"SPLAT! SPLAT! Someone's thrown all his food on the floor.
UH OH! Someone's trying to run out the door!
OH NO! Someone's painted the white walls dark blue!
'Look at me, Momma! Momma, I'm Two!'"
~ Excerpt from "Two!"
I have always wanted to write my own children's book. Inspired by my very energetic and curious twin two-year-old boys, I decided to start! Since March of this year, I've been working on "Two!", a fun little rhyming book about what it's like to spend a day with a two-year-old.
The story is written, the illustrations are underway and I expect to be ready to go to print sometime in February. I am self-publishing and have already lined up a printer in China because printing costs in the U.S. are completely cost-prohibitive.
That being said, the costs are still high. The printer requires a minimum order of 1,000 board books, and overseas shipping for the order is $810 alone! I have created this 30-day Kickstarter campaign to in order to raise the funds necessary to make this book a reality. The $3,400 covers costs associated with:
* Purchasing an ISBN number and bar code
* Printing 1,000 board books
* Shipping the books to the U.S.
* Packaging & distributing pre-orders of this board book
Without YOUR help, this book CANNOT be published. If I can make my goal of $3,400, the book will be printed and in the hands of pre-order backers by May of 2015! I am hoping that with your help, I can make this little dream of mine a reality and in exchange provide you with a great keepsake!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge I face is working with a company overseas to produce the book. In my conversations with the printer I have been assured that the entire process from start to finish (including delivery to my doorstep) will take about a month. While I have already seen samples of their work and am pleased with the quality, I am still going to have them provide a hard-copy proof of "Two!" to make sure it's perfect before the entire order goes to press. If there is anything wrong with the proof, this can introduce delays. There is also a Spring Festival in China starting on February 19th, which could add an additional week to the turn-around time (depending on where we are on the printing process when the Festival begins).
Lastly, if my wildest hopes and dreams come true, the happy challenge I could be faced with is trying to fulfill an unprecedented flood of pre-orders! This may cause delays in some of the orders, particularly overseas.
If I run into these (or any unforeseen challenges), I will still work hard to get the backer rewards fulfilled within the time-frame promised. I have built in a couple weeks of padding to prevent delays, because, in my experience, you just have to anticipate a couple hiccups along the road. However, I will communicate my progress on this page so that you will know where we are in the process!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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