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While exploring the jungle, our young hero encounters several animal friends who each have a unique ability which he is unable to imitate. When the boy returns home, his grandmother teaches him a valuable lesson about what makes him special.
While exploring the jungle, our young hero encounters several animal friends who each have a unique ability which he is unable to imitate. When the boy returns home, his grandmother teaches him a valuable lesson about what makes him special.
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Boys Don't Fly, a children's picture book for young readers

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Hi there! We are Cassie and Ryan Ehrenberg and we want to share our children's picture book project called Boys Don't Fly with you. When we started creating this book, it quickly went from just a fun hobby to a true passion project. Although our initial goal was printing a few books for friends and family, we were inspired to bring the project to Kickstarter to share with a broader audience.

Boys Don't Fly is about a young boy and his search for adventure. Every morning he says farewell to his Grandmother, then runs into the jungle to play. On this particular day, he meets several animal friends and asks them what they like to do most.

The Bird tells the boy that flying is the best, but of course, the boy can't fly and instead falls into the water below. The story continues on with the boy meeting other animals who share their unique talents with him. Each time, the boy finds that he can't do what they do.

But fear not! Once the boy returns home and shares his frustrating day with his Grandmother, she shines a light on all the things he was able to do that day. The story teaches kids (and adults who forget), that everyone has unique abilities. If you focus on the things you can't do, you can end up just feeling awful. But if you take a step back and realize all the things you are good at, you should have a better perspective.

My name is Cassie Ehrenberg and I have loved books my entire life. Reading and writing have been my favorite hobbies for as long as I can remember. I graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a Bachelor's degree in Communication and have been working in higher education and education technology ever since.

My husband, Ryan Ehrenberg, is a professional artist. He graduated from The Art Institute of California-Orange County with a Bachelor's degree in Media Arts & Animation. Since then, he has worked in the video game industry as a VFX Artist. (You can see more of his work on his Instagram.) He enjoys drawing the same way that I love books, and so we naturally - after 10 years - decided to combine powers and create this book.

The story is complete, minus final copy edits, and the illustrations/page layouts are nearly done as well. We have gone through multiple revisions and are ready to make this thing official! (Special thanks to all of the friends and family who have read the various versions and given us feedback!)

For anyone who managed to stumble onto this page without participating in a crowdfunded project - or Kickstarter specifically - before, here's a short explanation of what those terms mean.

  • Crowdfunding is funding a project by collecting small amounts of money from a large number of people.
  • Kickstarter is a global crowdfunding platform that is focused on creative projects which meet specific criteria before approved.
  • Kickstarter is all-or-nothing, in that we either meet our funding goal in the allotted time or backers do not get charged their pledges.
  • We are basically asking for an amount of money from you that you're comfortable with pledging, from $1 up. In exchange, we have created a number of reward tiers - we will send you something in exchange for all pledges over $15 (you can read more about the reward tiers below).
  • If we meet our funding goal, you will be charged for your pledge. We will also begin the process of printing the book (and other rewards) and shipping them to all backers who opted to receive them. 

The money raised from this campaign will cover the following costs:

  • printing the books themselves 
  • creating other campaign rewards (magnets, premium art prints, custom art, etc.)
  • materials and postage needed to mail rewards to backers
  • the font we purchased for the book
  • Fictitious Business Name registration for our publishing imprint, Inkton Press [we wanted to be the publisher on record for the book]
  • a website (inktonpress.com) and email address for our publishing imprint
  • ISBNs and barcodes for the book
  • copyright registration after publication
  • fees for Kickstarter and Stripe (the payment processing company used by Kickstarter)

(In case you haven't heard the term before, a stretch goal is a funding target set by the project creator beyond the original Kickstarter goal. You can read more about stretch goals here.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

'Boys Don't Fly' is nearly complete, minus final copyediting and page layout work. We're almost ready to submit the book to printers and begin reviewing proofs.

This is our first time crowdfunding (or printing a book in general) and we're learning a lot - please be patient with us. Given that, we feel that we have set very reasonable delivery dates for the reward tiers. It might seem far away but that is to ensure that there is plenty of time to order proofs of the book, review them (and make corrections if needed), get the book to print, and allow for shipping time.

Anyone choosing the custom artwork rewards tier should note that the majority of rewards will be delivered at the same time as for all other backers but the custom artwork itself will take longer to create and will be shipped separately.

We greatly appreciate your support and would be happy to answer any questions you have!

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1

    Just following along

    A wonderful way to contribute if you like the art and/or believe in what we're doing but maybe don't need a children's book. This will help us get even closer to our goal!

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    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    Pixels, please.

    You will receive one (1) digital version of 'Boys Don't Fly' (PDF format) plus a downloadable coloring book with characters and images from the story.

