Have you ever wanted a story written just for you… or for a friend… or loved one?
This morning I was thinking about my career, and I realized that I love to write and perform for an audience. Not any random audience. But a specific audience. I’ve written stories for families, for young girls, for seniors. I’ve written stories for alumni of MIT, pizzeria owners, subscribers to Jewish newspapers and for readers of coffee magazines. I’ve told stories for families, for children with disabilities, for teenagers, and to my children. A while ago, I started to write a series of stories for the owner of a bar and restaurant. A PTO Mom once asked me to write a story for Diwali. I did.
If I know the audience, and I know the season or the theme, or even just the mood that someone wants, I can write a story. In fact, it inspires me.
So, for $1,000, I’ll write a grand story for you.
You want me to be a sponsor?
Absolutely. I love to write stories for people to read and hear and enjoy. Someone has to be the first, someone has to be the patron, someone has to say, “Go for it!”
$1,000 for a story? That’s a lot of money.
Yes it is.
Of course you could put together 10 friends at $100 each, or any other variation…
And if you’re not satisfied, I’ll refund your money. No questions asked.
What kind of story?
That depends on the audience, doesn’t it?
Is it for you or for someone else? Is it a story meant to be read or listened to? Is it for a particular event? Do you have a theme or a concept or a germ of an idea? Would you like to contribute an installment to an ongoing serial? You choose.
Do I get to pick what my story is about?
Yes and no. You’ll fill out the questionnaire. You’ll need to do this within seven days of the purchase. If I have questions or issues, I’ll be in touch.
What if you can’t do it?
If I don’t think I can write a story that will please you, then I’ll refund your money.
What do you mean, “I’ll write a grand story for you?”
Setting aside the pun, it means pretty much what it says. I, Mark Binder, will write a story that you will consider grand.
You’ll get an option to be the first to read or hear the story (during the editing and revision process), and you’ll get the final, edited version of the story in a nicely laid out, signed, printed first edition. You’ll get a PDF too.
And you’ll get credit! If (when) the story gets published, unless you’d like to be anonymous, you’ll be credited as “inspired by…” or “thanks to the kind support of…” or something like that.
Can I get both a written and audio version of the story?
Yes! However an audio recording will cost extra and take longer. Why? Because audio recording is more difficult than just sounds. It takes time to prepare, rehearse and perform and requires an audio engineer. A rough guess of costs for a single story are $250-750. When the story is completed, or near completion, we’ll contact you to give you the option of purchasing an “add on”. It is optional.
Does this mean that I, as the patron, will own the story?
Nope. You’ll own the original signed first edition. If the story is collected in print, you’ll get a copy of that too. You’ll enjoy the story, and You can share the story with friends and family. If you’re buying it for an organization, you can share it internally too.
This is not a “work for hire.” You can’t post it on the web for the entire world, without additional permission. I, Mark Binder, will still own the copyright and all other rights. You, the patron, will get the copy and permission to share that work with the audience it is written for. In other words, you can read it with your kids or present it to your mother-in-law, or print it in your organization’s newsletter or post it on your foundation’s website—if that’s the audience it was meant for. (If you’d like a personal performance/appearance, the answer is Yes, probably! But you’ll have to talk with my agent — Beth Hellman.)
Other few conditions and restrictions…
- I won’t write a story that I don’t believe in.
- If you want me to write a story for your organization or group, I will only do so with a single person as the contact point. (Not a fan of “Citizens United” and other rulings that say corporations are people.)
- I won’t accept patronage from relatives (I’ve already written plenty of stories for you guys!)
You say I can get a refund at any time?
When a story is written and delivered, you’ll have two weeks to request a refund. After that it will be considered accepted.
You can read the details here: refund information