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A beautifully illustrated history of Presidential assassinations and attempts sure to entertain and educate children and adults.
303 backers pledged $8,349 to help bring this project to life.

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The Introduction to the book will be written by...

Posted by Silence in the Library Publishing (Creator)

We have an announcement to make.

If we can make it up to the $7,500 level, the book will have an introduction.

The introduction will be by none other than the New York Times bestselling author Paul S. Kemp.

I've come to know Paul through his work as a writer of fantasy and Star Wars novels set in The Old Republic, as well as his devotion to fine scotch and cigars via Twitter. He's a great guy and you should definitely follow him there. His day job puts him in the world of law and I find his political observations astute and always spot on, so when I thought of someone to introduce this book in particular, he seemed like the right person for the job.

You should visit his website and check out his latest book, The Godborn, which comes out next week.

Here is his official bio:

Paul S. Kemp is a multiple New York Times bestselling author of sword and sorcery and space opera novels, and he works very hard to make them a fun ride. He enjoys good beer, good wine, good company, and a fine scotch every now and again. While his mind is often in the fantastical fictional worlds, his body lives in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, with his wife Jennifer, his twin sons, and his two daughters. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the University of Michigan law school. When he's not writing, he practices corporate law in Detroit. Yes, that does make him a tool of "the Man," for which he shall bear everlasting shame. He hopes you enjoy his novels.

There's still more to be done, though!

First, we need to actually hit this stretch goal, and to do that, we'll need you all to tell your friends about the project and tell them why you're backing it.

Thank you all for the support you've offered thus far! We'll be finished tomorrow!

In the meantime, here's Erin Kubinek's portrait of John Flammang Schrank, the man who thought McKinley's ghost came to him in a vision and told him to shoot Theodore Roosevelt to avenge him.

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We smashed the third Stretch Goal!

Posted by Silence in the Library Publishing (Creator)

I didn't expect to hit the next stretch goal so quickly, but here we are. You guys are officially the best!

Scout is incredibly excited, since she'll now have a portrait of each president added to all versions of the book. Her digital copy, however, will contain her interpretations of the assassination attempts themselves and other images she chooses to see fit.

The next stretch goal is one you're all going to want to push your friends to make happen. When we hit $6,500, everyone who has backed the project at $5 or more will receive a digital copy of my last novel, Operation: Montauk, for free.

That book is a lot of fun and I hope you are all able to get it and enjoy it through this Kickstarter.

Also, I did an interview about the project with Dj Grandpa. He does a great podcast called Dj Grandpa's crib highlighting Kickstarter projects. You can listen to the episode here. And I would also say keep an ear out for his podcast on his official website here.

Without further ado, here is Erin Kubinek's portrait of James A. Garfield, the second president to be assassinated in office. He was shot in a rail depot by a man seeking to be the Consul of Paris...

Not the right way to go about getting a job...

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A quick update...

Posted by Silence in the Library Publishing (Creator)

I wanted to pass along Andrew Jackson's portrait as a quick update for you, as we chug along to our next stretch goal.

Jackson was the first president to have an assassin make an attempt on his life. Davy Crockett, then a Congressman from Tennessee, helped foil the attempt.

It's a great story.

And it's all in the book.

In these last hours of the campaign, I'll release a new preview image with every update, which should coincide with our stretch goals. 

We'll hit the stretch goals a lot faster if you all adjust your pre-orders to include any add-ons you want (including the $5 for Scout's version of the book!) and by telling your friends. As I write this, we have just over 70 hours left to spread this as far as we can. And the further we spread it, the more free stuff you'll get!

Thanks so much again for your support.

And here's Andrew Jackson by Erin Kubinek:

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Press Coverage!

Posted by Silence in the Library Publishing (Creator)

The last day has seen an explosion of press coverage of the project from some pretty cool outlets and I wanted to share it with you.

First, we have The National Journal. Writer Marina Koren interviewed me for her piece in their White House section today. How to Explain Presidential Assassinations to Your Kids is a great, positive piece. They read the book, loved it,  and they even asked for a copy when the book is out.

The DCist wrote a great story about it, too, running some of Scout's art. Author Creates Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination For Kids. Some of the comments are pretty funny.

WatchPlayRead added a question mark to the title, A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination?, and are very supportive.

Sadly, The DailyKos went straight to conspiracy theorist territory and assumed this book was some sort of manual to teach kids HOW to kill a president. The picture they chose to accompany the story?

I know, right? Let me assure you that nothing could be further from the truth. The book is completely age appropriate. It's not overly graphic or gory. It's a matter-of-fact but engaging take on the historical events, placing them in the proper context.

Nothing upset me more as a kid than to find out things were watered down because I was a kid. This book doesn't do that.

So, for those of you who have taken the time to check out what the book is REALLY about, and have supported the project, I want to offer my sincerest thanks.

You have my appreciation! And thanks for continuing to pass on the word.

(Also, be on the lookout, I'll be adding some more and more frequent stretch goals as we get into the home stretch!)

Other Projects that Should Be on Your Radar...

Posted by Silence in the Library Publishing (Creator)

While we're in the final stretch of the kickstarter, and we're all doing our best in spreading the word about A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination, I know how hard it is to get that word out.

And since I'm covering Kickstarter all the time, I'm finding all kinds of cool projects that I've backed while I'm waiting for this little book of mine to fund and I'd like to let you guys know about them, too.

First is "Li'l Eddie: Edgar Allen Poe for Kids":

It's very much in the same vein as our book and I think you guys would be interested in it. If your kids will like my book, they'd definitely like this one.

The next project I was excited to back that ends in a couple of weeks were these Baron Fig artist's notebooks. I use moleskines all the time to write notes. I'm constantly writing notes. And these are made by a great group of creatives and look to be great.

The last I'll highlight at the moment is the Mimic Miniatures project. These guys 3D scan your head and put it on figures for tabletop game play. I play way too much Pathfinder with my kids and having personalized figures to do so delights me to no end. (They're also local to me and very great guys.)

Thanks again for supporting my kickstarter and spreading the word. And I'm not affiliated with these other projects, but I hope you check 'em out, just because I like them and backed them personally.