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James Woodward and Gentry Smith, creators of the musical children's book "When Rebecca Woogie Came to Town," need your help for their jazzy new adventure: "Sophia and Her Ghost Friend!"  

A story of adventure, monsters, and jazz music, "Sophia and Her Ghost Friend" is a rhyming, musical children's picture book, complete in 1300 words. When young Sophia ventures into the spooky woods outside her village, she makes new friends and discovers music that brings monsters and townspeople dancing together. "Sophia and Her Ghost Friend" will inspire children to play a musical instrument and encourage dedication, practicing, hard work and friendship. Building enthusiasm for young musicians and young readers, the story will feature an interactive soundtrack designed to expand children's music through various styles.  

Our last musical book, "When Rebecca Woogie Came to Town," saw tremendous success when it reached over 100,000 children across the United States in schools, libraries, and concert halls; received a 2010 Independent Publishers Book Award for Children's Interactive Book; and was performed in live concerts with the Classics Philharmonic, Georgia Symphony, and Etowah Youth Orchestra. Now we are looking to do it again with an all new story and an all new interactive musical soundtrack, and you can help us bring it to life!

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Your donations will make this new adventure possible and will fund top quality musicians & recording, provide top quality art & printing, and will contribute towards creating digital versions of the book, a musical concert work, and an entertaining and educational elementary school level program that will be performed across the nation for schools, libraries, and children's groups.

Risks and challenges

While every attempt to have the book awarded and published for a national audience will be pursued, the greatest challenge and risk of "Sophia and Her Ghost Friend" is the adventure of self publishing. Creating, drawing, and recording a musical children's book is an incredibly fun endeavor! It also takes a lot of work and dedication.

We learned an incredible amount from "When Rebecca Woogie Came to Town" and are confident in completing all the aspects of self publishing including advertising, printing, distributing, shipping, running websites and facebook pages, maintaining a stock of books, creating merchandise and apparel, organizing readings at libraries and schools, orchestrating a concert version of the story, printing out parts, hiring musicians, recording in a professional studio, creating and maintaining an advertisement free app, and submitting to publishers and awards. We have an inspiring story that we want to tell children across the country!

A successful Kickstarter campaign of $8800 is the minimum amount needed to fund this new musical adventure but far from the overall out of pocket expense. Recording, printing, and all other aspects of the project will use only the highest, most professional quality. Your donations are greatly appreciated and all reward levels receive a copy of the book! Investors like you made our first musical adventure, "When Rebecca Woogie Came to Town", a great success and it brought a lot of inspiration and joy to children across the country! With your help, we can continue to inspire kids to play a musical instrument, to meet new friends through music, and to learn the more you practice, the greater your adventure!

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    Receive the "Sophia and Her Ghost Friend" children's book signed by author James Woodward and illustrator Gentry Smith with a downloadable interactive soundtrack.

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    Receive the "Sophia and Her Ghost Friend" with interactive soundtrack and "When Rebecca Woogie Came to Town" children's books both signed by author James Woodward and Illustrator Gentry Smith.

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    You will receive all rewards from previous levels plus a hand penciled character sketch on the inside cover and a set of "Sophia and Her Ghost Friend" stickers.

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    You will receive all rewards from previous levels plus an original 8 x 11 fine art print of a one page illustration of your choice signed by Gentry Smith.

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    You will receive all rewards from previous levels plus your name will be placed in a "Special Thanks" section on the copyright page in a 12 point font.

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    You will receive all rewards from previous levels, plus your name will be placed under the phrase "This book was made possible through a generous donation by" section on the dedication page in an 18 point font. You will also be notified of all "Sophia and Her Ghost Friend" events (concert performances, library readings, book festivals) and invited to attend an event of your choice.

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    You will receive all rewards from previous levels plus you will receive a one-of-a-kind, fully colored, framed PERSONAL 8 x 11 illustration of Sophia and Sam in an activity of YOUR CHOICE (i.e. going ice skating, dancing, playing a musical instrument of your choice, etc.).

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    You will receive all rewards from previous levels plus you can appear in the book as a monster or villager! Choose your musical instrument (except Sophia's flute and trumpet & Sam's flute,) and pick the color of your hair, eyes, and skin. You can be tall, medium, or short, plus an additional feature of your choosing, like horns, glasses or a bow. Your one-of-a-kind character will appear in at least two illustrations!

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