Back in the day, in Cologne, life was easy.
All the work was done--FREE!--by the Imps.
Ah, those were the days! I've completed and road tested a quirky translation of a fun German kids' poem about helpful imps who did everybody's work in the old city of Cologne.
Kids like it. Parents like it. Librarians and school teachers like it. And I'm betting that if you like sing-song poetry in the vein of Shel Silverstein, Doctor Seuss, Jack Prelutsky, or Matt Lake, you'll like it too.
It's an old German folk tale with a friendly twist, chock-full of quaint and appealing illustrations from an old edition that's long out of copyright. And I'm making two versions of it.
One is family-friendly and doesn't include details of how the imps helped the butcher make sausage.
The other includes the original illustrations, complete with flying pig bits.
So help me bring this cute little book to market, would you? I have recruited a talented calligrapher to ink the translation around the original illustrations. She's great...but she has to pay her rent, so I'm paying her a proper living wage for her work.
Will you help? If so...you could be one of my helpful imps and get all the goodies listed on the right, hand-signed by me (the translator), Yelena (the calligrapher), and the helpful imps themselves.
Risks and challenges
The risks of getting this book to market are minimal: I can cover the production costs myself. I have a proven track record of handling production: I did this with my first Kickstart, Night of the Krampus.
Thanks to the proceeds of my last project, courtesy of my lovely Kickstart buddies, I can also afford to handle the production of the book. These Kickstart funds are to cover the calligrapher's work and other specialized publishing tasks I can't handle myself.
When dealing with printers, deadlines can slip a little, so my ambitious goal of getting things to you in November may slide into early December. However, I pledge to get your books in your hands in time for holiday gift-giving, even if this means direct shipping from the printer and hand-signing a special bookplate to personalize your book.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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