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Introduction

Sarah's Missing Shadow is a children's book written by Eric Kimball and illustrated by Barb Jacobs.  It is a 28-page book with 20 full-page color illustrations.  I am looking for funding to get a first print run of the book.

The story is about a "perfect" little girl named Sarah who wakes up one day to find her shadow missing.  In the process of searching for it, she meets mundane and mystical characters and learns a bit about herself.  For more details on the story, you can watch the video of the book being read by "Hello The Future."

Goal

I am looking for $6,000 for a first print run. The breakdown of how this money would be used is as follows:

  • $4,478 - Initial print run from Bookmasters, a US-based printing house located in Ashland, OH
  • $275 - Purchase of ISBN numbers
  • $200 - Estimated shipping fees. 

This is a total of $4,953 in production costs.  The remaining $1,047 will be set aside for fees associated with Kickstarter, Amazon's payment gateway, and taxes on product sales. 

$7,000 Stretch Goal

 For a small additional cost, Bookmasters can include a CD in every book that would contain

  • A narrated video by "Hello the Future" (Hellothefuture.net) 
  • Audio commentary of the making of the book by Eric Kimball
  • An MP3 of specially commissioned music for each character in the book
  • High resolution PDF of the book.

The CD will be packaged and included in all books in the initial print run and will be given to any donor who gives $15 or more.

$15,000 Stretch Goal

For an additional $8,000, we can produce a second book about Sarah's shadow and the day it had without Sarah.  This would be another 28-page hardcover book with 20 full-page illustrations by Barb Jacobs.  Like Sarah's Missing Shadow, it would include a narrated video and a CD with extra content.

The Story of the Story

Sarah's Missing Shadow has been a labor of love for a number of years now.  The initial story was written in a single night in 2009 for a loved one who was sick with the flu.  Since that night, I have been through 3 artists and an uncountable number of setbacks, but I never wavered in my confidence that I would one day make the book come to life. 

Stories at their best express something the writer wants to say, something the writer believes in.  And that is why I've stuck with this story for so long.  It says something that I believe in.  It is a story about balance and being true to yourself, issues that I have struggled with in my own life. 

A writing instructor once told me that a fiction story is the process of taking a lie and telling the truth of it. That is what Sarah's Missing Shadow is to me, a lie I told the truth of. 

About the Author

Ever since I was a young boy I wanted to be an engineer...

     Ha! Got you, didn't I?  You thought I was going to say writer.  

The truth is I never thought of being a writer.  As a dyslexic, the thought of writing anything for public consumption gave me hives for most of my life. Then the Web came along.

Specifically, webcomics.  Back in 2005 I started posting comics on the Web--crude hand drawn things, but that was the beginning.  Sharing stories was like water in the desert for me.  It was a desperate need that I had and never realized was there.  I had suppressed it, telling myself it was not possible, and then suddenly it was. Suddenly not being able to spell did not stand in the way of being able to communicate. 

Since that day back in 2005, I have published 4 webcomics on various topics and had one short story published online. Writing is my passion and although I started late, I don't think I will ever stop as long as there is still breath in my body.

I never became an engineer. Instead, I worked as a math and computer educator for high school students and for adults.  This is probably a good thing for society, since people are finicky about their buildings and bridges being structurally sound. My skills are not focused on the fine details but the larger patterns and themes in the world.  I take the complex and do my best to make it simple.  In short, I was a writer even before I started writing. 

Risks and challenges

The book has been written and illustrated. A printer has been found (Bookmasters) and the goal has been set on a real printing quote for the book.

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    Meet the Artist - You will get 25 hardcover books and the artist (Barb Jacobs) will come to your location for a reading and signing. Only valid for a location 280 miles or less from Cedar Rapids, IA.

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