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Make learning fun as we follow Coco on an unexpected adventure far from home to meet exotic, strange and new friends around the world.

Why This Project?

Coco the Bird's Awesome Adventure is actually an idea that my 7 year old daughter Madison, who is obsessed with birds and who will co-author the book, came up with. I can't actually take the credit! This fun and educational story will follow Coco the parakeet on her travels around the world as she tries to find her way back home to her family and friends in Australia. Along the way, she meets and learns about new, exotic and strange bird friends who help her to realize there are other feathered friends outside her flock who look and act very different than she does.    

REWARDS

There are various levels you can pledge and various 'rewards' linked to these pledges. These include things like signed books, illustration prints, original/signed illustrations, black diamond bird pendants, acknowledgements in the book, cover and/or website, donations to schools/libraries in your honor...check out the right hand side of this screen to see all reward levels for supporting this project.

Interesting looking bird eh?
Interesting looking bird eh?

Why Kickstarter?

The simple answer to this is that for my first book, High-Risk Pregnancy- Why Me?, I found a love of writing to help others and now I want to explore writing to teach others...kids in this case. Unfortunately, I spent my retirement money and maxed out my credit cards to start Evolve Publishing and to complete my first book earlier this year. (FYI: This is a side job/hobby. I work full time in good ol' corporate America, so I'm not trying to use Kickstarter to pay my bills.) 

That title has gotten rave reviews from big outlets such as Library Journal, Foreword Reviews and numerous physicians and charities. If there is one thing that those of you in the publishing/writing industries understand, it is that selling tons of books is NOT easy. Spreading the word takes time and I'm just starting to see the fruits of my labor come in as sales of that title.

So, why kickstarter? Because I don't have the capital available to fund this project on my own. I have the experience, the team, drive, enthusiasm, and know-how to publish this book and I will make it happen...I can promise you that! I have an awesome team of designers, illustrators, editors, typesetters and consultants to help me produce a top notch children's book.

The key to a good children's picture story book is the illustrations. As you can see, great illustrations/illustrator is a priority for me.The illustrations in Coco are vibrant, detailed to capture true bird and habitat features, yet whimsical to make it truly eye-grabbing for the youngsters, and beautifully detailed. (They will be available as both prints and originals to those who support this project!)

Any money raised over our goal will go towards increased marketing efforts and other titles in the series, which will follow various species of animals as they meet and learn about other animals on their journeys. I can only hope to raise enough funds to realize that others also think this project is worthy... 

The authors and our 'side-kick' (Drew)
The authors and our 'side-kick' (Drew)

Our Illustrator- Diana McManus-Whitman

Coco at Home in Her Native Land of Australia

Note: More illustrations from the book are coming soon... crashing computer troubles have set her back a bit.

Diana is not only an incredibly kind and easy person to work with, she is also a very experienced artist and children's book illustrator. She specializes in wildlife, children's designs, figurative and fantasy. After checking out dozens of portfolios and getting sketches from several illustrators, we decided she was the best fit for what we had in mind. (Animals mixed with fantasy, with a kid's edge...perfect for what we want!)

Check out some of her other stuff below:

Where Does the Money Go?

Your money will go towards the printing costs. (The book will be hardbound with high quality paper sturdy enough to stand up to grubby and rough little fingers.) Without your support, I'm not sure I can get this project off the ground. (Sorry- pulled the pity card there for a sec.  ;)

What will I be paying for? Believe it or not, putting out a kid's book, or any quality book for that matter, is far from inexpensive. Even if I raise $10,000, there will be several thousands more needed to cover items such as the illustrator costs, editing, typesetter/interior design layout costs, proofing fees, as well as the biggest one of all...promotion/publicity associated costs. A comprehensive program is needed to let those in the trade, as it's called in the publishing world, know about the book. These include things like press releases, website design, publicist costs, book show representation, library and school mailings, galley program costs...the list is endless.

If you have a specific question about this project before you pledge, or if you're waivering...feel free to contact me via email at kwhitehead101@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. If you know of others in your network or a corporate sponsor who may be interested in pledging this project, I beg you to forward it along.

