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A Creative Commons hardcover children’s book dedicated to all us little people who might be too afraid to try.

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The Story

Cute, little Stick learns that while she may not know how to paint a masterpiece, she can do small and simple things. These small and simple things, composed over a lifetime, are what become her masterpiece. And the result is more beautiful than she could have imagined.

Sometimes challenges can make us feel scared. When we doubt ourselves, we often become too afraid to try. The secret, though, is to remember that all great things can only happen one small stroke at a time.

Download Stick's Masterpiece for free!

  • PDF - for thumbing through on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
  • Mobi - for you Kindle device.
  • Hi-res Images - for printing, sharing, coloring, and enjoying.
  • Video - read by the author, for watching even when you don't have internet.

The Goal

Our goal is to knock your socks off with a gorgeous, hardcover book at a preposterously low price. 

Our total expected costs for a high-quality, hardbound print come to $8,200. Here it is broken down:

  • $4,600 - Printing 1,000 high-quality, first-edition hardcover copies in the USA.
  • $2,450 - Shipping 700 individual books to all our backers. (Assuming we meet our $7,700 goal with 700 single book orders.)
  • $900 - Kickstarter fees, Amazon Payment fees, and sales taxes.
  • $250 - Purchasing ISBN numbers.

You probably noticed our expected costs are $500 more than our $7,700 goal. We’re crossing our fingers that some of our nice backers will order more than 1 book at a time to help us save on shipping.  

So please, tell your friends, lump your orders together, make it a book-ordering party! Copy the link for this Kickstart project and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, email it! It really does make a huge difference. Thank you for sharing, and caring.

About Brothers Whim

Brothers Whim is a Creative Commons storybook workshop. This means that all of our stories are freely available to the world as an open educational resource (OER) to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute!

Schools could print the books themselves and sell them for fundraisers, without any need for permissions or royalties to us.

Teachers could download the books and distribute them freely to their students as a creative remixing project for students to tweak to make their own unique versions.

By supporting this project you can help us share open educational resources with the world. Life is better when ideas are shared!

About the Author

Me and the fam at Punta Uva, Costa Rica
Me and the fam at Punta Uva, Costa Rica

I came up with the concept of Stick because I can’t draw and was living in Costa Rica, far from the talents of Randy. Here’s the embarrassing version I did alone in the tropics.

If you laughed, please add an extra $1 to your pledge and I'll forgive you.
If you laughed, please add an extra $1 to your pledge and I'll forgive you.

Thankfully, Randy jumped in to save Stick with some magic brushstrokes of his own. Google Hangouts brought us together for storymaking while I was still in Costa Rica. Then in June of 2013 we moved back to the United States to pursue storymaking more seriously with Randy.

My beautiful boys, Zack and Austin, were born in 2007 and 2009. When Austin turned 2, I began telling bedtime stories, which quickly became the preferred bedtime ritual over reading books.

In the excitement of developing my first stories, I called up my brothers and cousin and asked them about working together to openly publish stories that would inspire our children. Brothers Whim Storybook Workshop was born.

About the Illustrator

For whatever reason, I love jumping and drawing. If it’s dangerous, I want to jump it. If it’s cool, I want to draw it.  

For as long as I can remember, my dream job has been to illustrate. My favorite movies were always the Disney Platinum DVDs with the special features. I’d re-watch those until I had them memorized. The classic greats like Fred Moore, Frank Thomas, and Ollie Johnston inspired me to hours of classroom doodles.

Unfortunately, I let life intimidate me away from my dream of becoming an illustrator. But now, after years of tinkering around with different classes and majors, I’m finally chasing my dream by making books while pursuing a degree in illustration.

I'd be happy doing this for the rest of my life!

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UNEXPECTED PRINT DELAYS
Our print house estimates 5-6 weeks for printing 1,000 books, from order to delivery. This lead time could extend, however, if Christmas and holiday production ramps up for them before we get our order in. They usually see holiday production ramp up later in August, but we are cutting it close. Lead time could increase by 2 weeks, pushing reward delivery into early October, if we get behind increased holiday production.

UNPREDICTABLE QUANTITIES
Printing, signing, and delivering every book by September assumes around 1,000 books. If Kickstarter is good to us, and significantly more are ordered, meeting the September deadline could be tough. Of course, we’ll do everything we can (like hiring help to ship rewards) to stay on schedule no matter what.

The book is finished. An excellent American print house is selected. As soon as the project funds, we'll get books pumping through the presses.

We’ll post regular updates to show the progress, share any interesting or funny behind-the-scene tidbits, and address any potential delays or setbacks. This will be fun!

FAQ

  • The Amazon price is planned to be $12, so a Kickstarter pre-order saves you $1 for a single book, but more if you pre-order several books. Plus the priceless bonus of getting a signed, first-edition copy!

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  • Two reasons: One, because this is our grand debut and we want to get our first book to as many eager readers as possible. And two, because we hope to make it up on volume on this and future books.

    Our printing costs go down for orders larger than 1,500 books, so we’re crossing our fingers that we get there. Go big or go work in a cubicle, that’s our motto. Or maybe it’ll be, go big and then go work in a cubicle. Either way, we’re giving it everything we’ve got.

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  • In this world of internet sharing and torrents, somebody is going to do it, so we just beat them to it :).

    Our goal is to take full advantage of the magical copying power of the internet. We hope to grow our readership by making it easy for people to read and share our stories. Instead of making money by controlling the digital distribution, we hope to make money on physical book sales. Lots of people still prefer a printed page, especially for children.

    If people are grateful for the free digital versions, we enthusiastically invite them to donate a small tip, which is easily done at our website. Give whatever you think it’s worth. Every penny is a thrill and much appreciated!

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  • The short answer is because we believe life is better when ideas are shared.

    We license our books under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. This means anybody is free to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute as they please. We only ask to be mentioned, and that derivative works be similarly available to others.

    Our plan is to leverage technology to share and distribute our stories to as many people as want to enjoy them. The internet makes that possible. Instead of trying to make money by controlling the distribution of our stories to a narrow, paying audience, we plan to make money by reaching as wide an audience as possible. The more people that enjoy our stories for free, the better. If enough of our readers are inclined to buy our physical books, or to donate, we’ll make a profit.

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