We are publishing the first book the Living Fairy Tale Series: Princess Lolly and the Will o'Wisp Hunt. It is a full color, fully-illustrated children's book in rhyming limerick style. In our story, Will o'Wisps venture forth from their swamp, get lost, and it is up to the group to use their unique skills, team-ship and friend-work to save them.
The book is already written and illustrated but we need the cash required to get the book off to press! Check out a couple sample page spreads below.
A "Living Fairy Tale" is a story that has been adapted from real life events, places and people. These tales are polished versions of actual adventures that took place, as opposed to entirely imagined.
Yep, some little kids actually went and did this with me! They will even have bios in the back of the book talking about who they are :)
- Back our project. We have a variety of options and rewards!
- Share this project with your friends, family, anyone & everyone!
- Talk to retailers about stocking the book in stores next spring!
- The internet and social media are a major part of our marketing and social outreach, and we’ve come to recognize them as a fantastic tool to allow our friends, fans, and those who discover and like our ideas to help us produce innovative products, build our business and give back to our community in the process!
:**:Fairy Princess Lolly:**: is a long-time Renfaire, Festival and Convention persona, entertainer and small business artistan. Outwardly, she brings the fantasy element and children's activities to events. Behind-the-scenes she uses her business and media skills learned in Corporate-landia to bolster events, performers and acts, vendors, other sole-proprietorships, and generally anyone who is a part of the fannish and renfaire community.
This is Princess Lolly's first children's book upon which she intends to write a series. Each living fairy tale will reflect her adventures in the human world along with the children and curious personalities she meets along the way!
Herb Leonhard is an award-winning, graphic designer and illustrator of over 25 years. Herb has illustrated nearly 30 books. Among his published illustrations are: "Lyrics" by Tori Amos,"A is for Alliguitar: Musical Alphabeasts" by Nancy Raines Day, "I Know a Librarian Who Chewed On a Word" by Laurie Knowlton, "Leonardo's Monster" by Jane Sutcliffe, "A Southern Child's Garden of Verses" by David Davis, and his own stories, "The Faerie Garden Coloring Book", "Fae Nouveau Coloring Book" and "Sir Norman & the Dreaming Dragon".
Our products will be sold through multiple sales channels such as:
- The Prancing Pony, a small-press production company that combines proven experience, exciting new talent, with modern concepts and visions
- The Gilded Quill, an online etsy store for handmade magical supplies and books both blank and self-published.
- Various Renaissance Faires, Festivals and Conventions throughout the NW
- Small boutiques, businesses, bookshops and similar outlets
- Major outlets such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and more
We wanted to offer you some faery fun rewards as a token of our appreciation! First, you should know that no matter how much you donate, you are ultimately helping to support our overall efforts of bringing fun and fantasy to children through real-life events.
Every pledge will receive our personal thanks in the contributor section of the book.
We've worked to make our rewards a fun and diverse way to give a shout-out to the community that we dearly love, and also make the whole experience unique and personalized to you!
From our list of revered contributors in the book to adopting your own Will o'Wisp, to Bogle Cooking Recipies to Collectors Concept Art we hope you'll enjoy every bit...but it doesn't stop there!
Should we reach and surpass our goal, we have a line-up of stretch goal prizes that we know you'll LOVE - telling you ahead of time would spoil the surprise so let's just say that *everyone* will benefit in the stretch!
We are thrilled to be able to say that our community is enthusiastic about helping this project be a success! We appreciate their votes of confidence! Please allow us to introduce our sponsors to you :)
Ye Merrie Greenwood is the longest running Renaissance Faire in the Northwest. Going on its 28th year, it has been involved in the inception of nearly every other major Renfaire here in the NW! Located in Tri-cities, WA, the faire boasts over 100 professional acts across 8 stages and 75+ vendors and food merchants.