Thanks in advance for any and all support!!

- Kelly and Madison Whitehead

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

In my experience, the greatest challenge, aside from the complexity of managing timelines, the team, and budget when publishing a book, is actually getting your title out there so the 'right' people know about it and want to buy it. There are so many routes to announcing your title to the industry, that this can be very overwhelming. My goal with this project is to rely heavily on the library and school opportunities to get the word out and obtain sales. Though the retail sector such as Barnes and Noble is important, this will not be my main focus based on their notoriously high return rates. I will seek distribution arrangements with the large box retailers like Target and Walmart. (But there is no guarentee that we will get picked up/approved by their distributors.)

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    Thank you for your support! Receive a Coco the Bird bookmark. Note: Shipping outside the US may incur additional postage costs. (Depending on location.)

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    Not only will we be extremely and eternally grateful, you will get a Coco the Bird bookmark, postcard (both from the illustrations in the book), and a letter personally signed by the authors thanking you for your support.

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    Again...we are eternally grateful for your support! At this pledge level receive a signed copy of the book, the bookmark, the postcard and the letter of thanks. You are awesome...THANKS! If you want to order an additional signed book(s), add $15 and let me know so I send the extra book(s). It would make a great gift. (Same applies to all reward levels.) Note: Shipping outside the US will incur additional costs.

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    Wow...thanks so much. At this pledge level receive one 11"x14" print of your choice (from at least 5 illustrations from the book), a personalized signed copy of the book, the bookmark, postcards, and a shout out of thanks to you on the website as a Coco supporter. You are wonderful!! Note: Shipping outside the US will incur additional costs.

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    Thanks for even checking this out! At this pledge level receive a black-diamond accented bird pendant, the signed book, your choice of an 8"x10" print (from at least 10 illustrations from the book), and a shout out of thanks to you on the website. How can I ever really thank you though? Note: Shipping outside the US will incur additional costs.

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    Wow! Many, many thanks! At this pledge level receive an original framed/matted signed illustration, a personalized signed copy of the book, the bookmark, a set of postcards (at least 3 different designs), a call from me thanking you for your support (like you really want to talk to me...), and a shout out of thanks to you on the website as a Coco supporter. Note: Shipping outside the US will incur additional costs.

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    At this level, I should be cutting off at least a toe to give to you (Ok so that is a bit extreme and gross)...seriously, at this pledge level receive a personal acknowledgement on the acknowledgement/supporters page inside the book and on the website, your choice of an 11" x 14" print (framed and matted), three signed books, the bookmark and postcards, and a phone call from me thanking you from the bottom of my heart. Note: Shipping outside the US will incur additional costs.

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    At this extremely generous pledge level, receive one 11" x 14" framed/matted print of an illustration of your choice, one original signed illustration (framed/matted), 30 books (signed by the authors) sent to the school/library of your choice and in your honor, an acknowledgement/corporate logo on the back cover of the book and on the website, input on the final cover design/layout (should you desire) and a call from me to thank you!! (Don't worry, if you just want a letter I can do that too.) Note: Shipping outside the US will incur additional costs.

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    Holy cow...At this 'crazy' pledge level I will personally come to your town and arrange a reading at your local childcare center, library or elementary school of your choice. (I will attempt to arrange this...but I can't control if they say no, so we may have to try your second choice.) I will also donate at least 30 signed books to the school or library, take you out to dinner, give you two framed/matted illustrations of your choice, an original signed illustration (framed/matted), a (huge) shout out on the website, premium placement of your acknowledgement on the inside front cover or back cover (your choice), and of course the set of bookmarks and postcards... Disclaimer: US only, sorry.

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    What can one really give back as a reward for this amount of money pledged? Here's what I can try to do as a thank you... At this level receive the 30 books donated to the school/library of your choice and in your honor, an original signed/framed/matted illustration, the bookmarks, the postcards, a (very large) shout out on the website as a platinum level supporter, acknowledgement with premium placement of your name/company logo on the book cover and an illustration in the book in your likeness, or in your child's likeness (this is the one you will get as the reward). We will actually bring you along into the story. Note: Shipping outside the US will incur additional costs.

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