Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
The Dinosaurs Did It is a beautifully illustrated, easy-to-read book for young children who love dinosaurs. A must-have at bedtime!
The Dinosaurs Did It is a beautifully illustrated, easy-to-read book for young children who love dinosaurs. A must-have at bedtime!
27 backers pledged $646 to help bring this project to life.

About

The Dinosaurs Did It project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$646

27

The Dinosaurs Did It Book Cover
The Dinosaurs Did It Book Cover

The Book

The Dinosaurs Did It is an 8.5 x 8.5, full color, soft cover children’s book intended for ages 3-9. It’s about a little boy, Shawn, who lives in a house full of dinosaurs. Despite Shawn’s attempts to tell his mom about the dinosaurs’ escalatingly bad behavior, she thinks he’s responsible for all the “accidents” at home.

Final Book Size
Final Book Size

The story is based on my brother, who persistently told my mom that buffalo were to blame when he got in trouble. While she certainly knew better and the fictitious buffalo never materialized to take responsibility for their mistakes, my brother playfully insisted upon their existence throughout my entire childhood. It became one of my favorite family stories and I couldn’t be happier to share this slightly modified version of it with you.

Watch the video below for a little more information about my goal for this book and why I created it.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

       

The Author

Again, my name is Amanda Bowyer and I'm the author of The Dinosaurs Did It. I run a successful online business, freelance for various companies, and write and publish my own books through my company, Beauty In, Geek Out LLC. 

Beauty In, Geek Out LLC Logo
Beauty In, Geek Out LLC Logo

My journey to becoming an author has not been an easy one. In fact, my personal story started with years of academic struggle due to multiple learning disabilities. Watch the video below to learn more about me and one of my greatest hopes as an author.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

         

Progress and Use of Funds

So far, both the story and the illustrations are finished. There's some fine-tuning still to be done on the images (I still need to crop some of the images to the ideal size and get all my bleed measurements accurate), but things were complete enough for me to order a proof of the book already - which you saw in my Kickstarter project video above!

It's pretty much a cake-walk from here!

Funds raised will go directly to the final production and distribution of the book, as well as all the fun backer rewards and add-ons I've got lined up. I'm also a supporter of http://kickingitforward.org, so 5% of my total profits will go towards helping to fund more Kickstarter campaigns!

           

Bonus Rewards for Backers  

I have a number of FREE bonus rewards for backers that unlock as we hit different pledge goals!

If we hit the $750 mark, all backers at the Triceratops level and above will get a free sticker. That means that if you pledge at least $13, you'll get one of these exclusive Kickstarter stickers! 

Stickers will measure at approximately 3.43" x 1.93" and will be in full color.

The Dinosaurs Did It Kickstarter Exclusive Sticker
The Dinosaurs Did It Kickstarter Exclusive Sticker

Understand that this design is a rough draft and may be subject to change if/when this backer bonus is unlocked. I just wanted to create something quickly to give you a visual. If altered, it will only improve!

If the total pledge amount of $750 is met, backers at the Triceratops level and above can purchase additional stickers for $.75 each.

        

If we hit the $1000 mark, all backers at the Triceratops level and above will get a free sticker and bookmark. That means that if you pledge at least $13, you'll get one of these awesome, two-sided bookmarks in addition to the sticker! 

Bookmarks will measure at approximately 2" x 6." The front will be in full color, but the back may be black and white.

The Dinosaurs Did It Bookmark
The Dinosaurs Did It Bookmark

Understand that this design is a rough draft and may be subject to change if/when this backer bonus is unlocked. I just wanted to create something quickly to give you a visual. If altered, it will only improve!

If the total pledge amount of $1000 is met, backers at Triceratops level and above can purchase additional bookmarks for $1 each.

          

If we hit the $1250 mark, I'll be ECSTATIC and all backers at the Triceratops level and above will get a free sticker, bookmark, and door hanger. That means that if you pledge at least $13, you'll get one of these Kickstarter exclusive door hangers, in addition to your free sticker and bookmark!

