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By Dana Prandato
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Kwapis Can't Hang is a children's story about a guppy fish named Kwapis who enters a new bowl and pretends to be someone she is not in a misguided attempt to fit in with her new tank mates. Ultimately, Kwapis realizes the best way to fit in is to be herself and to be proud of who she is. 

The manuscript is complete and I am ready to hire an illustrator for the story and complete the production for first edition 6" by 9" hardcover copies.

Kwapis & Dana go to an art museum
Kwapis & Dana go to an art museum

 

The Tale of Kwapis' Conception 

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In early January I thought it would be fun to get a fish for my apartment, so I took a walk with a good friend and we thought about what I could name my fish. 

“Perhaps I could name one of the fish Steve” I suggested to my friend. 

But we weren’t jazzed about the name and continued thinking. 

“We could name the fish Flarben and Glorf” said my friend.

We both agreed those are great names, but not the right names for the fish. 

We continued on our walk around Boston.

“Campers and Kewpie!” I finally said. “Those will be the names of the fish”. 

We both loved the names and playfully joked about the personalities of Campers and Kewpie over cups of coffee and a slice of chocolate cake.

Later that night, I thought of another name for a fish: Kwapis. I loved the name so much that I decided I would need to get three fish instead of two.

"What if I put Kwapis in the bowl and she ruins anything good Campers and Kewpie have going on?" I asked my friend, voicing concern. 

"That'd be a bummer, no one could leave, they're trapped in a fish bowl!" My friend pointed out. 

Now that was a concept I really got a kick out of and luckily for me, I couldn't sleep that night due to the cups of coffee I had with the chocolate cake. 

I stayed up through the night developing the story and by the end of the week I had rough draft and clear urge to make it into a full production. I dropped all my other planned projects and set out to make Kwapis Can't Hang happen. 

Kwapis trying to kick back
Kwapis trying to kick back

Where's the Money Going?

How Much Does an Illustrator Cost?

The Graphic Artist Guild Pricing and Ethical Guidelines Handbook says an Illustrator getting a flat-fare for a 32-page hardcover children's book should be paid between $2,000 - $20,000. 

Ideally, I would like to pay the illustrator a wage well above the minimum recommendation which is why any money that proceeds my initial goal will go towards illustrations.

Kwapis loves coffee & trying to make new friends
Kwapis loves coffee & trying to make new friends

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Risks and challenges

I am confident in my ability to complete this project on schedule and at a high quality. However, there are three factors that may make this process longer than expected:

1. My writing has continued to develop since the time of finishing the manuscript and I am willing to adjust the story before it goes to print. After all, I am looking to print the best version of Kwapis Can't Hang.

2. If the illustrator I hire is in the middle of another project, it may push back the time needed to complete the illustrations.

3. I am doing the layout design myself. I am experienced in using InDesign and am fortunate to come from a family who are all in the graphic design field. There is not a chance that the book will be poorly designed but it may take longer than expected to make sure it is perfect.

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