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An attempt at the perfect bedtime story, with illustrations by Scottish artist Brian Taylor.
An attempt at the perfect bedtime story, with illustrations by Scottish artist Brian Taylor.
560 backers pledged $34,850 to help bring this project to life.

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My parents read to me nightly when I was a boy, and many of my childhood books remain great favorites even now, decades later. There's something particularly remarkable about creative projects that never feel dated or stale. These are the books, films, sketches, and songs that defy all odds and live forever. These are the projects that exhibit soul.

As such, Brian and I have worked hard to achieve that classic, timeless quality in Lucy and the Anvil, though our sense of classic is certainly tempered with very modern sensibilities. We're firm believers in things like structure and satisfying story arcs, and our collective influences range from Walt Disney and Henry Selick to Sergio Leone and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. We also believe that the ideal bedtime story offers equal pleasure to both parent and child.

Below are shown our primary benefactor rewards, all of which will be produced in either the U.S. or U.K. The book itself will be printed just a short drive from Chicago. The letterpress bookplate and print will be produced by Blush Publishing in Wales, and our magnificent resin anvil will be made by Bigshot Toyworks in North Carolina, certainly the gold standard in American toy design. Please note that final anvil color may vary slightly, but we’re shooting for a pleasantly weathered iron.

Lucy and the Anvil is my second collaboration with Brian. Should it meet with some success, we'll likely move directly to our third. And that project, too, we very much hope will exhibit some semblance of soul.

Risks and challenges

Brian and I have worked hard to address those hurdles we can actually predict, primarily by enlisting vendors of sterling reputation. Our printer comes highly recommended, and Brian has worked with both Blush and Bigshot before. These are reliable, honest people who take great pride in their work, just as we do.

That said, everything beyond production boils down purely to Brian and me, and there is a sizable ocean between us after all. No doubt unforeseen hurdles will arise. They always do. But you have my word, and Brian’s, that we’ll do our very best. This is a book in which we truly believe, and we dearly want you to read it.

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  • Like most bedtime story books, Lucy and the Anvil is a 32-pager. An adult can read this one cover-to-cover in short order. Read aloud to a child, with ample time for illustrative appreciation, testing indicates a commitment of 12-15 minutes.

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  • Possibly, but don't expect Lucy and the Anvil to grace the shelves of your local retail chain, or even the imaginary ones online. Any printed books not sent directly to our benefactors will probably show up in Brian's virtual store.

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  • No Pity Press is our means of producing books that likely don't fit an existing publisher mold. These are passion projects. And were these projects never produced, it would certainly be a pity.

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  • Lucy and the Anvil is our second book. The first, a children's chapter novel called Escape from Hat, is currently available through Amazon. Books three and four are presently in the works.

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    One hardbound copy of the book, printed with pride in the U.S.A.

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    One hardbound copy of the book, tastefully enhanced with a letterpress bookplate signed by both author & illustrator.

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    Two hardbound copies of the book, signed by both author & illustrator. We highly recommend the book as a gift, particularly to children.

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    One book signed by author & illustrator, one original letterpress print signed & numbered by Brian, and one formal acknowledgement of gratitude printed within the book itself.

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    One book signed by author & illustrator, one original letterpress print signed & numbered by Brian, one formal acknowledgement of gratitude printed within the book itself, and one 5" resin anvil sculpted by Bigshot Toyworks.

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    One book signed by author & illustrator, one original letterpress print signed & numbered by Brian, one formal acknowledgement of gratitude printed within the book itself, one 5" resin anvil sculpted by Bigshot Toyworks, and one original acrylic painting straight from Brian's studio in Scotland.

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    One signed book, one signed print, one formal acknowledgement of gratitude, one 5" resin anvil, one original acrylic painting, and one fancy dinner with Adam and Brian at Gibson's Steakhouse in Chicago. Complimentary shipping of merch. Travel expenses not included.

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    One signed book, one signed print, one formal acknowledgement of gratitude, one 5" resin anvil, one original acrylic painting, and one dedication. That is to say, Brian and I will happily dedicate the book to the person of your choosing. Complimentary shipping.

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