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A picture book - about a kid we all know! - with a gentle message about choosing friends over all that stuff.
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We all know a kid like this! The one who needs the teddy bear... the coloring book... the umbrella... the comb... the zebra purse... so much stuff! In my life the kid with many, many favorite treasures is my daughter Delaney. We couldn't leave home without the checklist of 'necessary' things.

But she learned a lesson early - one we all will, if we're lucky - that there is such a thing as holding onto too much stuff. It's hard to swing with our friends on the monkey bars for instance, when we're weighed down by all of the things we think we need.

So, I decided to create a book that is fun to read, which benefits greatly from Annie Wilkinson's lively and charming illustrations.  The story also stands as a good reminder that having a connection with friends and family is always more important than too much stuff.

I'm excited to offer digital ($8), hardback ($18), and personally signed copies of the book ($28)!

NEW REWARD! Spring Clean Toy Drive!

4 BOOKS + TOTE! Join me and my girls in a Spring Clean Toy Drive! Periodically, we go through our toys, look for those that are gently loved but no longer used, and gather ‘em up and drop ‘em off at the local Goodwill or ASPCA Rummage. I would love to see pictures of you and your kids - and even their classrooms - doing the same this May! In return, I’ll send you 4 signed copies of The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff - for you, your kids’ classrooms, and even the local library. + a cool The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff tote to carry them all in! For those in Central VA, I’ll throw in a classroom visit next fall to do a reading of the book at your child’s class. 

Or, a great deal - 2 copies of the book in their very own The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff tote, all for $50!

And for my most generous benefactors - the ones who are giving that extra boost to make my debut title a reality in 2015 - I am offering a limited number of Executive Producer rewards. Your name on the title page, credited as an Executive Producer. Of course, priority to receive The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff when it is in print. And, a one-of-a-kind video, to download or on DVD, of my girls and me reading The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff - to YOU. 

 Thank you for checking out the rewards for The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff!

And a big thank you to my Early Birds for snapping up the limited edition $10 ARC of the book!

I've been writing children's stories inspired by my daughter's habits and personalities for a while. Writing may be a fairly solitary exercise, but publishing a book definitely is not. I've gathered together a team of artists who will make sure The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff looks amazing when it is released in September 2015. By preordering the book, you are contributing to the cost of:

  • Editing
  • Cover design
  • File formatting
  • Printing
  • Distribution
  • Publicity
  • and even helping me out with the production of this Kickstarter campaign.

Kickstarter has raised over $1Billion for creative projects.

When you click the green button at the top of this page that says "Back This Project", you'll be joining over 7 million people who have backed books and other projects on this site - so you will be in good company.

Also: A lot of people get confused about this... but you do NOT need Facebook to pledge to The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff. After you pick your reward, you'll be asked to sign in, and it will look something like this:

Thank you for preordering your copy of The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff right here on Kickstarter, today!

I know not everyone is in a position to pledge through Kickstarter. But help of all kinds is appreciated! You'd have my gratitude if you:

  • Share this campaign link on Facebook and Twitter
  • Become my friend on Facebook
  • Email your friends with kids like Delaney and let them know about The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff!

This opportunity to preorder The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff lasts only until Thursday, April 30th at MIDNIGHT. Thank you for preordering your copy - or picking up one of the other great rewards - today!

Much love,

Marc

Thanks for continuing all the way down to the end of the campaign! Just for you, here is a sneak preview of some of the great art by Annie Wilkinson in The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff:

Risks and challenges

There are so many steps to publishing a book, and it is a sequential process. In the ever-changing world of publishing, it is certainly possible that there may be delays in production. That said, my creative team is in place to work through any unforeseeable snags, as we are committed to publishing The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff!

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    DIGITAL BOOK - Get your very own .mobi (Kindle), .epub (iTunes, Play, Nook), or .pdf (PC or anywhere!) ebook copy. Plus, a personalized thank-you from the author.

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    HARDBACK BOOK (Early Bird Special) - Receive a signed Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff! Get the book before its official release in September.

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    HARDBACK BOOK - Receive a copy of The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff!

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    HARDBACK BOOK (Signed Copy) - Receive a signed copy of The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff, with a personalized note from the author.

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    TWO HARDBACK BOOKS (Signed Copies) - Give one, get one! The best deal. Get two signed copies of The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff, one for you, and one for a friend.

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    TWO HARDBACK BOOKS (Signed Copies) + TOTE BAG - Everything at $40 plus a 14"x 14"x 3" eco-friendly tote bag. Perfect for carrying around all your "stuff." Featuring the art of illustrator Annie Wilkinson!

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    ART PRINT - Everything at $50 plus, a signed, limited edition print of the illustration of your choice from The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff. Annie Wilkinson's charming art is the perfect addition to any kid's room.

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    4 BOOKS + TOTE! Spring Clean Toy Drive Special. Send me pics of you and your kids - and even their classrooms! - gathering gently used toys and donating them where they will make another child's day. I'll send you 4 signed books, + a tote to carry them in! Share them with your local school or library. BONUS for Central VA only: I'll do a reading at your child's school this fall!

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    Producer of The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff. Everything at $100 plus your name in print in the credits of this delightful book for young children. And, as a special thank-you from the author, you'll receive a unique picnic sampler for your afternoon at the park as you enjoy The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff.

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    Executive Producer of The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff. Everything at $500 plus your name in prominent print in the credits of this wonderful children's book. And, receive a very special, personalized digital download or DVD of the author and his daughters reading YOU The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff.

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