Princess Hiccup - An Illustrated Story of Laughter & Hiccups
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.
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."
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:
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.
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
For those who chose the sketch reward tier, here is a sample of what you might get. These are polished concepts, not just scribbles.
$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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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