A Bit About Me And The Project
I'm Timothy Young and since 2008 I've been very fortunate to have 8 books published. Here are the books that have come out in the last 9 years.
One of the best things about being a published author/illustrator is meeting the people who are fans of my work. When I do school visits (which I absolutely love doing and would do them pretty much 5 days a week if I could) it's fantastic to hear a room full of 200 students laugh and cheer and applaud my books. They ask excellent questions and give me great feedback.
My 2 newest books, I'm Going To Outer Space! and Creatures and Characters: Drawing Amazing Monsters, Aliens, and Other Weird Things! are being published by Schiffer Publishing in the next month. My publisher is great and they do their job getting the word out to bookstores and others about my books. As the author I also have a lot of work to do. I need to create marketing materials and give-aways including posters, bookmarks and coloring pages. I also need to travel to book festivals and conferences. This takes time and money, hence the Kickstarter.
Why Another Kickstarter?
I have found in the past that Kickstarter is a great place to raise some needed money while at the same time it helps spread the word that the books are coming out soon. It's also a place where friends and fans can order signed books without having to wait to come to a signing event or book festival. Also, it gives me a chance to offer some original artwork and other cool stuff.
With 10 books you would think this is my full-time job. Not yet, but at least I'm not losing money trying to be an author. It wasn't until my 4th book, I Hate Picture Books!, that I started seeing a profit in this. I still have my day job as a graphic designer and illustrator and nobody pays me for the extra stuff I have to do to market and promote my books. (I'm not complaining, I love being able to do what I do, just trying to explain why I need to raise a bit of money this way).
About The Two New Books
I'm Going To Outer Space! is about a boy named Luis who explains all about the things he wants to see and do when he gets to outer space. This book is an homage to all of the science fiction, from books to movies to television, that has been a pert of my life. Here are some of the illustrations from I'm Going To Outer Space!
Creatures and Characters: Drawing Amazing Monsters, Aliens, and Other Weird Things! is half a how-to-draw book and half a how-to-be-creative book. I share some of the techniques I've learned to create new characters and I show a bunch of examples of creatures and characters I've designed over the years working in animation, illustration and the toy industry. Here are some sample pages.
About The Rewards
Since there are lots of aliens in I'm Going To Outer Space! and Creatures and Characters also has aliens and monsters, I'm offering to create original aliens and monsters, one of a kind designs that are for you alone. Here are some of the aliens I've created for both books:
Original One-Of-A-Kind Creature Designs
I will create for you your very own Alien, Monster or any other type of Creature you would like. You can either leave it up to me completely or you can give me input into what you would like.
There are a number of levels where you can get your own, original one-of-a-kind creature, whether it's an alien, a monster, or any kind of creature or character you want. You can even get your character on t-shirts, phone cases and other cool stuff.
Here is one of the videos of me drawing a creature from the book Creatures and Characters. In the coming weeks I will be editing and putting a bunch of these videos on my website.
School Author Visit reward levels
If you choose one of the 3 school author visit rewards, I will do the full visit within the area on this map. I will do the visits outside this area with some travel costs being covered. I will try to keep those costs as reasonable as I can. If you want to find out more about my presentations please visit my website at www.creaturesandcharacters.com
I have a couple of ideas for stretch goals. If I am fully funded early I will add a couple of stretch goals for all backers at the $10 level and above at that time.
Risks and challenges
I successfully completed 3 Kickstarters in the past and I have fulfilled every donors level order. The books are being published and will be available by the end date of the Kickstarter which means I can start sending things out right away. Original drawings and products using those images will take a little longer but everything will be done by the stated date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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