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Z.E. DuvalBy Z.E. Duval
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Z.E. DuvalBy Z.E. Duval
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About

Hello friends! My name is Zac and I am the author of Ren and Marie II: Stepping Off. Together with illustrator McCal Joy, I am excited to introduce you to the second in my flagship children’s book series. Thank you for taking time to check out my campaign to get this story finished and printed. This book was designed with 2-7 year-olds in mind, but we think it will be enjoyable for all ages.   

 

Synopsis and Specs  

After setting off on their great adventure to the other side of the waterhole, best friends Ren and Marie are set to explore and learn. They will meet a number of new friends, encounter unexpected oddities, and examine their own curiosity on the way to The Old Grove. 

page 1 spread of Ren and Marie II: Stepping Off
page 1 spread of Ren and Marie II: Stepping Off

 RM2 utilizes guiding narrative, inspiring dialogue, vital characters, and stunning visuals to immerse the reader in the world of these precocious lion cubs, where learning about their surroundings and themselves are the only priorities.   

“Ren and Marie II: Stepping Off” is a 40-page (36 pages color content) book plus cover. It is printed on 100# glossy paper with a UV coated cover.  

Rewards Breakdown  

Companion Pair  - 

This is the perfect way to introduce your cub to the exciting world of Ren and Marie. The Companion Pair gets you BOTH Ren and Marie books, but it doesn’t stop there! For a limited 100 pairings, McCal Joy will make them unique. Each will have a special hand-sketch from the inside back cover of book 1 to the inside front cover of book 2. Therefore, your copies of these books will be paired and when you bring those sections together, they will recreate the image.   

Reward "Companion Pair"
Reward "Companion Pair"

 

"Ren and Marie: Life in the Pride" -

As a feature of this campaign, we are offering a coloring book! This 12-page book features a short story about Ren and Marie's life in their home pride. It will be a wonderful companion to the main book and should be ready to ship in early December.  

Origins of “Ren and Marie”  

Fun fact about me (Zac): I am actually a military science-fiction novelist. The answer to the question that passed into your beautiful brain is, “Yes, that type of writing is quite different from children’s books.” Your next question is, “I’d like to know the story behind this?” Well good, you’re going to read it here.  

The epic, military sci-fi genre is my home, I like it there; it’s cozy. But at heart I am a storyteller. I love crafting story arcs, playing out fictional scenarios, and taking my readers on journeys to excite their minds and leave sweaty palm prints on the side of their e-readers. However, this type of writing is quite selfish; I do it for me. As it turns out, when motivated by someone else…I can do the impossible.  

April 2015: A dear friend, let’s call her Lisa, informs me she is pregnant with her first child. Without getting too deep into the situation, Lisa helped me greatly in surviving a very hard part of my life. I felt very strongly about giving an impactful gift for the child’s birth. I did not want to give a toy the child may never play with, clothes the child may never fit, some form of equipment, or temporary consumable. I wanted something more than an acknowledgement of the event.   

However, I was stumped. What was I going to do for this kid? It took another friend (while helping her with some writing for college work, ironically) to say, “Well, you’re pretty good this writing thing. Write her a book!” Tanya’s off handed comment made something click in my head and I was off. Over the next few months I started the process of developing a series of seven books. August 2015, I finished the script for Ren and Marie and began the illustrator search. McCal and I started our collaboration that September. In October, Lisa gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl. August 2016, Ren and Marie is finished and I presented copy #1 to Lisa and her daughter. I have never felt more fulfilled in my life; never felt with unwavering confidence a decision I had made was correct and meaningful.  

But it doesn’t stop there. In pursuit of my goal to help this child and others learn, the Ren and Marie series will grow with Lisa’s child. The idea was to have a book in the series released around each of her even birthdays until she is 12. Each book will progress in reader level, ending in a Young Adult novel. While this series was initially meant as a gift for one child, it is my sincere wish to be able to guide and inspire children around the world with these books.

Meet the Team  

Z.E “Zac” Duval – Author/Creator - www.zeduval.com

Zac is an author and novelist. After living in Oregon, Hawaii, and Northern Virginia, he calls Fargo, North Dakota home. Zac draws much of his writing inspiration from his academic and life experiences. Outside of writing, Zac enjoys baseball, driving, music, reading, and independent research.   

McCal Joy – Illustrator - www.mccaljoy.com

McCal is a Fargo-based artist, illustrator, and visual storyteller. She is quintessentially a forest creature, drawing much of her inspiration from the wooded areas of Northern Minnesota. Her curiosity has not killed her yet.

