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Turbo the Flying Dog is a children's book focused on aviation and rescue (Turbo & his sidekick Olive are also real live dogs!)
101 backers pledged $5,838 to help bring this project to life.

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Book Overview:

Turbo wants nothing more than to leave his boring life at the pound behind. The day he discovers his wish is coming true he is terrified to learn that he will have to take a plane, which another dog describes as “a big metal machine that makes noises in the sky”, to his new home.  With the help of his new family Turbo overcomes his fears when faced with the noises and bumps of the airplane ride, finally learning to love flying after taking a turn at the yoke.

Turbo the Flying Dog is a light hearted adventure series focusing on family and overcoming ones fears for ages four to eight. General aviation, animal rescue, and diversity are reoccurring themes.

Current Status:

We have already written the 1st book, Turbo the Flying Dog, and are working on book 2, Turbo Learns to Fly, where Turbo meets Olive, a female pilot who is having a hard time proving herself in a male dominated industry. In book three, Turbo and Olive will soar through the history of aviation, bringing young readers on a journey through time and the sky. Funds will go towards illustrating and printing the first book and any overage will go towards the second and third!

We have recently interviewed and chosen an illustrator, Michelle Zajko, who we will need to pay to make the project take flight. (Bad puns are not included in the book itself.) After spending over half a year weighing the pros and cons we’ve decided not to submit to traditional publishers at all and to self publish so that we have more control over the visual aspect of the story and are excited to work with her as she develops the artwork for the story.

Turbo and Olive Artwork!
Turbo and Olive Artwork!

Where Is Your Money Going?:

The book is written but there is a lot between writing and publishing! A lot of the money we are hoping to raise will go toward paying our illustrator so we can get the book off the ground. Other major costs are publishing related: buying ISBNs, getting a digital copy, filing for copyright and business related: fees, logo design, and paying for rewards (book copies, shipping, etc). Additional support will go towards paying our illustrator for book two: Turbo Learns to Fly!

Timeline:

We hope to have Turbo the Flying Dog funded and printed in time for a release during the 2014 holiday season! That may seem like wishful thinking, but the book itself is written and our illustrator has started her process to work towards this goal.

 BARK, BARK and AWAY!

Risks and challenges

Since this project relies on multiple people the biggest risks are those involved with collaboration and communication. Luckily, Victoria, Kelly, and Michelle all get along and are committed to the project. Additionally, Victoria and Kelly have already written the entire book and have been editing it along with outside help.

We also have put together contracts between the authors as well as between the authors and Michelle, our illustrator. These contracts spell out how we interact with one another, and what our timeline for artwork and production looks like. Of course, they allow for wiggle room. Things happen to stall creative work, and we've thought to add in extra time on the front end in hopes that we won't be rushed for time or extremely late on the back end. If, however, there is a problem with artwork being finished on time or the books being printed on time we will contact our supporters by email with updates as soon as we see the problem arising.

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    Inclusion in a weekly shoutout on Turbo and Olive's social media pages.

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    Turbo the Flying Dog promotion sticker + $1 reward.

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    Turbo Flying Dog Bandana and Sticker! - Does your dog want to be a Turbo Dog? Get a Turbo Flying Dog dog bandana as well as a Turbo sticker!

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    Print copy of Turbo the Flying dog, pawed and signed by both authors and dogs + $1 reward.

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    Limited edition pawed and signed (by dogs, authors, and illustrator) promotional art print + $30 reward.

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    Invitation for one adult, one child, and one dog (with required vaccinations) to the Turbo the Flying Dog Kickoff Party, which will include a Print copy of the book (pawed and signed). Party date will be a Saturday or Sunday in January or February 2015 and will be in or near Rockville, Maryland. Invitations are transferable if you are unable to make it. (Have two kids? Email us for two kid option.)

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    Get your N# in the book! - Backer will get to choose the N# of Turbo's plane, which will make an appearance in the book! Plus a pawed copy of the book and a Turbo Flying Dog sticker!

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    Name the Flight School - It probably isn't a surprise that there is going to be a flight school cameo during the book. It needs a name! Choose the name of Turbo's Flight School (must be appropriate for a children's book) and also get a pawed copy of the book and a Turbo Flying Dog sticker!

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    Get your dog included in the book! Send us a photo of your pet to be an “extra” in Turbo the Flying Dog + pawed and signed copy of the book.

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    Turbo and Olive airport experience – Turbo and Olive will fly to your closest small airport (within 225 miles of Frederick, MD)* for a two hour private experience for up to two adults and two children (please contact us if you have a larger family to see if we can accommodate you). The experience includes pictures with both dogs and authors, a private book pawing, and a chance to get in and talk about the plane. Additional time will be spent learning about aviation and playing with the dogs. Time to be scheduled for the Spring/Summer of 2015. * If you're not sure if you meet the travel time requirement, or think you might be just outside the range contact us.

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Funding period

- (60 days)