An ethereal illustrated tale about a girl and boy from different worlds who become friends and embark on a journey of discovery.
What this is.
This is an ethereal illustrated fiction story about discovery that is being developed for both printed book and e-book form.
The inspiration for this story comes from a shorter work I wrote two years ago that focused heavily on the unique friendship and developing love between two characters -- "the earth child" (a girl from Earth) and "the star child" (a boy from the stars). I wanted to take those two characters and their tale and expand upon it, both in length and scope.
The story in "Children of Earth and Star" focuses on the friendship that builds between the earth and star children. It follows them from their initial meeting forward, telling the tale of their journey together as they discover themselves, each other, and the world around them. Readers will be shown various scenes dealing with important life issues such as trust, loyalty, family, responsibility, love, and much more.
The final book will have a written story covering roughly 40 pages, while the full color illustrations will cover an additional 20 pages on top of that.
I will continue to work on the story until completion, and if this project is fully funded, I will move forward with my talented illustrator to breathe that extra level of visual life into the experience.
As of this writing, we have completed the front and back cover art as well as the first five inner illustrations (get a peak by watching the video above!). As the goal here is to have at least 20 illustrations created for the book, we have a good amount of work left to do.
When the story is finished and all of the illustrations created, the book layout will be designed and a few test runs of the book will be printed. I will be pushing very hard in seeking professional publication through a traditional publisher (I live in New York, and I will be personally delivering printed copies to publisher offices). That, or I may be open to publishing with Amazon and their new publishing program. I will be relentless in seeking publication, but if too much time goes by and publishers do not show enough interest, I'm prepared to self-publish the book in order to make sure it is available to the world in 2012.
Where your money goes.
Simply: illustration work, book layout and color test printing, and book copies for publisher submissions.
If this project funding goal is surpassed, I will use the extra funds to create even more illustrations for the book (right now I am looking at 20 illustrations with the current funding goal). If we end up well past the goal, I will print as many copies of the final book as possible and donate them to local public libraries in New York (and beyond, if possible).
The rewards involve various forms of illustration work from the "Children of Earth and Star" book, copies of the book (in digital e-book and physical bound form), and even custom illustrations set in the book's visual world.
Most rewards will go out very quickly once this Kickstarter project ends (and, of course, if it is fully funded). Some rewards -- namely those relating to the final published book -- will take a while longer.
If you haven't already, please check out the main project video for this project (above). It shows portions of some of the completed illustrations. I think it will give every potential backer a very solid idea as to what this book project is all about.
Enjoy - and if you like this project, please become a backer today by hitting the green "BACK THIS PROJECT" button.
The "U.S.-only" limitation set for some rewards is due to very high shipping costs to countries outside of the U.S. These can vary drastically from country to country. Thanks for understanding, and sorry for this seemingly unfair inequality.
If it's "autographable"... I'd be happy to autograph any of the rewards at your request.
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My eternal gratitude, plus special mention on the book's website at earthandstar.vincench.com.Estimated delivery:
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NEW REWARD! A specially-designed digital image of various illustrations from the book fused together for use as a computer background/wallpaper image. Plus, special mention on the book's website at earthandstar.vincench.com.Estimated delivery:
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A full color postcard-sized print of one of the first four completed book illustrations (backer's choice). Plus, special mention on the book's website at earthandstar.vincench.com.Estimated delivery:
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NEW $15 REWARD OPTION! A copy of the final published digital e-book, which can be viewed on e-books (such as the Kindle and Nook) as well as compatible tablet devices (such as the iPad and others). Plus, special mention on the book's website at earthandstar.vincench.com. (Note: There is another $15 pledge reward as well - which will get you a color print of one of the book's illustrations instead of the e-book copy. Your choice!)Estimated delivery:
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A copy of the final published digital e-book, as well as a specially-designed digital image of various illustrations from the book fused together for your computer background. Plus, everything in the $15 pledge reward.Estimated delivery:
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[THIS REWARD IS FOR U.S. BACKERS ONLY] A full color illustration poster print showing one of the most dramatic scenes in the book (shown in part in this project's main image). Plus, you get everything in the $25 pledge reward.Estimated delivery:
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NEW LIMITED QUANTITY REWARD! [THIS REWARD IS FOR U.S. BACKERS ONLY] Nothing more, nothing less: a bound copy of the Limited Edition version of "Children of Earth and Star". The LE version is a pre-published, individually numbered edition and will only be printed in very limited quantity. Hand-delivered on Long Island, shipped anywhere else. Limited quantities! Plus, you'll get a digital e-book copy as well.Estimated delivery:
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[THIS REWARD IS FOR U.S. BACKERS ONLY] A bound copy of the Limited Edition version of "Children of Earth and Star". The LE version is a pre-published, individually numbered edition and will only be printed in very limited quantity. You'll also get everything in the $50 pledge reward.Estimated delivery:
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[THIS REWARD IS FOR U.S. BACKERS ONLY] A medium-sized print of the book's full cover illustration spread mounted in a contemporary black frame, specially designed with the book's title and a story quote, and printed in very limited quantities. Also, a special handwritten "thank you" message to the backer from the author, written on the back of your framed print. Plus, you'll get everything in the $75 pledge reward.Estimated delivery:
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NEW REWARD! [THIS REWARD IS FOR U.S. BACKERS ONLY] Your name included in the "Special Thanks" section inside the printed Limited Edition version of "Children of Earth and Star" as well as the final published version! Additionally, a special page on the book's website devoted entirely to you, where your picture and any information you want will be available for the fans around the world to see. You'll also get everything in the lower pledge rewards: the framed cover illustration print, a printed copy of the Limited Edition book for backers, a full color illustration poster, a copy of the final published e-book, special computer background image, and special mention on the book's website.Estimated delivery:
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EXPANDED REWARD! [THIS REWARD IS FOR U.S. BACKERS ONLY] Angela, the book's illustrator, will create a one-of-a-kind full color illustration of you (the backer) re-imagined in a fictional scene with the two main characters from "Children of Earth and Star". The artistic style will match that of the book's illustrations. This artwork will be printed in high quality, autographed by both the author and the illustrator with a special message just for you, and will finally be framed. You will also receive a digital version of this artwork for your computer. Plus, you still get everything in the $250 pledge reward!Estimated delivery:
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