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Maiden Voyage: An illustrated LGBTQ themed children's book

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A brand new tale of discovery about the importance of truth, family and love.

 
MAIDEN VOYAGE
is the second in a series of LGBTQ inclusive children's books. Written by Jaimee Poipoi, Adam Reynolds & Chaz Harris with illustrations by Christine Luiten & Bo Moore, it is the follow-up to PROMISED LAND, released in February 2017.

The first edition of MAIDEN VOYAGE will be a full color illustrated storybook aimed at 5-10 year olds with an expected release date during June 2018 (Pride Month).

We’re fundraising through Kickstarter to cover the upfront costs of editing, illustrating, designing and printing a limited 1st Edition. Diverse books like ours face an uphill battle to publication. Campaigns like this one are the best way to prove there is demand, and make children's literature more inclusive.

 

If we surpass our funding target then everyone who has pre-ordered a copy of Maiden Voyage (either Printed or eBook) via this Kickstarter will receive the following for FREE (depending on how many stretch goals we reach):

 

With ‘Promised Land Tales’, we’re committed to creating the kind of children’s books that we needed to see when we were growing up. Through collaborations with authors of other queer identities, we hope to tell more stories that never were, but always should have been.

In the Promised Land universe, all are equal - no matter their gender, what they look like or who they love. We believe it’s important for LGBTQ youth and their peers to see themselves represented in positive ways, where who they are is not questioned or used as a plot device. Visibility in media is a powerful way to show our young people they belong; if we don’t see ourselves in stories, we don’t see ourselves in the world.

We invite you to step aboard and join us on this journey to bring a little more kindness and love into the world. Because love is love, and everyone deserves to live happily ever after.

Adam Reynolds & Chaz Harris
Co-Founders


 

In Maiden Voyage, a fisherman's daughter called Ru inherits a map from her father and joins the crew of the courageous Captain Freya. Setting sail to discover the map's destination, a bond between them soon forms into love.

Pursuing them on their high seas adventure is a fierce band of pirates led by Captain Crow, bewitched by the wicked Queen Neva. As her past threatens to catch up with her, 'The Queen of Lies' is determined to keep her dark secret from surfacing.
 

 

The following is a breakdown of how the Kickstarter funds will be spent if we reach our initial funding target:

 
 

 

 

Check out the treasures that feature in some of our rewards:

*Reward images are not a final representation of products or services
*Reward images are not a final representation of products or services

 

Here are some of the public figures and publications that have mentioned and shared Maiden Voyage:

 

 

Left to right: Christine (Illustrator), Adam (Writer), Bo (Illustrator), Jaimee (Writer) & Chaz (Writer)
Left to right: Christine (Illustrator), Adam (Writer), Bo (Illustrator), Jaimee (Writer) & Chaz (Writer)

 

Risks and challenges

A book like this involves countless hours of collaboration between the authors, illustrators, designer, editor, proofreader and printers.

We’ve got a great team back on board. We completed the first book 'Promised Land' with illustrators Christine & Bo and formed a good working relationship through that collaboration.

Our printing partner on the first book was BookPrint who are based in Auckland, New Zealand. They did an awesome job in helping us ensure it was of a high quality and we’re looking forward to working with them again for Maiden Voyage (and hopefully more!)

We’ve confirmed that our timeline is realistic for completing all of the illustration/design work in time for our anticipated release next June. As we did the first time around, we’ll be keeping our backers informed throughout the process with updates, including notifying you of any potential delays.

Since the release of 'Promised Land', we've found a local fulfilment partner which allows us to process and dispatch your books even faster once they've arrived! We've explored international fulfilment partners and distributors, but we're currently too small to meet their requirements. As a result, our books will need to be dispatched from New Zealand.

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    HMS Gratitude

    Our royal thanks

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    Message in a Bottle

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    The Enchanted eBook

    An E-Book version of Maiden Voyage once released (est. June 2018)

    Includes:
    • Maiden Voyage: E-Book (.PDF or .EPUB)
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    Twice the eCargo

    BUNDLE: E-Book version of Maiden Voyage once released (est. June 2018) and the E-Book of the first book Promised Land when the campaign ends!

    Includes:
    • Maiden Voyage: E-Book (.PDF or .EPUB)
    • Promised Land: E-Book (.PDF or .EPUB)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Design Sketches (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Colouring Sheets (.PDF)
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    First into Port

    SUPER EARLY BIRD SPECIAL on a printed copy of Maiden Voyage!

