Let’s pay some bills!
As do we all, there are bills to be paid in the Clingman household. The cats need to have food, the cat shelters could use a fixing and it would be great to get started on the books I’ve got planned for 2020. We’ve all got all kinds of bills and they have to be paid one way or another.
The books that I have out do indeed help and the book on Frank Balistiere especially. Words can’t express how grateful I am for the love that book has found.
However, I can do more to that effect. I will be posting affiliate links here and one there own pages and will be doing an Amazon store. I will also be doing affiliate links to Vegas, perfect for those who love to gamble. I may also expand this to include Atlantic City Casinos and maybe even other cities as time goes by.
When you follow these links it really helps me to keep these cats fed and continue my investigation into all things mafia.
Why I Write
Of course I write to make money. But the idea is to make the cash necessary to help the stray cats in my area and foster them when we can. We come across kittens all the time (and are currently fostering two of them).
For some background to this: We live in the inner city of a slowly dying city, Racine, Wisconsin. Moving into our home in the slums, we found out fast that one of the major sports here was dog fighting. Working with the Parks department and the police, we were able to put an end to this (at least in the park below our home). The monsters’ running this ring were up to the triple act: Stealing pets to use as bait to train dogs, shooting dogs that lost and simply letting them go when they had no more use for them (because of injury or age). We got real tired of having to call about another injured or dying animal.
At least we were able to stop this by our house.
An issue that still goes on here though is when a kitten or a puppy is no longer cute, the owner gets bored of taking care of it and just tosses it outside. Because of this we have a lot of stray cats and a few dogs in the area. The city is good at getting the dogs off the streets and into the new shelter that’s gone up. They’re not so good with taking care of the cats.
I know I can’t change the world but I am sure that I can do something for the cats.
The Gun Moll and I have built two cat houses (still need red lights) filled with straw for the outside strays, as well as two beds for them in the wind break that our front door creates. We feed them cat food and treat them with dewormer when we can. There’s not much more we can do but when we do find young kittens we have been very lucky in our ability to foster them. In a perfect world we would run a spay and release program but sadly we can’t afford that. Yes, the world is a cruel place and most of the outside strays only last a year or two. It is what it is but we have done everything that is in our power to do.
It is nice that the books I have written are able to help pay for the cats, something that being on a fixed income would not allow us to do.
I just wanted to take the time to tell you about why I write and how it helps greatly in our efforts looking after these poor creatures.
Doing all kinds of stuff from doing an Audio Book on Frank you can find here : https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Life-and-Times-of-Frank-Balistrieri-Audiobook/B07YF57GWX?asin=B07YF57GWX
To a crime fiction with the DEA joining up with a Narco killer , in the book by the same name Narco Saints https://www.amazon.com/dp/1693614308
You got to love the cover art !
We are also pleased to present to you from England David Breakspaer’s first but we hope not last book A Father’s Son . Set in the 60’s takes you from London to Chicago look at a life of crime and the world it existed in https://www.amazon.com/dp/1690018496
Wayne Clingman, producer of the film Milwaukee Mafia – Frank Balistrieri, The Longest Running Mob Boss in Milwaukee’s History, announced today that the book, Frank Balistrieri: The Last, Most Powerful Godfather of Milwaukee, is live on Amazon both in paperback and kindle format. Perfect for fans of mafia history, Milwaukee, and/or the Outfit.
This book, by myself and cowriter Zack Long, is based on over 1000 pages of documents received from a Freedom of Information Act request, along with newspaper stories from The New York Times,The Milwaukee Journal and others. Mr Clingman said on the matter, “I had no idea that when I started to produce my film, Milwaukee Mafia, that doing so would lead to a book. Yet once I received the FOIA return, I knew I had to continue to tell Frank Balistrieri’s story. Frank was, even if many would not like to admit it, a major part in the history of not only Milwaukee but Las Vegas and the American Mafia at large.”
Mr Clingman continued, “The best part was working with such a great writer, Zack Long.”
Mr Long spoke on the project, “It has been a lot of fun working with Wayne to turn Balistrieri’s story into a book. It is downright shocking just how much violence can orbit a single life.”
Paper back available for $11.99.
Get the ebook for $3.95.
Today, Wayne Clingman, the producer of the film Milwaukkee Mafia – Frank Balistrieri, The Longest Running Mob Boss in Milwaukee’s History, announced that the book, Frank Balistrieri, A look at “The Last Godfather of the Milwaukee Mafia” is about done and being offered for pre-sale to those fans of mafia history, Milwaukee, and/or The Outfit, who will want to own it for their own collections.
This book, by myself and co-writer Zack Long, is based on over 1000 pages of documents received from a Freedom of Information Act request, along with newspaper stories from The New York Times, The Milwaukee Journal and others. Mr. Clingman said, “I had no idea that when I started to produce my film, Milwaukee Mafia, that doing so would lead to a book. Yet once I received the FOIA return, I knew I had to continue to tell Frank Balistrieri’s story. Frank was, even if many would like not to admit it, a major part in the history of not only Milwaukee but Las Vegas and the role of the American Mafia at large.
