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Print TAKE IT EASY, a book for improvisers
Order a copy of my first book, a collection of themed essays and exercises on the art of improv
Ryan Millar
Amsterdam, Netherlands
€7,418 EUR total funds raised
172% funded on October 2, 2017
Pre-order your copy of TAKE IT EASY™ and get a big dose of improv wisdom and cool exercises in an entertaining limited-run book. It's full of essays, insights and exercises that will help make you a better performer and/or teacher. Apply what you learn and you'll be on your way to greater awareness, more depth to your scenes, and less attachment to the outcome. Non-improvisers may enjoy it too. It's going to ship in November 2017. Order a copy so you don't miss out!

STRETCH GOAL #1

If we're able to raise €5,500 then we'll be able to create a professional audiobook, read by the author, and offer that to everyone who contributes to the campaign. So everyone will get a printed book, as well as digital and audio books!

Short Summary
 

I'm Ryan Millar, a 20-year improv veteran – as a student, performer, teacher, and workshop leader. As it happens, I'm also a professional writer. So I combined those pursuits by writing this book about improv. It contains a bunch of the ideas and insights I've collected over those two decades – especially the ones that resonated most with workshop participants.

It also has some first-person anecdotes as well as an assortment of games and exercises I've learned or created. My goal was to create a book that people could read cover to cover, or to pick up whenever they need a little inspiration or are feeling stuck. 

This book has taken years to write. Once that was done, it went through a rigorous editing, feedback and rewriting process. It's now being professionally proofread (Oxford comma or not?) and will then be laid out by the wonderful designer Eva Carp. I've even assembled a team of wonderful and supportive folks to help me see this through. So all the elements are in place.

All I need to know is how many copies to print.

Production & Timeline
 

As soon as the campaign is over, and the designs are finalized, I'll place an order with a local independent book printer in Amsterdam called Pantheon Drukwerk. It should take two weeks from that date until the books are ready to be shipped.

Then when the boxes of books arrive in our living room, the delivery team will put them in envelopes and mail them to you. The campaign has a few different perks, in case you want to spice up your order.

Because the project is ready to go, shipping is scheduled for early November.

The overall goal for this campaign is €4000. Which works out to 400 copies of the book. 400 copies, that's the magic number.

Why 400 copies? 
 

If I presell 400 copies via this campaign, I'll be able to afford to print 500 copies of the book, so I can have 100 extra copies to take to festivals, workshops and shows.

And those 400 copies (or €4,000) will allow me to

  • Pay the proofreader, editors, and designer (somewhat close to what they're worth)
  • Get an ISBN (so the book can eventually be sold on Amazon)
  • Pay for the various perks, like bookmarks, stickers and bags
  • Incidentals, like envelopes, printer ink, etc.
  • Break even on printing costs and all of the above

NOTE: In terms of getting my work out there, having 400 copies of my improv ideas sent out to improvisers and other interested parties around the world would be enormously satisfying

NOTE 2: Apparently, the average independently published book sells 250 copies over its lifetime. My goal is to beat that number (and just shooting for 300 copies seemed a little underambitious). Hence the magic 400.

NOTE 3: If the campaign falls short of our funding goal, but is close enough that I don't lose too much money on the printing, then it's still on!

If the campaign falls way short of that, the book won't get printed. And I'll also be miserable. Not permanently, but for a good while.

Why I'm doing this
 

  • FOR ME: Teaching improv workshops is a great passion of mine because they're fun, people find them useful and challenging, I give insightful notes, and I've picked up a lot of tips and experience in my travels – I love to pass that stuff on. But these days I don't go to festivals or shows as often as I used to, so this book is a chance to spread those teachings.
     
  • FOR YOU: You'll get a beautiful physical book full of great insights that you can immediately apply to your improv practice. You'll also be supporting a self-generated arts and media project.

Those are the two main impacts, and there's another one:

  • I'll be a (self-)published author, which is another dream of mine. I win, you win, improv wins.  So. Many. Wins.

