This Kickstarter is to raise funds to produce an 80+ page illustrated book of brand new fairy tales, each with a feminist message at its heart. The stories are finished; the funds are needed to pay the artists and to print and ship the books. The wonderful local publisher Literati Press Comics & Novels, with whom I have been publishing stories for two years, is consulting on the project, but not taking a financial cut. Heroes!
Why I'm making this book:
I’ve always loved fairy tales, but two years ago I began to realize just how powerful they are. For the first time, my daughter began talking about her fear of “wicked stepmothers”. Her father was about to marry a woman they both loved and respected very much. My child would have a stepmother of her own. However, in fairy tales, stepmothers are universally evil, jealous, and cruel. A stepmother might feed you poison, or not feed you at all. She might expect you to do more work than you could ever possibly do, tell lies about you, or have you killed. A stepmother would never love you.
I began searching for fairy tales about good stepmothers for my child and for this lovely woman. In the course of my search, I learned that evil stepmother stories are common to every culture. I couldn’t find a story to give my daughter. Living in a time where blended families and step-parents and step-siblings are normal, I decided to write my own fairy tale about a good stepmother for my daughter and her growing family.
Inspired by the strong, compassionate women I know, I continued writing other fairy tales my daughter and I needed—stories about brave, interesting girls (and some boys, too) and the ways they use art, kindness, and community to overcome the loneliness and cruelty of the world.
About the artists:
I have been thrilled to work with five very talented artists, one for each story. You are going to love their art! A large portion of the funds raised will go to paying each of them for their beautiful work.
Shawn Hancock illustrated the story Ladybug. Shawn is a graphic designer, illustrator, and creativity facilitator at the magical Hancock Creative Shop in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Brandi Downham is an artist and the co-director of marketing and public relations at Fringe Gallery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Phillip Danner is a photographer and graphic designer from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He's a contributing artist at The Society Art Gallery. (Art coming soon.)
Arlene Hulva is an artist, writer, yoga instructor and stay-at-home mom in Unity, Maine. She has been friends with Kristen Grace since 1996.
Natasha Alterici has been a freelance artist and illustrator for over nine years. She is also the creator of the highly acclaimed comic, Heathen. She really loves dinosaurs.
Risks and challenges
My parent company, Literati Press, is experienced in assisting artists in running successful Kickstarter campaigns. We are experienced at surpassing our crowd-funding targets and shipping our books all over the world.
We have a good relationship with a local printer, so we can count on having the book and art ready on time.The stories have already been written and edited. The art has been completed. We are ready to print and ship (or send PDF copies) when the Kickstarter is complete!
Whatever happens, if for any reason someone doesn't get their book, we'll ship a new one. (In our budget, we planned a large buffer to be able to resend lost shipments.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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