LUNCH IS SERVED! Thanks to over 300 of my new BFFs, the first edition of Peanut Butter or Jelly will be available late 2014. The Kickstarter campaign may officially be over, but the sticky fun continues online at www.peanutbutterorjelly.com. Pop on by for book updates and info about placing additional orders.
Peanut Butter or Jelly is the story of everyone’s favorite condiments. This 32-page, full-color, hardcover book features original text and photographs of sandwiches with googly eyes.
The story begins with Jelly questioning why Peanut Butter's name always comes first. Peanut Butter objects, and the two jockey for naming rights. Without giving anything away, it's safe to reveal that they find a way to get along because they’re, well, stuck together.
I decided to self-publish the book because I want it to see the light of day rather than linger in someone’s slush pile.
Here’s a breakdown of what the campaign will fund:
- Book printing to meet bulk minimum
- Shipping costs (to me and then to you)
- Bread, peanut butter, jelly and several trips to the craft store
I don’t need to raise any additional funds for writing, photography or design. As my two-year old would say, “I do it MYSELF.”
Making a pledge is the equivalent of pre-ordering the book. All rewards include shipping or hand-delivery… and my eternal gratitude.
Interested in donating your book(s) to children in need? See information below about The Children's Book Project in the FAQ section.
People who read this far down the page are all brilliant, good-looking, and have a wicked sense of humor. It’s so lovely to meet you! I’m Deborah, but my friends call me Deb. And if you make a pledge, you can definitely call me Deb.
Although Peanut Butter or Jelly is my first book, I'm an artist and my artwork has been displayed in galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco. I also worked for several years at LeapFrog on award-winning educational toys.
I wrote the original manuscript almost a decade ago while living in one of the most creative cities in the world: New York, New York.
Fast-forward to 2014. I’m living back in San Francisco and have two kiddos under the age of five. I’ve logged thousands of hours reading hundreds of books. Inspired by a milestone birthday at the end of the year (the one that starts with a 4), I decided it’s finally time to finish what I started.
What is the age target for this book? This book
has been focus-group tested and approved by preschool and early elementary
school kids, ages 3-8 years old.
- What did you do with the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the end of a day of shooting pictures? I have spent a lot of time with these characters over the past few months. They are my co-workers, my team, my friends. I actually started having a moral conundrum about what to do with them. Do I throw them away? Eat them? The latter felt cannibalistic. But hunger trumped sympathy and I usually ate them. Don’t judge.
- Is there any Peanut Butter or Jelly merchandise available besides the book? At this time, no. You can never have too many books. But you can have too much promotional crap around the house. If this book is a runaway success, however, I retract this statement and will slap their sticky faces on anything and everything that sells.
- What if I want to donate some or all of the books as part of my pledge? I am thrilled to be working with The Children's Book Project, a nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) status, that helps disadvantaged children learn to read by providing children and their shelters, schools, daycare and community centers with books and other resources. Since their beginning in January 1992, the Children’s Book Project has given over 2,000,000 free books to hundreds of facilities serving thousands of children throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. When the Kickstarter campaign closes, just let me know how many copies you want to keep versus donate. Thanks for supporting this amazing organization!
Risks and challenges
The book is done and just needs to be printed. It should be here in time for your favorite December gift-giving holiday… unless it gets stuck on a boat or truck somewhere. If that’s the case, you can blame me for ruining your child’s Christmas/Hanukkah/birthday/life. I’m happy to be the scapegoat in exchange for your generous pledge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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