Tom's Walk Across America BOOK

$777 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 2 months
Created November 11, 2018
Hi! My name is Tom Griffen. Between January-July 2018, I walked across America. Took me 205 days to cover 3410 miles and cross 14 states. I met the most amazing people along the way. It truly became My Walking Life !


I am writing a book about my epic journey. Partially to tell my story, but mostky to tell the stories of the living saints I met en route. I believe it's wildly important to share the wisdom and kindness that was so graciously (and regularly) passed onto me. Frankly, it's the least I can do! 


I hope to have a complete draft by March 1, 2019. But I also know this might be too ambitious. But as of mid-November, I am 100+ pages into it. I didn't want to post a crowd-funding campaign until I was in the thick of the creative process.


Good writing is a full-time job. And though I make a living as a freelance consultant, for the next few months I'd really like to put 100% of my daily effort into completing this book. Which means my freelance income will be greatly affected by this temporary re-prioritization. I trust this focus will lead to a more sizzling page-turner!


- Personal Living Expenses - $1500/month (tight, but possible)
- Professional Editing Services - $1000 (estimate)
- Publication Fees - Unknown, but probably nominal.


$10 - POSTCARD: A progress postcard sent via snail mail.
$50 - BOOK: 1 signed copy of the book (when it’s done, of course).
$100 - BOOKCHAIN: 1 signed copy of the book + a keychain made from something I found while walking across the USA.
$250 - BOOKSPOON: 3 signed copies of the book + a hand-carved spoon.
$1000 - BOOKEVENT: I come to your location to do a speaking gig + 10 free books.

*After you donate, I will contact you with reward info and for shipping details (I'll also make sure you want the reward in the first place). 


If I exceed my goal amount, I'll pack up my 300 pages of notes and sequester myself in a quiet town with a good coffee shop where I can write my face off and not be affected by day-to-day distractions. Please help me make this happen!


Thanks so much for considering. Check back often for fun updates and photos of me scribbling away! Big love to you all!

34420954_1541955107900674_r.jpegPhoto: Finished! July 25, 2018. Coney Island, NY. (by Marti Mattia)

34420954_1541972400538444_r.jpegPhoto: The route! CA, AZ, NM, TX, AR, MS, AL, TN, VA, WV, MD, PA, NJ, NY

34420954_1541955155896446_r.jpegPhoto: A fraction of the wonderful people I met while walking.

34420954_1541954826282122_r.jpegPhoto: Me writing at the UNC Chapel Hill library.
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Update 1
Posted by Tom Griffen
11 days ago
Hi Everyone!
First off, thanks again for supporting me as I write my book about walking across America. Thanks to your patronage I'll be able to keep writing for 6+ hours per day until this project is done.
In early December I was nearly 100 pages into the first draft. When I realized I wasn't happy with its direction, I trashed the whole thing and started from scratch. Draft #2 is off to a blazing start, and in a short month I've knocked out a new 220 pages - and I couldn't be happier.
I expect that by the end of March I'll have a working draft of the book that's to come (but there will still be plenty of edits to do at that point).
I am loving this reflective process, and am excited to share the end result.
Big love to you for helping a writer write!
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