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Two beautiful picture books showing different sides of Lili's trip to the carnival.
151 backers pledged $13,181 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello and welcome to our Kickstarter project! We're so very glad you're here. This Kickstarter is to help us fund the creation of two complimentary picture books.

"Something in the Air" is a book about Lili and her first trip to the carnival. It has a strong female heroine and conveys a positive message about being comfortable doing your own thing instead of following the crowd.

Something in the Air
Something in the Air

"Madame Ardat's Traveling Carnival" is about what happens behind the scenes on the same day. In a style reminiscent of Edward Gorey, the illustrations show how the carnival has been deceiving us all along and Lili again plays an important and surprising role. 

Stretch Goals

Thank you for your support in reaching our goal so quickly! Our campaign is live until November 1st, so let's make these great books even better!

Rewards

When you become a backer, you can choose from any number of exciting rewards including:

Individualized thank you postcard. You will receive a hand-written thank you postcard, signed by Desarae and Liz on one side and decorated with an illustration from the book on the other. The postcard will be delivered in November of 2018.

Beautiful hardcover copy of one or both books. You can choose to receive either "Something in the Air" or "Madame Ardat's Traveling Carnival," OR you can choose to get both! Designed to stand independently, the books work best together to create a more complete picture of Lili's day at the carnival. You may find some hidden surprises when you compare the two. This reward also includes the thank you postcard.

Book(s) and Accessories Package. You will receive blank postcards of illustrations from the books, a bookmark designed by Desarae Lee, and stickers of characters and creatures from the books. This reward also includes your book(s), which come signed by both Liz and Desarae on the inside cover, and a thank you postcard.  

Variant Cover. Your book(s) will come with an exclusive variant cover. This cover is ONLY available to backers on Kickstarter. We will also include a personal note inside the cover of the book(s) along with our signatures, and you will receive an exclusive invite to our online live-streaming event. This reward includes the accessories package and thank you postcard.

Original Art and Haiku. You will receive an original pen-and-ink drawing by Desarae Lee with an original hand-typed haiku by Liz Gabbitas. This reward includes the variant covers, personal note and signed edition of both books, an invitation to our online live-streaming event, the accessories package, and thank you postcard.

Drypoint Prints. You will receive two limited-edition hand-made drypoint prints of illustrations or characters from the books. This reward includes both variant covers, personal note and signed edition of both books, an invitation to our online live-streaming event, the accessories package, and thank you postcard.

Naming Rights to a Character. You will name one of our young characters, which will appear once in each book. You will also receive an original pen-and-ink drawing of your character with a hand-typed haiku about him or her. This reward includes two limited-edition hand-pulled drypoint prints, both variant covers, personal note and signed edition of both books, an invitation to our online live-streaming event, the accessories package, and thank you postcard.

 Commission a Drawing. You will work with Desarae to create an original pen-and-ink drawing roughly 8x10" in size. Always wanted a portrait of your favorite pet? Perhaps you need an artistic representation of your family? Maybe your mantle is just aching for a scaly fire-breathing dragon? Anything you can dream up, we can create together. This reward includes two limited-edition hand-pulled drypoint prints, an original small drawing with hand-typed haiku, both variant covers, personal note and signed edition of both books, an invitation to our online live-streaming event, the accessories package, and thank you postcard.

Two Original Pen and Ink Illustrations from the Books. You will own a pair of one-and-only original illustrations from the book created using pen & ink and watercolor. Illustrations will be chosen in the order in which backing is received. This reward includes two limited-edition hand-pulled drypoint prints, an original small drawing with hand-typed haiku, both variant covers, personal note and signed edition of both books, an invitation to our online live-streaming event, the accessories package, and thank you postcard.

Des and Liz Come to You! We will fly or drive to you to hand-deliver your entire rewards package. We will treat you to a nice meal and will spend time discussing art, illustration, writing, libraries, physics, pets, and any other topic you'd like to address. If you'd like to try your hand at what we do, this reward can include a drawing lesson and/or manuscript review. It is limited to backers in North America. Your rewards package includes two of the original illustrations from the book, two limited-edition hand-pulled drypoint prints, an original small drawing with hand-typed haiku, both variant covers, personal note and signed edition of both books, an invitation to our online live-streaming event, the accessories package, and thank you postcard.

Everyone who backs at the $25 level or above on launch day, October 4th, will receive a FREE limited-edition digital reproduction of an illustration from the book!

Wait, who are we and why are we doing this?

Desarae Lee is an artist who works in ink and watercolor. Her work explores themes of finding beauty and humor in dark places, as well as celebrating the power and strength of women. In developing this book idea, she is excited to employ her style to create an interesting and surprising female character to whom everyone can relate.

As an avid writer and storyteller, Liz Gabbitas has won various awards for the written word. With this project, she creates an independent main character that makes sense to modern readers. That’s what she loves to write, so she is excited to share it with adults and kids.

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Implementation

With your help, we will continue creating Lili's story. After three months of constant drawing and writing, our two books will be sent to our editor to prepare for publishing, then to the printer to create beautiful, high-quality, hardcover editions. Accessories and rewards will be designed and created. Books will be sorted and signed. Packages will be wrapped and addressed. Finally, your rewards will be delivered by August 1, 2019.

Risks and challenges

There is very little risk involved in this project. Liz and I are confident in our ability to deliver your rewards by August 2019 and 100% confident that we have the knowledge to create, print, and publish books. We are already working with a printer and are prepared to meet any challenges.

