A story about adventure! Imagination! Fun! and most importantly, FRIENDSHIP!!!
This is the first book in the series about Melvin and his little boy Jacob. To everyone else in the world Melvin is Jacob's stuffed monster made by his aunt Candice. But for Jacob, Melvin is his best friend! Melvin and Jacob are constantly going on adventures together. They play hide and seek, go to the grocery store, save the world from alien invaders - you name it and they have probably done it! This first book will focus on the biggest adventure Jacob will ever have: HIS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!!!
Melvin and Jacob will spend the weekend getting prepared for the big journey. They will need to gather supplies, practice their skills, and (especially) have fun and cause mischief! I hope you will want to join in on all the fun and help me create this book that will help relieve all of the stress for kids going to school for the first time.
Melvin and Me: Jacob's First Day of School will be a 36 page, 9"x 9" Hardcover Book in full color. I think this is the perfect size to sit with your little monsters and children so you can read about their adventures together.
So the majority of the money will be going into the cost of printing books, I plan to go through PrintNinja for the first run of books. Shipping will take the next chunk which is included in each of your pledges (except the retailer level pledges). I'll need to purchase an ISBN number and UPC, that really isn't very expensive but it definitely needs to be accounted for. Finally Kickstarter takes it's fees out which is how I got to the $6500. Any other questions feel free to reach out and ask I'm more then happy to let you know.
The Story of Melvin:
The Adventures of Melvin and Me started coming to life about 2 years ago while I was teaching sewing at summer camp. See, I love making monsters! It is one of the most fun things I get to do and children love creating their own, as well. For one of my class examples, I came up with this little fellow that was blue with a big pink nose and big yellow horns. My campers absolutely loved him and so did my wife.
She named him Melvin one night and we started joking about all the trouble he could get in if he was real. He could be eating cereal while watching cartoons, going skating, and oh, the mischief he could cause if he went shopping! This was the beginning of the adventure for me; I had no clue where it was going to lead. Later that fall I started exhibiting artwork at comic conventions. I met a lot of great people and we began to have an idea about turning this idea into a children's book.
I decided I would transform Melvin into an illustration and I began taking him to shows. People kept coming up and asking who he was. I explained that his name was Melvin and that is his little boy Jacob. (Wanna take a wild guess who Jacob is created after? Surprise! It's me! I know who would have guessed?) Not to long after I created the illustration, I was surprised at a show by another exhibitor who created me my very own stuffed Melvin.
My wife and I loved him so much I started actually going around and having adventures with him. We went to museums, petting zoos, conventions; we even started meeting celebrities! But most importantly, we met our favorite people: fans!
The whole thing began to take on a life of its own. I have so many people ask how can they help get the book out. Well, that is why I am here: I have the story written for our first book. Jacob's First Day of School has been written and most of the artwork is ready, but I need help getting a book physically published.
So if you want to help, select your reward right over there to the right and pledge. Melvin and me will be forever thankful.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk and challenge I am worried about is that this is my first Kickstarter. I have met a ton of great people and learned a ton from them about doing Kickstarters, but with anything you try for the first time your not going to be perfect. But I am going to try my hardest to make sure it is as close as it can be. Having backed over 30 projects here on Kickstarter and elsewhere I know the difference between a good and bad campaign. I want you all to have a great adventure with Melvin and me but I do have concerns about making sure we stay in communication and making sure things run as smoothly as possible. It will be a ton of work to complete and it is just myself and my wife. Processing is really going to be the biggest challenge I feel we will have.
I gave myself some extra time in the event that printing has an issue or packing and shipping takes longer than expected. Hopefully I will get these out well before the estimated deadline, but I thought better safe then sorry.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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