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of 'Boys Don't Fly' (PDF format)
    • Digital coloring book (downloadable PDF)
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    Just the book, thanks.

    You'll receive one (1) hardcover edition of 'Boys Don't Fly' plus all of the items in the Digital book bundle.

    Includes:
    • Hardcover copy of 'Boys Don't Fly' (unsigned)
    • Digital coloring book (downloadable PDF)
    • Digital copy of 'Boys Don't Fly' (PDF format)
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    Pledge US$ 35 or more About US$ 35

    Sign the book, please.

    One (1) hardcover first edition signed by the author and illustrator, plus the digital book bundle.

    Includes:
    • Signed hardcover copy of 'Boys Don't Fly'
    • Digital copy of 'Boys Don't Fly' (PDF format)
    • Digital coloring book (downloadable PDF)
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    I need me some Frog.

    If you think that Frog is as adorable as we do, choose this rewards tier and add a set of four full-color Frog magnets (approx. 3") to everything in the previous level.

    Includes:
    • Set of four (4) Frog magnets
    • Signed hardcover copy of 'Boys Don't Fly'
    • Digital copy of 'Boys Don't Fly' (PDF format)
    • Digital coloring book (downloadable PDF)
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    Pledge US$ 65 or more About US$ 65

    Add some prints.

    You'll receive three 4" by 6" signed art prints based on characters from the book, a set of Frog magnets, one signed hardcover of "Boys Don't Fly", plus the digital book bundle.

    Includes:
    • Set of three (3) 4" x 6" art prints
    • Set of four (4) Frog magnets
    • Signed hardcover copy of 'Boys Don't Fly'
    • Digital copy of 'Boys Don't Fly' (PDF format)
    • Digital coloring book (downloadable PDF)
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    Pledge US$ 80 or more About US$ 80

    Put my name in it!

    You'll receive a special thank you (your name or someone else's - see rules in FAQ) in the book, plus everything from the previous rewards tier.

    Includes:
    • Donor credit in the book
    • Set of four (4) Frog magnets
    • Set of three (3) 4" x 6" art prints
    • Signed hardcover copy of 'Boys Don't Fly'
    • Digital copy of 'Boys Don't Fly' (PDF format)
    • Digital coloring book (downloadable PDF)
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    Bigger print, please.

    In addition to everything in the previous tier, you will receive one (1) limited edition 11" x 17" full-color print of a two-page illustration from 'Boys Don't Fly' signed and numbered by the artist and author. You can pick from our three favorite spreads!

    Includes:
    • One (1) Limited Edition 11" x 17" print from 'Boys Don't Fly'
    • Donor credit in the book
    • Set of three (3) 4" x 6" art prints
    • Set of four (4) Frog magnets
    • Signed hardcover copy of 'Boys Don't Fly'
    • Digital copy of 'Boys Don't Fly' (PDF format)
    • Digital coloring book (downloadable PDF)
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    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    Draw for me, monkey!

    In addition to everything in the previous tier, you will receive a custom 8" x 10" piece of art (in the style of the 'Boys Don't Fly') by Ryan Ehrenberg. Original art will be a full-color illustration created digitally and printed on high-quality paper. Artwork can feature up to two of the following: humans, animals/pets, simple objects (no complicated vehicles, etc.).

    Allow additional time for custom artwork. (You will receive the remainder of your rewards at the same time as other backers - the custom artwork will ship separately.)

    Includes:
    • One (1) original 8" x 10" piece of artwork drawn in BDF-style
    • One (1) Limited Edition 11" x 17" print from 'Boys Don't Fly'
    • Donor credit in the book
    • Set of three (3) 4" x 6" art prints
    • Set of four (4) Frog magnets
    • Signed hardcover copy of 'Boys Don't Fly'
    • Digital copy of 'Boys Don't Fly' (PDF format)
    • Digital coloring book (downloadable PDF)
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    Earlybird: Just the book, thanks.

    For our earliest backers - get a hardcover edition of 'Boys Don't Fly' at a lower rate. You'll also receive all of the items in the Digital book bundle.

    Includes:
    • Hardcover copy of 'Boys Don't Fly' (unsigned)
    • Digital copy of 'Boys Don't Fly' (PDF format)
    • Digital coloring book (downloadable PDF)
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    Pledge US$ 30 or more About US$ 30

    Earlybird: Sign the book, please.

    If you're one of our earliest backers, get a signed hardcover at a lower rate! You'll receive one (1) hardcover first edition signed by the author and illustrator, plus the digital book bundle.

    Includes:
    • Signed hardcover copy of 'Boys Don't Fly'
    • Digital copy of 'Boys Don't Fly' (PDF format)
    • Digital coloring book (downloadable PDF)
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- (30 days)