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Tommy loves to fly (and is pretty good at it) but he has one small problem: he's afraid of heights.


Purpose

The purpose of this Kickstarter project is to raise the funds necessary to create and print the hardcover first edition of "Tommy The Courageous Bird" through Mascot Books.

Tommy The Courageous Bird
Tommy The Courageous Bird


Inspiration

Stories come to me in many different, sometimes strange, ways. Tommy was no exception to this.

I was walking through a park when I noticed a little bird flying too fast towards a tree and land on branch. Or should I say crash land on a branch. He almost fell out of the tree but righted himself just in time and proceeded to do what birds do, chirp. Now the intelligent side of my brain new what I saw: A bird misjudge his speed and almost loose his footing. But the other side of my brain told me that the little bird got dizzy when he landed because he was afraid of heights. I went with the second story and Tommy was born.


Story

Tommy The Courageous Bird is a wonderful story about a bird who loves to fly but is afraid of heights. His parents have excepted Tommy for who is but because of his fear he has never gone to visit his parents They always come down to visit him. But through a chance encounter with his grandpa, The General, Tommy learns what true courage is and how to overcome his fear.

A great story combined with unforgettable characters and a dash of a special message is just waiting to come to life in a hardcover book!


Goals

All of the money raised in this Kickstarter page will go towards getting Tommy in hardcover book form. What this includes is:

- Professional Production: Concept review, character design, manuscript editing, professional illustrations, custom cover design and dynamic layout, and hardcover book printing.

-Professional Marketing: Upgraded book page on mascotbooks.com, including blog, “look inside” feature, custom press release, marketing plan, and Facebook/Twitter set up. Professional Sales

-Support: ISBN, barcode, Library of Congress control number, and copyright registration. Title presented to Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Amazon, and access to thousands of booksellers through Baker and Taylor, Ingram, and Follett. Warehousing, shipping, invoicing, and collections.

Don't forget that if we do not reach our goal of $5,200 no money will be exchanged and Tommy The Courageous Bird will remain just an idea in my head. With your help it will come to life in the pages of a book that everyone will be able to enjoy!


People

The drawings you see of Tommy here were done by a friend of mine. She is an amazing artist (as you can see) who is as humble as she is good. Thank you Bri! You can find her at http://www.facebook.com/briana.covarrubias.3

I also wanted to say thank you to Nicole for all your help and support!


Our Funding Trajectory

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The story itself is completely finished but still needs to go through editing, picking and working with an illustrator, layout of the pages, choosing a cover design, the actual printing of the hardcover books. I am working closely with the great taff at Mascot books but delays can happen. So the Feb. 2013 date for rewards is an estimate that might change.

That being said I completely trust Mascot books and their history of publishing books will keep everything on track. I will keep everyone who pledges up to date with any changes, good or bad, that might occur.

If there is one thing I know it's that I have been waiting a long time to get this story into the pages of a book and will make sure things are done in a efficient and professional way. Thanks!

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    Cool Tommy bookmark and a PDF of original artwork.

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    I Am Courageous button, Tommy bookmark, PDF of original artwork

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    33 backers

    Hardcover copy of Tommy The Courageous Book (add $10 for international orders), I Am Courageous button, Tommy bookmark, PDF of original artwork

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    2 hardcover copies of Tommy The Courageous Bird (add $10 for international orders), I Am Courageous Button, Tommy bookmark, and PDF of original artwork

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    1 Signed hardcover copy of Tommy The Courageous Bird by the author (add $10 for international orders), I Am Courageous Button, Tommy bookmark singed by the author, and PDF of original artwork

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    3 hardcover copies of Tommy The Courageous Bird (add $15 for international orders), I Am Courageous Button, 5 Tommy bookmarks, and PDF of original artwork

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    2 Signed hardcover copies of Tommy The Courageous Bird by the author (add $10 for international orders), I Am Courageous Button, 5 Tommy bookmarks signed by the author, and PDF of original artwork

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    Supporter Acknowledgment inside First Edition of Tommy The Courageous Bird, 3 Signed hardcover copies of Tommy The Courageous Bird by the author (add $15 for international orders), I Am Courageous Button, 5 Tommy bookmarks signed by the author, and PDF of original artwork

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    Benefactor Acknowledgment inside First Edition of Tommy The Courageous Bird, 5 Signed hardcover copies of Tommy The Courageous Bird by the author shipped up to 3 addresses (add $20 for international orders), 3 I Am Courageous Buttons, 10 Tommy bookmarks signed by the author, and PDF of original artwork

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    Gold Benefactor Acknowledgment inside First Edition of Tommy The Courageous Bird, 10 Signed hardcover copies of Tommy The Courageous Bird by the author shipped up to 3 addresses (add $20 for international orders), 5 I Am Courageous Buttons, 10 Tommy bookmarks signed by the author, and PDF of original artwork

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Funding period

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