Meditation, My Friend - Is a humorous, full of wisdom children's book on meditation. Kids can learn to find their quiet place inside!
MEDITATION, MY FRIEND is a very unique book because of it's topic, "mindfulness meditation" for kids. What also makes it fun, unique and relatable for children is that it is written in the voice of Mitchell Hoffsteader, a character I created. Kids love Mitchell and can relate to his antics and thinking. This I have heard over and over again from both children and adults.
I have been working on this book project for close to four years now. It all started with my friend Tenzin who is a monk and doctor from Tibet. He easily agreed to take some photos with my pal Mitchie! I just thought they would be cool looking images. Tenzin just loved Mitchell and had great fun doing it. At the time too I was toying with the idea of doing a children's meditation book with Mitch. The photos turned out so well, that they became the inspiration for the story. From that point on everything just started to flow and fall into place. The writing and recording of the song MEDITATION IS GOOD FOR ME (you can listen to the song at www.meditationmyfriend.com) happened with out a glitch. Finding people to work with who were willing to work for very little compensation (okay basically peanuts) since I really had no formal budget, was a little bit harder. WELL...I have been truly lucky in that department!
I created the character Mitchell Hoffsteader in 1979. I have done music, art, stories, paintings etc. with him. Mitch is a "Hoffsteader" and can do just about anything us humans can do. Hoffsteader's can you know. Some folks are still convinced that Mitch really is a little kid when they hear his voice overs, pod casts and phone messages. Yes I do Mitchell's voice. Check out some of Mitchell's ancestors at www.meditationmyfriend.com the paintings of other Hoffsteaders.
My book is completed. It is full color, 86 pages with chapters. Doing my book in full color was a must because of the beautiful illustrations and photographs. The page count is complete, so I cannot add a thank you page in the book for all of you, with your individual names who pledge. But.....I will have on the books website a thank you/friend page where you will all be mentioned by name.
MEDITATION, MY FRIEND is the story of why and how Mitch learns how to meditate, after diagnosing himself with severe case of "restless brain syndrome"! He learns how to meditate from his friend Tenzin who he accidently runs into after skipping school one day. No use going to school if you cannot read, focus and stop thinking....according to Mitch. Tenzin who is my friend in real life and in the book sets Mitch straight. Mitch learns we ALL have restless brain syndrome from time to time, but doing meditation can help us become calmer and more focused. He learns that it is important to have calm awareness, and not be reactive to all our thoughts and situations. Mitchell gives meditation a try and learns that what made his restless brain syndrome so bad was all the monster thoughts he had about himself for having it. Monster thoughts like he was not lovable, he was not smart etc. He learns to trust his suppportive buddy thoughts by meditating instead, like he is lovable, and he is for sure smart. My book is now in the final edit stage. I also have to record the audio portion of the book, design the door hangers and wrist bands.
Remeber I mentioned finding some great people to work with? Kris Tenner is the amazing graphic artist who has been working with me all along on the book project. She has pulled the book together doing design and layout, while all the time encouraging Mitch and I along. She has done this as a labor of love. I also have a lot of gratidude for Sue Kurowski and her dedicated accurate work as a proof reader and for her artistic support...xoxoxo. My book would not be anywhere without the help of Sue and Kris. I also had editing help from my friend, Lesley Alderman who is a great yoga instructor as well as a talented editor. Oh, and another friend of mine Sean O'Meara....a really kick butt editor and vocalist got me to move clearly in the right direction with my writing and creating this book.
Now I really need money for the printing of my book. Making/designing and writing the book is one thing, but printing I have found out is very costly. This book even more so due to the fact it is in complete color. I want to print 1000 copies of my book. I have found a wonderful printing company in Canada that does high quality work, and their rates are very reasonable compared to all the printers I have talked to in the United States. They are charging me $3,896.00 to print 1000 books. This is a quote I got in February 2012, which could be different now. When I print 1000 copies I then have to find storage space that is clean and dry to house the books.
I will also be working with a print on demand company (POD) as well so I can have my book posted on the internet for sales. It will reach a larger audience that way. I have two companies in mind so far to work with. I have found that their cost is much higher in printing each copy of the book, that is why I want to have some of the books printed by the Canadian company. They will also not be able to include the audio cd inside the book when it is sold on the internet. I will have to stuff the cd's in the books I have printed by the Canadian company by myself which I do not mind doing at all! Book's with cd's will be the deluxe version. There is a start up fee for POD. I also want to make MEDITATION, MY FRIEND into an E-BOOK. There is a fee for that as well which I have to continue researching.
