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A children's book about a strong-willed girl and her devoted mom who navigate life’s milestones together.
A children's book about a strong-willed girl and her devoted mom who navigate life’s milestones together.
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When my then two-year-old daughter Evelyn would get upset with me, in her frustration she would tell me to “go away, Mama!” I remember one day, after hearing those words (. . . a few too many times), I told her, “No, Evelyn. I’m not going away. No matter what you do.” And then I thought: maybe there’s a story here that needs to be told.   

Me and my muse, Evelyn (pictured here at age 3)
Me and my muse, Evelyn (pictured here at age 3)

Go Away, Mama! follows a mom and her daughter through the stages of stubborn child to teenage rebellion to college good-byes and starting a family. Along the way, we watch the push and pull of a strong-willed girl and her devoted mom as they navigate life’s biggest milestones together.

As a full-time working mom to two littles under four, I’m navigating the crazy right now. My goal in writing this book is to encourage moms, in particular, as they journey through the messy, challenging, and miraculous moments of parenthood.

I think it’s important to tell this story, especially with all of the guilt and criticism that mothers often put on ourselves. I hope this book helps moms know that they’re not alone in the challenges of parenthood, that we’re all just doing the best job we can. And I hope it reminds us all to hold on a little tighter to those raw, precious, and all-too-fleeting moments that come with raising children.

Little kids love to emulate the bigger kids so I hope they enjoy the main character’s many moods, her frequent outbursts of “go away, Mama!” and ultimately feel the tenderness of this story.

In my dream world, I’d love for this book to become a favorite read that kids pull off of the shelf again and again, along with being a staple gift for Mother’s Day, baby showers, or graduations—much like the book Love You Forever was for me. I’m confident when I hold the finished book in my hands and read it to my littles, I won’t get to the end without a few tears—and my hope is, it’s the same for you. 

Love You Forever is a classic...and I hope Go Away, Mama becomes one, too!
Love You Forever is a classic...and I hope Go Away, Mama becomes one, too!

Writing and publishing this book has been an amazing experience already—and we’re so close to being finished. I’m working with a fabulous illustrator, Elly Sebastian, and the talented team at Beaver’s Pond Press to bring this book to life.

Progression of color sketch and illustrations.
Progression of color sketch and illustrations.

The illustrations are complete. The book layout is also in the process of being finalized. From there, all that’s left is printing and distribution. 

One of my favorite scenes...the angry outburst and the tender moment to follow.
One of my favorite scenes...the angry outburst and the tender moment to follow.
Final cover and mock up of dust jacket
Final cover and mock up of dust jacket

So far, I’ve paid for the cost of the book on my own but with this Kickstarter campaign, I’m hoping to help offset the remaining costs, while also giving you the chance to get your copy before it hits the shelves—and score some fun bonus items.

Some of the giveaways you can receive!
Some of the giveaways you can receive!

I completely understand if you can’t contribute financially. And in fact, one big way to support just so happens to be free! Spreading the word on your social channels and/or via word of mouth to friends, family and co-workers, makes a big impact (so the Kickstarter gurus say). 

STRETCH GOAL

We've hit our goal in record time (amazing!) so now we're stretching it a bit. If we hit $10,000 by the deadline, past and present backers will also receive this cute door hanger to add to their "extras" AND I'll donate 50 books to Heart of America to support their efforts to revitalize educational spaces so students can learn and grow. Help us make it happen! 

Tell Mom how you really feel with this door hanger
Tell Mom how you really feel with this door hanger
Chelsea Fadden, Author
Chelsea Fadden, Author
Elly Sebastian, Illustrator
Elly Sebastian, Illustrator

Risks and challenges

We all know there are risks to any project but I’m confident my book will land in your lap on time. As I said before, the big things are already complete—now it’s just printing and distributing.

Beaver’s Pond Press has twenty years of experience working with hundreds of authors to publish their books and I have total confidence in the quality and delivery of my book.

As for the bonus items, most are already in production and are scheduled to arrive on time. If there are any anticipated delays, I will be sure to communicate those to you. I’ll also communicate the happy stuff too—like when and where my first book signing will be!
You guys, I feel blessed already to have so much support from many of you. Thank you, thank you!

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    No Means No

    When Mom says no, she really means it. I’m glad you didn’t say “no” to me. Your $5 gift will get you my undying gratitude and a shout-out on social media.

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    Go ask your Father

    Father knows best—and he wants you to enjoy all the benefits of this level. Along with two signed books, you’ll receive a set of four greeting cards featuring illustrations from the book. AND I’ll donate one book to the Heart of America foundation in your name, which will ensure it gets in the hands of many little readers.

    The Heart of America foundation is a non-profit organization that works to transform educational spaces into modern learning environments by providing books, technology and other services to schools in need all over the U.S. http://www.heartofamerica.org/

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    I’m thankful you chose this level! You’ll receive double the books, double the greeting cards, a 30-piece children's puzzle featuring artwork from the book, and I’ll donate five books to either the Heart of America foundation or an educational nonprofit organization of your choice.

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    I Love You So Much

    I love your support! With this level, you’ll still receive doubles of the book, cards, and a puzzle, PLUS I’ll donate 10 books to the Heart of America Foundation or a nonprofit educational organization of your choice. To top it all off, I’ll throw in an hour-long book reading and presentation (in-person if local, otherwise virtual) about my journey to become an author.

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