As a team, Zac and McCal have not limited themselves to their respective specialties; neither will stay in their lane! They can mutually support their own artistic abilities, creating a better overall product with fresh perspective in all directions. For over two years, this team has pushed the boundaries in a collaborative partnership which has no foreseeable limits.  

Cost Breakdown  

Funds raised in this Kickstarter will breakdown in three specific priority groups.  

1. Printing

I use Knight Printing in Fargo, ND for my printing needs. I have $3000 of this budget set aside to cover the initial set up and print costs for the first run.   

McCal Joy Illustration
McCal Joy Illustration

 

2. Illustration  

I cannot image a world where this kind of art does not fetch appropriate fees. The balance of funds after printing will go to settle my tab with my amazing teammate and friend; illustrators need to eat too. 

3. Continuation and Maintenance   

If you wonderful people fund this campaign to the point I have paid my printing and illustration bills, it will allow me to pay a few more things off to keep this project going. I am a very independent operation. While I need to crowdfund the larger expenses in a project like this, many of the smaller expenses are coming out of my pocket. Any surplus funds from this campaign will go toward additional inventory, copyright, ISBN, UPC, and marketing expenses.

Risks and challenges

Creating quality art and literature involves an immense amount of work. While this is my first full-blown Kickstarter campaign, this is not my first time finishing a book. By the time "Ren and Marie II" is published and printed, I will have completed four books. Each book (“A Chaotic Destiny,” “The Last Immortal,” “Ren and Marie,” and “Ren and Marie II: Stepping Off”) involved its own risks, challenges, leaps of faith, and rewards.

“Ren and Marie II” is already in production. Nothing will stop this book from being finished, published, and printed; it is only a question of time. A successful Kickstarter campaign will ensure it is finished on time. Previous experience has taught me what to expect and the groundwork for successful execution was laid nearly a year ago. As indicated in the “Cost Breakdown” section, this campaign is about fulfilling very specific goals and contracts to my printer, illustrator, and ultimately to you the backer.

Because these challenges are quantitative, the backer runs no risk. If the campaign is successful, the book will be printed and finished on time, ready to ship in Early 2018. If the campaign fails, the book will still be printed, but will be delayed until alternative funding can be obtained. This prospect might involve compromising my creative independence; something I am not looking forward to.

I am committed to producing quality and impactful literature for our modern times. I do what I do to inspire and encourage. If a successful career follows, awesome! If not, I can say I tried my best. Help me on this journey. Your support and encouragement is worth more than you will ever know…

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    A Walk in the Park...

    Anything helps! For helping us out, Illustrator McCal Joy and I will send you a personalized thank you email for your time and generosity.

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    The Anthill Explorers

    It's a small hill to climb, but this level will get you a page of "Ren and Marie" themed stickers

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    Friends of "Food-coma Frankie"

    For helping a baboon battling banana based narcolepsy issues, I'll send along a special edition copy of the "Ren and Marie: Life in the Pride" coloring book....and some stickers. Yeah, let's do that too...

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    Explorers of the Old Grove

    Joining our cubs for their adventure? Outstanding! At this level, you will get a numbered, signed, first run copy of "Ren and Marie II: Stepping Off."

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    Marie's Fan Club

    This clever and curious little lioness is so easy to love. For showing her how much you care, I'll send you the book AND it's coloring book companion. Now if I can only get her to keep up with the fan mail...

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    BLACK FRIDAY/SBS SPECIAL!!!

    Get the BEST DEAL of this campaign for the last two days only! In honor of the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday shopping events, we are giving a great deal to those who back this project at this special level.

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    Ren's Brother Keeps Stealing His Toys!

    No one likes sibling rivalry! Make sure the cubs have their own adventures to read and enjoy. No one needs to fight over the book. Double up on the goods and I'll throw in some stickers.

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    A Jaunt Around The Watering Hole

    Wow, you are committed to this journey; sweet deal! The watering hole is a good ways around so you'll need the best reading material. At this level I'll send you my featured "Companion Pair" (description in main page) along with the coloring book. A purrfectly complete package for the cubs in your life.

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    A Lioness' Work Is Never Done

    A full pride, have you? Worry not, there's plenty of Ren and Marie to go around

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    An Anthill of Books!

    We got books! You've got a colony of kids to give books too and we've got you covered!

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    Ren and Marie: The Next Generation

    Didn't see Ren fall out of the tree the first time? Have new grandchildren that must be brought into the fold? Want to make sure the your kids get the inside jokes (spoiler: there are plenty)? Get a whole lot of Ren and Marie for all those in your family!

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