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Sela Blue is a picture book that recounts the adventures of 6-year old Sela growing up in her multi-mosaic cultural world in Canada.
Sela Blue is a picture book that recounts the adventures of 6-year old Sela growing up in her multi-mosaic cultural world in Canada.
Sela Blue is a picture book that recounts the adventures of 6-year old Sela growing up in her multi-mosaic cultural world in Canada.
151 backers pledged CA$ 12,723 to help bring this project to life.

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MEET THE BLUES: SELA BLUE AND THE MISSING KEY

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My Story

Hi, I am Alisia Dale.  

Pictures books did not look like my kids or our family 

When my twins were born I looked for picture books that I could share with the boys that represented a world of colour and diversity, OUR world, the world that was familiar to them. But that part was missing! Fast forward 7 years and I had another precious pea and not much had changed 

Our kids: Twins and younger sister
Our kids: Twins and younger sister

There was still this gap

1) Pictures books still did not look like my kids or our family, and, 2) still no stories about kids like when I was growing up. 

Make Change Happen  "You want to see changes? Then get out there and make them yourself, Alisia!” What if I wrote a picture book that made me feel like I did when I was a girl growing up in Canada? So, I created my main character, a sweet 6-year girl named Sela Blue because it seemed like everyone remembers what it is like to be six – so much joy, wonder, magic and adventure.

Here’s the dream:  

I really want to see children of colour have a more positive image in picture books. 

Last year I published one of the books in the series, “Sela Blue and the First Day of School”. I have assembled a great team with a visionary illustrator to help us realise this dream. With your help, I would love to publish the next book “Meet the Blues: Sela Blue and the Missing Key”.

Sela Series,First Day of School & Meet The Blues
Sela Series,First Day of School & Meet The Blues

Join me and the Sela team in closing this gap 

Together, more children can see themselves authentically come to life through Sela’s world of pictures.  

Support us and pledge  

Enjoy an adventure with Sela and her sisters, Susie and Sophie, through their town of Chateauguay. You will also meet some more of the fun-loving, quirky and cute characters in the series like, ‘Nanny Klatchenburger’, and Sela’s best friend Jolin.

All the funds will be used to pay for our production costs, like our magnificent illustrations, printing, and marketing. The series is feel good and purposeful. I am so excited about you meeting Sela Blue! BE part of Sela’s story and family.

My story is Sela’s story. Please let it be part of your family’s story too!

Meet the real Family Blue (That’s me, Alisia Dale, far left, middle row)
Meet the real Family Blue (That’s me, Alisia Dale, far left, middle row)

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Meet the Blues: Sela Blue and the Missing Key is the story that launches the adventure. When Sela and her sisters, Susie and Sophie can’t find the key to their charming house on Wagner Street, this sets off a quest through the Musical Village of Chateauguay. With happy-go-lucky Nanny K leading the charge, it is no wonder they end up off course! 

Here are the Specifications: • Print Length: 64 Pages • Format: Hardcover • Language: English • Size: 8.6” x11.1” • Reading Age: 4 to 99 • ISBN: 978-1-942537-03-8 • Availability: end of August 2017  

Nanny K and the Blue Girls
Nanny K and the Blue Girls

Our Budget: All funds will be used in the production of the book. Our production costs include: • Editorial costs and proofing • Education and story consulting • Illustrations • Layout • Print • Distribution • Marketing

Our minimum order of this 64-page hardcover is 1000 books. I continuously seek to negotiate the best prices, however, as a small publishing house, our options are limited. What I choose not to compromise on, for the sake our beloved readers, is the quality of our finished hardcover book.

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges include, but are not limited to the following:

The inability of HSPP's illustrator to complete the storyboard illustrations in time for the project to go to print.

Our preselected printer, with whom we have worked in the past, can not secure the required paper stock at our pre-negotiated price and run time to make our deadline.

HSPP is not able to meet its pre-publication costs, including the full payment of its editor, designers, illustrator and print costs.

In each one of these cases, HSPP has identified secondary sources that would be able to step in if required, however, the final look and feel of the final product may be slightly altered.

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    MEET THE BLUES POSTER

    Poster-it Up with Sela's Ever-Biggest Thank you! You will get a "Meet the Blues: Sela Blue and the Missing Key" Book Cover Poster (11"x17").

