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Inspired by a real-life raccoon & squirrel friendship, my goal is to write, illustrate, and publish a full-color 32 page book for kids.

Hello there!

My name is Sarah and I am a freelance illustrator.  I have illustrated three children's books and have a HUGE passion for children.  My goal is to illustrate and self-publish my very own children's book. 

This particular story was inspired by an adorable photo of a real raccoon and squirrel hanging out being best friends.  http://www.reddit.com/r/aww/comments/1g0mpn/unusual_best_friends/

After getting a lot of positive feedback, I decided it was finally time to do this!  A popular user on reddit, /u/StoryTellerBob has offered to write the story and I couldn't be more excited!  To check out some of his work, visit his subreddit.

The funds will be going towards printing, publishing costs, editing, and marketing.  I plan on printing in full-color with a case binding and also selling it as an e-book.

We plan on completing the book by fall of this year, just in time for Christmas presents!

Rewards are set for Feburary 2014 in case of extra time to create individual stories and paintings, but the book itself will be completed before then.

Thank you very much!

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As a freelancer, jobs will come and go at whatever pace they'd like. After successfully being funded, I only foresee running into the problem of needing to pick up more jobs (bills, you know) and briefly putting the book on hold.

I have illustrated books in the past, however, and I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. I believe my experience with the process and the general time frame required for each step will help me tackle anything unforeseen.

If all else fails, I have connections in the children's book world and could call for theoretical backup if needed!

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