Madeleine Goes to the Sunken Shipwreck
Madeleine Goes to the Sunken Shipwreck
The much requested sequel to Children's picture book 'Madeleine Goes to the Moon'. Please help me get it illustrated and published.
The much requested sequel to Children's picture book 'Madeleine Goes to the Moon'. Please help me get it illustrated and published. Read more
Image from 'Madeleine Goes to the Moon'
EDIT: I have reluctantly added the text to 'Madeleine Goes to the Sunken Shipwreck' as a Project Update (see updates link above). I say reluctantly because my stories are intentionally written to be illustrated and so the plain text is only half the picture. Try reading it out aloud, that is how it is designed to work. (Note this text is 90% final, tweaks may still be required.)
YOU CHOOSE THE PRIZE! If this project is successful, one backer will be selected at random to choose their own prize (within reason of course). Be creative!
What is the purpose of this project?
Hello there. My project is, in essence, quite simple. I need to raise enough money to be able to get ‘Madeleine Goes to the Sunken Shipwreck’ made into a book. That’s it. So why do I need so much money just to do that?
Well, the story is written.... but creating the book is not free. I need to be able to raise sufficient funds to pay the illustrator (she has to earn a living after all…..) and I also need to purchase ISBN numbers. There are also various other incidental costs involved but those are the main ones.
And then of course, in order to have something for you to be able to purchase, I also need to pay to have the books printed. That in essence is it. There is a little guesswork involved amongst the complicated calculations I will admit, but the sum of £3,000 is roughly a break-even figure for me that will enable me to pay the associated Kickstarter fees, get any ordered books printed, pay for the creation of any extras (such as stickers etc.), pay for the ISBN numbers, and last but not least, ensure that I am able to cover the illustration costs.
If I reach my goal of £3,000 I almost certainly won’t make any money. But that’s not the point. The reason for this project is to enable me to get my book created and published. Once that’s done, it’s up to me to try and sell more.
So why should you spend your hard earning money backing my project?
Good question! All I can say is that this is not a vanity project for me. I wish to get more of my books published because I truly believe that I have something to offer. Hopefully this will be my second published book, and I certainly hope that it will not be my last. Future Madeleine instalments are being written, and I also have several other interesting projects that may see the light of day soon.
But most of all, I believe you should back me because parents, teachers, and most importantly of all, Children, have given glowing feedback for ‘Madeleine Goes to the Moon’ and want to see the next instalment. Please don’t take my word for it though, you can view a selection of reviews on my website (www.peterlynas.com) or search for yourself.
How can you be sure that the book will be created on time (or even at all)?
As the story is already written, the most critical aspect to getting the book created and delivered on time is of course the illustration. Working with the same illustrator as for ‘Madeleine Goes to the Moon’ was absolutely critical for me. Charlie is fully supportive of this Kickstarter project and has made herself available upon its completion to work on ‘Madeleine Goes to the Sunken Shipwreck’.
Of course, it is impossible to predict how smooth the creation process will be, and I can’t guarantee 100% that there won’t be delays. What I can say however, is that myself and Charlie have done this before, so we know what to do and how long it takes, we have a great working relationship and we work together very closely at all stages of the process. We also already have a strong idea of how the book should look and so should be able to hit the ground running.
So, fingers crossed, everything is already in place to make sure that the project can start immediately and therefore deliver on time. Over to you!
Risks and challenges
So what could potentially delay fulfilment of this project once funded?
The biggest potential risk of delays is in the printing process, as any delays at this stage are likely to be unforeseen and could potentially impact upon the delivery date if we are not already ahead of schedule.
Additionally, if, by an amazing stroke of luck, the target goal is exceeded by a considerable margin, this could leave us with a higher than expected number of orders to fulfil. This is of course a good thing.... but it is still a potential risk.
So what will I do in such instances?
In the event of any delays impacting upon the promised delivery date, it is my intention to invent a time machine and to constantly relive the same day until all orders are completed. If I am unable to bring my Groundhog Day style plan to fruition, then plan B will be to just work extra hard and keep everyone informed of progress as much as I can.
I would still like a time machine though.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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