Jessica Rising is a professional writer of children's fantasy, science fiction, post apocalyptic and steampunk. She has been published in newspapers, multiple anthologies and magazines but her heart lies with children's books. Currently she is working on the second book of her middle grade science fiction series, "Guts and Glory, Freedom Fighters of Nil", titled The Counterfeit Zombies of Noc.
She graduated in 2006 with honors from UI&U with a B.A. in Film, and holds a Master of Arts in Writing and Literature with a focus on Children’s Literature. She is also a proud member of the Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators.
Brightwick Candles is a Northwest chandler and renfaire merchant. They specialize in soy, aromatherapy blends and a wide selection of fantasy, mythic and seasonal candles. Their product is entirely hand blended and poured using the finest ingredients and cotton wicks for a clean burn with wonderful aromas.
Glastonbury Renaissance Faire, revived by popular demand, is an Elizabethan era festival which takes place annually in Toledo, OR on Mother's Day weekend. It is now going on its 4th year and features merchants, performances, live music, theatre, blacksmiths and fighting demonstrations. Glastonbury includes of aspects of historical every-day living as well as their fantasy and make-believe. It is a great family activity after brunch for olde-world market shopping and entertainment!
SpoCon is an annual full-spectrum, Sci-fi / Fantasy convention held in Spokane, WA. They are an all volunteer organization that plans and hosts a fan-themed convention along with supporting and promoting events during the year. SpoCon has cutting edge science panels, tons of offerings for writers, gaming of all kinds, a masquerade, exotic dealers and SO much more!!
Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire is a multi-award-winning annual event in Kings Valley, OR. With over 125 artisan stalls and 1,000 costumed players, visitors can browse the village for unique hand-made goods and one-of-a-kind treasures while surrounded by Renaissance revelry and entertainment. This exciting event offers educational, interactive adventures in history and welcomes families and children! Modeled on the merriest of elements from the times of Shakespeare and Elizabeth I, here all the Faire is a stage and everyone a player!
Posh Rat Productions runs affordable, quality events for veterans and their families. Always PG-13, always affordable, always fun. They run four events a year, an independent publishing house, and are dedicated to raising awareness of Veteran's issues.
RadCon is a fan-run annual Sci-fi / Fantasy convention held in Tri-cities, Washington. We are family friendly and offer a complete programming spectrum including Guests of Honor in multiple categories such as writing, filk and art, panels, table-top and computer gaming, dealers room, art auction, grand masquerade and more!
- Video Director & Editor: Douglas Herring
- Production Assistant Chuck Davenport
- We would like to give a special shout out to Eric Pope, who collaborated with us as "Wotan the Faeriesmasher" in our skit <3
- Music courtesy of Green Fay :)
- Wardrobe: Art of Wings (wings), Something Wicked (mushroom crown), Goodwill (dress), Vaisto (gloves), Blu Pixie (necklace)
$8,000 - LOCKED (you know your curiosity is just tingling)!
$9,000 - LOCKED (like pringles, you can't have just one)!
$10,000 - LOCKED (you know you're feeding the fae at this point, right?? Only shenanigans can ensue)!
$12,000 - LOCKED (clearly we're all mad here...:)
$15,000 - LOCKED (you're making me dizzy with fabulosity)!
$18,000 - LOCKED (think of all the glitter this would buy...)!
$21,000 - LOCKED (shall I just declare flawless victory?? :)
Risks and challenges
At current, this book is already written and illustrated - DONE! The second book in the series is being drafted. Hurdles that we might anticipate would largely come down to printing snags and delays. At this time, there are none of those that we are facing.
We will be using a printing company with which we are familiar and have worked with in the past, and have already prospected for this new book. This alleviates any potential major concerns with illustrations and formatting.
Regarding the reward levels, there are a few more possible hurdles that could potentially crop up, but are not insurmountable. These primarily relate to live appearances at events, both public and private. Planning and coordination will be necessary to avoid possible scheduling conflicts - but that's something that we can work through together should it crop up!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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