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"Maxwell" is a children's book that celebrates the power of imagination and looking at the world through the eyes of a child.
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MAXWELL THE SPIDER

How do I begin to tell the story of Maxwell the spider? Well, how about by telling you that he was real, that he existed, and that we shared an adventure together. For two amazing weeks, this little spider and I interacted in such an incredible manner that I can only believe that he crawled into my life to give me the gift of a wonderful story, that he was making a statement for spiders everywhere, that he was symbolic of all that is wondrous that goes unseen. After our time together, I knew that I wanted to write it down, as it really happened, in a short story. But I can still remember standing in the shower when it HIT ME! No one would believe it. It was just too fantastical. It was just too improbable. It was……..it was……a children’s book!

MAXWELL & "THE CHAIN OF LIFE"

“Maxwell” endeavors to inspire not only children, but adults as well. Parents get a concrete gift all for themselves; a meaningful present that later can be passed on to their children. This is the embodiment of the “Chain of Life” theme; a time capsule of love if you will and a bit of a twist on the children’s book genre. This tiny layered mystery is a big part of what makes “Maxwell” a unique and necessary story to tell; a gift that keeps on giving to all ages, ideally for generations to come.

THE HEART OF MAXWELL

“Maxwell” is a story about transcendence, about the extraordinary blossoming out of the ordinary. At its heart "Maxwell" is a children’s book that celebrates three major themes: first and foremost the power of imagination, secondly, and perhaps most importantly, the importance of never forgetting how to look at the world with the wonder of a child’s eyes, and lastly, and rather organically, the celebration and communion that takes place between parents and children during bedtime/storytime.

MAKING MAXWELL A REALITY

This children’s book is truly a labor of love and that’s where you come in. "Maxwell" is about much more than just the end result or destination, it is about the journey, the process, and we are very excited about YOU being part of that process. We're not just talking about funding here, we're talking about YOU being an ACTIVE PARTICIPANT in the shaping of our project, being an actual thread in Maxwell's web. Everyone who receives a PRE-RELEASE DRAFT COPY of "Maxwell" will be invited to provide feedback (in the form of likes/dislikes/new ideas) that we will take very seriously in completing the final version of the book. In addition, THE OPPORTUNITY IS THERE FOR YOU TO ACTUALLY HAVE YOUR IDEA FOR AN ILLUSTRATION APPEAR IN THE FINAL BOOK ALONG WITH NAMED ACKNOWLEDGMENT FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION!! We feel strongly that this book is for everyone, that's why we're asking YOU to take part in its construction. Maxwell can't wait to make your imagination a reality!!

Risks and challenges

There are only a couple things that could ever keep us from completing "Maxwell." This mountaintop where we live and work is also home to bears, bobcats, and mountain lions. If either of us were to be unexpectedly eaten, this could cause a problem. Also, it should be noted that we share our home with a golden retriever named Gordo. It has become clear that Gordo feels the children's book should have been about HIM. Gordo works very hard every day to pull us away from our work to play ball or go on walks or car rides. We have managed to hold him somewhat in check so far, but it should be duly noted that he is relentless. Barring the above stated dangers to our project, you can rest assured that we are absolutely determined to make this children's book a reality and will work tirelessly to give "Maxwell" every possible chance to achieve the great success we wish for him. We truly believe that "Maxwell" can be a source of inspiration, positivity, and bonding for parents and children, for kids of all ages, for many years to come! Thanks for joining us on this incredible adventure!!

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    THANK YOU: We'll mail you a personalized 'thank you' note on a postcard that features artwork from the book.

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    COLORING BOOK: The previous reward, plus a printable coloring book (black and white) featuring artwork inspired by the book.

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    LIMITED FIRST EDITION: All previous rewards, plus a limited first edition of “Maxwell,” a full-color, hardcover book featuring 60+ unique illustrations, signed by the author and illustrator.

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    ALL THAT AND A SET OF POSTCARDS: All previous rewards, plus we’ll send you a set of 10 postcards (suitable for framing) featuring artwork from the book.

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    SNEAK PEAK AND A CHANCE TO SPEAK: All previous rewards, plus we’ll send you a pre-release DRAFT copy of the book; AND an invitation to participate in a focus group where you can share your feedback to be considered for the final book. The draft book will be color-copied on index paper, staple-bound (saddle-stitched), and include both finished illustrations and sketches. The focus group will take place via a webinar (get it... a WEB-inar..hehe).

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    ALL THAT AND A BASEBALL CAP: All previous rewards, plus we’ll send you a stylin’ cap featuring “Maxwell.”

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    FINE ART PRINT: All previous rewards, plus a fine art quality giclée print featuring artwork from the book, signed and numbered by the illustrator

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    ORIGINAL PORTRAIT: All previous rewards, plus the illustrator will create and sign an original portrait of your child (pet, friend, who or whatever) with Maxwell. Portrait will be a fine art quality giclée print based on your provided photograph.

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    BE AN ART DIRECTOR: All $10-$250 rewards, plus include your idea in the book. Maxwell is a rock star, and I hear that he’s in the circus too. What else can Maxwell do? You tell us and we’ll illustrate your idea IN THE BOOK! Plus your name (or the name of your choice) will be acknowledged in the book for your creative contribution!

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    PRIVATE PARTY: All $10-$250 rewards, plus the author and Illustrator will travel to the location of your choice (within the continental US) for a book reading/signing. Event includes 25 copies of the book. This would be a fun event to support a local school, library or hospital, or as an awesome birthday party… you decide. (After November 2016).

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    SHARE THE LOVE: All $10-$250 rewards, plus the author and Illustrator will travel to the location of your choice (within the continental US) for a book reading/signing at the school/library/ location of your choice; and will donate 50 Copies of the book to the institution/recipient of your choice. (After November 2016).

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