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Howard and Sandra Tayler
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Fully Funded! Thank you!
Thank you so much for your amazing support!  We're excited to get to reprint this book, make the posters, and create the pocket reference. We're also super surprised at the resu...
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Howard and Sandra Tayler
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Finalized Poster Designs, Funding Ends Soon, and Howard's Birthday
Greetings! We’re in the final day of funding for this project, so now—RIGHT NOW—is an excellent time to review your pledge and make sure you’re getting everything you want. We...
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Howard and Sandra Tayler
12 days ago
New Stretch Goal: Illustrated Maxims 1-48
Greetings! We've got a new stretch goal! If we reach 1234 backers before funding closes, each of you will get a set of 48 images that can be used as desktop backgrounds.  These...
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Howard and Sandra Tayler
19 days ago
Quick Update for Week 2 of Funding
Greetings! We're approaching our first stretch goal. When we reach $30,000, we will make two versions of the poster and let you select which version you want.  After that we pl...
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Howard and Sandra Tayler
23 days ago
New Pledge Levels & Add-ons
Greetings! We've added two new pledge levels! Seventy Maxims Pocket Reference is for those who just want to get a pocket reference because they already have the book.  Note:...
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Howard and Sandra Tayler
25 days ago
Seventy Maxims Reprint is Funded!
Greetings! Thank you so much for supporting this project. We're delighted that we hit the funding goal early.  This means we definitely get to reprint this book. Yay! Our firs...
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PROJECT UPDATE
Howard and Sandra Tayler
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2 days ago

Project Update: Fully Funded! Thank you!

Thank you so much for your amazing support!  We're excited to get to reprint this book, make the posters, and create the pocket reference. We're also super surprised at the results of the birthday gift add-on. We thought "maybe we'll be able to go out for a nice dinner" but you all have funded something much larger. We'll stick to the promise of that money just being something for Howard. We just need to pause and think carefully about what that should be.

We're going to take the next week to breathe and take care of some back end stuff. We'll be back by the end of next week with a full status report and plan of action including information on combining orders and timelines. 

Thank you all so much! (Now we're off to go do birthday things.)
Howard and Sandra
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PROJECT UPDATE
Howard and Sandra Tayler
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3 days ago

Project Update: Finalized Poster Designs, Funding Ends Soon, and Howard's Birthday

Greetings!

We’re in the final day of funding for this project, so now—RIGHT NOW—is an excellent time to review your pledge and make sure you’re getting everything you want.

We hit and surpassed our hoped for number of 1234 backers, so all backers are getting the illustrated images for Maxims 1-48. 

We’ve finalized the first poster design, and the test prints look amazing.

It measures 16”x20”, and the current design is ideal for posting straight onto the wall, or matting and framing. The border may be obscured by mass-market plastic poster frames, however. 

The second poster is formatted much differently, and we haven’t run test-prints yet. Here’s the current design:


This will be a 12”x36” print, which is kind of an odd size, but it serves the single-column presentation quite well. 

We still need to do some final proofing on both of these (Howard just noticed that “back up” should be “backup” in the text for Maxim 41) so don’t panic if you see errors. In fact, feel free to email us! 

Oh, and don’t forget: you can choose the “Digital Only” version of the poster, which will let you print it locally, saving you a bunch of money on shipping.

Fun fact: Howard’s birthday makes its once-every-four-years appearance this Thursday, February 29th. Sandra scheduled this project right across that day, and despite Howard’s assurances that he’s fine having “handle the wrap-up of a project” on his special day, Sandra feels bad about the calendar collision. 

You can help assuage Sandra’s guilt, if you’re so inclined, by helping fund a birthday gift.  Sandra has created a “Howard’s Birthday Gift” add-on, and 100% of the proceeds from that line item will get spent on fun birthday stuff rather than businessy, bottom-line things. And by way of accountability, we’ll tell you what he got! 

Howard insists this isn’t necessary, but he also very pointedly did not say “don’t do this.”

Thank you for your support as we run toward the finish line on this project

Howard and Sandra Tayler



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Thank you. That's all I've got. Thank you.

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I see that the book pledge level includes a PDF copy of the book. Does the poster pledge level also include a copy of the PDFs for the posters?

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Thank you all SO MUCH for the generous gift-giving. Our current plan (subject to refinement) is for the business to chip in a few hundred dollars, and then to acquire an Intel I7 Surface Pro 9 with a 1TB SSD and 16GB of RAM. This would replace my Surface Pro 7 (128GB SSD, 8GB RAM). The small drive size slows me down because it regularly has to pull files from the cloud, and the low RAM slows me down when I'm working with big files. And since it doesn't really have the "oomph" to run Photoshop, I can't even DO some of my critical tasks on it. I realize that "work faster" won't seem like it fulfils the requirements of "fun birthday gift," but hear me out: the Surface Pro is part of my zero gravity recliner workstation, which is a critical piece of my Long Covid compensation kit. Every time I have to get out of that chair I end up tired and frustrated. Upgrading the Surface Pro will let me stay in the zone longer, and the beefier machine will let me run Photoshop and Clip Studio simultaneously, which will be a huge workflow improvement. I love making things, and something that lets me sit comfortably for longer while making MORE things is pretty much the best birthday gift I can imagine. Anyway, that's the plan.

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Howard and Sandra Tayler
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11 days ago

Project Update: New Stretch Goal: Illustrated Maxims 1-48

Greetings!

