Independent publishing company producing children's and YA books about realistic homeschoolers! Seeking capital to publish more books by more authors.
Are you and your children tired of books that revolve around school settings, with miserable characters who hate their lives? Had enough of fiction that promotes sibling rivalry and distant parents?
Imagine a world full of books about children and their families excitedly learning from life out in the real world, without a boring classroom in sight! Seem too good to be true? Not with Do Life Right, Inc. books! With the 2.2 million (and growing) homeschooled children in the U.S.A. today, we NEED more children's books with realistic homeschooled characters of today!
Homeschooled children today do not have many options when they want to see characters like themselves in fiction. There are very few that even exist! When they ask their parents and librarians to help them find some, they are usually referred to books nearly 100 years old. These families have felt neglected by big name publishers today. I want to end this! I feel that all children have the right to see themselves in characters and to feel a connection with fictional kids. My homeschooled, unschooled, and roadschooled young friends agree!
My name is Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley and I am the owner of the small independent publishing company, Do Life Right, Inc., which specializes in children's and young adult (YA) fiction about realistic homeschoolers of today. We've been a business since October 2006, and have been in the publishing world since April 2009.
I created Do Life Right, Inc. (along with my husband and two homeschooled daughters) to spread the word about the wonderful world of homeschooling. What started as a simple blog has grown and changed in many ways over the past 4 years. Since 2009, Do Life Right, Inc. has been a small independent publishing company located in Sahuarita, AZ, USA.
Before starting a KickStarter campaign, I wanted to have proof that I not only have the company vision, but the ability to follow through competently in all areas of publishing. Now that I've successfully launched the first three books in the Wright on Time series (www.wrightontimebooks.com) and have the fourth in the works, I am growing the Do Life Right, Inc. publishing company (www.doliferightinc.com). We are working to publish even more books (by many more authors) about realistic homeschoolers of today. Big name publishers aren't interested in filling this need. That's fine, because we are. :) We specialize in fiction books for all ages with themes often not present in modern fiction, e.g. homeschooling, strong family ties, and people without traumatic or emotional issues. Our stories, while intense and exciting, are guaranteed to have happy endings.
I've signed on three new authors, ten new illustrators, and many new editors. All our current proceeds and this KickStarter campaign are going towards publishing and marketing more books. I am working without salary while Do Life Right, Inc. gets itself firmly established. We pay our authors a higher royalty rate than traditional publishers, and never require them to pay for anything--including editing, illustrations, and basic marketing. While we do require each to have a web presence, we help them at each step as much or as little as they need.
My goal is to build Do Life Right, Inc. to publishing at a rate of at least one book a month over the next year, ramping that to 2-3 books a month the following year, and escalating as the years progress. We have the editors, book designers, illustrators, distributors, and more on board--all we need is your contribution to get us kickstarted! This is truly a labor of love to reach the millions of children who have no role models for themselves in their fiction books.
If you, too, are tired of the lack of books about homeschoolers and homeschooling families, we welcome you to become a part of Do Life Right, Inc. today. Start by helping to back our endeavor, and continue by reading our books! We also welcome marketing experts, authors, illustrators, and business savvy individuals to join us.
Our first three titles (children's chapter books) can be found at www.wrightontimebooks.com, as well as your favorite book seller.
To find out more information about the company, see www.doliferightinc.com. I welcome questions of all types and I love to give interviews!
Please tell all your friends and family! Feel free to forward this campaign to everyone you know! We could use all the support we can get in order to build Do Life Right, Inc. to reach the millions of children who do not have fiction books they can personally identify with. We believe in this so much that we're putting our own time and money into this endeavor, and our readers and reviewers are loving it!
Thanks so much! We're very excited to bring these amazing books to families!
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on October 21, 2010.
Sep 12, 2010 - Oct 21, 2010
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Our undying gratitude and one Wright on Time bookmark sent to the U.S./Canadian address of your choice. International backers will be asked to pay an extra $2 for shipping (please pledge this extra amount).
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Author signed copy of one of our 2009-2011 titles. International backers outside of the U.S./Canada will be asked to pay an extra $10 for shipping.
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Signed copies of two Do Life Right, Inc. published books from 2009-2011. International backers outside of the U.S./Canada will be asked to pay an extra $10 for shipping.
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A one hour consultation or coaching session with Lisa over the phone (or in person if you are in the greater Tucson area) about publishing, writing, homeschooling, unschooling, parenting, or anything else you would like advice on--bring on the questions! This can be split into two 30 minute sessions and shared. Each additional $30 will give you an extra 30 minutes.
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Backer to get one vote toward which manuscript Do Life Right, Inc. should publish next based on a one paragraph description of at least six choices. Backer also receives the $50 pledge reward, and two additional books (for a total of four books). International backers outside of the U.S./Canada will be asked to pay an extra $10 for shipping
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20 page professional critique and edit of a fiction manuscript (any genre in Word format). Scheduling to be determined. Basic writing guidelines must be met before critiquing begins (double spaced, 12 point type, etc.). Must be fulfilled within one year. Value $125-$400.
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Kindle conversion of an existing book that you have full rights to. Manuscript must be in Word or pdf format. This does not include any editing or additional formatting (we'll send guidelines as to what these need to be--you'll need to double/triple check them). For an additional $50, we'll help you make this available on Amazon. Do Life Right, Inc. will not be your publisher for this, you will be listed as your own publisher. We will be providing the digital Kindle conversion only.
Pledge $250 or more
All the $100 rewards, plus a sneak peek at the covers (with the option of giving us your ideas) of the next three Do Life Right, Inc. books. Backer also receives six additional books (for a total of ten books); international backers to pay an additional $15 for postage.
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One full professional critique and edit of a fiction manuscript (any genre in Word format) up to 80,000 words long. Scheduling to be determined. Basic writing guidelines must be met before critiquing begins (double spaced, 12 point type, etc.). Must be fulfilled within one year. Value $600-$1200.
Pledge $1,000 or more
Four hour presentation from one Do Life Right, Inc. author or illustrator to a location within 200 miles of that individual. Lisa will go to any Arizona location. Possible topics include: writing, publishing, homeschooling, and many more! Suitable for all ages. Venue to be determined and paid for by backer. This is includes a one-time discount on any Do Life Right, Inc. book purchased for this event. Contact for more details.
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One character named after the backer (or their choice of person). The character will be included in a minimum of one Do Life Right, Inc. book and will have an illustration of the character with other book characters. Details to be worked out. Backer also receives the $250 pledge reward.
Pledge $10,000 or more
All the $1000 rewards, plus a personal one-day visit from one Do Life Right, Inc. author or illustrator to a location within the United States for a talk, signing, or other event. Our authors provide inspiration to groups! Details to be worked out as needed. Contact me if an international visit is desired.