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By Xavia McCloud
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About

Meet Eli

"Every kid knows the basic needs for our survival are sweets and plenty of playtime." - Eli

Eli is like any other seven year old in more ways than one, he hates homework, chores, and vegetables. Which is no surprise, however this clever kid has a knack for avoiding things he doesn't like to do. He gets by just fine until he is confronted by a monster of his own making.

The story

Eli knows exactly how to bend the rules just enough to maximize the better things in life. The only rule that stands its ground against his cunning tactics is the dinner rule, which declares: No dessert until your veggies are eaten. Neither peas nor carrots will get in the way of him and his mother’s delicious brownies. Finding a hiding place for the vegetables he covertly gets from the dinner table to his room is the answer to his quandary. Why not under his bed? His victory is short lived when he comes face to face with the giant veggie monster that has grown under his bed. What will he do? 

" Before I can think of another excuse an idea springs into my head. An idea different from the time I tried to feed my vegetables to my little brother who threw them across the table. And different from the time I tried to feed my vegetables to my dog before I remembered that I don’t have any pets. And better than the time I stuffed my cheeks like a squirrel so I could go to the bathroom and spit the vegetables in the toilet. When mom and dad aren't looking I’ll tuck the peas down the front of my shirt, and then excuse myself from the table...."

The Goal

I wrote Eli and the veggie monster over the last couple years. I have had the opportunity to share the story with students at a local elementary school. Their love for the story  inspired me to produce a printed book that children can enjoy over and over again. 

Where does the money go?

- Editing: $300 I want to hire an editor to go over the manuscript with a critical eye. I want to make sure the technical part of the writing flows and is well written. 

- Illustration: $6000 This is the bulk of the cost. The picture are as important to the story as the words are. I want quality illustrations that best bring the story to life. 

- Design: $500 This is important for the over all look of the book. The design is important to ensure a complete and professional finish. 

- Skyless Publishing: $200 This is the means in which I can independently publish the book. Traditional publishing can limit potentially great books by great writers. When you believe in your story and acknowledge your gift the sky can't even limit you. 

-Print & Distribution: $3000 I've chose to work with Lightningsource for printing and distrabution.

- Incentives: $1000 This will cover the cost to work with Kickstarter and provide great rewards!

Risks and challenges

The story is written and the illustrator is excitedly waiting to complete the project. The greatest challenge is funding. With that out of the way nothing will detour this determined mama!

Anything in addition to four kids can be a challenge but I have an amazingly supportive husband and a circle of family and friends that allow me to reach my goals.

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    Veggie Lovers:
    Thank you so much! You will receive a personal email of appreciation from the author + a full color PDF of the book + a signed post card with original art from the book.

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    Defenders against under the bed monsters:
    We are truly grateful! You will receive a framed sketch from the illustrator signed and printed on quality paper + 4 signed copies of the first edition hard cover book + a t-shirt + I will give a book reading to a Chicago land area school of your choice and donate a book to their school library in your honor. In addition, send me a picture of your child and character of their likeness will be portrayed in the book.

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    Extreme imaginators and creatives:
    What a wonderful gift you are! You will receive special acknowledgments in the book + a piece of original art from Steve Feldman the illustrator + 4 signed copies of the first edition hard cover book + a t-shirt + I will give a book reading to a Chicago land area school of your choice and donate a book to their school library in your honor. You also get the opportunity to decide how the story ends. What will Eli do when he sees the monster.

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Funding period

- (30 days)