We've got a new stretch goal! If we reach 1234 backers before funding closes, each of you will get a set of 48 images that can be used as desktop backgrounds.  These images were originally created by Howard for calendars in the years 2012-2015 and they feature maxims 1-48.


In order to reach this goal, we’re going to need your help to spread the word. Poke your Schlock Reading friends and make sure they’ve got their copy of Seventy Maxims and/or the pocket reference. Even pledging at the “Just Watching” level will get them these images.

Thank you again for supporting our project, we’re excited to be getting this book back into print!
Howard and Sandra Tayler

A quick FAQ about this goal:

Why 1234 backers?
It is a fun number. We like fun numbers.

Will you finish illustrating the maxims so we can have all 70?
That is unfortunately outside the scope of this project. We can't put more work on Howard's plate and that is a big chunk of work. So for now you can get the 48 that already exist. Doing more would have to be a separate project. 
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Howard and Sandra Tayler
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12 days ago
If we reach this, all backers get a set of 48 desktop backgrounds that are the illustrated Maxims Howard did for calendars 2011-2014.
Goal: 1,234 backers reached! — We did it! This project reached this goal!
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PROJECT UPDATE
Howard and Sandra Tayler
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19 days ago

Project Update: Quick Update for Week 2 of Funding

Greetings!

We're approaching our first stretch goal. When we reach $30,000, we will make two versions of the poster and let you select which version you want.  After that we plan a stretch goal for how many backers we can get for the project. Sandra has some math to do about what we can offer as a reward for that, but at the moment she is very distracted by preparations for LTUE this week. Sandra has a full slate of classes she is teaching as well as helping set up and run a table on the vendor hall. Howard will be staying home to get work done instead of attending the event.

With Sandra at an event and Howard busy working on deliverables, we're likely to be kind of quiet here for the next week, but we will return after that with fresh enthusiasm. Sandra has plans for a post with details about designing the pocket reference. Howard has desktop backgrounds in his work queue.  In the meantime if you want to help out, you can remind your friends to pledge. Or you can just admire our two cats who were very helpful on the day that Sandra took product photos for this project. The calico is named Callie and the grey is Milo. They are both convinced that all your box are belong to them.


They are both very good kitties. 

Thank you so much for supporting this project. We'll be back next week!
Howard and Sandra Tayler
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PROJECT UPDATE
Howard and Sandra Tayler
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23 days ago

Project Update: New Pledge Levels & Add-ons

Greetings!

We've added two new pledge levels!

Seventy Maxims Pocket Reference is for those who just want to get a pocket reference because they already have the book. 

Note: if you pledged Just Watching in the first 48 hours to get your free Pocket Reference you do not need to switch to this level unless you want to get TWO pocket references.

Digital Only Bundle is for our friends who have tight spaces and don't want to store physical objects. It is also for those who want a poster, but don't want to pay international shipping rates. The Poster PDF in this bundle will be of high enough resolution that you can have the poster printed at a location near you. 

We've also made the PDF book and PDF poster available as add-ons should you want to add those digital items to your existing pledge. 

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic support!
Howard and Sandra Tayler
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We're trying out using Backerkit Funding for this project, and I'll admit I'm kind of loving the "Backer Train" which keeps going as long as one person pledges every ten minutes or so.  The team at Backerkit have been really responsive and helpful, so I'm hoping that the backer experience is good as well. 

Still learning features though. For example, does posting a discussion email everybody? (If yes, then I need to be careful about how much I use it.)

Thanks for joining our project!

--Sandra
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Howard and Sandra Tayler
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25 days ago

Project Update: Seventy Maxims Reprint is Funded!

Greetings!

Thank you so much for supporting this project. We're delighted that we hit the funding goal early.  This means we definitely get to reprint this book. Yay!

Our first stretch goal is unlocking a second poster design. That will happen when we hit 30,000. Things are moving along quickly enough that I'm not sure Howard will have the finalized poster designs before we hit the goal, but we'll definitely have them before we send out the surveys and ask you to pick. You'll be able to add additional posters either during this funding period or at the time of the surveys.

We've had requests for PDF only pledge levels. I will definitely add them as soon as we're past the "get a free pocket reference" window. If we make it available before then, the automated systems will try to attach a physical reward to digital-only pledge tiers.  I will also add a tier for "Pocket Reference Only" as an option.

For the next day we're focused on spreading the word and this is where you can help. We've got another 24 hours when people can sign up and get the Seventy Maxims Pocket Reference for free. Would you please make sure that your friends know about the free pocket reference?  Post to your social media and group chats. We'd love to spread the word far and wide.

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic support!
Howard and Sandra
 
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I am one of those that purchased the book the last time it was available. I actually have 2 copies of the distressed version - not sure how I managed that :). I obviously do not need another hard copy of the book but I would love to get the PDF version. Is there plans to make the PDF version of the book available in the poster only tier? Or possibly as an add-on?

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I'm sure there's just not a big enough financial incentive to produce this, but I desperately want the posters of the 70 Maxims either in a book or as stand-alone high quality prints. I have a few that I want framed in my office. Looking at you, Maxim 43...

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I know it says "plus all the bonus stuff!" but it's unclear to me if that refers to any stretch goals added later, or also to the existing add-on items that each cost a few $ basically I think the key fob is really cool and want to make sure I'm not missing out on it :P Be well! and thanks for continuing to fill our homes with Schlock! [read that any way you like ;)]

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Howard and Sandra Tayler
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25 days ago
When we reach $30,000 we'll create a second poster design
Goal: $30,000 reached! — We did it! This project reached this goal!
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