About this project
Going into all the world, takes a community!
I need your help. Before publishing the FIRST EDITION of my new book, Donkey Otie's Forever Birthday Story, I must sell enough copies to pay for the printing. After scrolling through the information below, click on the green BACK THIS PROJECT button at the top right. Have your Amazon.com account info ready for check out. No account, no problem, you'll have an opportunity to set up a new one.
Sneak peak at the illustrations ...
I'm hoping you'll join me spread the news about Donkey Otie by sending this page link to your friends or by posting it on Facebook or other social media sites and Webpages. Also, watch the slideshow at the top of the page for a sneak peek at the book's illustrations set to a favorite piece of music.
For more details about the project, scroll through this section and past the graphics as you read all about Donkey Otie, or go directly to the Pledge list of products and special gift sets. They have been created specifically for this unique Kickstarter introductory campaign, or simply order the book. You decide.
Q&A at the bottom of this page may answer questions you have, or email me directly at the link beneath my picture. I'll help you complete the form ... especially for the CREATE YOUR OWN REWARD. That seems to be a little confusing, but hopefully my notes at the bottom will explain it for you.
Pledge categories on the right are opportunities for you to reserve your First Edition copy of Donkey Otie's Forever Birthday Story on or before October 10th. Only when we reach my goal will Kickstarter, through Amazon.com, process your payment so the printing can begin.
Then, sometime around Thanksgiving, just in time for Christmas, the books and custom products you selected will be personally mailed by me to you or specified destinations. Included will be my personal thank you. Please note the expected date of arrival on each Pledge as some of the limited editions will require more time to produce.
Check your gift giving list now and purchase multiple copies of the First Edition to pass along to your friends, children, grandchildren, even strangers. Let's celebrate a very special forever birthday together this December.
(Keep scrolling after graphics and read about how the idea developed, industry reviews, and expected expenses for future growth.)
Donkey Otie knew the moment his life changed forever! Never had he felt such love, acceptance, and peace .. or was it simply joy?
Donkey Otie carried Mary, guided by Joseph, into Bethlehem to be counted for a census. Upon arrival, Donkey Otie witnessed the birth of a child. They named him Jesus.
Since that night, Donkey Otie has been telling all who would listen about the miracle he experienced so very long ago. He never tires of telling strangers and friends about that special night, a Holy Night, when Jesus Christ was born.
It happened over 2,000 years ago, but Donkey Otie, the wise old storyteller, wants you to see that night through his eyes so together you can share the forever birthday story.
In the beginning
When baby-boomers were young, everybody went to church. It was expected, and in some cases required. Once out on our own, we went our own way. Some of us found the way back to a faith in Jesus Christ; others maybe not. Thus the case with one of my high school classmates.
His wife asked me to talk to him after learning he was dying of esophageal cancer. She thought I was an ordained minister because I love to talk about Jesus. Turns out, he had not been inside a church since we were 17 years old.
I asked my friend what he wanted to do in the time he had left; did he have any regrets that we could address? “I wish I had taught my children to know Jesus,” was the only thought he expressed that day.
Thinking and praying about his remorse, I was inspired to write a poem telling the Nativity story in a new way. At Christmas a copy was framed and given to the family hoping in the future it would remind them of their father’s last wishes. He died the following summer.
Then I realized many in our age group might have similar regrets. Plus, a part of the new generation of young mothers and fathers have no background or understanding of Jesus to pass along to their children or grandchildren. Thus, Donkey Otie’s Forever Birthday Story has become a memorial to my friend Mike Hanson. It is also dedicated to children of all ages in hopes they, too, might know the love Jesus has for them.
More than just a children's book
The poem grew into a storybook which later inspired an animated screenplay. This led to meeting Darren Cranford, a talented illustrator of children’s books, who happened to own an animation studio!
Donkey Otie’s Forever Birthday Story has now been refined, illustrated to include little details from the screenplay, translated into French by a dear friend Laure Kinoo Warner, and is ready for publication. The Kickstarter printing will be the First Edition! At the heart is still the same poem written long ago.
Chicken or the egg?
