Majestic and Magical: Come Explore the Nature Isle
A deluxe photo-book featuring stunning images of Dominica, compiled to showcase the Caribbean island's unequaled natural beauty.
Wondering what the book looks like? Here's a link to download a FREE 10-page sample of the eBook >> Click to download.
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What is this project about?
Majestic and Magical is a large format, hardcover photography book, featuring more than 130 images of Dominica captured around the country — from Scotts Head to Laudat, Calibishie to Syndicate, Roseau to Trafalgar and beyond.
The main objective behind this project is to show the world how beautiful Dominica really is, and these images do just that, by featuring the sites and landscapes that make our county unique.
Through this Kickstarter project, I'm asking for your help to raise enough funds to print 1,000 copies of the book.
Why print a book?
In an age when everything is either online or 'in the cloud', you've probably wondered if it even makes sense to print a book.
I chose this medium because it is tangible, durable and it engages more than just one of our six senses. Flipping through the pages of a book forces you to focus your attention on those pages and puts the larger-than-life images right in front of you.
This large format book can be given as a gift of considerable value to visitors and Dominicans alike. It is an item that we can all be proud of and excited about.
What will the book look like?
The finished book will be a hardcover, 12x9 inch, color book, 145 pages in length, and printed on 157gsm gloss coated art paper.
Is it just a book of photos?
Majestic and Magical will contain more than 130 images, so you'll mostly see photographs while browsing through the book. However, I've included a caption for every image that includes its name and the location where that image was captured.
I've also included brief write-ups throughout the book. In some cases I give information about the history of the locations and in for other images I talk about how that particular images was created. I hope that these write-ups enhance your viewing experience.
What else is in it for me?
Apart from signed copies of the book, backers stand to receive limited edition Greeting Cards and museum-quality Canvas and Metallic Prints.
This reward comes with five custom designed 5x7 inch stationery cards that can be used as a greeting cards, thank you notes, or decorations. The cards includes images from the Majestic and Magical book -- both in black and white and in color.
Backers may also receive Canvas or Metallic Prints as part of their rewards. Both print options are museum-quality pieces of art, created to last for generations (in favorable viewing conditions).
The Canvas prints will be shipped to you ready-to-hang, right out of the box. The larger Metallic prints are sold unframed and must be framed before hanging.
The quality of both of these print options is truly amazing and over the last 3 years of selling various sizes of both, I've never had a customer complaint or return. On the contrary, customer consistently report successful deliveries and they're amazed by the color details and lifelike quality.
In order to receive these limited edition items and to enjoy the Kickstarter special pricing, you must pledge to support this project. I've tried to include rewards that suit many different types of supporters:
- Individual art lovers
- Offices or workplaces
Look through the list carefully to find a price-point that is comfortable for you:
Pledge $2 - 3 phone backgrounds from the Majestic and Magical book.
Pledge $10 - Majestic and Magical eBook and 3 phone backgrounds from the book.
Pledge $25 - 5 Greeting Cards, the Majestic and Magical eBook and 3 phone backgrounds ('The Supporter Pack').
Pledge $49 - A signed copy of the Majestic and Magical hardcover photo-book (early bird special).
Pledge $59 - A signed copy of the Majestic and Magical hardcover photo-book (no early bird discount).
Pledge $79 - A signed copy of Majestic and Magical and the Supporter Pack.
Pledge $129 - Two signed copies of Majestic and Magical and the Supporter Pack.
Pledge $199 (perfect for the art collector) - A signed copy of Majestic and Magical, your choice between a 20x30 inch Metallic Photographic Print OR a 16x24 inch Canvas Print and the Supporter Pack
Pledge $269 (share with your family) - Five signed copies of Majestic and Magical and the Supporter Pack.
Pledge $399 (decorate your home) - Two signed copies of Majestic and Magical, your choice between a 32x48 inch Canvas Print OR a 30x72 inch Metallic Print, and the Supporter Pack.
Pledge $699 (share with your entire office) - Ten signed copies of Majestic and Magical, your choice between a 32x48 inch Canvas Print OR a 30x72 inch Metallic Print, and the Supporter Pack
Pledge $999 (a private tour) - Come with me to one of the locations from the book and we'll create images together! Then, over dinner, ask me anything you like... personal projects, photography, Dominica... anything! You'll also get two copies of the 'Majestic and Magical' photo-book, a 32x48 inch Canvas Print and the Supporter Pack.
How will the money be spent?
Presenting photos in the best way possible through print and then getting those books to Dominica is very expensive. Almost 70% of the money I receive will go towards printing.
Given that book printing is central to this project, choosing a printing partner was an important decision I made early on. My research led me to a printer based in Michigan in the United States, with printing facilities in China.
The head of the company (with whom I'm in constant contact) has 30 years experience in the art book printing industry, and has designed, engineered and managed more than 8000 printing projects during that time. I have complete confidence in their ability to deliver a quality product on the agreed upon timeline.
What happens if you get more money than you asked for?
My funding goal is $16,000. This just about covers printing and shipping 1,000 copies of Majestic and Magical.
More funding means more book orders to fulfill and more perks (greeting cards, photographic prints, etc.) to send out to backers, like yourself. So, for the most part, that's where the extra funds will go to.
However, if this project is funded above and beyond my initial goal, I have a plan for the extra dollars:
How do I get in touch with you?
Here's my website - www.yuriajonesphotography.com. I post new articles there regularly and I currently have a 32 week photography challenge that you may be interested in. Read about it on my blog, here.
You can send me emails directly from the Contact page or directly, to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project means a lot to me, not just because it's my first photo-book, but because I truly believe that it could significantly impact Dominica's visibility on an international level.
If you're not able to pledge money towards the project, please share it all over your social media channels so that everyone you know finds out about it.
Please remember this: Kickstarter is "all or nothing", meaning that if the project does not succeed, the book will not be published.
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about Majestic and Magical. Happy Pledging!
Risks and challenges
The book is ready to be printed: I have completed the design, layout, proofreading and editing of all text and images.
There's no financial risk to you, the backer. Your credit/debit card will not be charged unless the project is fully funded through this Kickstarter campaign.
Like I mentioned before, the company I am working with to produce the book is US based, but their printing facilities are in China. This is where the majority of books that are printed in large quantities are produced.
The only foreseeable risks and challenges that could potentially delay delivery of the final product to you would be related to the shipment of the books overseas (ie. a customs inspection that delays the containers), or if there were an error in the printing process that warranted a reprint of the books to be done.
In the case of such delays, you will be notified at once and given updates on the status of the books as often as I receive them from the print lab.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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