Samuel's Shadow is a beautifully illustrated story about real friends, one of whom may be imaginary. Help put it in your local library.
Project Goal: To donate 1000 copies of Samuel's Shadow to 1000 different public libraries.
I want you to think back to when you were a kid. Your parents would take you to the local library, and if you were half the nerd I was, you would check out stacks of picture books at a time, take them home and pour over them, lingering on the images and words.
To me, the worst thing that can happen to an artistic endeavor is for it to go unappreciated.
So this is where you amazing people come in. Every single level of Pledging results in a copy of the book going to a library, where hundreds of people can read and discover it.
The best thing is that this project scales. While the goal is to donate 1000 copies to 1000 public libraries, but it is COMPLETELY UP TO YOU. The more contributors, the more copies, and there is really no limit.
So if you like the book, please consider backing it, but just as importantly, tell others:
Just a little momentum is all we need
About 4 years ago or so, I drew a little doodle in my sketchbook, which showed a shadow pushing a little boy off an insanely tall building.
The caption reads, "Is your shadow out to get you too?" I thought it was a interesting, but overall a negative concept. That sparked the image of a boy whose best friend was his shadow, and I proceeded to develop that into something more hopeful and it turned into the book you see now.
The Problem With Publishing:
Researching publishing and models, the way it works is rejection, rejection, rejection until you finally get accepted and sign over the rights to the publisher, get an advance, and maybe recoup if the publisher promotes you.
I figured, "why not put all that energy into publishing it and promoting it myself?" That way, at least my effort is going towards something more than rejection.
Also, the way that the children's book publishing industry works currently, is that the author hands off a manuscript to a publisher, and they farm out the illustration work to a corral of illustrators they have. Author and Illustrator rarely ever collaborate in that ecosystem.
To me, that made taking the time to find a publisher unrewarding as an artistic endeavor, as I would not see the illustrations until after the book was in print.
I am not an illustrator, but I also craved amazing images to go along with the story that really became something special as I wrote it.
So I contacted Zach, one of my oldest friends, an amazing, long time artist with an eye for the extremely whimsical, and asked if he wanted to collaborate. He agreed and went to work. I gave him small bits of creative direction, but he got the concept, and he ran with it, to places I had never even dreamed. :)
For the official record, only one image from the book was my "idea". Zach interpreted and created the rest, making my vision come to life.
Thank you everyone!
Production costs, man. The money mainly goes into printing first, which includes all the crazy numbers (ISBN, Barcode, any other official things libraries need), as well as layout software (I did the original layout with a 30 day trial :D). After that it goes into shipping and logistics. Each one needs to be shipped to the library you pick, so packing, postage, letter printing and all that jazz. It's not cheap. Same with the copies that go to you! Anything left over will go into building the iPad version and website. I am trying to pack as much value into this as possible, for the least amount possible, and as close to a "retail" price as possible.
Samuel's Shadow has been written. It even has a couple proof copies here at my place as I try to find the best printer. If everything goes right (Universal Law may kick in), I want your copies to be in your hands, and in libraries within 90 days of the end of the Kickstarter campaign. A lot of it depends on the printer.
The iPad app is a little tougher to gauge. Hopefully the same.
Maybe I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
There are 250 Hardcover Copies being made, and they are distributed from the top down via Pledge Amount. The person who pledges single $4000 backing, gets Number 1. The 50 people pledging $250 get copies 2-51, in the order they Pledge. The people that pledge $75 will get copies 52-250 in the order that they Pledge. So Pledge high and Pledge proud. You rule.
It will. YOU GOTTA BELIEVE!!
Of course there is. Back the project. Also, suggestions for logistics is very much helpful. Stuff like, inexpensive shipping envelopes, a good way to collate information in mass quantities, the best tricks and tips for shipping mass quantities of books. General moral support is always encouraged because I love you. Send me a message here, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on September 18, 2011.
Aug 16, 2011 - Sep 18, 2011
Pledge $15 or more
For your Pledge, a softcover copy of Samuel's Shadow will be donated to the Library of your choosing. Hundreds of children around the country will enjoy it because of your generosity and enormous heart. In addition, Samuel Silas Malone will thank you personally on Twitter. You also will receive a copy of the iPad version FREE upon release. You make me smile. :)Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $30 or more
You receive everything mentioned the previous Pledge Level (Donation to your local Library, a Thank You tweet from Samuel Silas Malone, free iPad version upon release). You will also receive a real, personalized Thank You card via snail mail, who does that anymore? You also receive a softcover copy of Samuel's Shadow for yourself. You can keep it for yourself or give it to someone special in your life. Yay! That is two copies in print for one pledge, and you are doubly awesome for being so generous.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $75 or more
8 backers Limited (192 of 200 left)
You are going to get all the loot from the previous Pledge Level (A copy donated to your local library, a Thank You tweet from Samuel Silas Malone, free iPad App upon release, actual Thank You card via snail mail), but instead of a softcover copy of Samuel's Shadow, you get a numbered Hardcover Edition of the book, Signed by the Author. The Hardcover Edition is LIMITED TO 200 BACKERS AT THIS LEVEL AND IS NUMBERED IN THE ORDER PLEDGES COME IN. In addition to that, you will be noted on the "Special Thanks" section on the website (when it goes up). Help out libraries with a copy of the book, and help yourself to a totally rockin’ version of it too. You should feel very very good about yourself right about now.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $150 or more
2 backers Limited (48 of 50 left)
You receive everything that was mentioned in the previous Pledge Level, in addition to all that, you will be listed on the “Special Contributors” page, in EVERY COPY of the Kickstarter Print Run (softcover and hardcover, library and personal). This level is limited to only 50 and these backers also receive the first 50 Hardcover copies. Also, Backers are listed on the “Special Contributors” page in the order in which they Pledged. Also, 10 copies will be donated to your Library System. In addition to all that, you get my undying gratitude. You guys are the real deal!Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $4,000 or more
0 backers Limited (4 of 4 left)
On this, the peak of Pledge Levels, you of course get everything included in the previous level, but in this one, you also get...ME. I will personally come to your local library (or another venue that can be rearranged), and do a Multimedia Reading and Book Signing of Samuel's Shadow for you and your community. This also includes 25 copies for you and your family and friends, and if someone is fanatic enough to pick this level, they are guaranteed the number one copy of the limited hardcover run. In addition, they will have 30 copies donated to either the library system of their choice, or random ones around the country. Thank you, in advance, you crazy generous souls. You are my hero!Estimated delivery: Dec 2011