About this project
Hi! I'm Kerry- author, visual artist, color theory professor, dog lover, spiritual seeker, health nerd, Volkswagen adventurer, and professional klutz. Thanks for checking out my Kickstarter project: Halo: A Story about Heaven!
Only a few days left!
Just a few final days left, and I'm working with the numbers to make sure all of the funding is spent in the best way possible. See "Kickstarter Goals" below for more details.
Let's get to the nuts and bolts of this thing.
About the book:
Halo: A Story about Heaven is a 36-page picture book about faith and healing. The main character, Jessi, is visited by a majestic white dog who takes her on an adventure to help her understand and cope with loss. Although the story calls the afterlife “heaven,” Halo is otherwise non-denominational, and draws from near-death experiences of people of many different faiths. Halo focuses on rich imagery, an inclusive and loving point of view, and a story that can stand on its own. The goal is for Halo to be less educational and more an open-ended source of comfort and inspiration that can foster a dialogue in which adults can answer questions about death as they see fit.
The Kickstarter Goals:
WOW! Our initial goal of $3,000 was funded in just FOUR days! This amount will fund the printing costs of a softcover first edition of Halo: A Story about Heaven, some pretty sweet rewards for backers (see below), as well as help me distribute copies of the book to hospitals, funeral homes, libraries and grief centers across the country.
A new MIDDLE stretch goal of $6500 would help me upgrade the book to a larger hardcover version. That means just about everyone wins if this goal is met, because that full color hardcover picture book will be sent to all backers who pledge $20 or more.
I've designed a 10-inch plush toy that could be a source of healing for a grieving child. With a budget of $10,000, I would not only be able to produce a first-edition printing of the book, but also a first-run production of 500 stuffed animals. This piece of the project is especially costly due to prototype design and minimum production quantities, but giving a child the ability to hug Halo while dealing with loss or illness would make it worth it!
In the story, the character Halo represents the idea that those who have passed away can still surround us with loving, guiding, and healing energy, and the idea that there's more for us beyond death. Halo represents a guardian and a symbol of hope and faith, and I want to see him act as a companion in hospital beds and waiting rooms, funerals and cemeteries. These are the places we only go when we are forced to, places where storybook magic seems like the least of priorities.
Let's change that.
Aren't the times filled with sadness, fear or despair the times we most need a bit of magic?
Your contribution can help make this dream a reality... and you won't go empty-handed.
The more you give, the more you get.
Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
I'm happy to report that this is a low-risk project! The illustrations are finished, page mock-ups are formatted, and both timeline and cost have been officially quoted with USA-based companies for both the book and plush toy. I've got a handful of pretty stellar creative-types in my corner, too, to help polish web design, marketing and typography. Once this project is funded, it swiftly heads into final stages for production and delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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