A Queen's Wish (Canceled)
A Queen's Wish is a fantasy / history adventure series of children's books about an 11yr old girl and a enchanted tennis racquet.
This book has been a labor of love for me and it includes the three things I love the most - Tennis, history and fantasy. A Queen's Wish is planned to be a multiple series of books of adventures involving, tennis, fantasy and history. My hope is to open the world of tennis to a new generation.
When we meet this goal, I will be able to create press kits with promo items. Along with the press kits, a copy of A Queen's Wish - Noblesse Oblige - will to be sent to bookstores and book reviewers. I am planning on making bookmarks, stickers and a button to go in my press kit and my $35+ backers will get all these gifts when we meet our goal. Any additional funding will go towards improving press kits, promotional and marketing materials.
A Queen's Wish is about:
"Over 600 years ago, King John (John Lockland) of England and King Phillip II of France conspired to gain monumental power by causing the worlds of two realms to collide. The impact, delayed as these worlds drifted towards each other, would still destroy one of them--Earth or Réimse.
When Queen Ann Boleyn discovered the treachery of King John and King Phillip II in an ancient letter, she sent the spirit of her unborn son, Theo, to discover the only person who could become Serveur de cristal . This legendary being could unite powerful, ancient articles to stop the cataclysmic destruction.
The search for Serveur de cristal has been long and taken many turns. The addition of the spirit of another young son, this time from the modern age, was a gifted tennis player. Named Bruce, he spurred the discovery of an unexpected talent who would become the only person capable of rescuing the two worlds. Their salvation would come through the skilled hands and spirit of a gifted 11-year-old, red-haired American girl - Kailyn. Kailyn liked to tell dumb jokes and get straight A's in school, but, most importantly, she loved tennis."
An excerpt from Chapter Two:
"- The Book of Spirits -
When Kailyn got home and went upstairs, she found that the old white tennis ball signed by Bill Steinly and his son, Bruce, had somehow repaired itself, leaving just a small scar where she had pried open the ball. At any other time she would have been surprised, if not afraid, when seeing the scar on the ball, but that was several days ago. She had seen way too much since then to be disturbed by a simple, self-repairing tennis ball.
The old leather bound rule book, on the other hand, had been completely rewritten from English to something she could not decipher. Kailyn could not read a single word. It all looked like gibberish and she was confused about what to do. She wandered around her room for several minutes trying to figure out what to do next. She tried typing a couple of the words into Google to see what the words meant. Still nothing. She then started typing each word separately to see if anything would give her a clue. A couple of definitions came back as Old Irish and Scottish words, but still unreadable. The only common word that was part of each of the definitions was "Goidelic". What is Goidelic? According to Wikipedia, Goidelic languages historically formed a dialect continuum stretching from Ireland through the Isle of Man to Scotland. The sentences seem to be an odd combination of these old Goidelic languages. She was completely confused, hopeless and tired. It had taken a long time to get to this point and she still had nothing.
Finally, she decided to put everything back in her dresser drawer and work on the problem tomorrow. She grabbed the tennis ball, rule book and her grandpa's watch with her right hand . While opening the drawer with her left hand to put everything into it, she noticed she could read several words in the rule book. Shocked, she paused and wondered why all of a sudden she could read the words. She dropped the tennis ball and watch into the drawer to look closer at the rule book. Then the words reverted back to the unreadable gibberish mix of words. A little less confused and wiser from the last several days, she reached with her other hand for her grandpa's watch while still holding the rule book and sure enough, the words became readable. She now knew she needed to hold the rule book and watch at the same time to be able to read the words--she was beginning to really appreciate her grandpa. The title had changed from Officially Adopted Lawn Tennis Guide to The Book of Spirits - Book One. Intrigued, she sat down on her bed to start reading the new book noticing that not all the words were readable. Unexpectedly, her mother knocked to remind her dinner was ready. Frustrated, Kailyn put The Book of Spirits and watch back into her drawer and went down to dinner with her mom. If she could just eat dinner quickly and get back to her room, she could to find out what was in The Book of Spirits before bedtime!
During dinner, Clarissa wanted to talk about what they were going to do now that her grandpa was no longer around. She wanted Kailyn to know that things were going to get a little more difficult financially. It was possible that they might have to move if they could not afford the house any longer. Clarissa did not dwell on the harsh realities of their current situation but wanted to let Kailyn know that things might change.
After dinner, Kailyn was hurrying up to her room when Aiden and Sofia came to the front door. Kailyn had forgotten that they were all going to review their homework together tonight. Aiden and Kailyn had been studying together as long as Kailyn could remember and now Sofia was joining them as a new and close friend. Kailyn was thinking how close Sofia and she had become in such a short time. There was just something special about Sofia that made Kailyn feel good about herself. After all, Sofia played the piano and Kailyn played the violin. They both took ballet and now they both played tennis.
When they got up to Kailyn's room, Aiden grabbed the white tennis ball off of Kailyn's bed and started bouncing it against the wall. Then he grabbed Kailyn's tennis racquet and started bouncing the ball with the racquet. Kailyn said forcefully, "No, stop. We have to study for a test."
Looking at her quizzically, Aiden put the racquet and ball on top of Kailyn's dresser.
"Not there!" Kailyn yelled.
Too late! Aiden noticed a strange light shining up and out of the partially open drawer. Kailyn ran to the dresser and slammed the drawer shut, but Aiden and Sofia had already seen it and wanted to know what was causing the light"
Here is how I will be spending my KICKSTARTER funds.
$1,000 - Approximately 10 High resolution illustrations are needed. I am using "Fiverr" for this task, Fiverr is an internet colony of young yet-to-be-discovered artist. I am trying to use multiple young non-discovered artist from around the world for the multiple illustrations in this series of books.
$500 - *Note: This book is planned be a soft cover. This will cover the layout fees and costs of doing a small print run to not only fill the backer orders but to have a quantity on hand to sell at the pop-up art shops during the summer and holiday season. I will be using CreateSpace self publishing site and resources for this project. This site is backed by Amazon, one of the largest book distribution companies that services large and small retailers.
$450 - Producing backer award pins and cards. I will be using (a yet to be selected) manufacturer to create the limited edition custom pin utilizing illustrations from the A Queen's Wish.
$500 - Printing 25 limited edition full color numbered originals.
$353 - Estimated amount for KICKSTARTER 's 9% (All Fees)
$758 - Estimated shipping(worldwide)
$375 - Social media marketing
$200 - misc and unplanned costs.
$70 - Purchasing an ISBN - to sell the book thru bookstores and Amazon.
Books I have published (each available on Amazon.com):
Risks and challenges
There are a few potential challenges that I may face completing this project:
1. Although the text for the first book is completed it still needs some editing (which it is undergoing now).
2. The illustrations process may take some time since I don't know how long it will take to match the artist with the right illustration.
3. I am doing the book layout myself and it could take a few sessions of trial and error before it looks the way we would prefer.
None of these challenges are overwhelming and I am sure with a little time and patience I will be able to overcome them all. In summary: I can't see any real risks with this project.
The book is finished and currently being edited. This is my third book with CreateSpace and the process should be straight forward. Although there are many more illustrations in this endeavor.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)