These one-sided, color door hangers are pretty rad, measuring at 3.5" x 8.5."

The Dinosaurs Did It Kickstarter Exclusive Door Hanger
The Dinosaurs Did It Kickstarter Exclusive Door Hanger

Understand that this design is a rough draft and may be subject to change if/when this backer bonus is unlocked. I just wanted to create something quickly to give you a visual. If altered, it will only improve!

If the total pledge amount of $1250 is met, backers at Triceratops level and above can purchase additional door hangers for $1.50 each.

Campaign Goal

As things have progressed, I've decided I REALLY want to be able to offer The Dinosaurs Did It Coloring Book add-on, so as long as we reach our $500 goal, backers at the Triceratops level and above will be able to add it for only $7!

When/if we hit the $500 mark, backers can add a coloring book version of The Dinosaurs Did It to their pledge. This coloring book will be full-length, but will not include the text from the book. It would make a perfect add-on if you're planning to give the book as a set!

Let's get this add-on unlocked!

          

Stretch Goals

I've got two stretch goals to start, but if things really start heating up I will add more! As each stretch goal is reached, awesome backer add-ons will be unlocked. Here's the first one!

When/if we hit the $750 mark, backers can add a The Dinosaurs Did It puzzle and/or poster!

Puzzle

The puzzle will be 10" x 8" and will be of the cover of the book or a favorite image from the book. Because these will have to be individually ordered, if unlocked, the add-on price will be $30. That does mean, however, that you'll be able to choose which book image you want on your puzzle. The $30 also includes any additional shipping.

Sample Puzzle Add-On
Sample Puzzle Add-On

Poster

The poster will be 11" x 17" and will be an image or set of images from the book. I'm still working on the final design, so the images below are just placeholders so you get an idea of the poster look and size. If unlocked, posters add-ons will be only $10!

Sample Poster Add-On
Sample Poster Add-On

 I'll release more specifics about each of these add-ons as we get closer to the stretch goal.

***Again, please note that the images above are just rough-draft placeholders. If it looks like we're getting close to this goal, I will update these images with real design plans (likely after getting backer input!).***

          

When/if we hit the $1250 mark, backers can add a The Dinosaurs Did It desk calendar and/or post card set!  

Desk Calendar

The desk calendars will include images from the book, matching them with each month of the year. Calendars will be for the 2017 year and I'll release final images when we get closer to this particular stretch goal. Desk calendar add-ons will only cost $10 each!

Desk Calendar Sample Add-On
Desk Calendar Sample Add-On

Postcard Set

More information to come about the post card set once we get closer to this stretch goal! 

        

Active Add-Ons

1. Additional Copy of The Dinosaurs Did It - $10

2. Additional Signed Copy of The Dinosaurs Did It - $12

3. The Dinosaurs Did It Bookmark - $1

To add an add-on to your pledge, click your account icon in the top right corner then select The Dinosaurs Did It from your "Backed Projects." A new page will appear. Scroll down to "Your Pledge" and click "Edit."  

Once there, you can change your pledge amount (or backer level if you want); just add the additional cost of the add-on you want to your total pledge amount and click "Continue." 

 After the campaign is concluded, I'll send a message to all my backers to confirm which add-ons are wanted. If you have questions before then, feel free to ask!

           

Why Kickstarter?

I chose to introduce The Dinosaurs Did It as a Kickstarter because I wanted the opportunity to offer the book, as well as the backer rewards, for as absolutely cheap as possible. I could have sent the ebook straight to Amazon and made print copies available through CreatSpace, but those companies take a portion of the profits and make it necessary to increase the cost of the book. I'd much rather cut them out of the selling process and give the saving directly to you!

While you'll likely see The Dinosaurs Did It for sale on Amazon a short while after the Kickstarter has concluded, things like the screensaver, sticker, poster, puzzle, and door hanger likely won't be available again.

Risks and challenges

To be honest, there isn't much risk involved because the book and illustration are already done. Potential setbacks could include, however, unexpected issues with printing or shipping delays. I've already accounted for these possibilities a little by setting the delivery deadline as December. To be honest, it's possible I'll be able to get orders to backers significantly earlier than that.

