being one of the first people to receive a copy of the book ($39) or getting 10 signed copies of the book shipped to your doorstep & making this a very special present to your friends ($220). Have a look and thanks so much for taking part in this campaign. You are making this book a reality!

Pledge now, and you will also have my lifelong gratitude.


 

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  • $12USD
    SF e-Book

    Get the retail e-book version of 'How to love San Francisco' before it launches anywhere else! See San Francisco through different eyes before everyone else!

    14 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $25USD
    SF Supporter

    Infinite gratitude *and* a digital copy of How to Love San Francisco. This is a limited edition version and includes the Top list of Johanna's favorite spots in San Francisco, which is *only* being made available here.

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    Estimated delivery: July 2014
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    Infinite gratitude *and* a copy of How to Love San Francisco shipped to your door (within U.S.). This is a hardcopy, limited edition version, which is *only* being made available here.

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    Infinite gratitude and a limited edition SIGNED copy of How to Love San Francisco shipped to your door (within U.S.). This hardcopy, limited edition is *only* being made available here until this campaign is over.

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    Feel good &amp;amp; be good! Infinite gratitude and a limited edition SIGNED copy of How to Love San Francisco shipped to your door (within U.S.). This hardcopy, limited edition is *only* being made available here until this campaign is over. Plus be good: we give $10 of your pledge to 826 Valencia Writing Center for kids from San Francisco author Dave Eggers to pay for new chairs &amp;amp; bare-bones essentials (paper, pencils).

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    SF Junkie

    Infinite gratitude, a signed copy of the book PLUS Johanna will write a personal note to you, up to 50 words, on the inside of the book. You get to decide the text. Price includes international shipping.

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    SF Gourmet meets Germany!

    Enjoy the taste of Germany and an exclusive book reading! Join Johanna & friends in a beautiful San Francisco home on the 26th of June at 7.30 pm for an exclusive 4-course dinner from a German chef including special German drinks (e.g. Schnaps). Plus receive a SIGNED printed copy with personal note shipped to your doorstep anywhere in the world.

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    Your name in the book!

    All of the above (Infinite gratitude, a *digital copy* of How to Love San Francisco plus SIGNED printed copy with personal note shipped to your doorstep) *plus* a character will be named after you in my new book coming out in 2015 , the story of young woman traveling more than 20 countries to disclose a big secret!

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $400USD
    SF Voyager - a private tour!

    Explore SF and ask Johanna anything: a private 4-hr San Francisco tour covering the best spots featured in the book in a Volkswagen Oldtimer with the author itself. PLUS a signed copy of the book with a personal note to you, up to 50 words, on the inside of the book. You get to decide the text.

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    You want to award your employees with something very San Francisco and unique? Get 15 SIGNED paper back versions of the book and save $250 (regularly sells at $50). These are limited edition SIGNED copies of How to Love San Francisco shipped to your office door!! Your employees will LOVE it!

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    SF Creator - books & workshop

    Infinite gratitude, a digital copy of How to Love San Francisco plus 10 signed printed copies. Then, join Johanna's exclusive online crowdfunding series where she helps you to set up your own crowdfunding campaign and shares her experience.

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    Feel like a SF God!!

    All of the above. Plus your name or logo in the book's acknowledgements. Plus invitation to an exclusive one day San Francisco highlight tour with Johanna herself. Experience SF's leading attractions, and culinary highlights as you tour "the greatest of all cities" in a German luxury car. It will be fun, and you'll feel like a San Franciscan God, we promise! Event is strictly limited to 4 or less San Francisco connoisseurs.

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