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$5,813 pledged of $9,300 goal
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By Kari Ann Martindale
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About this project

This campaign is for a fun flip-over paperback edition of two full-length children's stories: The Day Flash Couldn't Even, and The Time Flash Had the Best Day Ever.  The stories will ship 01 December, in time for the holidays!

All backers who reserve a book will receive a flip-over magnet. Let people know when you can/can't even!
All backers who reserve a book will receive a flip-over magnet. Let people know when you can/can't even!
 

The Day Flash Couldn't Even and The Time Flash Had the Best Day Ever are the first two stories in a series of books about a Jack Russell Terrier, Flash, and his girl, Squirt.  Funny, sweet, and inspired by the real-life relationship between my daughter and our family dog, the stories are illustrated by Aaron Parrott.

In The Day Flash Couldn't Even, Flash can't even with Squirt--or anything else, for that matter.  It just isn't his day.  But Flash doesn't lose hope--there's always tomorrow!

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In The Time Flash Had the Best Day Ever, will Flash realize that his best day ever is turning out to be Squirt's worst? This story introduces the important concepts of empathy, social cues, and the consequences of our actions. 

 

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Since the launch of the Kickstarter, we have made available The Christmas Flash Couldn't Christmas. Flash gets through the Christmas season, then gets quite a Christmas surprise!

 

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The Christmas tee!
The Christmas tee!

 The regular Flash Series t-shirt will be a design specifically for backers. 

One type of personalized sketch, hand-signed by the artist: your dog sharing a bite to eat with Flash
One type of personalized sketch, hand-signed by the artist: your dog sharing a bite to eat with Flash

Who is this series for?

This series is aimed at children aged 2-6, as well as the grown-ups who read to them. The illustrations are fun. After all: if you're going to have to read this 100 times, you deserve a chuckle, too.

About the Author

Marrying words and meaning is my passion. My career and academic backgrounds have always revolved around language--writing, translating, editing, instruction, and analysis. I currently teach English as a Second Language part-time. My other passion is travel, which has taken me to all 50 states and 37 countries. The thought of a future book tour road trip excites me to no end!

About the Illustrator

Illustrator Aaron Parrott has been drawing for as long as he's had a pencil, and has over a decade of experience designing books, posters, logos, and album covers. He lives in Wenatchee, Washington with his wife and his dog, Bitsy, whose expressions and antics provide inspiration for Flash illustrations. When he's not illustrating or doing other artistic things, he's playing gigs as a drummer for The Velvet Elvis, and the Michael Carlos Band.

Kari and Flash; Aaron and Bitsy
Kari and Flash; Aaron and Bitsy

The Flash stories are super fun and sweet, so I hope you'll take this opportunity to kickstart the series. Grab a copy for yourself, or your grandkids, or your niece and nephew, or your expecting neighbor, or your local daycare center...or all of them! You won't regret it!

Risks and challenges

GETTING IT DONE

We’ve got this. I chose an 01 December 2017 release date because it's doable from our end, and so people can plan on giving the Flash flip-book as a Christmas gift this year. We're hoping Santa's elves will place a large order.

FUNDING

Here’s how the kickstarter funds will be used: Additional dummy print(s); First printing of a minimum of 500 copies, ISBN #, shipping from printer; Swag; Shipping and Handling (postage and supplies) (this accounts for like half of the funding goal!!); Printer ink, marketing; Everyone else’s cut: Kickstarter, transaction fees, etc.

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    Just the awesome magnet, please

    Maybe you don't need a book, but you totally need to let people know when you can even or can't even!

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    "Just the book, please"

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    "Donate the book, please"

    You really don't need another book on your bookshelf, but you want to encourage reading and support authors? We will donate one copy of the book to a school, library, or other non-profit organization in the Mid-Atlantic region. This means no shipping costs to you.

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    BOTH BOOKS!

    There's the original flip-over book The Day Flash Couldn't Even/The Time Flash Had the Best Day Ever, and the new incentive, The Christmas Flash Couldn't Christmas!

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    The Corporate Sponsor

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    The Dog Lover

    Get the book, along with a little swag.

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    A 3-pack of books

    We'll ship you 3 copies of the Flash Can't Even/The Time Flash Had the Best Day Ever flip-over book.

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    The Christmas Gift

    Christmas Shopping: CHECK! Your book plus...

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    • A Flash Can't Even Christmas totebag
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    The Bookseller

    10 copies of the book for sale at your shop. You must be a bookseller to choose this option. If you are local to Frederick, please use the second Bookseller option, which relieves you of the shipping costs.

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    • Downloadable Flash Series coloring pages
    • A reading w/in 100 miles of either Frederick MD, or Wenatchee WA
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    The LOCAL Bookseller

    The "bookseller" deal, with no shipping. If you live within two hours of Frederick, MD, I will deliver the books personally--along with surprise swag for the bookseller.

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    Super Dog Lover

    For you, or as a gift for your favorite dog lover, here's some nice puppy dog swag!

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    • An 8x10 color illustration of YOUR dog with Flash!
    • A Flash Can't Even portable bag dispenser for dog walks
    • A Flash Can't Even t-shirt (adult or child)
    • A Flash Can't Even totebag
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    The Event Reading

    The author will come to your grand opening, open house, company picnic, fair table, book fair, local festival, or other public event after 01 January 2018 to do a reading. **Must take place within 200 miles of Frederick, MD** (Contact author if you would like to arrange transportation for a reading outside of the 200-mile radius.)

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    The Long Haul

    You're not just an occasional road tripper--you live on the road. This level includes a personalized sketch of your pet/child/family in a car, truck, RV, or other vehicle. Keep the little one busy in the back seat, or the RV, or the tent with the book, plus...

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    CHRISTMAS BONANZA!

    Get a personalized CHRISTMAS sketch of YOUR child and pet! You'll get the original The Day Flash Couldn't Even/The Time Flash Had the Best Day Ever flip-over book, as well as The Christmas Flash Couldn't Christmas, plus...

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    • an 8x10 CHRISTMAS sketch of YOUR child and pet!
    • A Flash Can't Even Christmas totebag
    • A Flash Can't Even Christmas T-Shirt (adult or child)
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    "Write Me In! Draw Me In!"

    Name a child or animal character for a future book (*no profanity/inappropriate names*). Is your kid drawn into "The Day Flash Snuck into School," hanging their coat on their name-tagged coat hook? Is your family pet walking down the street in "The Day Flash Took a Stroll"? Is your kid playing outside in "There's NOTHING Wrong with Being a Princess!"? The possibilities are endless!

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    • 1 Youtube reading by author, personalized to child's name(s)
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    Write Me In! Draw Me In! Round 2

    Name a child or animal character for a future book (*no profanity/inappropriate names*). Is your kid drawn into "The Day Flash Snuck into School," hanging their coat on their name-tagged coat hook? Is your family pet walking down the street in "The Day Flash Took a Stroll"? Is your kid playing outside in "There's NOTHING Wrong with Being a Princess!"? The possibilities are endless! In addition to the flip-book, you'll receive...

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    The Patron

    Whether it's reading you love or the excitement of kickstarters, your $1000 pledge will help ensure the success of the project. In addition to copies of both the flip-over book and the Christmas book, you'll receive a copy of any future Flash Series books that are printed in the future.

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