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A modern heathen childrens story with a classic folk tale feel. The illustration evokes Jakob Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen.
A modern heathen childrens story with a classic folk tale feel. The illustration evokes Jakob Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen.
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Josh Heath as been a writer since he was a kid. In 2010, he got the inspiration to be a part of a live skaldic competition at East Coast Thing. From that moment, a lot of his writing has been heathen focused folk tales.This story is another expression of his combination of modern life, and heathen concepts all wrapped into fun stories! Besides being a writer, Josh is also an Army veteran and is in his senior year at Marist College. His BA will be in Political Science with a focus in international studies.

Jen Wagner: Jen Wagner is a Heathen Artist raised in Sunny Southern California by her awesomely supportive father. She has a Bachelors in Game Art and Design and currently works as a 3D Artist in Orange County. When she's not doing work/art, she's hiking, camping, visiting old art or book stores, and plotting adventurous schemes with her partner-in-crime/love of her life Hauk. She's currently working on an art book and statue set of the Germanic and Nordic Gods. Future plans also include scaling Half-Dome, refining her art skills, and building a snowman. Yes, we get snow here...in the mountains...sometimes.

This project is to help publish Old Don: A Heathen Tale, a fully illustrated heathen story about a families meeting with a large red bearded fellow that tends to carry around a large hammer. We are going to be using some form of printing service to make that happen. The more money we raise, the better book printing service we can use.The book will be approximately 30 pages long, with 14 full color illustrations.

Image From the Book
Image From the Book

Just a small segment of the story:

"Thank you kindly ma'am." His voice sounded deep, like the rumble of thunder in the distance, and as he removed layer upon layer of clothing it became obvious that most of that bulk was still him! Mama got him set by the fire and he was using a towel to dry his beard out as I tentatively walked over to inspect this strange big guy.

He was old, but not the oldest man I'd ever seen, his hair had gone grey, both in his beard and in his hair, but he had the warmest smile I'd seen, second only to Daddy's. His hands were the size of my head, and his beard down to mid-chest. The muscles on his arms stood out, even through the long-sleeve shirt he had on, and his feet were nearly as long as my arms. He saw me looking at him, and waved me over.

"Hello young lady," he said in that deep baritone of his.

If we get near the bare minimum of pledges, which is fine, we are considering going with a print on demand service. Right now that is a toss up between CreateSpace(an Amazon service) BookBaby, or something similar. The CreateSpace service offers a lot more options for the future, and having an Amazon portal would be really beneficial. CreateSpace should be the least expensive option, but maybe not the highest quality. So we want to try and balance quality and cost to produce an effective product that meets your needs and our own.

We are using Kickstarter for several reasons, one, it's effective, two, it allows us to get a feel for the market. We are shooting for a low funding amount, so we can print the books needed to meet demand.  We also want to shoot to establish ourselves going forward, and utilize a self publishing service so we can keep producing books past the current goals. If we get enough support from folks, we will probably work on a few more books as well.

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I'd particularly love to make a book out of my Frau Holle story! It's called 'A True Story' on that link above.

If we do kill our initial goal, we will add stretch goals to keep adding ways for people to continue supporting the project!


The video above is a real basic version of what I hope to have for the final voice over reward for those that want to purchase that option. We are picturing a full audio book version, set to the book, as if someone was reading it. Please excuse my rather bad accent, and a few minor mistakes. Its rough at this point! :-D

Cover Art: We are still trying to nail down a cover artist. If you choose that reward level, you will get the original piece of that particular art. The artists we are looking to work with are all excellent, and pretty well renowned, so you will end up with a one of a kind piece of art!

Internal Art: All art pieces are 5x8 size.

Add Ons: International Shipping - EU, Australia, UK - +$25 - If you would like to have us ship the book to an international location, you will need to add $25 to your pledge amount. This is the only affordable way for us to ship to international locations.

Canada Shipping: Just brought to our attention. Canada shipping is possible. Please add +$15 to cover shipping to Canada.

Add a Book: +$ 20 to add another book.

Risks and challenges

Well, the biggest risk is that we don't get funded and can't produce any books for those that would want them NOW. However, we will still probably push through into the self-publishing market, but the quality of books will likely be lower if we have to go with a service like Lulu. Still, having a successful kickstarter will show that there is a market, and that is what we really want to make sure we have.

The hardest thing after funding will be some of the higher goals. Which is why we've limited the amount of them. The stories and the art take time to produce, so we will want to get those to our backers as soon as we can, but please keep in mind that we are human, and may not get things done as fast as we would like.

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    Full color original art done by Jen Wagner for the book. These are obviously limited to the prints we have, so they will go quick.

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    Personalized short story written by the author, Josh Heath. This story is encouraged to be Heathen related, but can be about anything, and will problably be no longer than 3-5 pages. (Unless he gets inspired, then it could go on longer) :-)

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