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An illustrated fairy tale about seeing what lies within.
An illustrated fairy tale about seeing what lies within.
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Hello!  My name is Shaun Brennan and this is my book, The Woodsman.  It is a bittersweet tale that I wrote a few years ago and am very excited to have it become reality.  It is a story about a Woodsman, his son and the Dryad, a magical creature they meet on their journey.  It is intended for young adults and up.  Some useful parallels are Grimm's Fairy Tales and the works of Lemony Snicket, they're written for young readers but enjoyable for all ages.  Plus the pictures are amazing!


Margaux Meganck is the illustrator and I really think she knocked it out of the park.  It took a long time to find the right illustrator, and so I'm glad I found Margaux.  Her art is amazing and fits the story and descriptions perfectly.  See for yourself below.

At this point, all the writing, editing and illustrating have been completed.  We only have the final layout left which will be completed by early January.  The money will be used for a print run to sell at local bookstores, or national bookstores if I can make that happen.  Depending on the popularity of the Kickstarter and the non-book rewards, funds may be allocated to producing more of those to be sold.  Either way all funds will be used to make The Woodsman available to as many people as possible.


I wrote the words, Margaux drew the pictures, and you can help publish it.  Thank you!


Here are the 8.5"x11" prints available for select donation levels.

8.5"x11" Print Option #1
8.5"x11" Print Option #1
8.5"x11" Print Option #2
8.5"x11" Print Option #2
8.5"x11" Print Option #3
8.5"x11" Print Option #3

Here you may find the 11"x14" prints available for select donation levels.

11"x14" Print Option #1
11"x14" Print Option #1
11"x14" Print Option #2
11"x14" Print Option #2
11"x14" Print Option #3
11"x14" Print Option #3

Risks and challenges

As mentioned in the video, the writing and artwork are complete. Layout is being completed currently and once the list of Storytellers is finalized will be off to the printers. However, potential risks reside in the print runs for the bookmark, 8.5"x11", and 11"x14" prints. These are the normal risks relating to any print run, and since we are dealing with a local printer will likely be resolved quickly.

Any of the top tier backers will need to communicate with Margaux directly to describe the desired work. As such, there can be delays in the process but we will work to ship the other goods immediately.

Those opting for the Skype reading will simply need to schedule a time with Shaun. For international donators this might take a little more work to align across timezones.

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    STORYTELLER: Your name on the "Storytellers' Roll" section of the book, as well as a Woodsman wallpaper for your computer.

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    WORD WANDERER: Everything in the STORYTELLER level plus a lovely Woodsman bookmark.

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    YARN SPINNER: Everything in WORD WANDERER plus a PDF download of the book.

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    NARRATIVE NOMAD: Everything in YARN SPINNER plus a signed physical copy of the book.

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    ARCHIVIST: Includes everything in YARN SPINNER, but with two signed copies of the book. One to give and one to keep.

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    CURATOR: Includes everything in YARN SPINNER. You also get a signed copy of the physical book along with a small sketch by the illustrator.

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    SAGE: Includes everything in YARN SPINNER plus four signed copies of the physical book. Great for gift giving.

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    TAILOR OF TALES: You get everything in NARRATIVE NOMAD but with a signed 8.5"x11" print. Select one of the three listed images.

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    ANNOUNCER OF EPICS: You get everything in NARRATIVE NOMAD but with a signed 11"x14" print. Select one of the three listed images.

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    SAGA SMITH: This donation level offers a signed original artwork from the book. Get the actual painting! First come, first choice. Plus everything you get with NARRATIVE NOMAD.

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    CAMPFIRE KING: Your choice of either TAILOR OF TALES or ANNOUNCER OF EPICS, plus a reading of the book by the author over Skype.

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    FABLE FABRICATOR: Your choice of either TAILOR OF TALES or ANNOUNCER OF EPICS, plus get a new painting/drawing created for you by Margaux! The piece will be based on your request, size and content to be of a reasonable nature.

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