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Send postcards, make memories! 26 different Kitschy Cat postcards + 1 Kitschy cover =  a rhyming alphabet book for a favorite child.
Send postcards, make memories! 26 different Kitschy Cat postcards + 1 Kitschy cover =  a rhyming alphabet book for a favorite child.
Send postcards, make memories! 26 different Kitschy Cat postcards + 1 Kitschy cover = a rhyming alphabet book for a favorite child.
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Keep in touch with a favorite child

Here's what a rhyming postcard alphabet book looks like
Here's what a rhyming postcard alphabet book looks like

Hi! I'm an award-winning writer with six children and four grandchildren.The Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book sprang from a desire for a fun way to keep in touch with my young grandchildren, who live hundreds of miles away.

Kitschy Cat, 20 lovable pounds of concrete
Kitschy Cat, 20 lovable pounds of concrete

This is Kitschy Cat, a twenty pound concrete cat that my sister and I found in an antique store. My granddaughter loves cats, so I decided to make a book about Kitschy Cat - a rhyming postcard alphabet book with lawn ornaments.

Enter Karl Fekete, a gifted artist and recent winner of the coveted Young One’s award from The One Club (see Karl’s bio) and also my future son-in-law. Karl designed the cover with the cool font and charming drawing of Kitschy and all the rest of it - the great endpapers, the layout of the pages, the text, the color, the format. And a fine job he did, too!

The grandkids enjoyed the Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book so much that I thought it would be nice to print it commercially so that other grandparents, relatives or friends can stay in touch with a special child through Kitschy Cat.

Of course, even if your favorite child lives in your household, he or she might still enjoy receiving the postcards in the mail. Not into mailing postcards? Kitschy Cat Alphabet is just as fun as a regular ABC book, too.

Reading to Foxy
Reading to Foxy

The Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book comes to you with two binder rings, a sweet cover, in two pieces, and 26 rhyming alphabet postcards and a title page.

Send the cover and the rings and the first postcard to the child of your choice. The postcard explains that you’ll be sending some more postcards. The child’s parent helps him put the book together.

Then the real fun begins! Write a message on the Letter A postcard, stamp it, and drop it in the mail. At the other end, your child has the fun of receiving special cards and collecting them in a nifty book. Once you’ve sent all the postcards, the lucky child has an entire alphabet book to read over and over, cover to cover.

Even better, your favorite child will have a keepsake of your correspondence to enjoy long past the standard greeting card.

The cover will be a 6 X 8 inch board book cover with rounded corners and the postcards will be 5 X 7 inch heavy cardstock, sturdy enough to survive the post office and your child’s reading and rereading.

Why a postcard book?

It's mail! I remember how exciting it was to get mail when I was a child. (I still love getting mail - real mail, not bills.)

It's a reminder! Tell your sweeties that someone is thinking of them.

It's a cliff-hanger! What's the next letter? What's the next rhyme? Where will Kitschy Cat turn up next?  And when will the mailman be here?

It’s a book! When all the postcards have been sent and received, the child has a book to read again and again.

It’s a keepsake! My messages (or yours!) will always be a part of the book.

Stalking the Wild Lawn Ornament

On a neighborhood run, I noticed a beguiling pink concrete pig and thought that Kitschy and the pig would make a great duo that would appeal to children. Thus I was inspired to make an alphabet featuring Kitschy Cat posing with a different lawn ornament for each letter. I set off with my lovely assistant Mike (my husband - that concrete cat got heavy!) to track down all twenty-six letters of the alphabet.

Wildlife photography at its finest
Wildlife photography at its finest

Although I had to improvise on a couple of letters (there was no unicorn to be found in my neighborhood), you will be amazed when you see the book, at the variety of lawn ornaments you can turn up in a typical Midwestern suburb.

Kitschy Cat Budget

Printing - of the postcards and cover - is the big ticket item. The rest of our budget covers the production and mailing of incentives, Ohio sales tax, and 10% of the total cost added for Amazon and Kickstarter fees.

Endorsed by cats everywhere!
Endorsed by cats everywhere!

How does Kickstarter work?

If you’re unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it’s a crowdfunding site. Backers make a pledge (for example, you can pledge $10 and receive a Kitschy Cat postcard or $25 and receive the book.)

Kickstarter runs 30 day, all-or-nothing campaigns. If the project reaches its $10,000 goal, Kitschy Cat will be printed and all the fun rewards will be delivered to the backers!

If the $10,000 ISN'T reached, the project receives NONE of the pledged dollars and Kitschy Cat will retire to my front lawn never having fulfilled the dream of becoming a famous traveling lawn ornament.

Kitschy Cat Incentives

$5.00: T is for Thank you!

Thanks for helping introduce Kitschy Cat to someone's child! We'll keep you updated on our progress and proudly list your name on our web site.

$10.00: C is for card! A personal thank you on a special Kitschy Cat postcard.

$15.00: S is for sticker! A darling Kitschy Cat sticker sheet and a Kitschy Cat  postcard thank you.

$25.00: B is for Book! One copy of the Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book, which includes 26 alphabet postcards to mail, and one board book cover. Plus  a Kitschy Cat sticker sheet and a  Kitschy Cat postcard thank you.

$40.00: P is for Patch! A beautiful, embroidered iron-on Kitschy Cat patch, designed by Karl, as well as one copy of the Kitschy Cat Alphabet  Book, which includes 26 alphabet postcards to mail, and one board book cover. Plus a Kitschy Cat sticker sheet and a Kitschy Cat postcard thank you.

