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In this picture book, a child meets a friendly shadow creature called the Darkling, and finds that the dark doesn't have to be scary.
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Marcus Clawson and I have both been creators since well before we met, yet after eight years of marriage, several moves, three children, and countless individual creative projects, we have never found the opportunity to collaborate. Until now. It has been a true pleasure to finally have the chance to work with each other and create something that we hope will be beloved, not only by our children, but yours. Not only this, it has given us an opportunity to share the journey with other creators who might be able to learn from our experience, just as we have learned from others. We want to participate in building a community of creators who support each other and learn from each others experiences. In this vein, we've shared as much of our project as we can, from blog posts to page sketches, live streams and tweets, and hope continue sharing our work, process, and knowledge for this and future projects.

Thank you for checking out I Found a Darkling. Please share with book lovers, parents, librarians, teachers, friends, family, and anyone else you think may appreciate our book. Your generosity will help bring this lovely, gentle story to life!

We have found a printer whose product is affordable and high quality. Our intention is to do a run of 1000 hardcover books, and that comprises most of the money we are asking for, around $4000 when shipping is factored in.

For shipping to our backers, we've budgeted $1000.

Kickstarter itself takes fees out, and we will have to pay taxes on the money we earn here. These factored together may be as much as $1000.

The rewards and merchandise we want to share with our backers and fans will come to $1000.

Finally, for the smaller bits and pieces (ISBN number, packing materials, and unforeseen expenses) we're budgeting $500 to make sure we are covered. 

 

We are so appreciative of all the support and encouragement we've received from those following this project. In addition to the book, we've put together some really neat rewards to say thank you for making this project a reality. Most of these physical rewards are listed as "add-ons", to allow you to customize your order however you like after choosing your pledge tier.

After you click a reward tier to the right, you have the option of changing your pledge amount. Add up what other rewards you'd like, add the price to your pledge amount, and at the end of the campaign we will send you a survey so you can mark which rewards you chose!

 

This beautiful Darkling plush will be manufactured by Gann Memorials, a marvelous, family-owned company that produced the widely acclaimed "Mensch on a Bench" plush from the Shark Tank TV show, not to mention dozens of other book plushies. They've been great to work with! 

 Our primary goal is to get the book printed. However, there are some fun extras that we would love to be able to share with people - one big one in particular! If we are able to raise money beyond our initial goal, we will be able to unlock the rewards below!

Thank you for checking out our campaign.

Risks and challenges

Most of the risk surrounding unfinished or mid-process Kickstarter projects has been avoided with "I Found a Darkling." As of the launch of this campaign, the story has been written and edited and the artwork has been completed. All that needs further attention is final formatting of the pages. We followed a strict schedule in order to bring this book to life in only 6 months. Working late into the night after work and "bed time" has granted us the ability to minimize risk for any and all backers of this campaign.

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    DIGITAL TIER - Thank you so much for your pledge! You will receive a digital copy of "I Found a Darkling."

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    HARDCOVER TIER - Your very own hardcover edition of "I Found a Darkling".

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    DARKLING PLUSH - This is for one adorable 4" Darkling plush only and does not include the book. Shipping is included at this level (for domestic - adtnl sh for international),

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    SIGNED TIER - An autographed, hardcover copy of "I Found a Darkling", signed both by author and illustrator.

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    Signed HC + Darkling plush!

    An autographed, hardcover copy of "I Found a Darkling", signed both by author and illustrator, accompanied by an adorable 4" Darkling plush to explore the shadows in your home!

    (if you want an unsigned copy + plush, pledge to the $20 HC level and add $20 for the cost of the push to your pledge amount)

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    BOOKSELLER TIER - You will receive five hardcover copies of I Found a Darkling (you choose whether you prefer them signed), to stock and sell in your bookstore, toy store, or other retail location.

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    PAGE ART TIER - An autographed hardcover of I Found a Darkling, and a page of the original 11x8.5 artwork from the book. Own your own piece of the book!

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    COMMISSION TIER - An autographed hardcover of I Found a Darkling, and a unique, 8.5x11 commission from the illustrator. Marcus Clawson will draw an original piece of artwork, featuring the Darkling with an object (softball-sized or smaller) of your choice! Subject to artist's approval - nothing inappropriate, folks.

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    PORTRAIT TIER - An autographed hardcover of I Found a Darkling, and a unique, 8x10 commission from the illustrator. Marcus Clawson will draw an original piece of artwork, featuring you or your child with a Darkling!

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    BENEFACTOR TIER - You will receive your own autographed hardcover of I Found a Darkling. In addition we will donate 100 signed books to schools, libraries, hospitals, and charities in your name! Thank you for your support!

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    PRODUCER TIER - To show our gratitude, a page will be added to the book with your name listed as Executive Producer! You will receive an autographed hardcover and our deepest appreciation.

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