    Includes:
    • Maiden Voyage: Paperback Book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Design Sketches (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Colouring Sheets (.PDF)
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    Release The Kraken!

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL on a printed copy of Maiden Voyage. HURRY! Only 100 available!

    Includes:
    • Maiden Voyage: Paperback Book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Design Sketches (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Colouring Sheets (.PDF)
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    Pledge NZ$ 30 or more About $21

    Buried Treasure

    A printed copy of Maiden Voyage

    Includes:
    • Maiden Voyage: Paperback Book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Design Sketches (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Colouring Sheets (.PDF)
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    eBooks in The Crow's Nest

    EBOOK GIFT BUNDLE: If you're looking to share the eBook love and adventure of Maiden Voyage and Promised Land with others (3 x eBook download codes for each book).

    Includes:
    • Maiden Voyage: E-Book (.PDF or .EPUB)
    • Promised Land: E-Book (.PDF or .EPUB)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Design Sketches (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Colouring Sheets (.PDF)
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    Twin Sails

    Two printed copies of Maiden Voyage

    Includes:
    • Maiden Voyage: Paperback Book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Design Sketches (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Colouring Sheets (.PDF)
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    Twin Ships

    BUNDLE: Printed copies of both Maiden Voyage and Promised Land!

    Includes:
    • Maiden Voyage: Paperback Book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • Promised Land: Paperback Book
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Design Sketches (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Colouring Sheets (.PDF)
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    First Aboard

    A SIGNED paperback copy of Maiden Voyage!

    Includes:
    • Maiden Voyage: Signed Paperback Book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • Promised Land: E-Book (.PDF or .EPUB)
    • Promised Land: Colouring Book Download (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Design Sketches (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Colouring Sheets (.PDF)
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    eBooks Treasure Trove

    EBOOK GIFT BUNDLE: If you're looking to share the eBook love and adventure of Maiden Voyage and Promised Land with others (5 x eBook download codes for each book).

    Includes:
    • Maiden Voyage: E-Book (.PDF or .EPUB)
    • Promised Land: E-Book (.PDF or .EPUB)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Design Sketches (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Colouring Sheets (.PDF)
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    Pieces of Eight

    5 printed copies of Maiden Voyage!

    Includes:
    • Maiden Voyage: Paperback Book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • Promised Land: E-Book (.PDF or .EPUB)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Design Sketches (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Colouring Sheets (.PDF)
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    The Pirate's Portrait

    A HEADSHOT of you drawn by character illustrator Christine Luiten!

    Includes:
    • Headshot character design of you in the style of the book!
    • Maiden Voyage: Signed Paperback Book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • Promised Land: Signed Paperback Book
    • Promised Land: Colouring Book Download (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Design Sketches (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Colouring Sheets (.PDF)
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    Pledge NZ$ 275 or more About $197

    Her Majesty's Portrait

    A HEADSHOT of you drawn by character illustrator Christine Luiten and your name listed in the SPECIAL THANKS on the title page!

    Includes:
    • Headshot character design of you in the style of the book!
    • Your name printed as a Special Thanks inside the book
    • Maiden Voyage: Signed Paperback Book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • Promised Land: Signed Paperback Book
    • Promised Land: Colouring Book Download (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Design Sketches (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Colouring Sheets (.PDF)
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    Pledge NZ$ 350 or more About $250

    All Hands on Deck Cameo

    Illustrated CAMEO in the book (based on the likeness of you or a loved one) and your name listed in the SPECIAL THANKS on the title page!

    Includes:
    • Cameo in the book! Character of your likeness based on a photo
    • Your name printed as a Special Thanks inside the book
    • Maiden Voyage: Signed Paperback Book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • Promised Land: Signed Paperback Book
    • Promised Land: Colouring Book Download (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Design Sketches (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Colouring Sheets (.PDF)
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    Pledge NZ$ 500 or more About $358

    The Captain's Cameo

    A SOLD OUT signed Hardcover 1st edition copy of Promised Land, CAMEO on a page in Maiden Voyage (based on the likeness of you or a loved one) and your name listed in the SPECIAL THANKS on the title page!

    Includes:
    • Cameo in the book! Character of your likeness based on a photo
    • Your name printed as a Special Thanks inside the book
    • Promised Land: Signed Hardcover Book (SOLD OUT 1st Edition)
    • Maiden Voyage: Signed Paperback Book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • Maiden Voyage: T-Shirt (your choice of size)
    • Promised Land: Colouring Book Download (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Design Sketches (.PDF)
    • Maiden Voyage: Character Colouring Sheets (.PDF)
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Funding period

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