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By Jessica Eden
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About

About This Project

This Jessie & Sargie book is the first book I have ever written and illustrated myself and I am very proud of it. 

I am doing this Kickstarter project to help me fund the production and self-publication of my very first book and I have included lots of fun rewards for you. Every pledge for $150 or more will also have their name listed on a special Thank You page in the actual book!  I have also included the option to donate books to any local charity of your choice. One of my goals is to get copies of Jessie & Sargie donated to all of the children’s hospitals in the country. 

I have wanted to write a book for many years, but I just didn’t know where to start, until Sargie provided me with the inspiration. Reading with children as early and often as possible is the best way to help them think deeper, imagine bigger, become more well-rounded individuals, and learn to explore the world.  I was always attracted to stories that involved animals and showcased children as independent people having their own adventures, and my first book reflects these values that I cherished in my own childhood books. 

I thank you so much for your support in helping me make my dream come true and launch my new career! I wouldn’t be able to do this without my wonderful team of friends and family who have given so much of their time and resources to help me, as well as my amazing and generous backers! 

 The Story Behind the Book

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and had to spend about three years very sick in bed. Having my dog Sargie with me greatly helped me through those hard times, and when he passed away last summer it was really hard for me because I felt like our story wasn’t over and I wasn’t ready to let him go. 

So for my own therapy, I started writing this book to continue his story and make it last forever. I plan on making a whole series of Jessie and Sargie books with lots of wonderful adventures. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my project and helping me make my dreams a reality! Because of you, Sargie’s adventures aren’t over…they are really just beginning! 

 A Summary of the Book 

This is an adventure story starring a little girl named Jessie and her little white Chihuahua, Sargie. On this adventure, Jessie and Sargie meet some giant flowers who need help and everyone must work together to find a solution. 

 What's Next? 

 The book is nearly completed, with only a few illustrations for the story and for the cover.  The artwork will be finished by the time this Kickstarter campaign ends.  As soon as the project is fully funded, I will be able to put in all of the orders for production.  The Jessie and Sargie website will be up as soon as possible and I'll provide a link when it's ready, as well as updates along the way! 

When my funding exceeds the goal, stretch goals will include coloring pages or a coloring book, an audio-book, and a short animation video, and more. These stretch goal items will be sent to all of my backers as an extra treat :) So basically, the more support I receive, the more rewards my backers will get in appreciation for all of their help. 

 The Future 

Shortly after this Kickstarter project is fully funded, my book will be available as a print-on-demand hard cover book  and e-book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell's, and dozens more online retailer websites.

After I have finished packing and mailing all of the rewards for your pledges, I will begin campaigning to get physical copies of Jessie and Sargie on the shelves of as many book stores, libraries, schools, and children’s hospitals as possible. I will keep you posted on my progress and updated on my schedule for in-person readings and book signings. 

Budget 

Because I am writing and illustrating this book myself, most of the costs will be for the production and publication of the book. This will be a self-published book and I will be using BookBaby as my resource to get my book printed and published. I have included the 5% Kickstarter fee and the 5% credit card fees in my budget, as well as the estimated costs of shipping. 

Breakdown of Budget 

Editing and formatting for hard copy and e-book 

Printing and publication of the hard cover books 

Purchasing an ISBN Code for both the printed book and e-book

Copyright Registration 

Video production and audio services 

Production of rewards 

Shipping and fulfillment 

Kickstarter fees 

Website set up costs

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  

Special shout out to all of the people who helped me make this happen and who have been such a blessing in my life: James, Misty, Jonny & Amanda B, Steve, Angie & Max, Patrick & Estela, Nate, Jessica, Amanda L, Elise & Raedyn, Katie, Lily & Sophia!

Resources 

InToon Studios, facebook.com/intoonstudios - video production and audio services 

Bentson Printing, http://bentsonprinting.com/ - postcards and bookmarks

Red’s Apparel, http://redsapparel.com/ - t-shirts and book bags 

BookBaby Publishing, http://www.bookbaby.com/

Risks and challenges

The production and publication of the book will take an estimated 4-5 weeks. When everything is shipped to me, I will need a week to sign the books, package everyone’s rewards, and ship them out. Books and rewards should be delivered to you before Christmas; shipping times are subject to change. Updates will be shared on website, Facebook, and direct email to all contributors.

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    DOING MY PART

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    SWAG BAG

    You will receive all of the above, a bookmark (2” x 6” full color), a postcard (4” x 6” full color), and a poster (11” x 17” full color),

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    BOOKS ARE THE BEST GIFTS

    You will receive all of the above plus a signed copy of hard cover book (9” x 7” full color, 24 pages).

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    I HEART READING

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    BIG GIVER

    You will receive all of the above plus 5 signed copies of the hard cover book to be donated in your name to the school, library, or hospital of your choice, or you can keep them and hand them out as gifts.

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    You will receive all of the above plus 5 more signed copies (a total of 10!) of the hard cover book to be donated in your name to the school, library, or hospital of your choice, or you can keep them and hand them out as gifts.

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    SUPER CELEBRITY PACKAGE

    For this generous donation you will receive all of the above, a total of 25 signed books AND you will get to name a character in the next “Jessie and Sargie” book after your child, or yourself, or your pet. (Sargie is going to have all kinds of friends join him in his adventures!)

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Funding period

- (29 days)