Risks & Challenges
 

The biggest risk in this is that after pouring in all this hard work in order to get this book written, rewritten, rewritten, chopped, edited, changed and finally sorted (turns out writing and independently publishing a book is A LOT of work), I'm not able to get it printed, and thus fall short of the goal.

But if the campaign is successful there will be the organizational challenge of sorting, labeling and mailing 400 books. Luckily my wife Chiara, who is a master organizer, has volunteered to help with this. 

I've also got a small team here in Amsterdam to help me with the boxing, mailing, and moral support. So the biggest challenge at the moment is that it just doesn't get finished. I hate to leave things unfinished.

Order a copy and I get to fulfill this goal. And you get a book!

Other Ways You Can Help
 

The cheapest perk is a reasonable €10 plus shipping. But if that doesn't suit you, no problem. You can still help! 

  • Tell your friends, in person, via email, on Facebook or Twitter. You'll have my unending gratitude.
  • Go to www.ryanmillar.com and join my mailing list – maybe my next book will be more your speed!

That's all there is to it. Thanks!

The TAKE IT EASY™ team

 

Ryan Millar – Author

Ryan Millar is an Amsterdam-based writer, improviser, actor, communications trainer, and event host. He's also a playwright, storyteller, and copywriter. He loves words, learning new things, and making people laugh. He's bad at card tricks but good at skateboarding, and the obscenely proud father of a one-year-old.

Eva Carp – Designer

As a designer and copywriter, Eva Carp is literally a one-woman creative team. She's already been instrumental in getting TAKE IT EASY™ this far along: all of the concepts and designs are hers. She also recently bought a WiFi-free caravan to catch a breath from her busy freelance schedule.

Chiara Ferracioli – Manager

A systems sorcerer, Chiara juggles a high-stress job with being a doting mother to a one-year-old and a supportive wife to a guy who is always coming up with new and exciting ways to complicate their life. She loves yoga, freshly baked bread, and making sure stuff is organized properly.

Kiki Hohnen – Booster

Kiki Hohnen is a psychologist, communications trainer, improviser, and storyteller. She's been improvising for 13 years, performing and teaching in Ireland, Austria, Germany, and Australia. She also teaches soft skills to doctors. Kiki is excited for Ryan's book to reach a wide audience.

Ben Gras – Distributor

Ben's an improviser and sketch writer/performer (formerly of the now-legendary Big Ideas Show), who also happens to be a computer security expert. With an irrepressible positivity and an infectious smile, Ben always sees through whatever he's working on, from debugging complex software to nailing an Arnold Schwarzenegger impression.

Campaign thanks
 

These people have been super-helpful in producing the elements for this campaign. 

