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Last updated December 4, 2017

It's Time to Sleep: Evangeline's Lullaby (Canceled)

It's Time to Sleep is an original lullaby and children's book about the joy of sleeping and the fun to be had each day.

It's Time to Sleep: Evangeline's Lullaby (Canceled)

It's Time to Sleep is an original lullaby and children's book about the joy of sleeping and the fun to be had each day.

$270
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9
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 4 2017
Last updated December 4, 2017

About

How It All Started

When Evangeline was a little baby, I was exceedingly fortunate that I could relax her enough with a massage or by scratching her back that she would fall asleep. As she grew older, though, she became more energetic at bedtime, rolling around and wanting to play. To help her rest, I would also sing to her. Because I love her so much, and because I have always found writing poetry personally fulfilling, it was only a matter of time before I wrote Evangeline her very own lullaby. What started as two stanzas soon became six, and rarely do I complete the song without her having slipped peacefully into slumber.

With an inspiration like that, I don’t know how I couldn’t seek to immortalize it. I’d be delighted to see her read and enjoy it herself, and I’d be elated to give her a way to pass down her song for her own little one someday. It also gives me a way to show her off for the wonderful child she is and to demonstrate how much I love her. That’s where this book comes in.

What’s the Book About?

As parents, we know how hard a kid can strive to stay awake.
One more game. One more bedtime story. One more stuffed animal.
This book is about the fun things we plan on doing after we wake up. It’s a poem about a year of play between my daughter and me, from one season to another, making sure to get enough rest all the while. It also brings up sleep enough that it primes her to feel tired, as lullabies often do. Here’s an excerpt from the lullaby, the opening stanza, to give you an idea of what it’s like:

And now it’s time to sleep,
So not a peep.
Before too long, you’re counting sheep
And dreaming of
Those colored lights
That paint the world and sky so bright.
The beauty and the mystery,
The things that only you can see,
Til you wake up refreshed, then we
Can go outside and play.

About the Author and Illustrator

I’m Jay, a radio producer and adoring father to the most precious toddler in the world (in my not-at-all biased opinion, of course.) I used to try to write fiction, but I never found the inspiration to bring it to life. Well, as it turns out, all the inspiration I could ever need happens to be a child that loves to play with my hair and can dance to anything. Now a children’s author, I transform my experiences with her into heartwarming rhymes.

My illustrator is María Jesús Gormaz, an immensely talented artist from Chile who impressed my daughter and me with her soft, colorful, playful style. She’s done a wonderful job of wowing me with her portrayals of us. When Evangeline can look through her gallery and say “That pretty!” over and over, then you know that she has our seal of approval.

Jesu here! I'm an illustrator, character designer and comic artist from Chile. I'm a self-taught artist, so I'm always looking for new sources of inspiration. I love imagining each illustration as a different scene and playing with colors while also trying new expressions for the characters that connect with the viewers.

Most importantly, Evangeline is the one who really started it all. My life is better when she is with me, as many parents can understand, and this is the least that I can do to thank her. She’ll always be my baby, and she’s been the subject and inspiration for all of my literary ideas of late (and yes, there are other children’s books I’ve written, but this one is first because it is the most precious. It is her lullaby, her’s and her’s alone, so it has tremendous sentimentality.)

What Now?

There are two major costs that have to be overcome: finishing the illustrations and having a first print run. While María is passionate about this project too, her craft is her full-time job, and so she can’t afford to wait until the book is finished to be paid. Her rate is, frankly, more than reasonable, and as the art that she’s already made for this project certainly shows, we are absolutely getting our money’s worth.

As for the print run, we are starting with a small one: 500 books (plus those that are needed to fill backer rewards.) While that may seem like a lot, in the publishing world, it really isn’t. However, I do plan on cycling money made from sales into more books, both more copies of this one and into others that I’ve already written.

Beyond that, the other costs are fulfilling Kickstarter rewards and miscellaneous fees, such as obtaining an ISBN, barcode, etc. These are built into the cost, so as long as we meet our goal, then we will have enough to meet these goals.