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    HARDCOVER BOOK: MEET THE BLUES!

    "Meet the Blues: Sela Blue and the Missing Key" is the story that launches the adventure. When Sela and her sisters, Susie and Sophie can’t find the key to their charming house on Wagner Street, this sets off a quest through the Musical Village of Chateauguay. With happy-go-lucky Nanny K leading the charge, it is not wonder they end up off course!
    You will receive 1 hardcover copy of "Meet the Blues: Sela Blue and the Missing Key", signed by Alisia Dale in our custom designed Sela Blue book envelope

    Here are the Specifications:
    • Print length: 64 pages
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Language: English
    • Size: 8.6” x11.1”
    • Reading Age: 4 to 99
    • ISBN: 978-1-942537-03-8

    You will also receive our exclusive Meet the Blues bookmark with tassel.

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    Poster Pack Galour!

    You will receive 1 hardcover book signed by Alisia Dale in our custom designed book envelope of "Meet the Blues: Sela Blue and the Kissing Key". Plus you will get 2 (two) 11"x17" posters of Sela Blue in her hue.

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    SELA BLUE PACK: IT'S DOUBLE THE FUN!

    You will receive 1 hardcover signed by Alisia Dale in our custom designed book envelope of "Meet the Blues: Sela Blue and the Kissing Key" and 1 softcover "Sela Blue and the First Day of School" and 2 Sela Blue exclusive Bookmarks. Collect them all today!

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    Sela Blue's Hardcover Collectors Edition

    You will receive 1 hardcover book signed by Alisia Dale in our custom designed envelope of "Meet the Blues: Sela Blue and the Missing Key" and 1 limited edition hardcover book signed by Alisia Dale in our custom of "Sela Blue and the First Day of School" and 2 Sela Blue exclusive bookmarks. Collect them all!

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    BEDTIME FUNTIME WITH THE BLUES

    Reading time is so special and so much fun with Sela Blue and her sisters. You will receive 1 autographed copy in our custom designed Sela Blue book envelope of "Meet the Blues: Sela Blue and the Missing Key", 1 softcover of "Sela Blue and the First Day of School", 2 exclusive Sela Blue bookmarks (start your collection today) and 1 white Sela Blue T-shirt (comes in different sizes)

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    SELA BLUE SCHOOL GIFT PACK

    Looking for a great gift for your child’s class or school? Be the teacher’s pet!
    You will receive 1 hardcover AUTOGRAPGHED copy in our custom designed book envelope of Meet the Blues: Sela Blue and the Missing Key, 1 softcover copy of Sela Blue and the First Day of School, 1 set of Sela Blue crosswords and word searches for an entire class, and 1 exclusive Sela Blue stationery creative writing and poetry pad with 28 page.

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    SELA BLUE FAMILY AND FRIENDS PACK

    You will receive 2 AUTOGRAGHED hardcover copies of "Meet the Blues: Sela Blue and the Missing Key" in our custom designed Sela Blue book envelope, 2 exclusive Sela Blue bookmarks, 1 softcover copy of "Sela Blue and the First Day of School" and GIFT ONE copy of "Meet the Blues: Sela Blue and the Missing Key" (shipping cost not included) to a family member or friend of your choice.

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    BEHIND THE SCENES: MEET THE CREATORS

    You will receive 2 AUTOGRAPGHED hardcover copies of “Meet the Blues: Sela Blue and the Missing Key”, 1 AUTOGRAPGHED “Meet the Blues” poster and a 1-hour chat with author Alisia Dale and illustrator Sheree Evelina.

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    Pledge CA$ 3,000 or more About $2,269

    SELA BLUE SCHOLASTIC WORKSHOPS

    You will receive all that is included in the Sela Blue School Gift Package and one-full day of workshops run by one of the creators for your students in a school of your choice!

    The workshops, developed by academics for the Sela Blue brand, align with scholastic STEM/STEAM programs to probe and deepen students' knowledge of creative and development process of writing, poetry or music in a fun, engaging and interactive program completely tailored and aided by our Sela Blue brand tools. All students receive custom designed Sela Blue workshop certifications.

    (Travel costs not included)

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