$45.00: C is for Christmas! One beautiful Kitschy Christmas ornament designed by Karl and printed by local printer Igloo Letterpress on thick, beautiful paper (thicker than cardboard and ritzier.) And one copy of the Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book, which includes 26 alphabet postcards to mail, and one board book cover. Plus  a Kitschy Cat sticker sheet and a  Kitschy Cat postcard thank you.

$75.00: A is for Add - add your favorite child to the Kitschy Cat Alphabet book! Send the name of the child and a few salient facts and the author will write a personalized rhyming couplet on a special Kitschy Cat postcard to include in that child's book. Plus one copy of the Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book, which includes 26 alphabet postcards to mail, and one board book cover. And a beautiful, embroidered iron-on Kitschy Cat patch, a Kitschy Cat sticker sheet and a Kitschy Cat thank you postcard.

$100.00: P is for Poster! An 11 X 17 inch poster of Kitschy Cat, created by Karl on thick, creamy paper. Plus one copy of the Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book, which includes 26 alphabet postcards to mail, and one board book cover. And also a beautiful, embroidered iron-on Kitschy Cat patch, a Kitschy Cat sticker sheet and a Kitschy Cat postcard thank you.

$150.00: C is for Choice! Choose an additional silk-screened print - State Birds - by Karl (numbers limited.)Plus an 11 X 17 inch poster of Kitschy Cat, created by Karl. One copy of the Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book, which includes 26 alphabet postcards to mail, and one board book cover. Plus a beautiful, embroidered iron-on Kitschy Cat patch, a Kitschy Cat sticker sheet and a  Kitschy Cat thank you postcard.

$150.00: C is for Choice! Choose an additional silk-screened print - Jump! - by Karl (numbers limited.)Plus a 11 X 17 inch poster of Kitschy Cat, created by Karl. One copy of the Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book, which includes 26 alphabet postcards to mail, and one board book cover. Plus a beautiful, embroidered iron-on Kitschy Cat patch, a Kitschy Cat sticker sheet and a  Kitschy Cat thank you postcard.

$225.00: M is for Many! Ten copies of the Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book, each of which includes 26 alphabet postcards to mail, and one board book cover. Plus ten sticker sheets and a Kitschy Cat thank you postcard.

Multiple Copies Within A Pledge Level

You may add to your pledge the extra cost of up to 9 copies of that pledge level. For example, if you would like 3 books, simply choose the $25 pledge level, then type in your pledge for $75.00. (Kickstarter has a 10 item per person limit.)

Rewards from Multiple Levels

Want the rewards from more than one pledge level? You may add on the cost for LOWER pledge levels to a HIGHER pledge level. Example: You select the $40 pledge level for the necklace but would also like to purchase the $40 ornament. Simply type in your pledge as $80.00. We will confirm with you after the campaign the details of which rewards you want for your pledge. 

Note: Some levels have a limit to how many can be purchased. You can add unlimited pledge levels to limited levels, but you cannot add limited pledge levels to an unlimited pledge level as this would skew the limits of those pledges. 

Our book on your shelf!
Our book on your shelf!

(c) Copyright 2014, Nancy McKibben. All rights reserved. Kitschy Cat and Kitchy Cat Alphabet Book are trademarks of Nancy McKibben.

Music source with thanks: SoundCloud, Claudio Bustos "A La Roberto"

Risks and challenges

I have successfully self-published before (my first suspense novel, THE CHAOS PROTOCOL, was a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award for Fiction in 2000), so I know what to expect. The book’s artwork is complete and ready to send to the printer. Karl has also done the artwork for the sticker sheet, the embroidered patch, and the poster, so they too are ready to go.

If any problems arise, we will be sure to let you know, but right now we are confident that we can ship Kitschy Cat Alphabet postcard book in December - in time for Christmas!

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    P is for Patch! A beautiful, embroidered iron-on Kitschy Cat patch, designed by Karl, as well as one copy of the Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book, which includes 26 alphabet postcards to mail, and one board book cover. Plus a Kitschy Cat sticker sheet and a Kitschy Cat postcard thank you.

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    C is for Christmas! One beautiful Kitschy Christmas ornament designed by Karl and printed by local printer Igloo Letterpress on thick, beautiful paper (thick like cardboard, only ritzier.) One copy of the Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book, which includes 26 alphabet postcards to mail, and one board book cover. Plus a Kitschy Cat sticker sheet and a Kitschy Cat postcard thank you.

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    A is for Add - add your favorite child to the Kitschy Cat Alphabet book! Send the name of the child and a few salient facts and the author will write a personalized rhyming couplet on a special Kitschy Cat postcard to include in that child's book. Plus one copy of the Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book, which includes 26 alphabet postcards to mail, and one board book cover. And a beautiful, embroidered iron-on Kitschy Cat patch, a Kitschy Cat sticker sheet and a Kitschy Cat thank you postcard.

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    T is for Triple! Three copies of the Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book, which includes 26 alphabet postcards to mail, and one board book cover. Plus three Kitschy Cat sticker sheets and a Kitschy Cat postcard thank you. (Add additional books by adding $25 per book to your pledge - up to 10 books.)

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    P is for Poster! An 11 X 17 inch poster of Kitschy Cat, created by Karl on thick, creamy paper. Plus one copy of the Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book, which includes 26 alphabet postcards to mail, and one board book cover. And a beautiful, embroidered iron-on Kitschy Cat patch, a Kitschy Cat sticker sheet and a Kitschy Cat postcard thank you.

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