See Below for Stretch Goals and Add-ons!
A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination is a beautifully illustrated book born of a child’s desire to learn and a father’s belief that gaining knowledge should be fun and uplifting. It is designed to educate, entertain, and enlighten children from ages 1 to 100.
A couple of years ago, while visiting Washington D.C. for a writer’s workshop, author Bryan Young visited Ford’s Theatre, the site of John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. When he returned home, he showed his children the many pictures he had taken from his trip. To his delight and surprise, his daughter Scout was incredibly interested in the subject of Lincoln’s assassination, and Presidential assassinations in general.
After looking extensively for a book suitable for a child her age on the subject that would be both educational and engaging, Bryan came to the realization that no such book existed.
This book is the result of that quest. After countless hours of research into the history of Presidential Assassination, Bryan developed the words that you will find in this important and entertaining book. But Scout demanded something further of her book – it had to have pictures, and good ones.
Bryan contacted artist Erin Kubinek, and a collaboration was born that would create a truly unique work of historical education. Each illustration in A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination brings this subject to life in a way that will activate the imaginations and ignite the interest of children and adults.
Bryan and Erin have created the book, but that’s only the first step. You have the vital role in the publishing of this book. You will decide whether it lives or not.
As those of you who contributed to the highly successful Time Traveled Tales Kickstarter will know, we at Silence in the Library are deeply committed to the idea that readers should have a say in what is available to them to read. The reason we use Kickstarter as a vehicle for funding projects is because it gives readers direct and immediate input into the process. You don’t have to wait for a product to come to market to vote on whether you want it or not. You get to do that before it ever hits the shelves.
We feel that this project is important. We believe that it will appeal not only to children, but to parents, history buffs, and people who are just inquisitive in general.
Also, it is a just plain fun book. The subject is serious, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a bit of fun learning about it. Heck, perhaps it’s seriousness is all the more reason to have some fun.
In keeping with our goal of making authors and artists full partners in the publishing process, we have made Bryan Young the project manager for this Kickstarter. That means that he'll be answering all of your questions, making all updates, and in general driving the entire process.
And here’s something that you may find shocking…Silence in the Library is taking absolutely none of the money from this project. That’s right, the proceeds from this Kickstarter will go directly to paying for the artwork and for the initial print run of A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination, and for marketing the book so that we can get it in the hands of as many people as possible.
Why would we do that? Because we really believe in this project. Most of us are parents and history buffs, and we feel like it is important that a book like this be out there. We hope that you will feel this way, too, and join us in bringing this book to life.
So take a look at the reward levels to the right, and find the one that works best for you. Then, scroll down below and take a look at our awesome add-ons and stretch goals.
For Add-ons, please just increase your pledge by the amount of the add-ons you want (while keeping your reward level the same), and we'll send a poll at the end of the Kickstarter to find out what add-ons you wanted.
$5 A digital version of the book illustrated by Scout. UNLOCKED!
NEW ADD-ON: $5 Postcard with art by Erin Kubinek signed by the author, the artist, and Scout.
$20: A standard poker-sized deck of playing cards featuring Erin Kubinek's illustrations of U.S. Presidents and their would-be (and occasionally successful) assassins. Please include an additional $3 for shipping outside the United States.
$20: An additional soft-cover version of the book. Please include an additional $3 for shipping outside the United States.
$15: An extremely high quality 8x10 print of an illustration of the President or assassin of your choice from the book from Erin Kubinek.
NEW ADD-ON: $15: An extremely high quality 8x10 print of an illustration of the President of your choice from the book by Scout.
$15: A signed, print copy of Bryan Young's previous novel, Operation: Montauk.
UNLOCKED! $4500: When we hit this goal, every contributor at $20 or above will get, at no additional cost, an 8x10 print of Erin Kubinek's illustration of President Lincoln's portrait from A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination.
UNLOCKED! $5,000: We will offer a $5 add-on, which will be a digital copy of Scout's version of the book. It will include drawings she made to illustrate some of the attempts as well as portraits of the presidents whose lives were threatened or lost in assassination attempts.
