I'm Bryan Ballinger and I've been a children's illustrator and author for over 20 years, and Animal Gas is my first self published children's picture book. The planned ship date is in November, perfect timing to give it as a Christmas gift!
Woo Hoo, a new BONUS AWARD! Click here to listen to some of the songs that are part of this album!
A brand new pledge level! Includes a hard cover copy of The Great Cheese Squeeze children's picture book! See more about the book HERE.
Get a second copy: Folks have been asking for an easy way to get an extra copy of the book. Just add $35 to any pledge level and you'll get an additional copy of the book!
Yay! Now all pledges $35 and above will get a digital copy of the super fun picture book I did with Keith Lango, The Great Cheese Squeeze! The ibook version even has wonderful narration by Elizabeth Smith. Tell all your friends and pets!
Now check out these awesome rewards!
I've always loved SCRATCH AND SNIFF, and Animal Gas is the PERFECT subject matter for this. Each character in Animal Gas has his or her own disSTINK personality and they try an convince each other that their toots smell great. There are lots of delightful smells in the book along with some really funny bad smells.
Animal Gas is also a great book for reluctant readers. The funny smells and the silly rhyming verses will have both children and adults giggling as they read and sniff. I previewed Animal Gas to a large local elementary school here in Indiana and both the kids and the teachers were roaring with laughter.
Self publishing a picture book is not cheap to begin with, but it's even more expensive for SCRATCH AND SNIFF books. But I've found a company that specializes in scented printing and they do incredible work. I really think it's worth it. Their Rub4Scent technology is of a very high quality.
Printing a hardcover scratch and sniff book costs 2-3 times as much as printing a softcover non-scratch and sniff book. But I feel that the cost is worth it. I designed the book to work with scented printing and scratch and sniff smells bring a whole new level of experience and unique interactivity and fun to the book.
In order to bring the cost of the book down to a more affordable level I have to have a minimum of 750 copies made. If I exceed my fundraising goal, I will be able to order even more copies and bring the cost per book down. And then I'll be able to offer some awesome bonus rewards too!
In addition to the hardcover SCRATCH AND SNIFF version I'm also creating a super fun ibook and epub version which will feature realistic sound effects and narration. Development costs for this adds to the amount I need to raise too, but again, I've designed the book for this format as well and it's just begging for sound!
Risks and challenges
Because I'm offering the book in several different formats, making sure that I can get them all done will be a priority. Fortunately I have all the art finished for the book and will just need to get it to the printer. I have identified the printing company that I will be working with as well.
I have also been illustrating books for a living for a long time, so I have a lot of experience preparing digital illustration files for print, etc.
I have most of the assets for the ibook version finished, and I've built ibooks in the past, so I'm very excited to make that as well.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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