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Laurel Holden and Romey Petite want to self-publish an illustrated middle-grade novel!
Laurel Holden and Romey Petite want to self-publish an illustrated middle-grade novel!
121 backers pledged $17,607 to help bring this project to life.

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...there lived a girl. A Girl Who Spoke with Spiders.

Spiderella is an illustrated middle-grade novel written by Romey Petite and illustrated by Laurel Holden. It's perfect for kids ages 7-10 to read on their own. However, the story has appeal for readers of all ages, especially those seeking stories that celebrate girls' independence, ingenuity, and intelligence.

Starring Eleanor, a girl who dreams of escape... 

Trapped in an attic and forced by her boss Minerva to work without pay, the girl dreams of adventure. You see, Eleanor is prized by Minerva because she can sew faster than any seamstress in the kingdom, thanks to some secrets she learned from her eight-legged friends. The story begins when Minerva tells Eleanor she has three days to make all the costumes for a Birthday Ball being thrown for the moody young Prince.

With some help from the spiders and a little bit of magic, Eleanor might just be able to finish the costumes and engineer her escape!

Above all, Spiderella is meant to teach young girls and boys to believe in their ideas and own their talents. Though she is teased and misunderstood, Eleanor's gifts empower her and take her soaring towards marvelous adventures and great heights.

 

The story's watercolors were painted by Laurel Holden and the words were written by Romey Petite. It’s a reading experience akin to a collaboration between Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake or Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince

After 6 years of working, the book is done! 

Through grad school, a stint back in undergrad, and a long-distance relationship, Romey and Laurel worked together to see the story to completion. 

Our Goal:

The Kickstarter will help raise funds for a larger print run. In addition to fulfilling preorders, it will allow Romey and Laurel to take copies to small press conventions, independent bookstores, and festivals

Spiderella: The Girl Who Spoke with Spiders is Book One of a trilogy. Romey has already begun writing Book Two and Laurel can't wait to paint her way back into the whimsical world. Funding this book brings the trilogy one step closer to completion and means they can fund future collaborations here on Kickstarter!

Rewards include:

The e-book, paperback book, bookmarks, art prints, and a set of three plush flip-pillows featuring the characters!

The beautiful paperback book!
The beautiful paperback book!

 

Everyone needs bookmarks.
Everyone needs bookmarks.

Full-color prints on high-quality paper, featuring interpretations of the characters from fellow cartoonists who work in all different genres and media. 

Art prints featuring the work of fellow cartoonists, like Sophie Goldstein!
Art prints featuring the work of fellow cartoonists, like Sophie Goldstein!

The prints will feature work from Sophie Goldstein (featured in the video), Laura Terry, April Malig, Kelsey Short, Ian W. Richardson, and more to be announced!

The set of three plush pillows will feature the characters in plain clothes on one side, and their costumes for the ball on the other! With fabric custom printed using Spoonflower, these pillows will be one-of-a-kind, handcrafted keepsakes.

Throw a masquerade ball of your very own!
Throw a masquerade ball of your very own!

Here's a list of all the reward tiers...

Help us meet our first stretch goal!
Help us meet our first stretch goal!

How Kickstarter Works:

To back our campaign, you'll select one of our reward tiers on the right. 

By selecting a reward, you make a pledge that helps create the content you want to see. The money we raise for this campaign helps us both order a print run of 1,000 copies for Spiderella: The Girl Who Spoke with Spiders, but also helps us pay the artists for creating prints of their illustrations and for the cost of assembly for the hand-sewn plush dolls.

If you have any more questions about Kickstarter, please feel free to submit an ask by sending an email to either romeypetite (at) gmail (dot) com or laurelmax.holden (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

Romey and Laurel studied all aspects of book production at the Center for Cartoon Studies, from laying out the page, to preparing Indesign files for print. They have seen the finished Spiderella product, are very pleased with the print quality, and both feel confident that readers will be, as well! Their education and experience self-publishing comics and prose for the past 6+ years have prepared them for this project. They will apply the same work ethic to producing the prints and dolls.

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    The Atelier Girl

    The girls in Minerva's shop may work without thanks, but if you donate $5 you will have our sincere gratitude!

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    Spider Friends

    Spiderella can't make her dresses without her spider friends, and we can't make books without supporters like you! $10 gets you the e-book copy of Spiderella: The Girl Who Spoke with Spiders.

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    The Thief in the Night

    You're quick-witted and have seized this opportunity to get the e-book, signed & personalized paperback, and bookmarks at a steal!

    For shipping outside the US, please contact romeypetite@gmail.com with your zip code; he'll get back to you with a shipping price.

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    The Valued Apprentice

    You're the one who makes things happen! This reward tier includes the e-book, signed & personalized paperback of Spiderella: The Girl Who Spoke with Spiders. You'll also receive some handy bookmarks!

    For shipping outside the US, please contact romeypetite@gmail.com with your zip code; he'll get back to you with a shipping price.

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    The Favorite Courtier

    You appreciate the finer things. Why not snap up a totally original art print featuring Spiderella characters? We've asked friends to lend their style and flair.

    For shipping outside the US, please contact romeypetite@gmail.com with your zip code; he'll get back to you with a shipping price.

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    The Maskers

    Like the Favorite Courtier, you appreciate art... but perhaps you want something more personal! This reward tier includes a portrait of YOU in a bug-inspired costume, fit for the ball! All portraits will be included in a Spiderella Zine if the project is funded.

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    Lords and Ladies

    You keep good company—enjoy these three characters by your side as you read! Get a Spiderella, Prince, and Minerva of your own in plush pillow form. On one side, behold their ordinary outfits. Flip them around to reveal their creepy crawly costumes for the ball!

    For shipping outside the US, please contact romeypetite@gmail.com with your zip code; he'll get back to you with a shipping price.

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    The Royal Treatment

    Ah, the reward you've all been waiting for! The plush pillow set, along with a bundle of all the art prints is yours! All the rewards we can offer, fit for a King or Queen.

    For shipping outside the US, please contact romeypetite@gmail.com with your zip code; he'll get back to you with a shipping price.

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    The Caravan

    **New** 7 signed copies of Spiderella are rolling into town. Grab them up for all your family and friends.

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