I’ve now received more than a handful of panicky emails from parents about the #STEMPrincess Project (my new children’s book entitled, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM.) Mainly, that people missed the boat when it came to the Kickstarter campaign, they want books, where can they get them, etc.
With this post, let me address a few of the FAQs and issues around the book itself.
1. Q: Will the book be ready for Christmas 2013?
A: No. It’s not going to be out until 1Q14. Clever parents, however, will have the backing of the project on paper as a stocking stuffer for their kids, and later on in the spring, Christmas will officially be spread out when they receive the books. (Just saying!) Even clever-er parents backed the project and put their kids’ names in the book as backers. (How cool is that – to receive a book as a kid, with your own NAME in it in print?!?)
2. Q: Will I be able to buy the book on Amazon when it is available?
A: I thought long and hard about this, but the answer is – it depends. If you want an eBook, then yes, it will eventually be available at Amazon via Kindle. But–that’s going to be awhile after the book is first released–2Q14 at the earliest. The book-book – the hardcover book – will NOT be available at Amazon. Mainly because the publisher has a book fulfillment site where you’ll be able to purchase books, AND the fact that Amazon is robbing its authors blind by taking 70% right off the top of every book sold, I just couldn’t find it to go there…sorry. But – you’ll still be able to purchase physical book-books at the publisher’s site.
Let me be clear, however, the people who will get the book-book FIRST will be backers of this project who pre-ordered and already supported this book. So if you want to make sure you get the physical book, the best way is to back the project and pre-order books now.
3. Q: Where will I be able to get the book-book, then?
A: Right now, the best way to ensure you’re going to get an actual book is to back the project. You still can and pre-order your copy (or copies) of the book.
4. Q: How do I pre-order the book-book?
A: Back at whatever level you’d like at $25 or more from Kickstarter (to get a physical book, the lowest backing level is $25). Send your payment as a check or money order (made out to “Pharm, LLC”) via snail mail to my PO Box – Erin Albert, Pharm, LLC, PO Box 335, Fishers, IN 46037 postmarked BEFORE December 31, 2013.* In the new year, I’ll be cranking on getting the final version of the book to print, so I will no longer be able to process pre-orders. Include the following with your check or money order:
a. Your name
b. (And what name you’d like listed in the physical book, because you’re a backer) – or you can state that you’d like to be listed as ‘anonymous’ in the book.
c. What address you’d like your physical book mailed to in the spring and
d. Your check or money order from whatever level of support you’d like at Kickstarter. (Sorry, I can’t process credit cards here.)
e. The check or Money order needs to be made out to “Pharm, LLC.”
5. Q: What will the book retail for?
A: Eventually, when it will be available to the masses, the book-book will be around $15, and the ebook less.
6. Q: Where can I follow the project so I know when books are available?
A: The best place to follow the progress of the #STEMPrincess project is right here at the blog, of course – you can sign up for my updates on this page, and last but not least, the STEM Princess book Facebook page.
Fear not, amazing parents who want to educate your daughters (and sons) about STEM careers – here’s your last first chance to get on board and get the book in their hands as soon as possible!
*I cannot guarantee your name will be listed as a backer if I receive payments after December 31st, 2013.