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Turning "Babysitter Blues" ebook into print!
Turning "Babysitter Blues" ebook into print!
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My book for young readers is called "Babysitter Blues" and is about a fourteen-year-old boy named Evan. 

Evan feels like there's no tomorrow. He's trapped in an unending cycle of babysitting his much younger half-siblings while his mom juggles work and classes. He has little memory of his father, who died when he was young, and his mother has just divorced the stepfather to whom he had grown close. A gang of bullies at his school delights in tormenting him. But a sympathetic English teacher and a new friend, Nava, help him to see that sometimes what seems to be a hopeless situation really isn't. 

Evan's ability to make up poems on the spot gives him some leverage with the kids, but when Nava and her family share some ideas on spirituality, he becomes more aware of his own true spiritual nature. 

As Evan learns to apply these ideas to his situation he eventually see his siblings and his Mom in a different light, and gains some perspective on his father's death. This story is inspired by the principals of the Baha'i Faith.

This is my first book for children of middle school age and I am excited to have it available at Amazon.com as an ebook, but feel that it would be beneficial to have it available in print as well. I would love for my three granddaughters to be able to hold the book in their hands!

I wrote and illustrated "Babysitter Blues," and hope we can produce a quality print version of the book. I enjoyed writing the name poems that Evan makes up in the book, and the harmonica song "Babysitter Blues" that Dani makes up to taunt Evan will be expanded and recorded so I can offer it as a reward. I will do the singing and guitar playing, with my husband playing harmonica!

If you'd like a preview of the book, you can read the first chapter here.

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The ebook has already been published through One Voice Press, and they will be handling production of the print book as well. Everything is ready to go except the funding, so there really are no obstacles to success aside from reaching our funding goal.

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    "Evan's dilema": A free download of the ebook and a digital print of the black & white illustration of Evan at his desk (the first illustration in the book).

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    "Wait for it" and "Corey's Meltdown":
    A free download of the ebook, and a digital print of the illustration of Evan and Louis looking out to sea, plus a digital print of the illustration of Corey's meltdown at children's class.

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    "Dani plays 'Babysitter Blues'":
    A signed copy of the printed book, and a digital print of the harmonica scene.

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    "Dani's refusal": A signed print copy of the book with a signed print of the illustration of Dani under the table, and a free downloadable version of the "Babysitter Blues" song.

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    "Evan and his Mom": A signed print copy of the book with an acknowledgment of your contribution in the front of the book, a signed print of the illustration of Evan with his mom in church, and a free download of the "Babysitter Blues" song!

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    "Nava's Gift": A signed print copy of the book with an acknowledgment of your contribution in the front of the book, a signed print of the illustration "Nava's Gift", and a signed print of the cover of the book in color, plus a free download of the "Babysitter Blues" song!

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    "'Babysitter Blues' -The Whole Enchilada": A signed print copy of the book with an acknowledgment of your contribution in the front of the book, a free download of the e-book version, along with a signed print of each of the illustrations (7 in all), a matted print of the color cover, plus a CD of the "Babysitter Blues" song as well as a free digital download of the song!

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