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By Kelly Pratt
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About

(For more information about what our Clue Hunter Association Membership card can do for you, check out our update here.)

The Clue Hunter book series (and eventually our app) is a fun and exciting twist on your old standard Search & Find books. Instead of just looking for a person or object, you have to uncover clues, remember them, and then try to find the right one!

An example of the cover of The Clue Hunter - Creepy Crawlies - Book 1
An example of the cover of The Clue Hunter - Creepy Crawlies - Book 1

What makes The Clue Hunter different from other Search & Find Books?

In The Clue Hunter, we show pieces of the final creature. Each page you turn has a different part of the creature magnified so you can see the color. We write the clue out too, for those who remember what they read more than what they see. We want to make sure that all types of learners can have fun with our books. We also test them with color blind kids to make sure that they can see the difference in the color choices we make.

Within each book, we create Bonus Challenges for the kids. For every creature, we highlight interesting facts throughout the pages. At the end of each book, we have a Bonus Challenge where kids are asked to recall the facts they've learned by answering questions. They can also visit our website to get hints and answers, or to find out more interesting facts about the creatures in our books.

An example of the Bonus Challenge from our Sample Book - The Honey Bee.
An example of the Bonus Challenge from our Sample Book - The Honey Bee.

Why is The Clue Hunter so great for kids... and grownups too?

Our books engage in core learning processes for kids and adults alike. Memory and retention are vital to the learning process. For kids, making memory and retention fun has been a goal of teachers for ages! Kids love the challenge of Search & Find books.

We also never show the full image of the correct creature. Instead, the kids are forced to put the clues together in their mind. This is another exercise for the brain to help develop Cognitive Mapping skills. Cognitive maps serve the construction and accumulation of spatial knowledge, allowing the "mind's eye" to visualize images in order to reduce cognitive load, enhance recall and learning of information.

Aside from all the technical reasons why our books are great for kids, we're making a real effort to make sure they're fun and interesting too! When we get funded, the majority of our dollars are going to hiring artists to work full time with us to create a unique and beautiful style. The art we're showing in our samples is just a taste of what we hope will become a very collectable series.

What exactly is my money used for?

This project is meant to fund the creation of the first 5 Clue Hunter books and the marketing and publishing of Book 1. It will pay for the artists, editors, and marketing person to work full time. We estimate that each book will be about 2 weeks of work for 4 people - 2 artists, our editor and designer, and our marketing person. The printing and shipping costs for our rewards, bookmarks, and the first book alone will be about $2000.00. Marketing costs (advertising, travel to presentations, and more) will be about $1000.00. This means that each person will receive only $1300.00 for about 3 months of work. We are all working other jobs until we can make The Clue Hunter a success, and for that, we need support from people like you!

We feel the sacrifice is worth it, because we know The Clue Hunter will help kids from K5-12, and even adults! We've planned out over 20 books for the series and we are already designing and planning a fun game for iPhone, Droid, and tablet devices that will bring our brain exercises to a much wider audience.

What if you get more money than your goal?

Our goal is the bare minimum we need to scrape by and get these books finished. It is only enough to print and publish the first book and create the rewards for our backers. We still need to finance the publishing of the next 4 books and beyond.

If we happen to do extraordinarily well on Kickstarter, we'll be able to publish the full 20 books we have planned so far. We have a lot more books as concepts - not just creatures, but cars, boats, airplanes and other objects to feature in the series! We'll also be able to begin development on our web-based game and app. We've already got the design, we just need the programmers and graphic artists to help make this vision a reality.

It would mean so much to us if we went above and beyond our goal, that we will definitely make our backers feel appreciated with exclusive book deals and other cool things in the future.

If you want to find out more about investing in our project outside of Kickstarter or if you're a publisher interested in our book series, please visit us on our website: http://www.thecluehunter.com  or our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clue-Hunter/159256487573773

This bee book (below) is a small sample of The Clue Hunter series. We would like to give you a free copy so you can see how the concept will come together. We hope that you will share this FREE copy with all your family and friends and help us spread the word about how The Clue Hunter actually makes it easier for kids to learn by using their cognitive mapping skills and how our unique games help to increase your memory retention. Please and enjoy and share The Clue Hunter experience!

The cover of our Sample Book - click the image to download a copy!
The cover of our Sample Book - click the image to download a copy!

Risks and challenges

Whenever you start something new, there are challenges to be had. The Clue Hunter has no shortage of these. We're new to the publishing game. None of us have ever published a book before, let alone self published. We hadn't commissioned artists for work before, and this was definitely a challenge.

Over the last few months we've learned a lot just by creating our sample book. We've learned about printing, and getting the right resolution and page sizes. We've researched self-publishing, and also looked into getting published, so we know how much of an investment it is to print and ship.

