THANK YOU EVERYONE! I am very grateful to the Kickstarter community, to all my generous friends and family who backed, as well as all the trusting people that I've never met (but I hope to some day) who had enough faith in this project (and fell in love with the artwork) to believe it could happen. THANK YOU! I won't let you down. We'll make an awesome book!
I'll keep you updated frequently as the book progresses with backer updates. In the meantime, if you missed the funding period, you can still pre-order FETCH here:
WE DID IT!
If you've backed already, you can check out some of the add-on rewards you can get. At the $26 reward level, you can get your choice of an Evertaster or Fetch T-Shirt (just add $26 to any backing amount). Add $23 to any reward level to get a signed copy of Evertaster + The Buttersmiths' Gold mailed to you in time for Christmas. For more info see rewards section below or the rewards on the right.
I've written what I think is a marvelous story book adventure about a far off place where dogs roam wild and free, and where one special dog goes above and beyond the rest. It's called Fetch. It's the story of where dogs come from. The words are written, the thumbnail sketches are drawn, the printer has been found, and artwork is underway.
Below is just one of the two page spreads. It's going to look so cool with beautiful illustrations printed on every page!
WHO AM I?
By day, I'm a Visual Effects Artist for films like Pacific Rim, Pirates of the Caribbean,Tron, I Am Legend, Thor, I,Robot, Transformers II, Ender's Game and King Kong. But I always had a need to tell my own stories. Last year, I launched my first novel for kids to astonishing success on Amazon. Evertaster claimed the Overall Top 100 Best Seller List on the day of its launch.
Since then, the Evertaster series has grown in popularity, with children and adults alike giving rave reviews. Evertaster has gotten so popular it's been picked up by Barnes & Noble, Indy Bookstores, and Costco, to name a few.
I've got 5 books planned for the series. One of those is a novella that just came out in May.
Now I'd like to try something new. In the tradition of great books like Where the Wild Things Are, I want to tell a story in pictures. I'm not a big publisher, with all the backing of a giant business. I just like to think big and make great books.
In order to make Fetch a reality, I hired artist Edwin Rhemrev to illustrate this faraway canine adventure. You can see his work here:
Edwin's artwork went viral when he made some imaginary concept art for the Incredibles 2. He doesn't work for Pixar, but his work was featured in the Pixar Times, and Slashfilm, just to name a few.
In order to get good art, it's expensive. Edwin is busy designing theme parks and concepts for other clients, but since he loves this project so much, he's excited to work on it! A portion of the funds will be used to complete the rest of the sketches and turn them into beautiful, full-color illustrations.
The rest of the funds will be used to pay for printing the book. Fetch will be standard length for a picture book -- about 32-38 pages. It will be printed in stunning color with a squareback hardcase. Which is printer talk for high-quality picture book. We're using the same high-quality, professional printer that I used for my Evertaster books. In fact, these guys are the same ones who print Where the Wild Things Are and Polar Express! They are extremely economical (cheaper than printing overseas!) and very reliable.
The more money we raise past our goal, the more books we can print and make available.
Fetch describes a far off place where dogs live wild and free. If dogs could do what they want, who would they be?
When one intrepid dog finds the courage to leave the pack and do something truly courageous, he learns something about himself he never expected. He decides that the noblest thing a dog can do is fly.
So he fixes up an airplane and flies beyond the tenth horizon. What he finds there is something neither he nor any other dog ever expected.
Music in the video: Fastest Man on Earth by Jahzzar. Video Filmed by the talented Matt Stumphy. Thank you!
For backing FETCH at certain levels, I want you to be able to select from a number of awesome rewards, including of course, the finished hard cover book itself.
Take for example these high quality T Shirts. Never be refused from a restaurant again! Select "The T SHIRT" reward level. Can be grouped with any other reward level by adding $26. We'll let you specify which shirt (FETCH or EVERTASTER), size and cut (men's or women's) in our backer reward survey.
Also now available: THE BOOK LOVER Reward Tier! Get your own autographed set of the first two Evertaster books: the Bestselling Evertaster and the delicious Buttersmiths' Gold. Both will be signed by the Author (that's me)! In the survey, we'll put a space to specify who you'd like the books dedicated to, so it's personalized to you or a friend! Books are a $23 reward level, and can be grouped with any other reward by adding $23. Delivers before Christmas! A perfect present!
I just added some more cool rewards as well. There is now a reward tier where you can order one of Edwin's signed, limited edition sketchbooks. They even include an original pen sketch by Edwin! See the SKETCH LOVER reward tier over to the right. ----- update: 9/10/13 ALL GONE!
Putting together a book like this is a big endeavor. I've been working on this project for a long time now, and I'm passionate about finishing this book. I won't be able to do it without your help. Without you, Fetch couldn't happen. Your contributions will be used for the following:
- Finishing the Illustrations (in Edwin's capable hands!)
- Formatting, laying out, and prepping the book
- Printing the Books (it's going to be top-notch quality!)
- Rewards (very cool ones - for you!)
- Kickstarter fees.
I just added a fun stretch goal. I have been working on a novel called CHUM for some time now. Only about 15 people in the world have read it, or even know what it's about. It's an upper Middle Grade/YA novel. The book still needs some revision, but it's about hi-tech pirates, the internet, and there might even be some friendship thrown in there. And sharks. If we hit $25,000 by the end of the funding period (early Saturday morning), I'll send the first two chapters of CHUM to all the backers via an exclusive update. It won't be the final revision, but it will be the work-in-progress for your eyes only. You can read the synopsis here.
Risks and challenges
The main risk we are facing after funding is TIME. Edwin is already working on the artwork. He estimates that it will take 4-6 weeks to complete. After that, there will be formatting, final layout and title design, then print preparation. Luckily, once the printing is funded (by you), the artwork is complete, and the book is sent off to the printer, it will take only take about 4-5 weeks to get the books printed and shipped to us so we can get your copy mailed out to you. If we're lucky, there is the possibility of the books getting the same distribution as the Evertaster books -- which means some Indy Stores, Amazon, B&N. How cool would that be? Something all of us put together -- but only if we reach our goal.
Luckily, I've completed books already, so I know the process and know what it takes to get them finished.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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