The Wheels on the Bike is a creative spin on the song The Wheels on the Bus. I love to bike and am a daily bike commuter. I made up this version of the song when my daughter was a couple months old. At that time I was dreaming of the days I would get on a bike with her. Now those days are here and it is time to put the book out to share with others. The book has a fill in the blank component that allows the reader to fill in a few blanks in the story to fit their individual family. Three pages have fill in the blank lines, the first page says, "The ____ (girl, boy, or both) on the bike rides really fast ....., the second page says, "The _____ (mom, dad, or other care giver) on the bike says slow down _____ (your child/chidrens' names)" and the third page says, "The ____ (mom, dad, or other care giver) on the bike says ride with us ....... ."
I feel passionate about living life as locally and sustainably as possible. I wanted this passion to translate into my book by writing, illustrating and printing it all locally. I was very discouraged at first to not be able to find a board book company that printed within the United States. The vast majority of board books are printed in China. I finally found the only company that prints board books, in New York. It is not local by any means but is in the United States and printing responsibly.
Since I am printing within the United States this is making the book cost extra. Each book will cost $19.95 + shipping to me, then to you which will equal about $5. I would like to get this book out to as many families as possible as I am passionate about little ones getting exposure to books early. To do that I need help to cover the printing and shipping costs. I was able to do a trade with my illustrator friend, Jennifer Mercede, so I do not have that cost in this equation.
When I meet my goal of $3000 I can print 100 books and sell them at $19.95 each. If I exceed my goal and raise $4000 I can sell each book for $17. If I raise $5000 I will print more board books at $15 or less. The more I raise will make each book cost less so it can get to more families.
I am not going to be making a profit from this experience. I do plan on printing another version of this book in paperback for families with older children. I can print a paperback copy locally here in Portland, if I get enough requests.
Risks and challenges
My first possible challenge may be in the printing process although the company states they can fill my order in one week. I would like to get these books out to familiies by the middle of December and that may create a second challenge with the busy shipping season. I feel that these are going to be only minor challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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