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A illustrated young readers book in a softcover and casebound editions + letterpress prints and an audiobook!
A illustrated young readers book in a softcover and casebound editions + letterpress prints and an audiobook!
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Three years ago, I had an idea to make a book. That idea grew from a few illustrations that followed a Japanese folk song full narrative and the idea of printing the whole thing with letterpress. Because of Kickstarter, I made that book a reality.

Shortly after the campaign ended, I had an idea for another book. I've been working on that for the past two years.

Tamaishi is about a little pebble who gets the idea to be something he's not, eventually discovering that its better to just be who you are. He travels far and wide across the valley where the little things live, to the ancient forest of Niwaki, and gets lost in the Great Sea.Read the first chapter!

I use Ulysses for writing
I use Ulysses for writing
   

So what are you making?

Three editions of Tamaishi — preliminary cover design
Three editions of Tamaishi — preliminary cover design

There are three goals: a softcover edition, an audiobook, and a casebound edition. The book is printed using black and spot color on a Ryobi 2-color press. I plan on using black + a blue PMS and black + green PMS for different parts of the book as they have different moods. 

I'm still working on recording the audiobook, so I don't have an example just yet. But if you want to know what it might sound like, check out the 3-minute sample of my last book Zōsan on soundcloud.

Examples of spot color art!
Examples of spot color art!

Also available are 1-color letterpress prints — and a limited run of hand-watercolor painted prints: For a sampler of all the artwork, please see this blog post. Letterpress prints will be available for the 14 "full plate" (6x8) artwork. 

Watercolor example (not the final rendering — each unique!)
Watercolor example (not the final rendering — each unique!)

So how's this going to work?

If successfully funded, I'll start making final steps towards production. I'll wrap up the writing and continue ahead with the audiobook recording and editing. I'll work on composing all the music for the audiobook. 

I'll get the plates made for letterpress prints and I'll work with the offset press to determine the final paper choices and PMS spot colors. I'll begin ordering necessary materials for casebound books: bookcloth, end sheets, headbands, cover stock, etc. Then I'll let them do their thing while I work on the audiobook and prepare for shipping.

Zōsan was such a joy to behold in its final forms. I hope you'll join me in making this next book a reality as well.

—¡™

Risks and challenges

I've been here before. I know the printers and binder and I've been communicating with them for months about this. I know the costs and what it's going to take — and my funding goal reflects that.

The project is small enough that I can single-handedly manage the fulfillment process. It's actually smaller than the non-profit publication process I used to run a while back (hundreds of books all shipped from Canada) — so no worries there!

The audiobook music will be a bit more of a challenge than the last time, since I don't have a folk song melody to work from, but now that the artwork and writing are mostly finished I can concentrate on that.

If you have any doubts, please take a quick look at Zōsan! I can't guarantee there will be zero delays, this being an artistic process — but I have a vested interest in seeing this done, (I want one!!) so I can guarantee it will be made.

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    Just a Sketch

    I'll choose a character from the book and sketch it for you on paper, just like I do for the book: blue pencil, red pencil, then ink!

    Paper size: approx 6" x 6"

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    Tamaishi eBook

    You'll receive an electronic version of Tamaishi. Your choice of pdf or eBook/ePub (for your Kindle or Nook)

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    Audiobook only

    Just the audiobook as a digital download. Perfect for little ones who might not read the book on their own but love listening.

    More than just a straight ahead reading, the audiobook features voice acting, soundtrack and sound effects!

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    Tamaishi Letterpress Print

    One (1) single-color letterpress print on Mohawk Superfine paper, your choice of the full-plate prints (6" x 8" with margins)

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    Tamaishi softcover

    You'll receive one (1) softcover, offset edition of Tamaishi.

    Printed on 100# Mohawk Superfine in two colors (black + PMS spot color), with a 2-color, matte finish softcover. All produced on a Ryobi 3302 offset press in Portland, OR.

    Books are shipped via USPS priority mail with tracking. International shipping extra.

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    Tamaishi + Audiobook

    The complete set for you!

    Books & CD are shipped via USPS priority mail with tracking.

    International shipping is extra.

    Includes:
    • Audiobook CD
    • Your name printed in the acknowledgements
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    Tamaishi Book Twofer

    Two (2) softcover, offset editions of Tamaishi. Keep one for yourself and give another to a friend!

    You get the audiobook as well, but only as a digital download.

    Your name will be added to the offset edition and to the end of the audiobook as an acknowledgment for helping me make this a reality.

    Includes:
    • Softcover edition of Tamaishi
    • Digital download code for the audiobook
    • Your name printed in the acknowledgements
    • Your name read in the audiobook
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    Softcover + Print

    Get the book and a print so you can frame it! Your choice of any of the full size (6x7) prints with ~0.5" margins.

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    • Softcover edition of Tamaishi
    • Letterpress print
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    Tamaishi Gift Pack

    Get a copy of Tamaishi for yourself + the audiobook on CD and one to share!

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    • Softcover edition of Tamaishi
    • Audiobook CD
    • Your name printed in the acknowledgements
    • Your name read in the audiobook
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    Tamaishi Deluxe Gift Set

    Get of everything for you, and share the book, CD and print with someone else!

    At this level and above, you get your name read by my sons at the end of the audiobook as a thank you, plus your name printed in the acknowledgements.

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    • Softcover edition of Tamaishi
    • Letterpress print
    • Audiobook CD
    • Your name printed in the acknowledgements
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    Tamaishi Casebound Set

    Get the full set for yourself: a casebound edition, softcover and audiobook CD.

    You'll also get your name in the acknowledgements and read by my two boys at the end of the audiobook!

    Includes:
    • Casebound edition of Tamaishi
    • Softcover edition of Tamaishi
    • Audiobook CD
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    Watercolor Limited Edition

    One (1) Hardcover edition PLUS a hand-painted letterpress print of "The Three".

    Hand painted watercolor end sheets

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    • Casebound edition of Tamaishi
    • Softcover edition of Tamaishi
    • Hand painted watercolor print of "The Three"
    • Unique watercolor end sheets
    • Audiobook CD
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    Tamaishi Letterpress Endsheet Edition

    One(1) Hardcover edition of Tamaishi that features two letterpress printed end sheets (12" x 8") in 1-color.

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    • Casebound edition of Tamaishi
    • Letterpress endsheets (12x8)
    • Letterpress print
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    Tamaishi Ultimate Gift Set

    Keep one (1) casebound edition and a softcover + audiobook for you, and share the set with someone else!

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    • Softcover edition of Tamaishi
    • Audiobook CD
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