How did this book start?
"Astray and the Shelter Dogs" was actually the first book I ever wrote. Life got a little complicated, and then I got distracted by writing my other books. (Since 2008, I've written and self-published 4 mystery novels, 1 young adult novella, and 1 collection of humor essays.) Poor Astray lived in a drawer for years!
I never forgot about him, though...
A few months ago, I blew the dust off the manuscript and started rewriting it in earnest. To my surprise and delight, I found myself as captivated by the story as I was when I first wrote it - and I hope you will be too.
Why dogs? Why not, say, wombats?
I'm sure wombats are fascinating, and have many stories to tell, but dogs have "spoken" to me for a long time. Especially dogs in shelters. The idea for "Astray" came to me while I was driving to a work appointment and the image of a shelter puppy hearing himself called "a stray" and thinking that was his name popped into my head. At the time, I was volunteering for an animal shelter on weekends, so I'm sure shelter dogs had worked their way into my subconscious.
Shelters are filled with so many fantastic animals, but often, they don't put their "best paw forward" because they're just so scared. It's up to us to see past the fear to the happy, loving, waggy-tailed dogs inside.
Okay, enough with the soapbox! On with the details!
Goals of my campaign:
Since "Astray and the Shelter Dogs" is a children's book, I've hired an illustrator, the talented graphic artist Noel Tuazon. I send him my pathetic sketches of what I'd like him to illustrate, and then he sends me a professional drawing:
I'll need to pay him, of course, as well as spending on professional editing, production, and promotion. I'd like to raise $4,000 to bring "Astray and the Shelter Dogs" to market and reach as many people as I can.
I don't have any stretch goals at the moment, because I've established my costs and there isn't much to add on to a book! If this campaign overfunds, though, I'll put any extra funds into targeted promotion.
I'll be updating my backers frequently throughout this campaign with special extra content you find anywhere else.
Risks and challenges
There's really no risk for my backers. The challenges I've faced have been mostly time-related. The many demands of my medical writing business have required me to be chained to my laptop for so long sometimes that I feel like I've frozen into position! But the book is finally ready to go to press, and illustrations are underway. I'll be able to ship rewards within a month of the campaign ending, if I get funded. Overseas shipping may take a bit longer than it will in the US, but I'll get the books to the post office as soon as I have them - after that, it's up to the International Mail Gods!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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