UNLOCKED! $6,000: We will include Scout's presidential portraits in all digital and print copies of the book, though her special version of the digital book will still be available and contain drawings exclusive to that version.
UNLOCKED! $6,500: Every contributor at or above $5 will receive the eBook of Bryan Young’s novel Operation Montauk at no additional cost. Operation Montauk is a pulp-inspired time travel thriller involving dinosaurs, space ships, Nazis, and a talking chimpanzee. We're not sure it is humanly possible to pack more awesomeness into a single book.
UNLOCKED! $7000: Every contributor at or above $5 will receive the eBook of Janine K. Spendlove’s War of the Seasons, Book One: The Human at no additional cost. This best-selling first book in Janine K. Spendlove's War of the Seasons Trilogy introduces us to Story, a young girl who is ripped from her world into a world of mythical creatures at war with each other. Story seeks a way home, and along the way must make choices that will decide the fate of an entire world.
UNLOCKED! $7500: An introduction to the book written by New York Times Bestselling author Paul S. Kemp!
UNLOCKED! $8000: Bryan Young will write a bonus short story involving time travel and presidential assassination which will be illustrated by Erin Kubinek. Every contributor at or above $5 will receive the eBook copy of this story at no additional cost. Additionally, we will create a reward level, limited to two, in which you will have the opportunity to be added to this bonus story as a character.
$8500: The bonus short story written by Bryan Young at the $8000 level will be included at the end of the print version of A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination.
$9,500: Every contributor at or above $5 will receive the eBook of the Silence in the Library superhero anthology A Hero By Any Other Name at no additional cost. This high-flying collection includes stories from Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Maggie Allen, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Ron Garner, R.T. Kaelin, Jean Rabe, Janine K. Spendlove, and Bryan Young.
$11,000: We will create a limited-edition challenge coin featuring Erin Kubinek's illustration of Abraham Lincoln on one side, and her illustration of John Wilkes Booth on the other. We will make this coin available to all contributors as an add-on at $15, and make it available to contributors only after the successful conclusion of the Kickstarter.
WHO IS BRYAN YOUNG?
Bryan started his career as a storyteller in film and has co-directed (with Elias Pate) numerous shorts and two feature-length films. He’s been involved in writing almost 20 feature length screenplays. He got into writing, assistant-direction, and producing of documentary films with This Divided State and carried on with twice as much responsibility on Killer at Large. Both films won numerous awards and are currently available on DVD across the world from The Disinformation Company and are available on Netflix.
Since 2006, Bryan has been a contributor to The Huffington Post where he has been writing about politics, comic books, and the intersections of the two. In 2009, with Lucas Ackley, Bryan founded the geek news and review site Big Shiny Robot! where he is Editor-in-Chief. He’s written close to 1700 articles for the site, and his primary beat is covering Star Wars. Bryan is currently doing a series on film and Star Wars for the official Star Wars website.
Bryan helped Derek Hunter write the first issue of Pirate Club, which eventually turned into two graphic novels at Slave Labor Graphics. After that, they collaborated on a story for the first Popgun Anthology for Image Comics. In October of 2010, Bryan published his first novella called The Colossus. He was invited by Mike Stackpole to write it as part of his Chain Story Project. Bryan’s first novel, Lost at the Con, came out in June 2011. It was released alongside a collection of short fiction stories he wrote called Man Against the Future. Since then, he has released a sci-fi adventure novel called Operation: Montauk, and has 3 more novels in various stages of revision and publication.
WHO IS ERIN KUBINEK?
Erin Kubinek is professional geek and an artist based in Madison, Wisconsin. Her illustrations have graced book covers, the insides of comic books, and anywhere else that finely illustrated art is required. Currently, she's doing production design for films and working on illustrating a graphic novel (also written by Bryan Young) called Topaz, about the Japanese Internment during World War II.
Risks and challenges
With the manuscript written and the lion's share of the illustrations completed, the challenges we face are largely to do with ensuring the best quality possible and doing another round of research and fact-checking just to be sure.
Silence in the Library has already produced a number of great books and delivered them on a timely schedule and this project should be no exception.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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