  • Shea Elmore for shooting the campaign video
  • Henk Raam for the extra video footage
  • Carlos Bouadi Padilla for the editing
  • Bone40 for the original TAKE IT EASY™ track
  • Trent Pancy for www.takeiteasy.tips
  • Olivier Valiente and Olli Heinanen for photos
  • Remko Keuter for video sound doctoring
  • Eva Carp for basically everything else
Perks
€25
EUR
+ Shipping
€40 (37% Off)
Haiku Bundle
Your paperback copy of the book will come inscribed with a one-of-a-kind haiku written just for you. Plus a bunch more good stuff.
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • Copy of TAKE IT EASY
  • TAKE IT EASY Bookmark
  • Haikued Inside
  • Backer-only updates
35 out of 50 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
€10
EUR
+ Shipping
€14 (28% Off)
Digital Bundle
You're a booklover, so you want the book. Get the limited-edition IndieGoGo paperback version, plus ebook downloads and a bookmark, so you don't lose your place.
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • Copy of TAKE IT EASY
  • TAKE IT EASY Bookmark
  • Backer-only updates
74 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
€40
EUR
+ Shipping
€50 (20% Off)
Supporter Bundle
You get your name in the back of the book in the "Supported by" section, which you can confirm when you open your own signed paperback copy of the book. You'll also get a few other nice things.
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • TAKE IT EASY Bookmark
  • TAKE IT EASY canvas bag
  • Backer-only updates
  • Signed copy of TAKE IT EASY
14 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
€50
EUR
+ Shipping
€80 (37% Off)
Rap Bundle
Everyone who orders this perk will get namechecked in a big ol' rap verse which Ryan will make a video for and put online. In addition, you'll get your own signed paperback version of the book, and other good stuff.
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • TAKE IT EASY Bookmark
  • Your Name in a Rap Song
  • Backer-only updates
  • Signed copy of TAKE IT EASY
5 out of 10 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
€55
EUR
+ Shipping
€84 (34% Off)
Book Club Bundle
Six books for your improv team, high school drama department, local bookstore, Christmas exchange, private library, or whatever else you want, plus a bookbag to carry them all around in!
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • Copy of TAKE IT EASY (6)
  • TAKE IT EASY canvas bag
  • Backer-only updates
5 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
€70
EUR
€100 (30% Off)
Patron Bundle
Your name will have a special place in the back of the book as a member of the select group of Patrons. You can check this out when you open your own signed paperback copy. You'll also get some other nice perks. Includes shipping.
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • TAKE IT EASY Bookmark
  • TAKE IT EASY canvas bag
  • Backer-only updates
  • Signed copy of TAKE IT EASY
7 out of 20 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
€100
EUR
€250 (60% Off)
Skype Coaching Bundle
You get an autographed copy of the book, a bookbag, and an hour's Skype coaching, wherein I'll give you individual tips to help make you a better improviser, or give you my secret recipe for fresh tomato pasta. Your choice (although we probably have time for both).
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • Copy of TAKE IT EASY
  • TAKE IT EASY canvas bag
  • One Hour of Skype Coaching
  • Backer-only updates
3 out of 5 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
€300
EUR
€510 (41% Off)
Workshop Bundle
A 3-hour workshop for you and up to 15 other players with a signed copy of the book for everyone. (Not including transport and accommodation).
Items included:
  • 3-Hour Improv Workshop
  • Backer-only updates
1 out of 5 claimed
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
€15
EUR
+ Shipping
€30 (50% Off)
Book & Bag Bundle
This limited-run perk gets you a book plus a book bag to tote your sweet new book around town in. Grab one before they're gone!
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • Copy of TAKE IT EASY
  • TAKE IT EASY Bookmark
  • TAKE IT EASY canvas bag
  • Backer-only updates
20 out of 20 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
€20
EUR
+ Shipping
€50 (60% Off)
Early Bird Supporter Bundle
Limited bundle deal for early adopters! Get all the good perks including your name in the back of the book in the "Supported by" section.
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • TAKE IT EASY Bookmark
  • TAKE IT EASY canvas bag
  • Backer-only updates
  • Signed copy of TAKE IT EASY
25 out of 25 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
€500
EUR
€750 (33% Off)
Legend Bundle
Five inscribed copies of the book, plus your name and a short inscription of gratitude in the front matter of the book. So people will know that you take the development and growth of improv seriously.
Items included:
  • Signed copy of TAKE IT EASY (5)
2 out of 2 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