I can record the audio cd myself but to master it in a studio will run about $200. The pressing of 1000 cd's will cost around $700, or about half if I only do a run of 500. I am still comparing prices to see where I can get a good deal and good pricing. It is always cheaper to do a larger run on the cd's.
To make meditation wrist bands it will cost around $1,190.00. It is hard to believe that little rubber wrist bands cost so much. I am still searching for a good deal though. That cost is just to make them for kids. I would also like to make some to give to the parents/adults who purchase the book. To make 1000 door hangers will cost about $200-$300 dollars.
Once the books are printed I will need to rent storage space in Pennsylvania near my home. The lowest rate I have found so far is $648.00 for a year, and this price can go up. To rent storage space in NYC will run me about $1,392 a year and that price may go up as well. I need to have NYC storage space so it is easy for me to access my books when I do signings, teachings, etc. there.
I will also need money to develop the website for the book. That will run me between $1000-$2000 dollars. I want it to have a Hoffstetader Zen like feel. The website needs to be calming to look at but at the same time fun and interactive for the kiddies. I want the kids and parents/teachers to be able to check in with mitch, hear his and my podcasts. I want Mitchell to be animated if possible on the website too. Anyone viewing the website should be able to learn more about meditation, and how to use it in their lives.
My ultimate dream one day is to make "Hoffsteader Meditation Cushions" for kids to use (designed of course by "Mindful Mitchie" for kids) and Mitchie's Metta Mobile. The term Metta Mobile came from an idea my dear mom had. She just adored Mitchell! She was a big supporter of this book project, but sadly for me she passed away nearly two years ago. I know though she is still supporting me on this. One day I was telling her how I would love to have an vintage VW van (in tip top shape) that ran on alternative fuel. Mitch and I would drive around in it with our books, and mediation cushions, town to town, state to state teaching meditation in schools, parks and to various organizations etc. (corporate included). My mom came up with the idea of calling it Mitchie's Metta Mobile. Metta being loving kindness! Mitchie's Metta Mobile would be painted on the outside of the van. Can you imagine how great that would be! But, that will take some real big $$ to make happen.
So that is pretty much it. As I said the biggest portion of the money raised on Kickstarter goes to printing books, cd's and making the website, wristbands, door hangers AND for book promotion, which is super important!
It is important to note that the costs of mailings for items promised in making a pledge are the sole responsibility of the person that has made the pledge. I am doing this so that every cent raised can go to this projects completion and success.
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Jul 26, 2012 - Aug 25, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $10 or more
You will receive a personal phone call from Mitchell Hoffsteader and me thanking you for your most considerate donation. You will also receive one of our meditation wrist bands to wear and a meditation door hanger. Shipping costs will be the responsibility of the person making the pledge. The reason is; we do not want to use up the money received in pledges on mailings. We need every penny to go toward our project.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $15 or more
You will receive a personal phone call, and a personalized letter thanking you for your donation. The letter will be signed by Mitch and I. You will also get a meditation wrist band, a door hanger, and scribbled original notes that were basis for the book. These could become collectors items one day! You will have to take responsibility for the shipping costs.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $20 or more
For a mere $20 you will get a personalized thank you letter from Mr. Hoffsteader and I. Mr. Hoffsteader will also toss in a hand drawn self portrait of himself meditating which he will sign, and a meditation wrist band. You will also receive the MP3 of the song "MEDITATION IS GOOD FOR ME". This song will be included in the audio portion of the book. And of course we will also call you to say thanks. All mailing costs are separate and not included in the pledge fee.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $25 or more
You will receive an autographed copy (by Mitch and I) of the book MEDITATION, MY FRIEND. Now keep in mind this copy does not come with the cd that contains the audio portion of the book. You can download that later, we will toss that in. We will also include a personalized letter thanking you for your donation. All mailing costs are separate and not included in the pledge fee.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $35 or more
You will receive a signed copy of the DELUXE version of MEDITATION, MY FRIEND. The deluxe version comes with the audio cd, which will have meditation songs, guided meditations and a talk about meditation. Mitch will also include his hand drawn self portrait, and he will also give you a call thanking you for your donation. You will also get a meditation wrist band and door hanger. All mailing costs are separate and not included in the pledge fee.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $50 or more
