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“Long ago, in the days when pirates ruled the seven seas; when the world would tremble at the names of Blackbeard, Bluebeard, the unfortunately named Greenbeard, Barbosa, Cap'n Kidd, and the not often remembered, Cap'n Whatsisname, but above all of em, the most feared pirate of all times, was the Dread Pirate….Tim"

These are the words I first spoke to my daughter some 6 years ago, when from her desire for a story about a pirate, and my own desire to make her giggle her brains out, the Dread Pirate Aaarrrggghhh was born.

As of right now, the text for 4 books is complete "The Origin of the Dread Pirate Aaarrrggghhh", "A Dread Pirate Aaarrrggghhh Christmas", "The Dread Pirate Aaarrrggghhh and the Search for Atomic Joe", and "The Dread Pirate Aaarrrggghhh and Davey Jones' Locker".  The text for an additional four books is nearly complete as well. 

The goal of this project is to take the Tales of the Dread Pirate Aaarrrggghhh, and bring them to an audience beyond my immediate family, beyond my daughter and in effect, see if he can make the rest of the world giggle their heads off the way he has my daughter. 

It is our hope to expose these books through a variety of methods, one being via the web, electronically and also via local book fairs, craft fairs, local libraries and book sellers, where Pirate Daddy can arrive and actually sit and tell the tales in person.  It’s a strong belief of mine that the tradition of oral story telling is one that provides a desire in children to learn more, and it is a tradition that we should not allow to fall by the wayside. 

Risks and challenges

Because the stories which will make up this set of books are complete already, the biggest risk, other than funding, is in hiring and working with an illustrator. I have one in place who I am familiar with and comfortable with, but I can't contract his time until I have the funds to do so. That being said, he is a friend, and will begin working on spec part time as his schedule allows.

Beyond that, the other risks are handling the production and shipping of the books themselves. I plan on using either CreateSpace, lulu or some other self publishing tool online to create the books, and then through a web site (www.talesofthedreadpirateaaarrrggghhh.com - which is live now, and has a coming soon placeholder site set up) and personal appearances spread the word.

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    "ARRR Says I" Award
    Tis true ye'll be havin' our thanks, and the promise that ye'll never have to face the "Door Bustin Fart o' Fire!". Tis a reward beyond price, I tell ya. Oh, and we'll be givin' ya some props via Twitter as well...

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    CREW Award: You'll get yourself a fine copy o' any one of the 4 books, and a fine peice o' parchment what says yer a proud member of the "Ohhh Nooo!". Oh, and all that plunder in the first one as well.

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    Crew Chief Award: Ya be getting any two of the books, plus all the other fine bits o' plunder, and additionally, yer fine parchment will list ye as a crew chief.

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    First Mate Award : In addition to all the fine and fabulous plunder of the other awards, ye'll get all 4 copies of the Dread Pirate Aaarrrggghhh books, and a limited parchment signed by Pirate Daddy himself, lettin the world know ye be a first mate in the crew.

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    Cap'ns Award:
    You'll get limited signed copies (#'d ta 25) of each of the books (Signed by the artist, and the Author), a certificate naming ya a pirate captain in yer own right, and a cd with audio renditions of each of the books as read by ol' Pirate Daddy himself, and a personalized sketch of the Dread Pirate Aaarrggghhh suitable fer runnin in fear of!

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    THE DREAD AWARD:
    If'n ya decide ta be one of the very few to claim this award, on top of everything else ya have yer chest, you'll recieve the following: A DVD with Pirate Daddy reading each of the 4 books, along with graphics from the books as a backdrop, a individualized and one of a kind short story of the Dread Pirate Aaarrrggghhh which can, at yer own choosin, contain yerself, or a person of yer choice as a character.

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    THE AWARD WHICH SHALL NOT BE NAMED:
    If ya be brave enough ta snatch this award, you'll get everything in the above, and one more thing. Pirate Daddy himself himself shall appear at some place of yer choosin, and create fer ya an on the spot never before heard tale of the Dread Pirate Aaarrrggghhh. Now, getting him where ya do be needin him ta be is up to you, but once he's there, he's all yers...well, fer a bit anyway.
    (To be clear: This is listed as now shipping involved, but travel expenses are not included, and shall be the responsibility of the award winner).

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