I've really tried to account for everything ahead of time, including the cost of producing and shipping the books to me, as well as what it will cost for me to ship them to you.

In general, I'm a problem-solver and will figure out any unforeseen issues as they arise!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Iguanodon Backer Level

    Every dollar helps. Thank you so much for supporting my book!

    Includes:
    • The Dinosaurs Did It Screensaver
    • Exclusive Project Updates
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Velociraptor Backer Level

    Prefer ebooks? Get a PDF version of The Dinosaurs Did It for just $5, plus all the goodies from the Iguanodon Backer Level!

    Your name will also be included in the Kickstarter campaign acknowledgement section of the book.

    Includes:
    • PDF Version of The Dinosaurs Did It
    • The Dinosaurs Did It Screensaver
    • Your Name in the Acknowledgements
    • Exclusive Project Updates
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $13 or more About $13

    Triceratops Backer Level

    Looking for a great bedtime book for your kids? Search no more. Your softcover copy of The Dinosaurs Did It is sure to be the new household favorite!

    You'll also get all of the additional rewards mentioned in the Iguanodon and Velociraptor backer levels.

    Includes:
    • The Dinosaurs Did It (softcover)
    • PDF Version of The Dinosaurs Did It
    • Your Name in the Acknowledgements
    • The Dinosaurs Did It Screensaver
    • Access to Campaign Add-Ons
    • Exclusive Project Updates
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Brachiosaurus Backer Level

    Want your copy signed? No problem! I'll sign and personalize your copy of The Dinosaurs Did It any way you want. This option is perfect for gifters!

    You'll also get all of the additional rewards mentioned in the Iguanodon and Velociraptor backer levels.

    Includes:
    • The Dinosaurs Did It (softcover) - SIGNED & PERSONALIZED
    • PDF Version of The Dinosaurs Did It
    • The Dinosaurs Did It Screensaver
    • Your Name in the Acknowledgements
    • Access to Campaign Add-Ons
    • Exclusive Project Updates
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Amygdalodon Backer Level

    Ideal for parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who need multiple copies for all the children in their lives!

    Get two (2) copies at a discounted rate, plus all the extras rewards from the Iguanodon and Velociraptor backer levels.

    Includes:
    • The Dinosaurs Did It (softcover)
    • PDF Version of The Dinosaurs Did It
    • The Dinosaurs Did It Screensaver
    • Your Name in the Acknowledgements
    • Access to Campaign Add-Ons
    • Exclusive Project Updates
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Tyrannosaurus Rex Backer Level

    Again, ideal for people with lots of grandkids, nieces, and nephews. Both copies of The Dinosaur Did It will be signed and will include a personal message from the author.

    The previous extras from the Iguanodon, and Velociraptor backer levels are also included.

    Includes:
    • The Dinosaurs Did It (softcover) - SIGNED & PERSONALIZED
    • PDF Version of The Dinosaurs Did It
    • Your Name in the Acknowledgements
    • The Dinosaurs Did It Screensaver
    • Access to Campaign Add-Ons
    • Exclusive Project Updates
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    13 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Teacher Special

    Are you an elementary teacher? As someone who has worked with students all my life, I know how fulfilling (and exhausting!) being in the classroom can be.

    This backer level is my way of saying THANK YOU for everything you do.

    Not only will you get a signed copy of The Dinosaurs Did It to read to your class, but I'll send 25 bookmarks for you to give to your students as well! But that's not all; you also get five (5) PDF coloring pages to share AND your name (along with all of your students' names) in the Kickstarter campaign acknowledgements section of the book!

    Know any elementary teachers? This set could also make a fun gift!

    Contact me directly if additional bookmarks are needed.

    Includes:
    • The Dinosaurs Did It (softcover) - SIGNED & PERSONALIZED
    • 25× The Dinosaurs Did It Bookmark
    • PDF The Dinosaurs Did It Coloring Pages
    • Your and Your Students' Names in the Acknowledgements
    • The Dinosaurs Did It Screensaver
    • PDF Version of The Dinosaurs Did It
    • Access to Campaign Add-Ons
    • Exclusive Project Updates
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Author Special

    Have a story you're just dying to share but not sure how to get started? I can help!

