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Bobo and the Fuss takes young readers on a journey through love, loss, and finding fast friendship in unexpected places.
Bobo and the Fuss takes young readers on a journey through love, loss, and finding fast friendship in unexpected places.
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Bobo and the Fuss: A children's book about new best friends.

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Have you ever had a book rattling around in your head for months, even years? I'll wager that you currently have one. Well, this one is mine. But after five years, it is no longer just rattling around in my head, it is now rattling around on my hard drive! Also in the cloud, for safekeeping.

You see, five years ago, I brought home a baby boy. I agonized and fretted that my dog would not accept his demotion from center of attention to baby vomit cleaner (I did try to stop him the first couple of times). However, the first meeting went swimmingly, with the dog sniffing the baby and the two of them alternating between tolerating and adoring each other from then on.

Bobo and the Fuss
Bobo and the Fuss

Therefore, this book is not based on a true story. It is based on my anxiety about the imagined rancor between my newborn and my best friend. But it ended well in real life and ends well in the book. I promise.

Unfortunately, the real Bobo had to go live elsewhere, which is not a euphemism, he actually had to move to California *sniff*. But while they were together, Bobo and the Fuss were inseparable. Here's an intentionally heart-melting montage of the two of them frolicking:

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At any rate, I want to print 1,000 of these books and peddle them across the globe. It's already written, illustrated, and laid out, all at my own expense. Now it just needs to be published and printed. To do that, I need your support. There's something in it for you, of course. Look at all the nifty rewards in store for you, you won't be disappointed! Unless you go for the top tier, but I clearly disclosed the value (or lack thereof) in reaching for it. But I guess in that case, you are actually paying for disappointment. So you won't be disappointed about your disappointment!

Thank you in advance for my advance to advance the arts!

Bobo and the Fuss and the Mom and the Dad
Bobo and the Fuss and the Mom and the Dad

USE OF FUNDS

The primary use of funds will be to schedule a print run of hard cover books. The books will be 8" x 8" and each is 32 pages long. There are 16 full color illustrations in the book as well, so print costs will be higher than a words-only book would.

In addition, there are some shipping costs that will be addressed (moving 1,000 books around the country is not inexpensive!). Finally, the book will need an ISBN for a few hundred dollars to make it bona fide.

STRETCH GOAL!

Should this humble kickstarter reach $20K in funding, we'll print an additional 500 books and ship them to a selection of libraries, schools, and other charities nominated by you, our intrepid backers. 

If we reach $50K in funding, I'll cook and eat one of the books and post the video. I reserve the right to use a blender and as much time as is necessary. I will also ship an additional 1,000 books to various charities and libraries.

Credit: Throughout these videos, I make extensive use of Prelude No. 6 by Chris Zabriskie.

Risks and challenges

There is nothing stopping this other than lack of funds. I literally have the book uploaded to a publisher and I just have to click "Checkout." There are some logistics challenges such as shipping and delivery, but I am already set up with Amazon to handle shipping and fulfillment for all of the books. Delays in printing will likely be the biggest risk, but they should still be delivered well before the holiday season.

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    If you are lucky or plucky enough, you can score this sweet deal! For $10, you get exactly what the $20 level... affords. What's the catch? Well, this one is limited to the first bunch of backers! You snooze, you lose out on saving $10. The simple solution is not to snooze, the early bookworm gets the bird... that came out wrong. Regardless, I hope I have instilled a false sense of urgency in you now. In FACT, as a bonus, you'll also get two BOOK FACTS! Check the other rewards, no one else gets BOOK FACTS, so you can totally show off to your friends and/or arch enemies.

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    For a mere $20 you will receive a book... Yes, the real and tangible kind of book that you can hold and turn pages. Sure it's anachronistic, but your kids will thank you for the reduction in screen time. Oh, also... you'll receive one DOG FACT and one KID FACT! That's right. Two facts!

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    You get all of the above PLUS an extra illustration that was cut from the book. That's right, it's so awesome that even an illustration worthy of the Smithsonian did not make it in. But wait... there's more! You will also receive a personalized reading of the book by the author, either as an audio recording or LIVE via Skype, Facetime, Hangouts, or whatever your preferred videoconferencing system might be.

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    Obligatory all of the above. In addition, you will receive a personalized handwritten message inside your hardcover copy of the book. That's not enough? Agreed! We'll also ship a hardcover copy of the book to a children's organization of your choice with a note attributing you as the donor.

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    Now you're a bro. You will, of course, receive all of the above. In addition, you will get an acknowledgement printed in every copy of the book for being a bro. Your name will resound through the generations as the copies of this book are passed down. Finally, you will receive TEN additional copies of the book, each with an optional handwritten personalized message from the author (your words, my penmanship). Wow your friends, colleagues, and arch enemies with a personalized author's note!

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    Obviously you'll receive all of the above. In addition, you'll receive a phone call from the author inquiring as to why you pledged an additional $500 for just a phone call from the author inquiring as to why you pledged an additional $500. Really, who would do that? I guess we'll find out! Did I mention this comes with a full complement of DOG FACTS and KID FACTS?

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