Shattering Masks - The Book

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Laura Beth Taylor
on behalf of Bryan Buchleiter
 LEWISVILLE, TX
***I have officially suspended the GoFundMe campaign!! While we didn't reach the dollar figure we were aiming for, we did manage to get the book published. I am truly grateful for all of you who offered your support. You will be getting your copy on the book around the end of September. In the meantime, I encourage you to visit www.sophiasojourn.com to learn about the new not-for-profit venture we have launched. Your continued support and encouragement will be welcome***

Getting close to publishing...and so much more!
All is on track for the book to be released this September! We are in the final stages of production and getting more excited all the time.

I am also in the process of launching a not-for-profit that will serve as a platform for delivering the over all message of Shattering Masks: we have value at the very core of who we are! Sophia Sojourn Inc will seek to encourage healthy, spiritual growth in marginalized people and to give them a voice, specificially in faith communities. 

Your contributions to the book will also help the new venture get off the ground!

What is is about?


As I state in the introduction, the book is about "the 'me' you will only find when you look between the labels." It is mostly autobiographical and it covers everything from fighting depression and suicidal thoughts to my gender identity to deconstructing and rebuilding my faith.

Why did I write the book?

I kept seeing the need for specific conversations to happen. My hope is that the book will give perspective for those who see others struggling with any number of things, and give words to those who are struggling but may not be able to find the words for themselves.


How much do I need?

Not as much as you might think - but every little bit will help in promoting the project. My set goal is $3,750.

Your contributions will help cover publishing and promotional costs. 

Committed Reader

$15 – A signed copy of the book, shipped (or hand delivered when possible) to you! (unsigned copies are $20!)

$30 – A signed copy of the book AND the satisfaction of providing 2 copies in my inventory to share with pastors, counselors, school administrators and hurting families.

Virtual Librarian

$100 – all of the above, plus a three panel frame with 5x7 prints of the original “It’s a new day…” inspirational memes. Great for the office or study! (I’ll email you a list with the 10 images and you can pick your 3 favorites)

Connoisseur of Written Arts

$500 – all of the above plus a framed, numbered and signed copy of the original artwork that is being created for the cover! It will be astounding.

When you make your contribution, I will get your email address from Go-fund-me. I will reach out to you to get your shipping information and then I will ship the books and other gifts as soon as they are available (even if it’s before the official release date!).


Besure to visit me on the blog:
www.sophiasojourn.com 

and to like the Facebook Page: 
facebook.com/Sophiasojourn
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I've just created a video appeal for funding the book! Please feel free to share! We are going to get this to the finish line. Given the political climate surrounding and targeted at transgender people, I feel a greater sense of urgency than ever to get my story out there. Thanks for being part of that journey!!
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I have a sneak peak at an early concept for the cover of the book! We are making progress - the biggest think holding the book up is funding. Please support the project here and share with your networks ( http://sophiasojourn.com/shattering-masks-my-book/)

I also got some feedback from David Hayward (aka the Naked Pastor - www.nakedpastor.com): "Powerful"

Can't wait to get this in your hands.
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The book is on its way to the hands of the first round of editors! Be sure to check out the gifts I'm creating in appreciation of your support! (See the description or the blog.)
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Well some might say that the campaign is getting off to a slow start. In my opinion the fact that is has gotten off to a start is a great step forward! Progress on the manuscript is going great and I'm talking with folks this week about various publishing options. I'll keep you posted and in the meantime, see if you have a $10 or $20 you can throw in the pot! Thanks!!
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