This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, May 24 2019 2:07 PM UTC +00:00.
A lot can happen in seven years.
About that long ago, give or take a month, I was a senior in college, finishing out my degree in illustration that I hoped would bring me a modicum of success, if not total fulfillment of all my life's hopes and dreams. That year, as part of an assignment required to graduate, I wrote and illustrated a children's book. It was a minimal story about two pirates: one who was Very Appropriate, and the other, who was Not. I called it The Appropriate Pirate. I worked hard on it, spent hours poring over the writing and painting and designing and trimming and creating, and at the end of the year I turned it in, approximately 82% proud of the work I’d accomplished at the end of a harried and frantic final semester.
That was in 2012.
Fast-forward through the next seven years:
I graduated college, finished an internship, faced an unsteady economy in a competitive field, took on odd jobs, tried out living in a couple of different states, learned some lessons, got married to the best guy, and have spent the last four years genuinely enjoying the coffee industry, fully aware that my life's hopes and dreams have yet to be fulfilled by the piece of paper I received from my university.
Like I said, a lot can happen in seven years.
In all that time, the story about the Appropriate Pirate never left me alone.
Somewhere near the middle of 2017, I decided it was finally time to revisit my pirates. I rewrote and expanded the story, and began the slow ( s l o w ) work of illustrating the pages a second time. I worked on the book sporadically at first, planning thumbnails and sketching storyboards in odd corners of the day that fit around my barista shifts and sparse freelance work. More than once, I convinced myself that maybe a career in illustration just wasn't for me; that if it was, I'd have created something noteworthy by now, or found a job in or adjacent to my field. But every time, I would remember the book I made once, and I'd think, "I dunno, I might as well finish it and see what happens. The hard part's already done." (haha.)
So something inside me drove me to keep working in spite of myself. I kept making progress in small doses. And then one night at an event, I met a local publisher (Amber Olafsson with United House Publishing) who has become so integral to making this dream a reality, because I'm A Very Typical Creative who needs Lots of Support and Very Concrete Deadlines to make anything happen.
Here at the end of April, I am now just a few weeks away from sending off my first draft of this book to the publishing house in May. For the first time in seven years, I've made a cohesive, original work that I'm really proud of. I've written a story that resonates with me, and I hope it resonates with a lot of other people, too. Most exciting, if all goes as planned the editing and printing process will be underway in time for the book to release by November of this year!
As with all creative endeavors, there are costs to publishing and selling your own work, and looking at the cold numbers, I won't be able to do it alone. With your help, I'm confident that this book will finally be able to set sail, and all the work I've put into this project over the last seven years will result in something really beautiful.
I can't wait to see how it turns out.
Risks and challenges
This is my first ever Kickstarter campaign, so I'm running the risk of some unforeseen challenges. That said, I have done my fair share of research and sought out advice as often as possible.
The timeline on the book is ideal, but it isn't 100% set in stone. There may be delays on my publisher's end, depending on their workload at the time of my submission. The window for releasing the book is currently between October and November, so I'm shooting for a November release to account for any potential lost time; if all goes smoothly, the book may be ready in October.
Life is uncertain and there may be delays on my end due to unforeseen circumstances, though every attempt will be made to meet my set deadlines. I also work as a freelance illustrator, and I intend to be taking some commissions during the time that I will be publishing this book. That said, making sure I hit my deadlines for the creation of this book and the delivery of the rewards will be my main priority. My hope is to get this book in the hands of the people who support it by Christmas; with a November release this should be possible but unforeseen circumstances (the large amount of shipping orders around Christmas, etc.) may be cause for some delay.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter