The Magician's Cat is a FREE children's ebook I wrote and illustrated that was funded right here on Kickstarter. Check out the original campaign here. Also, be sure and check out the 4/28 update on the campaign below!
The original plan was to offer a print on demand version at cost to backers who wanted a physical copy, but then I found out I could BEAT that cost by doing a small print run myself. $13 including shipping instead of $17 plus shipping. Wow!
Perks of funding a print edition:
- Backers have the option of having their copy signed and sketched in with their very own little ghost mouse!
- 30 copies will be donated to animal welfare! With the original campaign we donated two illustration pages to Central Texas SPCA for fundraising. This time I want to send 10 copies to 3 different kitty welfare charities for their fundraising programs!
- An indie artist (me!) will have some inventory for shows -- you're feeding the arts!
- If we hit our second stretch goal, backers get a BONUS copy to give as a gift and we up the number of copies going to animal welfare! (More details on stretch goals down below.)
And the best part is, the free ebook is online -- You can see the whole thing to decide if you want to make a print edition a reality! Check it out here!
What is Kickstarter?
If you are new to Kickstarter, Kickstarter is an all or nothing funding platform for creative projects. You can pledge money at different reward levels, or at any amount you choose. If the funding goal is reached, as a supporter, you’ll receive a unique personalized piece of art as a thank you from me. If the funding goal isn’t met, the project ends and no money changes hands.
I have nibbled my funding goal down to the bare minimum because I REALLY WANT TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN! If we make funding, my primary stretch goal would be to increase the print run, so...
$5200 Stretch Goal - Increase the print run. Donate 100 copies to Animal Welfare fundraising. ALL BACKERS AT $13 OR HIGHER GET A BONUS COPY OF THE BOOK!
UPDATE 4/28 !!
There's only 8 days left!
All pledge backers, at any level will be entered in a drawing for a custom sterling silver animal pendant -- Any creature you like, I will watercolor for you in miniature under glass... like this barn owl here:
I'll post a video update to announce the winner!
So that's the project. Pretty simple, right? So let's look at REWARDS!
Oh look, some more rewards!
My helpers on Magician's Cat...
Risks and challenges
I've successfully run and delivered physical rewards on time for two complex Kickstarter projects: The Stolen Child Tarot and The Magician's Cat ebook, as well as for two smaller projects, Tell a Tale Jewelry and Tell a Tale Too. While the digital rewards for Magician's Cat ran over schedule, I kept backers fully informed and provided a bonus PDF of children's coloring pages as a thank you for their patience.
For this project, I've completed the book and illustrations and only require some time to do prepress preparations. My budget on printing and rewards delivery is based on my experience with my previous projects and printing estimates from the local Austin printer who worked with me on The Stolen Child Tarot. Should any unforeseen delays happen (mechanical issues, rescans on artwork...) I promise to keep backers up to date.
The Kickstarter community has allowed me to do some amazing things as an independent artist and I take my commitment to you very seriously.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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