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More than a photo book, this is a tribute to trees who breathe out the air we breathe in. A whispered story beautifully illustrated.
More than a photo book, this is a tribute to trees who breathe out the air we breathe in. A whispered story beautifully illustrated.
More than a photo book, this is a tribute to trees who breathe out the air we breathe in. A whispered story beautifully illustrated.
68 backers pledged $3,895 to help bring this project to life.

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Trees Are My Muse: A Tale of Love and Friendship

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Hi! My name is Mary and I am a photographer. I would like to say I'm now an author as well. But I don't take credit for writing "Trees Are My Muse - A Tale of Love and Friendship". For you see, I think the trees wrote this tale.

 

HOW THE BOOK CAME TO BE: In the midst of 2017 I sat down with a decade's worth of tree photos to create a photo book. What came out was more than a photo book. Every tree image whispered a small story to me and, as I listened, the book "Trees Are My Muse - A Tale of Love and Friendship" seemed to write itself.

Trees from across the world - Canada, Sweden, British Columbia, Michigan, the American West, Pennsylvania, Lithuania, and the Caribbean - tell a tale about living, being strong, caring for others, and even about dying. This story touches people in many ways, and is suitable for all ages.

This tale does not belong to me. It belongs to everyone who loves trees, to everyone who breathes in the air trees breathe out.

THE BOOK: I enlisted the help of a graphic designer, a professional photographer, and a well published author to help edit this book, resulting in a quality product:

  • 7x7 inches square
  • Hardbound in Black Linen
  • Dust Jacket in full color
  • 100# premium paper in "Lustre" finish
  • Digitally published by Blurb.com

This is a book to hold in your hands, savor, and contemplate. Watch the video above to see the book.

IMPRESSIONS FROM EARLY READERS:

Love your book! The photos are gorgeous and your story is like a little journey, it's lovely. -Molly M.

I'm glad I read it when I was alone. I didn't know how much it would touch me. -Jim A.

It's beautiful. -Sandi R

Can I keep it forever? - William V.

REWARDS: I want to thank each and every person who supports this project. All backers who choose so will get a reward. Check out the "Early Bird" specials! (Free shipping in the USA; shipping to Canada is additional.)

For someone who wants more, a $300 backing will be rewarded with personal delivery of 1 signed book to within 300 miles of Albuquerque, New Mexico. PLUS I will give a presentation of up to 2 hours about how I created the book and put together a Kickstarter campaign. Must schedule within 12 months of the end of the campaign (In 2018, no delivery from June 15 to July 10 or from September 20 to October 20).

And for the truly extravagant, for $3400 I will personally deliver 10 signed copies to anywhere in the USA or Canada PLUS give a presentation. Must schedule within 12 months of the end of the campaign. (In 2018, no delivery from June 15 to July 10 or from September 20 to October 20).

Here's a picture of the completed book and an example of a blank 5x7 greeting card (which is included at some reward levels).

DELIVERY:  Unsigned books will come direct from the publisher to backers. I will send signed books, cards, and magnets via USPS to backers. ADDRESSES  are collected at the END of the funding period; you will receive an email request for the address. Expected delivery is from late April to early May. Updates will be sent to backers on project progress after the successful funding period ends.

BUDGET: This is a labor of love. I believe in this book, and I believe once it makes it into the world, it will make a positive difference. The budget breakdown for initial funding is shown below, and is based on a minimum of a 100 print book run.

Budget for Kickstarter Goal
Budget for Kickstarter Goal

 

Risks and challenges

RISK: There is no risk associated with this project. The book is complete and an initial printing was done for quality control. Once the campaign ends and the project goal of $3470 is met, books will be printed and delivered to backers.

CHALLENGE: Getting this project in front of the right people who will help make this printing happen. Please share with your family and friends! THANKS!

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    Sprout

    Thank you! A refrigerator magnet for your use.

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    Sapling - Early Bird Special!

    Be an early backer for the unsigned version of the book! Limited to 15.

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    Sapling

    An unsigned copy of the book delivered to you. Unlimited availability.

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    Oak Tree - Early Bird Special!

    Be an early backer for the SIGNED version of the book! Also comes with a greeting card. Limited to 10.

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    • 5x7 Blank Greeting Card illustrated with an image from the book
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    Oak Tree

    SIGNED version of the book! Also comes with TWO greeting cards. Limited to 30.

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    • SIGNED Hardbound copy of "Trees Are My Muse"
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    TWO TREES

    One for you, one to give away.

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    Exotic Tree

    This is for those OUTSIDE OF the US and Canada. One unsigned book delivered to any country in the world.

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    TWIN OAKS

    Two SIGNED copies, one for you, one to give away. TWO blank 5x7 greeting cards.

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    • 2 Blank Greeting Cards with Envelopes
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    Ancient Forest

    ONE signed hardbound copy of "Trees Are My Muse - A Tale of Love and Friendship " personally delivered to anywhere within 300 miles of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    PLUS I will give a presentation of up to 2 hours to the group of your choosing (same location, same time) about the effort and process to make the book and to take it through the Kickstarter process.

    Must be scheduled for delivery by May 1, 2019; date to be negotiated.

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    • Up to 2 hr presentation
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    Truly Ancient Forest

    TEN signed hardbound copies of "Trees Are My Muse - A Tale of Love and Friendship " personally delivered to anywhere in the USA or Canada.

    PLUS I will give a presentation of up to 2 hours to the group of your choosing (same location, same time) about the effort and process to make the book and to take it through the Kickstarter process.

    Must be scheduled for delivery by May 1, 2019. Date to be negotiated.

    Includes:
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Funding period

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