How You Can Help

1. If you want to breathe life into this project, please pledge whatever you can.
It would mean so much to me, and you’ll also get some pretty cool rewards if I do say so myself.

2. Share this project online. Let friends and family know about this opportunity to contribute to make this book a reality.
Since my goal is to share her lullaby with the world anyway, I would love for this song to reach as many people as it possibly can.

Rewards

  • Even the smallest pledge comes with a collection of digital wallpapers, including sizes for your computer monitor and your smartphone.
  • The book itself is full color, hardbound, and 8.5”x8.5”. It features a glossy cover and coated pages. The PDF uses pages of the same size.
  • The audiobook has already been recorded, though I had to do so several times before I could not cry at the end from the image it evokes.
  • The coloring pages are six black & white arts from the book. If you are able to attend the book launch, then you can pick them up then. Otherwise, I will make sure that you get them myself.
  • The art print is a 12”x18” of one of the more special pictures in the book.

Want to get the likeness of your kid or pet into the book?
Want to donate books to an organization in which you believe?
Want me to come and read to your class or other group?
There are rewards for every level that you can contribute, big or small.

If you are a school, library, bookstore, church, or other institution interested in pre-ordering books in bulk, then please contact jayforevangeline@gmail.com to discuss making this happen.

Stretch Goals

$9,000 – I will record the book as a song, which will be downloadable for free from my website. The tune is already set, but selecting instrumentation, musicians, and arrangement will be done at this point. While I can sing it myself, I would greatly prefer to have a professional vocalist perform it instead, as they would do a better job (and even to this day I have a hard time not tearing up by the end, which makes singing hard anyway.)

$10,000 – At this level, we will be able to have the book translated into Spanish. Many readers, including our illustrator, are Hispanophones, and we already have a translator all but signed up and ready to go. This would cover the cost of translation, and additional money raised would be put towards a first print run, though doing so in Chile is cheaper than doing so here anyway, so not as much would be needed.

Past this point, additional funds would be put towards a larger print run and/or our next book, which I have already written but which will remain a surprise. For now, suffice to say that it is also about Evangeline, like all of my ideas are, and if you like this project, then you’ll want to see that brought to life as well.

Risks and challenges

Because only some of the book has been illustrated, a portion of the funds raised will go towards compensating Ms. Gormaz for her work. If something were to happen to her during this time, as much as no one wants to think about it, another illustrator with a similar style would have to be sought.

Other than this, one of the advantages of using Kickstarter is that the campaign only gets funding if the goal is reached. Since the amount that we are set to raise is great enough to cover all of the costs in creating an initial print run, from the aforementioned artwork to printing to miscellaneous fees like obtaining an ISBN, etc, we don't have to worry about running short. Besides this, the book itself has already been written, and we have a semi-local printer that gave us the quote that informed this amount. Moreover, I am working with other local writers whose greater experience with having been published has guided me so far and will inevitably continue to do so. As such, the risks are minimal.

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    As above, plus you get seven signed copies of the book. Does it seem like everyone you know is having or has a kid? Then you’ll have plenty to give as gifts.

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    As above, plus you get thirteen signed copies of the book. Great for your good friends and family, but with some to spare for groups that are doing good work.

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    As above, plus there are some characters, children and pets, that are featured alongside Evangeline and myself. By pledging this amount, you can have the artist draw your nomination in the book as well. If you’d like to include your kid or animal companion, then this is the level for you.

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    Looking to give to a charity, library, church, bookstore, or other organization or cause? In addition to everything above, we will send ten additional copies of the book to whatever combination you’d like. In addition, each will have a custom dedication, handwritten by me, for each recipient.

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    Want a personalized reading? Better yet, want to see the inspiration for the book, my wonderful Evangeline herself? In addition to everything above, we will bring ten signed books to your school, library, new parents group, church, or even home and read for everyone there. We will also bring coloring pages and other activities for your group, as would be age-appropriate. Limited to a two-hour drive from Clarkesville, Georgia (since toddlers and long car rides don’t go well with one another.)

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Funding period

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