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Follow Roscoe and his band of barnstorming buddies on their high flying adventures!
Follow Roscoe and his band of barnstorming buddies on their high flying adventures!
33 backers pledged $5,507 to help bring this project to life.

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With overwhelming encouragement from friends and family we are proud to present Pilot Tails to all of you!

We have created a unique and stylized world set during the 1930's during the Golden Age of Aviation. The story follows our furry aviator Roscoe and his band of barnstorming buddies.

The Book…

Pilot Tails will be a 36 page hardcover 11 x 8.5 full color book professionally printed and bound. The story follows Roscoe on his attempt at becoming the fastest pilot in the world. He is a young pilot who has worked hard all year with the help of his friends to build his speedy little racer. He is however, put down by the richest pilot in town who believes he can buy his victory. He wastes no time in bullying Roscoe into believing he can't win and should quit and go home. Over the course of the story Roscoe realizes that with all his hard work and determination he does poses the ability to win.

Roscoe was a pilot in the race, and Buster was his trusty mechanic.  “You know Buster”, Roscoe said, “I have a feeling that I’m going to win that Sampson Trophy!”

“Keep up that feeling hotshot!” Buster answered, with his face buried deep inside the airplane, and his tiny hands busily working.  “That’s the spirit that makes these planes fly!”

Lessons Learned...

Pilot Tails will teach children how to rise above everyday challenges such as bullying and teaches them that exploring their interests and following their dreams is important. Above all Pilot Tails is a fun high flying journey that will stretch your child’s imagination and open up a world full of terrific possibilities.

A loud voice came from behind Roscoe.  It was Julius, the richest and meanest pilot in town.  Julius sneered, “You call that a plane?  That stubby barrel with wings won’t even last for half the race!” 

This remark made Buster angry.  Roscoe and Buster spent all winter, and all their money building their plane.  Buster yelled, “Let me at him!  I’d like to see you do better!”  Curtis, the oldest in Roscoe’s group and team captain, held Buster tightly, as he struggled to get free.

“I don’t need to!  I can buy better!”  Julius snapped back.

Where we are…

The 36 page story is written and the illustrations are progressing but we need your help climb over the last remaining clouds. The cost of self publishing Pilot Tails is a steep one. With your help Pilot Tails will be beautifully printed on quality paper and bound in a full color hard cover book. This first book will lay the groundwork for future books in the series and I hope you will help us achieve it. As a pilot and future dad I want to pass down my love of aviation to my kids and share these fun heart warming stories with all of you. So climb aboard and help Pilot Tails takeoff!

What your contribution pays for...

Your contributions will be used exclusively for the printing of 1000 copies. We have received our quote from the printer and have chosen the package we feel brings the utmost quality and value to our project.

The announcer’s voice thundered over the loudspeakers, “Pilots prepare your airplanes and start your engines!”  Each pilot gave a final wave to the thousands of spectators before nimbly climbing into their cramped cockpits, and throwing on their start switches.  Their mighty engines coughed then breathed fire before roaring to life.  The ground shook from their mighty power.

Companion iPad App...

With the printed book comes a companion iPad story book app Narrated and filled with expanded content and interactive elements. We are very excited to be working in this new media.

Here's a brief list of what we've completed so far and what we are currently working on!
  • Full manuscript completed
  • Story boards completed on all illustrations
  • About 50% through the illustrations

Here's what we've got coming up next!

  • Cover and remaining illustrations
  • Layout of iPad App
  • Narration of the story for the App
  • Reward designs

We expect to be finished with these upcoming tasks by early June.  From there our book will most likely be completed and ready for distribution by September of this year.  We've set the delivery date a little bit later just in case!

We'll post more updates in the updates section as we progress!

Rewards...

Along with copies of the books, we’re also offering a variety of awesome postcards, prints, t-shirts, custom patches and a lot more!

The End...or is it!

Risks and challenges

We are 100% confident that we will complete this project once funded. We are very motivated and this book is a labor of love. We've carefully considered the amount of time and money it will take to reach our goals, so we know that we will meet them. That is not to say there could be a road bump or two along the way - most projects run into a challenge here and there. A couple of the challenges that we face are:

  • Printing: We have our printer selected and have been given timetables on when we can expect production and delivery but with our past experience with print projects, we know there can be delays mainly from a quality control perspective.
  • Distribution: Ultimately we want this book released in traditional book form in bookstores around the country, so we need to find the right distribution channel.

It is important to us that our supporters know how the project is progressing, so we will have regular updates to show what we have accomplished. Our first big challenge is raising the money to really get this project off the ground. We hope you will help!

With kickstarter it’s all or nothing!

Your contribution, however small, will be greatly appreciated

As the sun set over Wingfield, Roscoe, Jessie, Curtis and Buster all headed back to the hangar to clean their airplanes and put them to bed.  

“You did well, Roscoe,“ Curtis said. “Having confidence in yourself is more powerful than any engine could ever be.”  

“Jeepers, you might even be able to beat the best pilot next time!” Jessie joked, pointing at herself as they walked into the hangar.

Thanks for your contributions Jess and Mike!
Thanks for your contributions Jess and Mike!

Risks and challenges

We have posted our risks and challenges above!

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    Aviator - A unique Thank You post card from the Pilot Tails team members. Access to a gallery of wallpapers featuring illustrations from the book for your computer and/or device.

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    Daredevil - A PDF of the book, and an 8.5x11 printed and signed illustration from the book. (Add $4.00 to ship inside the USA or $8.00 to ship outside the USA)

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    Hotshot - One personalized signed copy of the book and an 8.5x11 printed and signed illustration from the book. (Add $6.00 to ship inside the USA or $15.00 to ship outside the USA)

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    Barnstormer – One personalized signed copy of the book, an 8.5x11 printed and signed illustration from the book along with a unique Pilot Tails iron on crew patch. (Add $6.00 to ship inside the USA or $18.00 to ship outside the USA)

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    Copilot – One personalized signed copy of the book with companion iPad story book app with bonus content, an 8.5x11 printed and signed illustration from the book and the Pilot Tails iron on crew patch. (Add $6.00 to ship inside the USA or $18.00 to ship outside the USA)

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    Ace - Two personalized signed copies of the book one to keep and one to give along with companion iPad story book app with bonus content, an 8.5x11 printed and signed illustration from the book and the Pilot Tails iron on crew patch. An added bonus includes a unique Pilot Tails T-Shirt in your size. (Add $15.00 to ship inside the USA or $25.00 to ship outside the USA)

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    Hero - One personalized signed copy of the book and two additional copies to give keep or give away. One iPad story book app with bonus content including a custom thank you dedication screen. A 13 x 19 custom print of a character created by you with the help of the Pilot Tails team. We will faithfully illustrate and color your creation. You will be able to choose this characters name, animal type and we will place him/her in a setting true to the book. You can even choose whether or not your character is a hero or villain. Your character will also be featured on our dedication page within the iPad app and on our website. These characters will help build the Pilot Tails world and will play a part in future books in the series. (Free shipping)

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