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A children's book about the importance of friendship illustrated with beautiful photos and hand-drawn images.  Let's get it published.
A children's book about the importance of friendship illustrated with beautiful photos and hand-drawn images. Let's get it published.
81 backers pledged $4,050 to help bring this project to life.

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Jack & Olive was inspired by a child in my classroom when I was a toddler teacher.  It's a story of friendship and the importance of playfulness and understanding.  Jack is a curious, carefree character.  He and Olive are on a walk exploring an abstract, slightly natural, slightly urban environment.  While Jack looks around and daydreams, Olive keeps them out of danger and on track.  Eventually through a simple exchange, Olive is able to help Jack in a way that brings them both joy and provides a tender glimpse into their friendship.

It made me so happy as an artist to realize the images and story for Jack & Olive.  Next I would like to share my book.  Knowing children and adults alike are enjoying my books makes me feel happy and fulfilled.

Jack & Olive is ready to go.  All the pages have long been finished, it has been digitally photographed by Jeff Magidson at Artslides Digital Imaging in Somerville, MA and is ready to give to the printer.  I will be using Acme Bookbinding, a local company to print the book.  They have printed three other books for me including my first completed children's book Well Stu Would You. They do quality printing and hardcover binding.

The goal of the campaign is to cover the costs of the books and art work that will be given as rewards. You can think about donating as buying a book ahead of time as the rewards are correlated to the price it will take to create them.   

The most important goal of this campaign is to get Jack & Olive to people to enjoy.  You'll notice the rewards are mostly books.  Give and get books to enjoy and give to others, that is my biggest hope.  Thanks!

Risks and challenges

After this project is successfully funded I will be able to go ahead with the printing. The hardest part about printing my first book was matching the color from the original drawings. Acme Bookibinding worked very hard with me to make that happen, but it took time. This time I had the artwork photographed to create images true to my original work and to preserve the slight three dimensional quality of the collages. This way the images can be printed directly instead of scanned and printed. Hopefully having the images already digitized will allow for timely printing. Once I give the digital images to the printers they will send me a series of proofs to check color, page order, text, and binding. I will then either approve the proof, proceed with the final printing, or ask for more work to be done or details corrected before printing. I will make sure to keep everyone up to date on the process and timeline. I am also timely and organized, and once the book has been printed I, along with a wonderful volunteer, will be delivering the promised awards.

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    A heartfelt thank you

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    A hardbound signed copy of “Jack & Olive” and an invite to be an honored guest at the “Jack & Olive” book party (location to be announced) where you will receive your freshly printed book and get it signed by yours truly.

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    Two hardbound signed copies of “Jack & Olive” and an invite to be an honored guest at the “Jack & Olive” book party (location to be announced) where you will receive your freshly printed book and get it signed by yours truly.

    (shipping is an additional $5.00 but I will deliver your goods by hand if you live in any of the neighborhoods of Boston and are unable to attend the “Jack & Olive” book party)

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    Three signed hardbound copies of “Jack & Olive”, two ready to frame 8”x10” prints of two different illustrations from the book and an invite to be an honored guest at the “Jack & Olive” book party (location to be announced) where you will receive your freshly printed book and get it signed by yours truly.

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    Three signed hardbound copies of “Jack & Olive,” two ready to frame 8”x10” prints of two different illustrations from the book and an invite to be an honored guest at the “Jack & Olive” book party (location to be announced) where you will receive your freshly printed book and get it signed by yours truly. You will also receive an original collage that I am calling “See Jack Evolve.” While drawing Jack, I saved each draft of Jack. When you receive this collage you can see how Jack went from the drawing board to the image you see in the book. Limit of 4.

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    Three signed copies of “Jack & Olive”, an invite to be an honored guest at the “Jack & Olive” book party (location to be announced) where you will receive your freshly printed book and get it signed by yours truly and an original piece of artwork, created especially for you using photographs originally taken from the book, the characters Jack & Olive and a new animal friend who does not appear in the book. Limit of 2

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