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This is the story of the Queen of Hearts...how she became the woman she became, what shaped her, and what happened after Alice left.
This is the story of the Queen of Hearts...how she became the woman she became, what shaped her, and what happened after Alice left.
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Stretch Goal #1: $5000 - We'll change the "Kickstarter Only Special Edition"  from a softcover into a hardcover jacketed edition.

It's going to be absolutely beautiful. The cover jacket art is going to be done by the same phenomenal artist that did our paperback cover design...and we've got a fun surprise planned for it...trust me...it'll be sweet :). And of course, this edition will still be hand signed by Amy.

The story

Katherine was an average girl. Her parents didn’t care much for her, but she didn’t mind as long as she could escape into a good book. But one fateful day her life took a dramatic turn. She stepped into another world, quite by accident, and found a true family.

Little did she know, this "wonderland" that she discovered would soon be ruled by a tyrant of the worst sort: the Red Queen, the Queen of Hearts…her.

This is the story of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland…how she became the woman she became, what shaped her journey, and what happened after Alice left.

What others are saying

"If you enjoy classics like the Chronicles of Narnia where humans and animals talk freely and live together in harmony....if you like the Hunger Games, where love and terror come out of no where and there are constant surprises...then the journey of Katy becoming the queen will be an exciting tale you'll have a hard time putting down."

- Chris Lin, Kickstarter Backer, Washington, DC

"Dale has succeeded in taking a special approach to the books we know so well. Instead of the tired concept of ‘Alice returns to Wonderland once more’, she makes us see Wonderland through the eyes of the Queen of Hearts, who is actually not as bad as we all knew her to be."

- Lenny de Rooy, Curator, Alice-In-Wonderland.net

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Why Kickstarter

Everything about the publishing industry has changed. It used to be that an author had to spend years getting a book published. Not anymore. The fact that you're reading this shows that the best way to reach new readers is word of mouth. Thanks for believing in me and this project.

If a traditional publisher hears about this book and wants to obtain the rights, I'd love that. But I didn't want you to have to wait for that to happen before you got to enjoy it.

The Rewards 

E-book: Every backer will be getting a copy of the ebook right away. This is available in PDF, Kindle (.mobi), and iPad/Nook (.epub) versions. You don't have to wait—you'll get this right away.

Paperback Version: This is the standard paperback version of Off with Her Heart. Perfect for reading in bed, in a bath, or at the beach.

The Special Kickstarter Edition: This is a larger format paperback special edition that'll only ever be available here on Kickstarter. Each one will be hand signed by me, Amy. This is going to be really special...not only will you love reading this, you'll love showing it off as well.

The Audiobook MP3: I'm really good at reading (remember, I've got four kids). I also sing in a band and people say they like my voice. Once the project funds I'll be headed into a studio to create the audio version of the book. I've already created the first chapter and people love it.

Ink Spill Art Book Mark: At the age of 13, Anna Dale is already an "internet famous" artist. She does amazing pencil sketches, and her father and I are pretty sure she's going to be "real world famous" one day. This is your chance to own a limited edition piece I'm commissioning her to do. Check out her work here.

The Publishing Rights: If you're reading this, you're probably somehow involved in the publishing industry. Rather than have my agent contact you the old-fashioned way, I figured I'd just go out and start offering my art to the world. If you'd like to become part of this story, send me an email (amy at jondale dot com); I'll connect you with my agent, and we can make publishing history together! It'd be fun to be the first publisher to acquire the rights to a bestseller on Kickstarter, right?

NOTE: Kickstarter has asked us to remove the Publishing Rights Reward from the available rewards on the right because, "Offering a return on investment or a monetary reward of any kind is prohibited on Kickstarter." If you're a publisher, interested in the publishing rights, please contact us rather than purchasing them here in Kickstarter.  

Press & Blog Posts about this project

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Thad Thoughts: Interview with Amy Dale author of Off with Her Heart

About Amy

Amy Dale is a wife and mother of four. She homeschools, plays and writes music, paints a bit, draws a bit, and writes as much as she can. She grew up in Oklahoma, but now makes her home in the mountains of Colorado.

Risks and challenges

The book is formatted and ready to go to the printer. We'll be using Amazon's Print On Demand Service for fulfillment.

The audiobook will be recorded and edited once the project is successfully funded. We'll be using a local studio to do the recording.

If we do run into any issues with fulfillment, we'll communicate with you quickly to keep you up to date.

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    THE MARCH HARE LEVEL: You get the Paperback Version of Off with Her Heart + The ebook version (immediate delivery) + Your name in the acknowledgements

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    THE MAD HATTER LEVEL: The Kickstarter Only Special Edition of Off with Her Heart (Larger Format Signed by Amy) + The ebook version (immediate delivery) + Your name in the acknowledgements

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    THE WONDERLAND LEVEL: This is the no-brainer option for true fans. It includes one of everything. The ebook version of Off with Her Heart (immediate delivery) + The Kickstarter Only Special Edition (Larger Format Signed by Amy) + Your name in the acknowledgements + the Audiobook MP3 version (read by Amy) + Hand Signed, Limited Edition Off with Her Heart Bookmark by Ink Spill Art

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    BOOK CLUB PACK: The ebook version of Off with Her Heart (immediate delivery) + the Audio Book version + 6 Copies of the Paperback and a Discussion guide

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