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Your child becomes the hero in this children's book about a dragon that brings water to the world. It can be customized for you!

It has been an amazing year with the birth of my first child, Kinley, on April 3rd, 2012!  My husband and I decided to do a natural birth and Kinley was born in the water in our home in Los Angeles (caught by my husband!).  In Chinese Astrology, he was born the year of the Water Dragon, a very lucky year that occurs only once every sixty years! I have published work for my profession, so I decided it was time to write for my child! I have always wanted to write my own book and it became even more of a passion to write a children's book.  It was challenging because most of my time was spent taking care of my family and running my business!  I looked up online, "How to write a children's book". There were many sleepless nights with the baby and writing the book so it felt great to finally complete it.  Yeah!!  Now, what?  I needed an artist and luckily found the perfect one last week in a coffee shop!  She sat down beside me and I told her about the book.  She loved it and agreed to illustrate it! Now, to get her draw it in 30 days...

Let's talk about the book!  The story is about a young Dragon in the Himalayas that is raised with eagles and he feels different than his friends.  

Artist sketch of Kinley The Water Dragon
Artist sketch of Kinley The Water Dragon

One day, the dragon is thirsty and there is not enough water to drink!  His mom says there's not enough water to go around.  Kinley has a dream of a big lake and decides to leave his village in search of water!  Turns out, he is a Water Dragon that comes back to provide water for his village that is having a drought.  He meets many friends and has challenges along the way, including fairies and fire dragons until he finally reunites with his Dragon mom, brother and sister!  The story is meant to teach children about water conservation and the importance of water in the world.  It is also a story of accepting others for who they are and finding your purpose in the world.  If this is inspiring to you for your kids to learn about water conservation, please support this project and help spread the message to the world!

Here is our budget for funds use:

Illustrations:  $600

Layout/Design $525

Editing:  $500

Marketing (we know that this will cost much more, just getting a webpage up and some email marketing): $500

Printing: $525

Thank you in advance for your support in seeing our project come to fruition!  After you support us financially, please spread the word by posting on Facebook or sharing with your friends.  Let's get Kinley a book by his birthday!!

Love and Light, Charissa

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After our project is funded, there may be some challenges to completing it. One is getting the art completed in time for Kinley's first birthday! The artist is amazing and the detail and color of her art is incredible so getting the art done in 30 days will be an amazing feat. Another, is doing the page layout and getting all the prizes out. We are offering some customization for the book so this may present its own challenges, as I am still working and taking care of my family! Getting the book printed and published will be another challenge, as I've never done this by myself before. Any advice or helpful websites you know of would be great! Eventually, we would like to get this book published by a professional publisher and distribute it in many different languages throughout the world. Getting an agent is a challenge for a first time author, so this also presents a potential obstacle. I look forward to faces these challenges together, and with your support we can do it!

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