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An whimsical fairy tale, told in the tradition of nursery rhymes. Filled with laughter, magic, and a desperate need to cure the hiccups
A whimsical fairy tale, told in the tradition of nursery rhymes. Filled with laughter, magic, and a desperate need to cure the hiccups
A whimsical fairy tale, told in the tradition of nursery rhymes. Filled with laughter, magic, and a desperate need to cure the hiccups
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Princess Hiccup - An Illustrated Story of Laughter & Hiccups

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This is a story I wrote for my daughter. I'd love your help in bringing it to life.

I sometimes tell impromptu stories during bedtime, at my daughter's request, and with her offering up an idea to start with. This can be as simple as "Tell me a blue story." One night, she had a particularly bad case of the hiccups that would not go away. Looking slightly miserable, she asked for a story about a princess with hiccups.

And so Princess Hiccup was born.

The Story

When enemies mustered to pillage and plunder
When their shouts shook the earth as rumbling thunder

The Princess, crowned with jewels, would cause them to flee,
When her body shook with laughter, and her sides split with glee

Princess Hiccup is an epic, old-fashioned fairy tale, told in the tradition of nursery rhymes. The Princess has a laugh so powerful that it brings joy to anyone who hears it, protects the land, and heals the sick and wounded. But one day, her laughter travels too far and wakes up a Dragon, who curses her with hiccups. No matter what is tried, no one can make the hiccups go away, and so the Dragon must be defeated.

There is only one person in the kingdom brave enough to face the Dragon: a young lad who wields nothing but a carpenter's hammer...

I won't give it away, but rest assured that everything ends with a classic "happily ever after."

Illustrations

The book will be illustrated by Darlene Segura, who has honed a colorful and vibrant style that is perfect for the tone of the book. She has already sketched and designed the cover, the main characters, and the first scene of the book. You can view them below:

Princess Hiccup Book Cover
Princess Hiccup Book Cover
Princess Character Sheet
Princess Character Sheet
Lad Character Sheet
Lad Character Sheet
Dragon Character Sheet
Dragon Character Sheet
First Scene
First Scene

Vision and Aim

One of the most important qualities in a children's book is re-readability. As parents, we read these stories over and over and over again. By the time you've read something for the seventh time, you're looking for ways to conveniently "lose" the book in the garbage. But you persevere, because for some reason, your child loves when you read that story.

But some books never seem to get old. You never tire of reading them, and the pictures never fail to delight their audience. I have always appreciated the power of these types of stories, and the artistry required to achieve it. I'm thinking of stories like "The Giving Tree" and "Where the Wild Things Are", to even more modern classics like "I Want My Hat Back" and "The Little Blue Truck."

I want to create a book that will last and will be a joy to read for years to come. This is a tall order. I'm shooting for the moon. Even if it misses that high mark, that will still be pretty high.

Materials and Launch Date

This hardcover book will be bound and printed using the some of the best processes and materials available. Premium, sewn binding. Offset printed with real ink for vibrant colors. 105 lb coated paper for weight and durability. When you pick up this book and turn the pages, you will be able to feel the quality.

The book will be 10" by 10", with over 30 full-color illustrations, and wrapped in a dust jacket.

My goal is to start shipping books out no later than April 2015, and by that time also have them up for sale on the dedicated website.

Kickstarter Edition

The first printing of this book will also contain concepts and sketches from other artists. I'll also include alternative lines and verses that were changed or cut from previous drafts. Future editions of this book will not have this extra content.

What the Funds are For

Money raised from this Kickstarter will go toward the following:

  • Completion of book illustration, layout, and design
  • Initial print run - I need enough to print the minimum order size of 250 copies
  • Shipping and fulfillment of rewards
  • Other miscellaneous expenses, like acquiring an ISBN number and other marketing costs

Sketch Rewards

For those who chose the sketch reward tier, here is a sample of what you might get. These are polished concepts, not just scribbles.

Initial Princess Sketch
Initial Princess Sketch

Stretch Goals

$6500 Stretch Goal

If our funding hits $6500, everyone who backs us (and we mean everyone, even if you only backed for $1) will get an audiobook recording of the book as an MP3 download. This will be professionally done by an actual voice talent who does these things for a living, and not by the droning voice you hear in Kickstarter video :)

Website and Marketing

If this is successful, I will also set up a dedicated ecommerce website to help market and sell the book. This is where backer's will be acknowledged. I'm a web developer by trade, so this will only take my personal time and effort. This is something I have literally done dozens of times, and it will be completed before the book starts to ship out.

The website will have room for growth as well, as this won't be the only book I do.

I also plan on contacting independent book stores both locally and around the country, offering samples of the book. I don't want the reach to end at Kickstarter. I believe in this book, and I want it to go far.

Risks and challenges

The main risks are production delays from the printer, or the shipment being held up in customs. The only other major risk involves sickness (or worse) for one of the two contributors: myself or Darlene.

The book is already written and has been revised. It is close to its final draft.

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    Follow the journey! You get access to exclusive backer updates and sketches, your name will be listed in the acknowledgments section of the website, and you will have my sincere gratitude. May you always conquer your hiccups!

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    E-BOOK TIER! You get everything in the previous level, along with a copy of the book in a digital format.

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    THE BOOK: You get a 1st edition, premium hardcover book shipped right to you. You also get access to backer-exclusive updates.

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    LIMITED PRINT TIER: You get a 1st edition, premium hardcover copy of the book.

    You also get a limited edition, Kickstarter-exclusive print based on a scene from the book. The print will be 8x10, printed on heavy, fine art paper with archival inks, and suitable for framing.

    This Kickstarter is the only way to get this print. Only 50 of these will ever be made.

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    FRIEND OR DONATION PACK: Get 2 copies of the 1st edition, premium hardcover book shipped right to you. Give the second to a friend, or donate to your local library. You also get access to backer-exclusive updates.

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    PARTY PACK: You get 5 copies of the 1st edition hardback book shipped right to you, access to backer-exclusive updates, and a copy of the ebook. Perfect for gifts, or to distribute to your local libraries.

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    ORIGINAL SKETCH TIER: Along with a 1st edition copy of the hardcover book shipped to you, you will also receive one of the original black and white sketches done for the book, signed by the artist. Artist's choice.

    You also get access to backer-exclusive updates.

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    CUSTOM PRINT TIER: The artist will create a custom design, in the same style as the book, based on your picture. This will be printed on 8x10 fine art paper, suitable for framing. You'll have a one-of-a-kind rendering of you or a loved one.

    You also get a copy of the 1st edition hardcover book shipped to you, and access to backer-exclusive updates.

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    HICCUP CURE: Do you have a home remedy for the hiccups? Maybe it was passed down in your family for generations. We want Princess Hiccup to try it out in the story! We'll come up with a verse and illustration for your idea, and it will be included in the book. You'll be able to provide feedback during the process. It should not be similar to others already in the story, which are all in the video.

    You will also get a 1st edition hardcover copy of the book shipped to you, and be thanked in the acknowledgements near the back of the book.

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    Wow! Thank you so much. This book will be dedicated to my children, but on the same page, near the front of the book, you will be acknowledged and thanked as someone critical to the book's success.

    You will also get two hardcover copies of the book shipped to you, a personal thank you note, and access to backer-exclusive updates.

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