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Blogger Gail Krawetz is writing a history book about the creation and growth of the Saskatchewan Party to leadership. Risk & Reward: The Birth & Meteoric Rise of the SaskParty is an independent book revealing never-before-told behind-the-scenes stories. More

WOW! We hit our main goal!
As promised...
SEE BELOW for new STRETCH GOALS & PERKS!!!!



Hi, I'm columnist, blogger and author Gail Krawetz.

The Project & My Purpose

I am researching and writing a book to tell the story of the little-known beginnings of the Saskatchewan Party in 1997, the groundswell of support it received and its meteoric rise to forming government in 2007. This is a feat unequalled among modern-day political parties in North America. 

By providing this account I want to ensure that a more fulsome and accurate historical record is documented than has to date been available, and to create the first book on the subject. Also, I am the wife of one of the party founders and as such lived through the times even before the party was formed. I’m a writer, and even in the earliest days felt I was keeping these stories for a future time, though I didn’t realize it would be a book 20 years later. I think I can provide a uniquely behind-the-scenes perspective, balanced with factual research and sources, that will tell the story in a uniquely personal way.

Why is This Book Important?

The creation of this party changed the political landscape of this province and, therefore, deserves its rightful place in the annals of Saskatchewan history. As well, the book will reveal how a strong political will, the right circumstances and a group of dedicated, like-minded individuals accomplished what many thought was impossible.

The Story

Here's how it all started...

The 1995 Saskatchewan provincial election saw the nearly five-decade juggernaut of the New Democratic Party once again secure power partially because of vote-splitting. Internal struggles within the Liberal Party and recent scandals of some Progressive Conservative members meant that neither of these was in a position to present a viable alternative to the powerful NDP organization on its own. 

The "Original 8," as they’re called, were a group of 4 Liberals and 4 PCs who banded together, each for different reasons and taking on different, but significant, risks, to create the new blended party. They would name it the Saskatchewan Party, much to the chagrin of their opponents, who likely were mostly just miffed they hadn’t thought of it first. :)

These 8 brave souls risked family, friends, fortunes and the most priceless good of all, personal reputation, in the action many saw as disloyalty in the extreme to their original parties. They did it because together they imagined something better for their beloved province of Saskatchewan.

But even they had no idea the impact they would have and the spectacular speed with which it would happen, nor the legacy it would create that is evident today in so many ways.

How I Want to Tell the Story

The many supporters of the SaskParty who are keen on learning this history are an important audience for this book, as are those who are interested in the political process and history of Saskatchewan. 

The tone of this book will be informative and educational, but also revealing, as many never-before-known details will be shared. The book will be an easy and entertaining read, as humorous and personal anecdotes of those who lived this history will be shared directly from interviews I’m conducting as part of my research. 

My Challenge & The Goal

Book publishing is expensive. I have many reasons why I want to self-publish this book, not the least are that I want to maintain an objective distance from the Party itself. Even with my own experience as part of this history, I’m very serious about presenting an objective and well-researched book that shows as fair and balanced a picture as possible.

Our first goal is $20,000 to help pay for editing, design, marketing and printing costs to print 400 hardcover and 400 softcover books. We will announce additional stretch goals during the campaign as well.

I'm supported by a great team of wonderful people helping me with this campaign to whom I’m grateful. They’ve helped me put together all the ways in which you can help me bring this important historical story into being, and get your copies first!


UPDATE: NEW STRETCH GOAL: $15,000

We hit our main goal on March 13, only 6 days into our campaign! So, as promised, here is the first Stretch Goal:  $15,000.  These additional funds will be used for three items:

$5,000 - 5-City Author Tour (covers costs of tour coordination, travel, 
marketing and promotion) SEE NEW RELATED PERK!
$5,000 - Colour Photographs and spot colour in the book
$5,000 - Increase of print run from 400 softcovers/ + 400 hardco-vers to 500 softcovers + 1,000 hard covers

How You Can Help

Your support will allow me to focus on my research and writing. Even though I’m bearing some of the costs for making the book, I will know from your support that there is the interest I believe is out there to hear these stories.

So we’ve put together a great series of book-related perks that we think you’ll love. Your purchase assures you’ll be first to receive the book and to have opportunities for campaign-only limited edition products.

Also, crowd support will create an important buzz for a successful book launch. This story needs to get out to the public to counter any incorrect material that is already in print. You can help not only by contributing to the campaign to pre-purchase your book or books, but by sharing the campaign with those in your networks. (It's easy to do through the various sharing methods here on the campaign page!)

Reaching our campaign goal will ensure that the result is the best possible product, both from an academic perspective as well as an esthetic one. Getting a "thumbs up" from the original players would be most gratifying to me personally.

Thank You!!

Without you, this can’t happen. And the time is now, as those who were involved at the earliest stages may not always be around to tell these stories later. Unfortunately, we’ve already lost one of the original 8. 

So I thank you for your support, whether it’s in purchasing books and other perks, or sharing the campaign with everyone you know. Finally, you will help to create an historical document that will be a valuable resource for future study, commentary and reference.

 

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Only 300 available of this VERY special campaign-only offer! This hardcover is signed not only by the author, but by all 7 remaining members of the Original 8, and the current Premier of Saskatchewan and SaskParty Leader Brad Wall! A true treasure, and a very special Christmas gift!
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Take our SaskParty quiz (5 questions) to test your knowledge of the party's history, and be entered in a draw for $100 gift certificate to Memories Restaurant in Regina, where it all started! This 4-course dinner for 2 donated by Thomas Siarkos @ Memories. (You'll receive the online quiz via email after you have purchased the perk...answer each question and return to be entered!)
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30 softcovers at a nearly 20% discount, so you can resell or fulfill your whole Christmas list at once!
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22 gift-quality hardcovers at a nearly 20% discount, so you can resell or fulfill your whole Christmas list at once!
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Presenting Gail in Your Town!
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Gail will come to the city of your choice, spending the day doing a bookstore launch event, community talk and school visit plus doing relevant media. You cover only necessary costs of tour coordination, marketing/promotion and author travel/accommodation.
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Pay cost + 20% only for 270 books you can distribute to all Saskatchewan 9-12 schools. Perfect sponsorship opportunity for presence in Saskatchewan schools.
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