Mr. Clingman continued,”The best part was working with a great writer, Mr Zack Long.”
Mr. Long spoke on the project, “It has been a lot of fun working with Wayne to turn Balistrieri’s story into a book. It is downright shocking just how much violence can orbit a single life.”
The ebook can be purchased via pre-sale for $5. Buyers will also receive a Chicago Outfit Blood on the Street sticker along with their purchase.
The sale of the ebook on Amazon will begin in mid-June for $3.95;
The Milwaukee Mob is now opening their event, Lunch with The Milwaukee Mob, to sponsors. The four levels of sponsorship are found below.
But first: What is Lunch with The Milwaukee Mob?
A “Lunch with The Milwaukee Mob” is an afternoon of great food and informative conversation featuring guest speaker Gavin Schmitt, author of The Milwaukee Mafia and other works of True Crime. The lunch will be held on March 30 2019 at Chief Bob’s 1405 16th St, Racine, WI 53404. 12pm to 4pm.
Mr. Schmitt will speak on the colorful history of the mafia in and around S.E. Wisconsin and will be open a Q &A following his discussion . Great conversation over a great authentic Italian lunch that even the most hardened Mafia Buttonman would enjoy. Mr. Schmitt will begin around 1pm and is expected to last until 2:30pm.
This event is a fundraiser for Made Men Production/Chiago Outfit Blood on the Street so that they can continue to create true crime content. Mr. Clingman will be available to talk further on upcoming projects and exciting news regarding Made Men Production.
Levels of Sponsorship
Mr. Clingman can be reached about sponsorship opportunities by phone at 262-632-5336 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A link and logo of their choice to be put up on the Chicago Outfit web page.
- A pre-roll Thank You to include their webpage information on the taped version of the show.
4 tickets to the Lunch.
- 2 copies of Mr. Schmitt’s books Milwaukee Mafia and Murder Capital.
- Meet and greet with Mr. Schmitt.
- Link and Logo on the web page.
- 1 copy of Mr. Schmitt’s books Milwaukee Mafia and Murder Capital.
- Meet and greet with Mr. Schmitt.
- Link and Logo on the web page.
- Link and Logo on the web page.
Took some time to reflect, plan,, and find alibis. Thought the crowd funder do better then it did. Taking the time to understand why not had me do some soul searching on why not and steps to take.
What I leaned
- There are lot of projects looking to get money one needs to stand out to attract interest , the project I had did not
- Branding issues, Chicago Outfit Blood in the Streets pushing the Milwaukee Mob confused others, who did not understand how the Outfit was over Milwaukee so being confused did not care
- No push at the beginning, should had had between 5-7 ready to go in buying from the list of perks from what I understand a very standard kick off event for many crowd funding efforts a BIG mistake on my part.
- Fan base age, what was a big shocker is seeing no traction I had others look at my Indie Go Go project to see what was wrong with it if anything. Shock came when one of then a young man of about 25 who likes Mob shows said that he had no idea of what the word surveillance met… That was wild is the population becoming that dumb ?
Even with over 250,000 to have seen the tweets on the project less then 1% took the time to see the information, speaks to the idea that most rather see a rerun of Casino or Good Fellows then a documentary I get that with so many just being very very slow and uninteresting.
Again learned a lot paid attention to what I was being told taking that into mind as we plan other ideas
Well the results are in the fans have spoken, there is 0 backing for either Milwaukee Mob Editors Cut or Milwaukee Mob Frank Goes to Vegas, with so little backing on the Indie Go Go tells me that to go ahead with either project at this time would be a mistake.
Even after being on a popular Popular Podcast “Uncle Frank’s Place”, a Statewide Radio Show out of Janesville WI, a few free ads given to us by our pals on the Web and well over 150,000 reached on Twitter there no interest. The numbers tell us that less then 20 saw the Indie Go Go page.
We could debate the why, that’s just crying in my beer, instead after talking with others , going to doing a Live Action Web series and using Machinima for another. Many actors from an earlier projects will be uses (some in both)
We will be using not only fan based low cost bling backing (T Shirts and stickers) as well Ad Sales to fund the efforts.
We do what we do we drive on
Our project on Indie Go Go.
As you can see we are looking to raise $9500. to film Milwaukee Mob The Editor’s Cut and Milwaukee Mob II Frank Goes to Vegas.
We have a range of “perks” or I like rewards better, to say thanks to the folks to give us money to help make the films.
Take a look and send what you can or tell others about what we are working on doing.
Simply speaking we can not do this with YOUR help.
$5. gets your a sticker, $15. gets you digital copies of both films, a sticker and a shout out on Twitter !
We are counting on YOU!