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Q: If I pledged before, do I need to pledge again?
A: Yes, this is a brand new campaign and your previous pledge was cancelled.
Q: Was the money sent back to my card?
A: Your card was never charged for the first pledge. Since the previous campaign failed, this is the real deal!
Q: How are you so sure that this campaign won't fail too?
A: I made a few big changes... my goal is now $8,500, as opposed to $16,000 in the previous campaign. The book now costs $40 and not $49 or $59.
Q: What if you make more than your goal... what will you do with the extra money?
A: To find out that answer, you need to become a Backer! I'll only update my Backers about extra perks they could receive. Pledge as low as US $2 to get those updates.
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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 of 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 250 copies of the book.
Why print a book?
In an age when everything is either online or 'in the cloud', you're probably wondering 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 five 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, 144 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 for other images I talk about how that particular image 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 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 Prints as part of their rewards. This is a 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 quality truly amazing and over the last 3 years of selling various sizes of both, I've never had a customer complain 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. You can pledge toward the following rewards:
$2 - Three backgrounds for your phone.
$10 - The digital eBook of Majestic and Magical.
$25 - Five greeting cards featuring images from the book, the eBook and the phone backgrounds.
$40 - One copy of Majestic and Magical as a hardcover art book signed by me.
$65 - One copy of Majestic and Magical and the Supporter Pack.
$100 - Two copies of Majestic and Magical and the Supporter Pack.
$150 - One copy of Majestic and Magical, the Supporter Pack and a 16x24 canvas print of one image from the book.
$500 (a private tour) - Come with me to one of the locations from the book and we'll create images together! Then, over a late lunch, ask me anything you like... personal projects, photography, Dominica... anything! You'll also get two copies of the 'Majestic and Magical' photo-book, a 24x36 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. Approximately 75% of the money I receive will go towards printing. Here's the breakdown:
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 than $8,500?
My funding goal is $8,500. This just about covers printing and shipping 250 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.
Here are some things I'd like to do with extra funds:
- Host an official launch event for the book here in Dominica
- Print more copies of the book (300, 400 or even 500 copies)
- Offer an across-the-board gift such as a 11x14 inch print for all Backers.
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.
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 labLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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