Pre-order your copy of TAKE IT EASY™ and get a big dose of improv wisdom and cool exercises in an entertaining limited-run book. It's full of essays, insights and exercises that will help make you a better performer and/or teacher. Apply what you learn and you'll be on your way to greater awareness, more depth to your scenes, and less attachment to the outcome. Non-improvisers may enjoy it too. It's going to ship in November 2017. Order a copy so you don't miss out!
Perks
€25
EUR
+ Shipping
€40 (37% Off)
Haiku Bundle
Your paperback copy of the book will come inscribed with a one-of-a-kind haiku written just for you. Plus a bunch more good stuff.
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • Copy of TAKE IT EASY
  • TAKE IT EASY Bookmark
  • Haikued Inside
  • Backer-only updates
35 out of 50 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
€10
EUR
+ Shipping
€14 (28% Off)
Digital Bundle
You're a booklover, so you want the book. Get the limited-edition IndieGoGo paperback version, plus ebook downloads and a bookmark, so you don't lose your place.
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • Copy of TAKE IT EASY
  • TAKE IT EASY Bookmark
  • Backer-only updates
74 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
€40
EUR
+ Shipping
€50 (20% Off)
Supporter Bundle
You get your name in the back of the book in the "Supported by" section, which you can confirm when you open your own signed paperback copy of the book. You'll also get a few other nice things.
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • TAKE IT EASY Bookmark
  • TAKE IT EASY canvas bag
  • Backer-only updates
  • Signed copy of TAKE IT EASY
14 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
€50
EUR
+ Shipping
€80 (37% Off)
Rap Bundle
Everyone who orders this perk will get namechecked in a big ol' rap verse which Ryan will make a video for and put online. In addition, you'll get your own signed paperback version of the book, and other good stuff.
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • TAKE IT EASY Bookmark
  • Your Name in a Rap Song
  • Backer-only updates
  • Signed copy of TAKE IT EASY
5 out of 10 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
€55
EUR
+ Shipping
€84 (34% Off)
Book Club Bundle
Six books for your improv team, high school drama department, local bookstore, Christmas exchange, private library, or whatever else you want, plus a bookbag to carry them all around in!
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • Copy of TAKE IT EASY (6)
  • TAKE IT EASY canvas bag
  • Backer-only updates
5 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
€70
EUR
€100 (30% Off)
Patron Bundle
Your name will have a special place in the back of the book as a member of the select group of Patrons. You can check this out when you open your own signed paperback copy. You'll also get some other nice perks. Includes shipping.
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • TAKE IT EASY Bookmark
  • TAKE IT EASY canvas bag
  • Backer-only updates
  • Signed copy of TAKE IT EASY
7 out of 20 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
€100
EUR
€250 (60% Off)
Skype Coaching Bundle
You get an autographed copy of the book, a bookbag, and an hour's Skype coaching, wherein I'll give you individual tips to help make you a better improviser, or give you my secret recipe for fresh tomato pasta. Your choice (although we probably have time for both).
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • Copy of TAKE IT EASY
  • TAKE IT EASY canvas bag
  • One Hour of Skype Coaching
  • Backer-only updates
3 out of 5 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
€300
EUR
€510 (41% Off)
Workshop Bundle
A 3-hour workshop for you and up to 15 other players with a signed copy of the book for everyone. (Not including transport and accommodation).
Items included:
  • 3-Hour Improv Workshop
  • Backer-only updates
1 out of 5 claimed
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
€15
EUR
+ Shipping
€30 (50% Off)
Book & Bag Bundle
This limited-run perk gets you a book plus a book bag to tote your sweet new book around town in. Grab one before they're gone!
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • Copy of TAKE IT EASY
  • TAKE IT EASY Bookmark
  • TAKE IT EASY canvas bag
  • Backer-only updates
20 out of 20 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
€20
EUR
+ Shipping
€50 (60% Off)
Early Bird Supporter Bundle
Limited bundle deal for early adopters! Get all the good perks including your name in the back of the book in the "Supported by" section.
Items included:
  • Digital download
  • TAKE IT EASY Bookmark
  • TAKE IT EASY canvas bag
  • Backer-only updates
  • Signed copy of TAKE IT EASY
25 out of 25 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
€500
EUR
€750 (33% Off)
Legend Bundle
Five inscribed copies of the book, plus your name and a short inscription of gratitude in the front matter of the book. So people will know that you take the development and growth of improv seriously.
Items included:
  • Signed copy of TAKE IT EASY (5)
2 out of 2 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
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