UPDATE: This project was successfully funded in 25 hours!! But we are still accepting orders and will do so until the last day of the campaign. Any additional contributions will go towards a second book scheduled for this Spring.
The Happy Piggy (ՈՒՐԱԽ ԽՈԶՈՒԿԸ) is a children's board book written in Armenian, with transliterated text for those who don't speak or read the language.
The book measures 5.65" x 5.5" and has 14 pages of colored illustration printed on board material.
I grew up in Watertown in a strictly Armenian-speaking household and that's just not the norm anymore. When I became a mom I knew I had the responsibility to make sure my daughter was exposed to the Armenian language in every way possible. While I make sure to speak Armenian with her, I couldn't, and still can't find Armenian books that are appropriate for her age. There are options for older children, but kids start looking and flipping through books as soon as they start learning how to use their hands.
So I saw the need to create board books in Armenian language and that's what this project is about.
This Kickstarter will support the first of hopefully many Armenian board books for children. The first book, The Happy Piggy, which is outlined in this Kickstarter, has been written, beautifully illustrated, and includes transliteration for those who can't read the Armenian language. It now only needs to be printed, which is what the funds from this Kickstarter will go towards. Here's a look at one of the inner pages...
Your contribution here will mean these books will be printed and can reach the hands of hundreds of Armenian kids around the world.
What is Kickstarter and How to Use It?
Kickstarter is the leading crowdfunding platform. Crowdfunding is a method of raising money to start a project by allowing a large number of people to contribute financially, typically in exchange for early access to new products, behind-the-scenes progress updates and even involvement in product or business decisions.
- You decide if you want to "back" my project by pledging money
- You decide how much you want to pledge and select the reward you'd like
- You enter your credit card information, just like any online shopping transaction
- Kickstarter authorizes your credit card for that amount and only charges your card at the end of the time limit I've set IF I've received enough pledges to meet my fundraising goal
If I reach my goal, all of my backers get charged and I get to work delivering their rewards. Kickstarter sends me the money I raised (minus some processing fees and their cut).
If I don't reach my goal, the authorization holds are released from everyone's credit card and no money changes hands.
If you're wondering why I'm doing a Kickstarter for this project, it's basically a way to offer pre-orders as a way to get market validation that this is a book that people want and will buy.
What you'll get in exchange for your contribution will vary from a coloring book to having your name on the back cover of the printed book and more. Note that not all rewards include a book, but you can select the reward you want and then increase your contribution if you'd like to make a donation beyond the cost of the reward.
For example, if you'd like a copy of the book, which is $15, but you'd also like to contribute up to $40, select the $15 reward and on the checkout page increase your contribution to $40. The difference in your pledge will be considered a contribution to the project.
Below is a chart that provides a quick overview of the rewards. For more details see the list on the right side of this page.
Risks and challenges
The book has been written and is ready for print. As long as this Kickstarter is funded it will be sent to the printer to be published. The only risk in completing and delivering the book would involve the printing company. Whenever you're managing a large bulk order, printing and shipping delays can happen. Since I've taken the time to research and select a reputable printer, the risks are low, but still present.
The books will be printed as a batch once the goal is reached.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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