Donkey Otie’s Forever Birthday Story is my first children’s book and feature length screenplay, but already through researching the Scriptures, I’m inspired to create others. First things first, will the public like my inspired story, too?
Both the storybook and screenplay have already received the Dove "Family-Approved" Seal from The Dove Foundation, and the screenplay has received a 4+ content rating from Movieguide® prior to its production.
Whether you are a parent, grandparent, friend, relative of a child – or simply a dear fan of mine – you’ll want to own a First Edition and give copies away, too. We’re pricing more than one printing style to fit every budget. You’ll be sowing seeds into the harvest and the next stage of development. It’s an exciting time and success begins with you.
Check out the Pledge levels, and let’s send Donkey Otie’s Forever Birthday Story to print. You'll be on the ground floor of an exciting adventure from vision to reality and oh, so much more! Be sure to tell others so they, too, can celebrate with us!
Donkey Otie's Forever Birthday Story is a 24-page illustrated poem storybook with original artwork beautifully capturing the Nativity story. Character expressions reflect the emotions and experiences of both humans and animals on the night Jesus was born.
In the back of the book is a Forever Birthday Certificate for recording a special day shared with Jesus and his friends. Scripture references explaining the poem border the certificate. Regardless of your knowledge of The Bible or the translation you choose, the age-old story can be understood from Genesis to Revelation with a fresh inspired perspective.
Everybody has to start somewhere. Finding investors willing to risk millions of dollars on my dream of producing an independent animated film is nearly impossible. Venture capitalists tell entrepreneurs, "Start with your family and friends."
So, I'm starting with family and friends. Many of you already know my talents and accomplishments. Early in my career I used my gifts to help other creative people achieve their goals. Now, through Kickstarter, I am garnering support for my own projects. With your help and introductions to your circle of influence, the Donkey Otie brand I envision can become reality, and with its success, we'll be creating jobs!
How will the money be spent?
Until the full funding goal is reached, neither the creative nor administration teams will receive any payment. It is funded 100% or not at all; no half measures will bring success.
If you want to see DONKEY OTIE'S FOREVER BIRTHDAY STORY published, it is important for you to pledge NOW and pass the opportunity onto your family, friends, and associates.
Printing and distribution of the First Edition softcover and First Edition hardcover illustrated storybook is the primary goal of this campaign. Specifically, funds will pay for the following:
- Printing / publishing expenses
- Manufacturing rewards merchandise
- Packaging and shipping costs
- Marketing materials, direct mail, publicity, and targeted advertising for regional promotions through Christmas 2012
- Labor (as needed for additional sales and distribution)
- Kickstarter and partnership processing fees
- Management expenses including professional accounting services
- Creative royalties
We're hoping the outpouring of support will help us meet our goal early and continue to bring in a surplus that will be directed to the following:
- Interactive Website
- New layout for an expanded hardbound edition
- Logo design and trademark expenses
- Youth novel and e-book telling the expanded story portrayed in the screenplay which includes the poem as narration
- Additional translations to include Spanish, Italian, German, a Universal African, Hebrew, and any other languages as the appropriate translator is found who will convert not only the meaning in the poem, but capture the passion through rhyme and poetic meter just as Laure Warner has for the French version
- App and/or e-book editions
- Ancillary products and animated feature film development
- Creative royalties and professional services
Seeing the forest and beyond has always been easy for me, however, finding the acorn that will grow into a fruit bearing tree has not been easy. Donkey Otie's Forever Birthday Story is more than a book. In part, it is my story. Like Donkey Otie, I've learned the joy, power, and peace in worshipping Almighty God. I've learned through the wisdom of Holy Spirit. I know the power of praying in the name of Jesus.
Because I've come to know Jesus loves me and I love him, sharing this fullness of life gives me the greatest joy. I hope you will purchase the book, so I can continue pursuing my creative dreams and, more importantly tell others they, too, can have a forever birthday. It is the day you ask Jesus into your heart and receive the gift of eternal life.
The song used with the illustration slideshow is See Him Exalted: © 1993 Sylvia Peterson and Nathan Burbanks; See & Say Songs, is "Used by Permission - Kingdom Praise" and was recorded in Nashville during my years in worship and Christian education at Belmont Church.
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