Book two of a school-sized book project. Book is marketed to schools, and is in a 10" x 10" format with 32 full color pages.
This all started 10 years ago (has it been that long?!) with the creation and printing of my first privately printed book Cowlick, about a boy who woke up one morning to find that his hair would not sit down. Created entirely on the computer, this was a labor of love to get printed and distributed to schools.
When it came time for my second book to start being worked up, the funding just wouldn't materialize.
I market my books directly to the schools by making author appearances. When I was a child in elementary school, Maurice Sendak visited my school to read and promote "Where the Wild Things Are." While I do not remember a word of what he said, or any specific details, I DO remember the feeling it left inside of me... I wanted to do what he did! I wanted to write, and draw and share my books with the world. I never got over that feeling. So after completing Cowlick, I did the same thing for other children. The fan mail, and hugs, and amazing support I got in return caused me to self-describe as a "Rockstar at the Elementary School Level."
I would like to continue this business model, and just need a new book to pave the way!
If I reach my goal of $9000 I can get my book printed as a soft cover and distribute as I did before. The backing pays for book production AND travel costs for the marketing of the books directly to schools via author appearances.
$15000 pays for the book to be printed hardcover instead (something the parents and children requested last time.) It will also cover some of the travel fees associated with marketing directly to schools.
Anything over $16000 would widen my circle (I usually visit Washington and Oregon schools - anything within a days drive of my house.) Over $20k and I would be able to travel to other areas, and line up school visit weeks to distribute my book.
So one night a farmer gets a knock on the door and a single horse rushes past him and hops into his bed - followed by two cows, three sheep, four very clever pigs, cats, dogs, geese, ducks and chickens. The farmer dreams of participating in a horse race, darning socks, eating cookies and milk, and might have ended up with fleas... In the end a cacophony of chaos ends up in the farmer's bedroom, and he ends up sleeping in the barn dreaming of an empty bed.
This is a counting book, but not necessarily for younger children. This story has been read to ages all the way to 93, and not one age group has ever said anything derogatory about the reading level or story. (Actually the older the reader is, the better they like it!)
The entire book is created on the computer via several desktop programs. I have been creating computer based artwork for over 10 years now, and honestly, a real set of paint would probably scare me now! (No edit:undo!!!)
I don't want to ruin the story or the fun by sharing the entire thing with you, but I am about a month short of finishing the book completely.
I apologize for my video making skills. I am an author and an illustrator, but definitely not a filmmaker. This was my first attempt at making a video of any type. I am just happy it plays!
Also! I just found out about "Kicking it Forward" What an AWESOME idea, and I will be happy to participate in this program! Until three days ago I did not even know that Kickstarter existed. What an amazing community and what a great way to give back to help others realize their dreams!
I am a 41 year old previous teacher, sometimes author, sometimes children's motivational speaker, and always an artist from Vancouver, WA. I have spent years talking to children, free of appearance fee, encouraging them to write and be creative. I have a B.F.A. from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a M. Ed. from Central Washington University.
I worked previously for other publishing companies, and finally decided that I could do what they were doing all on my own! Cowlick, my first book, was a complete success. I started with 3000 copies, and sold the majority of them within the first two years, by marketing them directly to schools, where I would do author visits at no cost to the school.
My initial book was funded via a loan, and paid back within the first year. This time around, I would like to go loan-free.
Regardless of the funding, I will get this book published, because I believe in the marketing method. I LOVE going to schools and talking to students. I love inspiring them and helping them realize that art and writing are not just frivolous... they are the backbone to our society!
I am trying for another 3000 book run. The books cost me $2.16 each last time around. I order school-sturdy books, with extra laminating on the cover, and an additional saddle stitch in the middle to hold up to the younger readers. The pages are a heavier page stock, and the entire books is a large 10" x 10".
The remainder of the funds are for the second part of this project - the marketing and school appearances. It takes gas and a lot of effort to get to these schools. Some schools I go to are quite rural, and have never had an author appear before. I drive up to 5 hours away to go to these schools, don't charge them anything for my time, and just ask that they distribute a sales paper for the kids to purchase a book (at a discounted rate) if they want one. I have been to some schools that I have only sold 10 books, but I give them the same effort, energy and enthusiasm that I do to schools where I have sold 100's of books. And I sign every single book I distribute to the schools.