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Children's picture book & companion audiobook/music CD featuring lovable kid-troubador Camprefire Stu. Ages 3-7, and parents too!
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Campfire Stu and the Backwoods Jamboree is a children's picture book, an audiobook and a collection of original music -- all in one fun, colorful package.

We've been pretty self-sufficient in the beginning stages of this project, and have raised enough cash to get us 75% out of the gate.  The book is written, illustrated and has been through several rounds of professional editing.  The music has been recorded and is being mixed and mastered.  The audiobook is completely done.  

The book itself will be hardbound, 38 pages, & full-color featuring exciting illustrations by artist Eric Kravako, to be printed by Mascot Books.

We're raising funds to: 

  • complete the initial printing run of the book
  • layout for the CD (the artwork itself will be lifted from the book) 
  • to get CDs pressed and download cards printed.
  • develop a live show to be performed at schools & family functions 
  • purchase marketing materials: postage, envelopes, stickers, etc.   

The aforementioned download cards  (each with a unique code which allows for one download of the full CD content) will end up in every copy of the book, because we think that music and reading can go hand in hand, especially in the case of this project!  We believe this adds a tremendous amount of value to the product. 

The music, also written and arranged by author Mike Struwin, is an integral part of the story; in the story, each friend Stu meets adds another folk instrument to the "Walkabout Song" - washtub bass, mandolin and banjo - to accompany Stu's guitar.  The songs will appeal to fans of contemporary folk and bluegrass with arrangements and textures reminiscent of the Grateful Dead, David Grisman, and John Prine. 

including the audiobook and the four additional songs, the runtime of the CD will come in right around 40 minutes.

Here's "Mother Nature Calls", which will be included:

We're offering an "old fashioned CD" product because many folks (like us) believe that music is best enjoyed as a tangible product, and want to ensure this next generation has the same opportunity to explore liner notes and album art that we did growing up.  And we're also hoping to market the music as a standalone companion to the book, to be available in music retailers as well as on iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, et al. 

As for the live show, we're currently working on a script adaptation and beginning the arduous process of finding the right permanent cast members.  This part of the Campfire Stu project is still many months from completion, but we hope to use some funds from this campaign to get us closer to our goal of having our first full-cast performance during the summer of 2018.  As for now, author Mike Struwin has a solo show all ready to go.

Risks and challenges

Considering the bulk of the project has been completed, the biggest challenge we'll be facing is timely turnaround from the printer and the CD replicator. As soon as we have product in our hands and off to reviewers, we'll be able to fulfill the rewards from #2 on up.

We expect to have the books and CD's in hand by the end of July, but we've been told that a delay of up to six weeks can happen from time to time. This type of delay is completely out of our hands.

Beyond that, like any product headed into a crowded marketplace, we'll be pushing this series hard using tried and true techniques we've gleaned from over a decade of marketing adult contemporary music and books. This is an immense challenge for the project's long-term goals, but won't affect delivery of the rewards in the slightest.

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    "HI FIVE!" + eBook

    A copy of the eBook delivered digitally as well as a virtual "hi five": a hello and your name sung in an improvised song full of gratitude, performed by author Mike Struwin in a weekly video update during the course of the campaign.

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    Audiobook/music CD + eBook

    An author-signed copy of the Campfire Stu Backwoods Jamboree Audiobook / Music CD, available before the official release date. Plus, a copy of the ebook delivered digitally, a note of thanks and some random swag that will fit in the padded mailer, shipped via USPS.

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    The Book / download card + eBook

    An author-signed, hardcover copy of the Campfire Stu Backwoods Jamboree book, with included download card, for exclusive access to the Audiobook and additional bonus songs. Plus, a copy of the ebook delivered digitally, a note of thanks and assorted pieces of random swag that will fit in the box, shipped USPS 1st class. All available before it drops in stores.

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    The Book & ebook + Retail CD

    An author-signed hardcover copy of the book with included download card for the audiobook and music, AND a copy of the retail CD. Plus the ebook delivered digitally, a note of thanks and assorted pieces of random swag that will fit in the box, shipped USPS 1st class.

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    Liner Notes Thank You

    TWO signed copies each of the book & CD, a copy of the eBook, AND a special "thank you" on the webpage & in the liner notes of the CD.

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    Archival Print

    In addition to a signed copy of the the book and CD, you'll receive one 16x24" archival-quality giclée print from one of the illustrations from the book -- we'll let you choose which one. Each print will come signed by artist Eric Kravako and author Mike Struwin and be accompanied by a Certificate of Gratitude and Authenticity.

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    Reading / performance

    Get author Mike Struwin into your classroom (or library, office or living room) in person or via Skype for one personal reading and acoustic performance, featuring songs off the CD! We'll also send you five author-signed copies of the book (complete with download cards). Appearance must be scheduled at least 30 days prior. Perfect for corporate benefactors!

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    "Associate Producer"

    Five signed copes of the book and CD, a copy of the eBook, and "Associate Producer" credit in the liner notes of the CD. Includes a face-to-face meeting or Skype session, our everlasting thanks, and the ability to impress friends and family by truthfully saying "I am an Associate Producer".

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    PRIVATE CONCERT

    In addition to ten signed copies of the book and CD, you'll get the opportunity to host a private concert from author & musician Mike Struwin, which includes three to four hours of fun for kids, families and adults. Travel and accommodations for one person are not included and must be provided if outside a three-hour driving radius of St. Joseph, Michigan. Must be scheduled a minimum of six weeks prior. Dates contingent upon availability.

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    JAMBOREE!

    A full-on, no-holds-barred Backwoods Jamboree featuring Mike Struwin, a full cast of costumed characters, and songs and skits from the book -- sponsored by you or your company. Performance & swag, plus twenty copies each of the book (and download card!) and CD. To be scheduled 8-12 weeks in advance, exact dates contigent upon the availability of the performers. Travel and lodging for six (6) people not included, and is necessary if outside of a 3 hour driving radius of St. Joseph, Michigan. Available for the 2018-19 school year.

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