    This backer level is perfect for aspiring authors who want to break into the children's book biz. I'll schedule a 30-minute conversation with you to discuss your idea AND send you a PDF PowerPoint presentation with the exact steps I took to write and publish my book.

    I'll also write a blog post about your finished product and share it with my newsletter following!

    Includes:
    • 30-Minute Phone Consultation
    • PDF PowerPoint Presentation for Writers
    • Blog Post Book Announcement
    • The Dinosaurs Did It (softcover) - SIGNED & PERSONALIZED
    • Your Name in the Acknowledgements
    • PDF Version of The Dinosaurs Did It
    • The Dinosaurs Did It Screensaver
    • Access to Campaign Add-Ons
    • Exclusive Project Updates
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $130 or more About $130

    Retailer Special

    Have your own bookstore or coffee shop? Check this out!

    I'm offering retailers a super discounted rate on The Dinosaurs Did It. No minimum sale price and I'll be happy to fulfill additional order requests down the road. I'll also put your company's name in the Kickstarter campaign acknowledgements section of the book.

    Includes:
    • 20× The Dinosaurs Did It (softcover)
    • 20× The Dinosaurs Did It Bookmark
    • Your Company's Name in the Acknowledgements
    • PDF Version of The Dinosaurs Did It
    • The Dinosaurs Did It Screensaver
    • Access to Campaign Add-Ons
    • Exclusive Project Updates
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1,500 or more About US$ 1,500

    Ultimate Teacher Special (United States)

    I will travel to your school and read The Dinosaurs Did It to your class in person. I'll also prepare a short and engaging presentation about living with and overcoming learning disabilities. My goal is to promote a love for learning and literacy, as well as encourage your students to follow their dreams no matter what.

    Additionally, I'll bring 30 copies of the book to give to your students AND I'll personalize each one of them. Students will also get a matching The Dinosaurs Did It bookmark.

    That's not all! A school-wide book signing is also included in this backer level.

    This package can be adjusted to meet the needs of your students and school. Presentation dates are flexible and the cost CAN be negotiated depending on location. Please message me with any questions.

    Includes:
    • In-Person Reading of The Dinosaurs Did It
    • Personalized Presentation
    • School-Wide Book Signing
    • 30× The Dinosaurs Did It (softcover) - SIGNED & PERSONALIZED
    • 30× The Dinosaurs Did It Bookmark
    • Your and Your Students' Names in the Acknowledgements
    • PDF Version of The Dinosaurs Did It
    • The Dinosaurs Did It Screensaver
    • Access to Campaign Add-Ons
    • Exclusive Project Updates
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 3,000 or more About US$ 3,000

    Ultimate Teacher Special (International)

    I will travel to your school and read The Dinosaurs Did It to your class in person. I'll also prepare a short and engaging presentation about living with and overcoming learning disabilities. My goal is to promote a love for learning and literacy, as well as encourage your students to follow their dreams no matter what.

    Additionally, I'll bring 30 copies of the book to give to your students AND I'll personalize each one of them. Students will also get a matching The Dinosaurs Did It bookmark.

    That's not all! A school-wide book signing is also included in this backer level.

    This package can be adjusted to meet the needs of your students and school. Presentation dates are flexible and the cost CAN be negotiated depending on location. Please message me with any questions.

    Includes:
    • In-Person Reading of The Dinosaurs Did It
    • Personalized Presentation
    • School-Wide Book Signing
    • 30× The Dinosaurs Did It (softcover) - SIGNED & PERSONALIZED
    • 30× The Dinosaurs Did It Bookmark
    • Your and Your Students' Names in the Acknowledgements
    • PDF Version of The Dinosaurs Did It
    • The Dinosaurs Did It Screensaver
    • Access to Campaign Add-Ons
    • Exclusive Project Updates
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)