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$1,800
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
45
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, December 21 2014 4:59 PM UTC +00:00

About

Dewdrops
Dewdrops

According to the date on my well worn sketch pad, Maggie came to me July 25, 2012, while I was sitting in a cafe, sipping a latte. My journal was gaping blankly up at me and I was thinking, “I want to write a book that children will both learn from and be enchanted by.” I was contemplating where to start when all of a sudden, a little mouse who was raised by bats and dreamt of flying dropped out of the sky and landed on the page.

Don't eat me!
Don't eat me!

Soft and brown, with big bright eyes, little Maggie makes her own clothing out of forest debris and flowers. She is a mouse who dreams of bigger things than herself but who, at the same time, longs to be loved and accepted. I knew, then and there, Maggie needed to be in every backpack and on every bookshelf of every child.

The creative process in developing Maggie Dewdrop boiled down to the basic notion of “write what you know.” Nearly every child, at one point or another, has felt the burden of wanting to fit in. Reflecting further on that aspect of my own journey through childhood, it became evident this was to be the driving theme for my first Maggie Dewdrop book. With this story, I hope to convey to young readers a reassurance that it’s okay to be different and to stand out... even if it’s because you’ve been adopted by a family of bats! My goal was to create a charming and relatable character who would speak to younger audiences. I wanted Maggie to share her struggle through her eyes and from her unique perspective. My hope is that children will connect the dots and apply Maggie’s journey to their own lives.

Nocturna character model
Nocturna character model

Presented as a character in a story, a mouse is easily relatable to children. There are so many challenges to living in a big, wide world when you are so little and helpless and Maggie represents the possibility in all of us to overcome these hurdles in life. To anyone who has ever felt small or insignificant, we are happiest once we finally learn to accept who we are. Through encouragement, ingenuity and adventure, Maggie eventually embraces her individuality as I, myself, have done in my own life. In the end, she realizes she is well loved, not despite, but because of, who she truly is.

That is my aim for young readers. Find that magic inside you that makes you special and fly with it! Dream big, achieve the impossible, live life to the fullest, just take that chance.

I’d like to think that I can do this on my own, but the reality is that it will take your help to make a mouse fly. My first book titled, Maggie Dewdrop and the Feather of Flight, is a huge undertaking, however, it is a personal goal that I am driven from within to achieve. 

Maggie Dewdrop story board panel
Maggie Dewdrop story board panel

Maggie isn’t the only one who wants to fly! With Maggie at my side, I hope to make my passion my career and be set free to do what I was put on this earth for: to create memorable art and write captivating stories that will enchant young readers everywhere. 

Winter wishes
Winter wishes

Risks and challenges

As with any project, I’m aware there are going to be an abundance of risks and concerns that I will face in getting my book published. I am confident I can overcome these obstacles. My goal is to produce a bookstore quality product that is distribution ready. Since I will be self-publishing Maggie Dewdrop and the Feather of Flight, this is definitely one of my biggest concerns money wise. I have researched many self publishing companies and have found several that are somewhat reasonably priced while offering a best quality outcome. Still, this will most likely be the biggest expense I face.
Other larger expenses will include marketing, website design, promotion and social media integration. The remaining funds will go toward the best artist-grade supplies to ensure quality illustrations for my book, the purchase of stock for hand-painted gifts as well as printing services that will render accurate reproductions for anyone who wishes to donate.
Meeting the deadlines of my pledges will be an enjoyable, but breakneck journey. There will be a lot of work to do! Still, as the backers of my project, you are worth every stroke I put down on canvas or paper. You will be giving me the chance not only to achieve my dreams but to share my vision. You deserve nothing but the best I can create and I appreciate your support more than words can express. Cheers to the children who enjoy this book and to those of you who support my effort in creating it.
Together we can make Maggie soar!

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    Thistle Thanks: With a pledge of $5 - $9, you will earn a spot in the “special thanks” section in the back of the book. All names will be in alphabetical order.

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    Morning Glory Mention: With a pledge of $10 - $19, you will a receive a signed Maggie Dewdrop postcard, a Maggie Dewdrop bookmark, along with a spot in the special thanks section in the back of the book.

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    Willow Wishes: With a pledge of $20 - $29, you will receive a set of two pen & ink story-board drawings, a signed Maggie Dewdrop postcard, a Maggie Dewdrop bookmark, along with a spot in the special thanks section in the back of the book

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    Azalea Appreciations: With a pledge of $30 - $49 you will receive an exclusive hand-painted Christmas ornament, a set of two pen & ink story-board illustrations, a signed Maggie Dewdrop postcard, a Maggie Dewdrop bookmark, along with a spot in the special thanks section in the back of the book.

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    Tiger Lily Tribute: With a pledge of $50 - $89, you will receive one 9 x 12 limited edition watercolor lithograph, a set of four pen & ink story-board illustrations, a signed Maggie Dewdrop postcard, a Maggie Dewdrop bookmark, along with a spot in the special thanks section in the back of the book.

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    Carnation Citation: With a pledge of $90 - $124, you will receive a signed first edition copy of Maggie Dewdrop and the Feather of Flight, a set of four 4 x 6 limited edition watercolor mini lithographs, a set of four pen & ink story-board illustrations, an exclusive hand-painted Christmas ornament, a signed Maggie Dewdrop postcard, a Maggie Dewdrop bookmark, along with a spot in the special thanks section in the back of the book.

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    Nox’s Dedication: With a pledge of $125 - $299 you will receive a first edition copy of Maggie Dewdrop and the Feather of Flight, with a personalized message from Gregg on the inside cover, a set of two limited edition 9 x 12 watercolor lithographs, a set of two 4 x 6 limited edition watercolor mini lithographs, a set of four pen & ink story-board illustrations, an exclusive hand-painted Christmas ornament, a signed Maggie Dewdrop postcard, a Maggie Dewdrop bookmark, along with a spot in the special thanks section in the back of the book.

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    Figwort’s Commendation: With a pledge of $300 - $999, you will receive a first edition copy of Maggie Dewdrop and the Feather of Flight, with a personalized message from Gregg on the inside cover, a set of four limited edition 9 x 12 watercolor lithographs, a set of six 4 x 6 limited edition watercolor mini lithographs, a set of six pen & ink story-board illustrations, an exclusive hand-painted Christmas ornament, a signed Maggie Dewdrop postcard, a Maggie Dewdrop bookmark, along with a spot in the special thanks section in the back of the book.

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    Nocturna’s Gratitude: With a pledge of $1000 - $2499, you will receive an original 9 x 12 Maggie Dewdrop original watercolor painting, in addition to the Figwort’s commendation package.

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    Maggie’s Wish: With a pledge of $2500 or more, you will receive a hand made, one of a kind Maggie Dewdrop lap quilt, in addition to the Nocturna’s Gratitude/Figwort’s Commendation packages.

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