It is also difficult to find the right artists who are willing to commit to the project for the long haul. We've worked with 6 different artists over the course of creating the sample book, and learned a lot about working with different personalities and styles. We've selected our artists based on their commitment and dedication to working hard, so we think this challenge is behind us.

Another challenge is the rapid change from hard copy books to E-book and what that means for the industry. We're meeting this challenge head on by designing our e-books and hardcopy books in a very media specific way.

Our hardcopy books will feature the most difficult and detailed art. We're making them truly collectable so that people want to own them because they look beautiful, and because they can go through them again and again. The Special Edition versions will come with your very own Clue Hunter magnifying glass. We're also making the covers and jackets for our hardcover books have a theme - so when you have the whole collection on a bookshelf, they look unique. Kids will love to have the whole set!

Our E-books are designed for mobile devices and tablets. The art is more simple, but the challenges are just as difficult. In the E-book devices we focus more on the creatures, and we're going to sell them with difficulty levels:

Flatfoot – 3 Colors, 10 creatures to look through on the solution page
Gumshoe – 3 Colors, 20 creatures
Analyst – 4 Colors, 15 creatures
Scout – 4 Colors, 25 creatures
Private Eye – 5 Colors, 20 creatures
Detective – 5 colors, 25 creatures
Expert Investigator – 6 Colors, 30 creatures
(**these are approximate and may be adjusted depending on design)

This way, you can get the difficulty level that is right for you. Our E-books are also going to be priced very reasonably (Just .99 -1.99 each).

We're also prepared for the future. We have the design for a web-based game and app, both Free and Pay to Play.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to drop by our website at: http://www.thecluehunter.com and we'd be happy to address them!

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    Thank you for your support! For supporting us, you will receive a free e-book version of the first book in The Clue Hunter series, Creepy Crawlies - Book 1.

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    All previous rewards, plus your very own exclusive Clue Hunter bookmark. This bookmark has it's own Clue Hunter mini-game on it! It is made only for our Kickstarter backers.

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    All previous rewards. A hard copy (soft cover) of the very first Clue Hunter book, Creepy Crawlies - Book 1. You'll also get an extra bookmark to share with your friends or the kids. And lastly, you get a special thank you on our Supporters page on our website.

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    BONUS LEVEL!! If you were thinking of giving just 25.00, this little 10.00 bump gets you extras for your friends or family.

    All previous rewards, 3 more bookmarks (so FIVE total!) and an extra copy of the Clue Hunter.

    PLUS!!!! Your first copy of The Clue Hunter, Creepy Crawlies - Book 1 gets UPGRADED to a hardcover Standard Edition!

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    Thank you for your commitment to our project. You will receive the $5, $15, and $25 rewards. You will also receive a hard-cover (Standard Edition) copy of The Clue Hunter, Creepy Crawlies - Book 1 SIGNED by the authors and illustrators of the series.

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    We know how much you want us to succeed! You will receive the $5, $15, and $25 rewards. In addition, you will receive a SIGNED SPECIAL EDITION (includes dust jacket and Clue Hunter magnifying glass) of The Clue Hunter, Creepy Crawlies - Book 1.

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    We know you're thinking about the future of The Clue Hunter, and this reward is meant to show that we know it!

    You will receive the $5, $15, $25, and $100 rewards.

    In addition, you will be the very first to receive the first 5 books of The Clue Hunter series in hardcover Standard Edition. (NOTE: You will still get the signed Special Edition from the $100 reward, but you'll get an extra Standard Edition copy too!)

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    Everything from the $250 reward level, but instead of hardcover Standard Edition of the first 5 books, you will receive SIGNED SPECIAL EDITION books. We'll also include an exclusive piece of art (8.5 X 11) from our artists with a creature of your choice and hand written dedication (you can choose the dedication if you'd like to give it as a gift, or we will use the name of the backer). We're limiting this reward to just 50 people, so this piece of art will truly be exclusive!

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    We are so grateful for your faith in The Clue Hunter! At this level, you'll receive everything from the $500 reward level X2!! (Except the exclusive art).

    Your art piece from the $500 rewards gets framed and upgraded to poster size (24X18), and will include creatures from the first five Clue Hunter books, and future Clue Hunter books too! You'll get a glimpse into what we're planning for the series. It will be signed (front) and can have a dedication of your choice (back). This poster will not be sold anywhere ever again. This means that ONLY 10 PEOPLE IN THE WORLD will ever be able to have this poster. We'll make sure it's worth it.

    Last, but not least, you will receive a Thank You in the first 5 books of The Clue Hunter series. Every book printed will have a personal thank you for you, our backer.

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