You will receive a signed copy of the deluxe version of MEDITATION, MY FRIEND that includes the audio cd. You will also receive a door hanger, that will inform others to be considerate and quiet while you meditate. It can also be used as a book marker. You will also receive Mitchell's super deluxe meditation wrist band, which will remind you to be mindful. We will also call you and send you a personal thank you letter for your donation. You can pick any page out of the book and we will send it signed for you to keep. All mailing costs are separate and not included in the pledge fee. Oh yeah, you also get a personal thank you letter from Mitch and I.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $100 or more
You will receive a deluxe signed version of MEDITATION, MY FRIEND. You also get the cooler than cool door hanger and meditation wrist band. AND you will receive the MP3's of the songs from my cd "MISSIONS". The song WISH was originally recorded and released on this cd. WISH is a song (the mettta song) that will be included in the audio portion of the book. The title track of the cd went #1 for awhile in Serbia, MISSIONS OF THE MIND. I guess I am a rock start there. The Fire fighter song was done as a 9/11 tribute. You can view the video that I did for the song at www.meditationmyfriend.com . Of course Mitch and I will be calling you to thank you for your donation. Shipping fees are separate from the pledge fees.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $250 or more
You will receive a signed deluxe version of MEDITATION, MY FRIEND. You also get the meditation door hanger, mindfulness wrist band and the MP3"s from all the songs on my cd MISSIONS OF THE MIND. We will also make for you, your very own personalized guided meditation. It will be twenty minutes long and have your name mentioned in it. It will be in MP3 format. If the meditation is for a child the length will be shorter. The length will depend on the child's age due to the their ability to concentrate and sit still. Hey but it is possible....Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $500 or more
You will receive two signed copies of the deluxe version of MEDITATION, MY FRIEND. You will also receive a two meditation wrists bands and two door hangers. You will also get a copy of "MISSIONS" the cd that the song WISH is on. The cd will be signed by me. Or you can have the cd's music in MP3's that is up to you. Mitch and I will also make you a personalized guided meditation. It will be personalized with your name. It will be sent to you in MP3 format. You will also receive a page of your choice from the book, signed by Mitch and I. You can also call me at your convience to discuss how your meditation practice is going, and ask all the questions that you need too. Shipping costs are separate from the pledge fee and are the responsibility of the person making the pledge.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
If you make this donation, Mitch and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts! It is great too because it shows you are truly interested in learning how to meditate. Some how, some way I will make a trip to you to teach you mindfulness meditation. You can invite your family along to learn, business associates, friends, students etc. For instance friends of your children. This class would be limited to ten adults, and or up to six children. The adult class would last two hours with breaks. The children's depending on their ages would be only up to an hour in length. A teens class would be an hour. Children must be at least ten years of age to participate (however, there can be exceptions). Parents and kids would not be taught together, but at some point you would practice meditating together. I will also teach parents/teachers/bosses things they can do with their children/students or employees to help them learn meditation so they become calmer, more peaceful and focused. Each person attending the meditation class would get a signed deluxe version of MEDITATION, MY FRIEND. But if it is a family with a couple of kids, we can discuss whether each child needs their own copy of the book. Everyone in the class will get a mindfulness a wrist band and door hanger. I will also make myself available by phone or via email to answer any questions regarding meditation. If this pledge is made by one person only (rather than a group who pledges the money), for instance someone who invites others to attend the meditation class, that person would also recieve a personal twenty minute guided meditation with their name mentioned. It would be in an MP3 format. They would also get a call from me twice checking in to see how their meditating is going. They would also be able to call me with any questions etc. The cost of my travel will not be included in the $1000 pledge. If one person makes the donation they would also get any page from the book framed and signed by Mitch and I. The cost of the travel would be the responsibility of the person or group making the pledge. Travel costs could be in the form of gas money, car rental, train, bus or plane fare. So for example if I travel to NYC from Quakertown, Pa. it is no biggie! It would only be bus and cab/subway fare to where ever the class will be held. I can stay over night with friends. However, if I have to travel to a place where I do not know anyone, I would need to stay over night in a hotel. You would also have to provide the space where the class would be held. Terms and details for this for this pledge can be discussed for sure. We would have to both be flexible to make sure we can find a time and date that works for both of us. Doing this will be a lot of fun for sure!!! Not to mention worthwhile to do....learning to meditate. Shipping costs as always are separate from the pledge fee. I have given a time frame of a whole year to fulfill the terms of this pledge. This will help make it easier for everyone involved!Estimated delivery: Jul 2013