Wednesday, November 26, 2014

William Shatner explores new worlds of self-publishing and Kickstarter

Star Trek’s Captain Kirk turns to crowd-funding to finance new book on how to reinvent yourself after 50

William Shatner
'A guy like me can’t afford to be irrelevant' … William Shatner. Photograph: Ken McKay/ITV/REX
He has battled the Klingons and boldly gone where no man has gone before as Captain James T Kirk of the USS Enterprise, but now William Shatner is taking on a new mission: conquering the world of self-publishing with his new book, a guide to reinventing yourself for the over-fifties.

Shatner has turned to Kickstarter to raise the $50,000 (£32,000) he needs to release Catch Me Up, and just a few days in, the actor has already brought in donations of more than $15,000. The book will be a combination of stories Shatner has collected from people “who had been laid off, lost careers, had been downsized and replaced by younger people with more tech skills; but who actually fought back and won”, alongside “the vital tools and training needed to accomplish great things at any age”, he explains on his Kickstarter.

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