We've all heard the horror stories of backing a project that was never completed or just never followed through. Luckly, I have already successfully completed one Kickstarter campaign. The rewards were fulfilled on time and everyone was satisfied. As someone who runs my own business I can assure you that your happiness as a backer and client is my top priority.

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    Handwritten Thank You Postcard

    We will mail you a postcard of a beautiful illustration from one of the books and write you a personalized thank you note. Because we love you.

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    Something in the Air

    One beautiful hardcover copy of "Something in the Air," a thank you postcard with an illustration from the book, and an invitation to our release party.

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    Madame Ardat's Traveling Carnival

    One beautiful hardcover copy of "Madame Ardat's Traveling Carnival: In Which Many Children are Lost Due to Sinister Forethought and Gross Negligence," a thank you postcard with an illustration from the book, and an invitation to our release party.

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    Lili Accessories Package

    One hardcover copy of "Something in the Air," signed by Liz and Des, an accessories package (full-color bookmark, set of three stickers, and five blank postcards), a thank you postcard with an illustration from the book, and an invitation to our release party.

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    Madame Ardat Accessories Package

    One hardcover copy of "Madame Ardat's Traveling Carnival" signed by Liz and Des, an accessories package (full-color bookmark, set of three stickers, and five blank postcards), a thank you postcard with an illustration from the book, and an invitation to our release party.

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    Both Books! Hooray!

    One beautiful hardcover copy of "Something in the Air," one wonderful hardcover copy of "Madame Ardat's Traveling Carnival" a thank you postcard with an illustration from the book, and an invitation to our release party.

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    Lili Exclusive Variant Cover

    One copy of "Something in the Air," with an exclusive variant cover, signed by Liz and Des with a personal note to you, access to our livestream event, an accessories package (full-color bookmark, set of three stickers, and five blank postcards), a thank you postcard with an illustration from the book, and an invitation to our release party.

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    Madame Ardat Exclusive Variant Cover

    One copy of "Madame Ardat's Traveling Carnival" with an exclusive variant cover, signed by Liz and Des with a personal note to you, access to our livestream event, an accessories package (full-color bookmark, set of three stickers, and five blank postcards), a handwritten thank you postcard with an illustration from the book, and an invitation to our release party.

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    Both Books with Accessories! Hooray!

    One beautiful hardcover copy of "Something in the Air" and one wonderful hardcover copy of "Madame Ardat's Traveling Carnival," both signed, accessories package (2 bookmarks, 6 stickers, 10 blank postcards), a thank you postcard with an illustration from the book, and an invitation to our release party.

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    Exclusive Variant Covers Both Books

    One beautiful hardcover copy of both books with Kickstarter-exclusive variant covers, both signed with a personal note to you, exclusive access to our Livestream event, accessories package (2 bookmarks, 6 stickers, 10 blank postcards), a thank you postcard with an illustration from the book, and an invitation to our release party.

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    Original Art and Haiku

    An original small pen and ink drawing (roughly 3x3") with hand-typed haiku, one beautiful hardcover copy of both books with Kickstarter-exclusive variant covers, both signed with a personal note to you, exclusive access to our Livestream event, accessories package (2 bookmarks, 6 stickers, 10 blank postcards), a thank you postcard with an illustration from the book, and an invitation to our release party.

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    Drypoint Prints

    Two limited-edition hand-made drypoint prints of illustrations from the book, one beautiful hardcover copy of both books with Kickstarter-exclusive variant covers, both signed with a personal note to you, exclusive access to our Livestream event, accessories package (2 bookmarks, 6 stickers, 10 blank postcards), a thank you postcard with an illustration from the book, and an invitation to our release party.

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    Name a Child!

    Naming rights for one character in the books, two limited-edition drypoint prints of illustrations from the book, one original pen and ink drawing with hand-typed haiku, one beautiful hardcover copy of both books with Kickstarter-exclusive variant covers, both signed with a personal note to you, exclusive access to our Livestream event, accessories package (2 bookmarks, 6 stickers, 10 blank postcards), a thank you postcard with an illustration from the book, and an invitation to our release party.

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    Commission Your Own Drawing

    Commission an original piece of pen and ink art drawn by Desarae Lee(roughly 8x10"), two limited-edition drypoint prints of illustrations from the book, one original pen and ink drawing with hand-typed haiku, one beautiful hardcover copy of both books with Kickstarter-exclusive variant covers, both signed with a personal note to you, exclusive access to our Livestream event, accessories package (2 bookmarks, 6 stickers, 10 blank postcards), a thank you postcard with an illustration from the book, and an invitation to our release party.

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    Two Original Drawings from the Book

    Two pen and ink original illustrations from the books, two limited-edition drypoint prints of illustrations from the book, one original pen and ink drawing with hand-typed haiku, one beautiful hardcover copy of both books with Kickstarter-exclusive variant covers, both signed with a personal note to you, exclusive access to our Livestream event, accessories package (2 bookmarks, 6 stickers, 10 blank postcards), a thank you postcard with an illustration from the book, and an invitation to our release party.

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    We Come to You!

    Liz and Des will travel to anywhere in North America to deliver your rewards personally and discuss illustration, writing, and the creation of books with you over a shared meal. Your rewards: two framed pen and ink original illustrations from the books, two limited-edition drypoint prints of illustrations from the book, one original pen and ink drawing with hand-typed haiku, one beautiful hardcover copy of both books with Kickstarter-exclusive variant covers, both signed with a personal note to you, exclusive access to our Livestream event, accessories package (2 bookmarks, 6 stickers, 10 blank postcards), a thank you postcard with an illustration from the book, and an invitation to our release party.

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