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Charlotte, Wander On is the simple, yet emotionally-complex story of a young girl alone in a disastrous world, swarmed with terrifying creatures. However, while Charlotte is accustomed to living alone, she's actually quite unfamiliar with herself. Oddly, her dark and dangerous world is not what worries her most, but instead, her own capabilities, or lack thereof, become the major source of her apprehension.
Charlotte leaves both the relative safety of a mountain dwelling and the few other survivors in this world, in search of a hidden answer she's sought many times before. The nature and origin of this answer is initially unknown to us, but as Charlotte nears the end of her travels, she reveals parts of her past and the true reason she's willing to risk the darkness alone.
However, if she intends to make it to wherever this truth exists, she must first realize who she is - and what she can do - all while staying mere strides ahead of ever-watchful and ever-hungry beasts.
Our bookshelves are already filled with stories of every shape, and length, and lore. So why would we need yet another cute little book to read once and then cram amongst the others, never to be opened again? We don't, and we won't, for this is no such book. Charlotte, Wander On is no fairy tale.
There's no doubt some of these bright stories are classics, and deservedly so. However, only focusing on the princesses in their tallest towers deprives us of an entire world of storytelling. Yet from these dark and dim places can emerge stories of such inspiration and strength, to rival the knights and dragons, or the evil stepmothers of the classics.
Charlotte, Wander On takes us to an incredibly dark world. But not entirely unforgiving, the story allows hope to shine through, however small and however difficult to build. In this way, we learn of the true costs and rewards, and the great changes that come to the characters we follow.
Charlotte, Wander On has no target audience of age. The story can be enjoyed and understood by young children and adults alike, as we've all experienced the emotional obstacles Charlotte encounters on her journey. And in this way, we're all able to relate to this young girl and what she must face.
Regarding violence and language, while the book and themes are darker, readers are not subjected to any gore or adult language, but instead to mounting threats and suspense. By withholding this content, the story remains family-friendly, allowing younger readers to enjoy the book, while still giving adults a thrilling and beautiful tale.
Charlotte's story will be printed with the greatest quality materials and design, while keeping the cost per book for backers as low as possible. The funding sought will be used for an initial print run of 500 copies. The physical specifications of the final printed copy follow:
- 11 x 8.5 ( Landscape-oriented )
- 96 pages
- 49 full-color illustrations
The book - all writing and illustration - is entirely completed! There are a total of 48 stanzas of text accompanied by 49 beautiful, original illustrations. Together they complete Charlotte's story.
As a quick glimpse at the writing style in Charlotte, Wander On, a few non-sequential stanzas from the story are included below.
Save for those who live in the farthest reaches of the world, the wait time after successful funding to the book in your hands will be at most 8 weeks. The schedule breakdown is approximately:
- Printing begins within 2 days of successful funding
- Printing takes at most 3 weeks
- Shipping takes at most 5 weeks
Throughout the entire process, we'll be sharing updates with our backers to inform them of how far along the book is in production.
I'm a produced screenwriter and author based out of Chicago, Illinois, and a graduate of the University of Colorado, at Boulder. As the founder and sole owner of The WilderWay LLC, I focus on producing niche projects that parallel the film industry by telling beautiful stories through a variety of media. Inspired by the works of Andrew Stanton and Danny Boyle, I strive for simple, yet resoundingly character-driven tales with mass appeal.
A concept artist/illustrator from Latvia, Irina is currently living and working in Glasgow, Scotland. She works in a similar whimsical style as employed by great studios such as Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios. Influenced by the productions of artists Maurice Noble, Mary Blair, Tyler Carter and Eric Guillon, Irina aims to share fantastical characters and their adventurous stories through deep and thought-provoking illustration.
Risks and challenges
1. There are always a great number of challenges that may arise when designing and printing a large quantity of books. These can be faults with layouts, printing errors, and miscommunications with printers. To combat these, and to prevent mix-ups later in the process, we've planned out every detail of the book. We've also kept in contact with our printers to ensure we have open communication throughout the entire process.
2. Shipping - both costs and logistics - can often be the bane of supplying physical books to backers. The last thing we want is for our backers to wait longer than they must, or for books to become lost in the mail. Once again, great planning is the best defense against these risks. We've consulted with many individuals across shipping platforms to find the best way to get the books into the hands of our backers. We'll be shipping through USPS Media Mail, which will keep both shipping time and risk of loss as low as possible, while keeping the price per book very reasonable.
3. We'll also be keeping lines of communication to our backers open to keep everyone up to date on our progress, as well as to deal with any other issues on a case-by-case basis and a person level.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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