The Stranger Safety Squad
Educational tool (about stranger safety tips) disguised as interactive children's adventure; it educates early readers in a fun way.
Why This Book?
I’m a dad and, like any parent, I worry about my kids. While we parents know there’s nothing we can do to keep our children completely safe from the dangers of the world, we can equip them with knowledge that will give them a fighting chance.
I’m also an author and a publisher who’s produced more than a dozen Choose Your Path books. This format lends itself well to teaching children lessons that they might not even realize they’re learning. For instance, in Campfire Crisis, we teach early readers about camping safety:
The Stranger Safety Squad
With this in mind, I’d like to create a book that educates children (without scaring them) about stranger safety tips and the most common tricks that kidnappers employ. From abductors who tell lies about lost puppies to acquaintances who pretend to be friends, the scenarios in this book will give readers a chance to make safe choices. The text will also explain why each choice is either safe or potentially unsafe. And to make sure the text is accurate and appropriate, I intend to work with a special consultant.
My hope is to produce this book and to sell it as inexpensively as possible, both as an ebook and by using the print-on-demand model. This allows for almost no upfront costs. However, there are some expenses involved—and that’s where you come in.
To create a high-quality book that will appeal to children, I need to hire a professional illustrator. The pledged money will help with that, as well as pay the costs involved with fulfilling Kickstarter rewards. Extra money will go toward a marketing budget for this book. So keep the pledges coming; the funds will be put to good use!
I haven’t yet begun working with a consultant, but to provide a rough idea of what I have in mind, I invite you to read the sample text.
Unlike most other Choose Your Path books, a wrong choice doesn’t end in disaster. Instead, it directs readers toward the right choice. Reading the book is a rewarding, positive experience—with an invaluable lesson that may one day save a life.
I hope you find the project worthwhile. If you do, I hope you’ll consider pledging and/or spreading the word about The Stranger Safety Squad. Thank you for your support.
Risks and challenges
I see only three potential obstacles that could, however unlikely, cause a delay:
1. I don't finish the manuscript in time.
2. I have trouble getting consultant feedback in time.
3. The illustrator doesn't finish on time.
I can typically turn around a chapter book within three months, but I've given myself six. For that reason, it's unlikely that there will be an issue with (1.)
As for (2.), I've worked with enough consultants to know that a good one is passionate about their area of expertise. A delay is unlikely, but if it occurs, I will simply find a different consultant.
Admittedly, I have struggled with illustrators finishing on time, in the past. So, for (3.), I will keep a close eye on the illustrator's progress, creating several milestones along the way. If it appears that the illustrator is not keeping up, I will consider replacing him or her. But here again, six months should be more than enough time for an illustrator to finish a relatively simple project such as this.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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