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The first book in a series of children's books focused around celebrating dogs, companionship, and owner diversity.
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The Dog Coffee Book is a story about dogs and their owners. In it you'll meet a variety of dog breeds and a diverse group of owners. Our focus is showing that every dog and every person can be a good owner!

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"Dog Coffee" was created one not-so-quiet morning while I was working from home. I live in a small neighborhood with tons of great dogs. But on this morning, every dog within ear shot was barking away as if they had countless things to say and just couldn't hold back. I kept wishing they'd get it all out of their system and then things would get quiet. My mind started to wander through this idea of dogs getting together for coffee and chatting. After a few sketches and talks with friends, the idea became a children's book idea.

Pre-Sketches!
Pre-Sketches!

What do we plan to do with the money?

The money we raise will be specifically for test printing, copyright and marketing fees, and publishing costs. Our goal amount should be enough to cover the start up. From there we hope to use self-sustaining publishing options that keep the costs low and require few printing fees.

Our current printing goal is to offer the book in a 24 to 32 page, full-color, bookstore quality, soft-cover print. 

More early sketches!
More early sketches!

Why only set the goal at $950?

Both the artist and author feel strongly that this book shouldn't be about profits. None of the reward is intended to cover already invested costs. It's purely to create a small pool for a printing batch and fee buffer, editing costs, and to cover pledge rewards.

What happens if we get over our goal?

The long-term goal is that this book will be the introduction to a series. Dog Coffee is intended to be a young reader book that will introduce each dog and their families. The next book will be about the families and is designed to celebrate diversity in dog ownership. The belief that anyone can be a good dog owner plays a key role in the writing.

Our second book will be focused around introducing the dog's owners and their families. We'd love to get enough funding to push through this second book. In it we talk about the value of owners from every background and how they all make their dog's lives special in unique and special ways.

Here is a glimpse of the early ideas:

Early Family Sketches
Early Family Sketches

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge right now is finding the best printing and publishing options. Our goal is to find the perfect balance between cost and quality. As this is for children, getting a durable and kid-resistant book printed will be very important. Right now we are exploring options for both physical and electronic printing. We'd love to get into the e-book markets but as first-time authors it is all very new.

Things that are important to us:

1. Communication. We will keep you updated. Frequent and reliable updates matter. We know that and will stick by it. Updates won't stop once the project is successful.

2. Meeting our rewards deadlines. You had faith in our project, now it's our job to communicate often and get your rewards to you promptly and accurately. In the unlikely event of a printing issue, everyone will get their digital copy right away and notified of our print delays and expected new print shipping dates.

3. Quality. We set the reward dates for a few months from now. We want to be able to ensure that the formatting of the digital copy is solid and that we have time to get the printed copies back and ready for shipping before the due date.

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    For the cost of the average coffee, you'll receive our undying gratitude and the good karma that comes from supporting the arts!

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    In addition to our profound gratitude, you'll receive a digital (.pdf) copy of the book before it hits any of the e-book markets.

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    You'll get our gratitude, a digital copy of the book, and a signed softcover copy of the book.

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    In addition to our gratitude, an digital copy of the book, and a signed softcover copy of the book...you will get a hand-drawn dog sketch in the same style as the book.

    Details: Your personal dog drawing will be approximately 5x5 inches in size, hand-drawn, black & white art, signed by the artist. The drawing will be shipped with your softcover book copy. And it will be adorable!

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    For the bigshots...immense gratitude and love, an digital copy of the book, a signed softcover copy of the book, and a custom drawing of any dog of your choice.

    Details: Your personal dog drawing will be approximately 7x7 inches in size, hand-drawn and hand-painted piece, signed by the artist and author and be of any dog breed you choose. The painting will be shipped with your softcover book copy.

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    High rollers get our gratitude and admiration, an digital copy of the book, a signed softcover copy of the book, and a custom full color drawing of themselves with any dog of their choice. The digital painting will be delivered by email, all other pledge rewards will be delivered accordingly.
    Details: Your personal "you and your dog" drawing will be approximately 10x10 inches in size, digitally drawn and painted, signed by the artist and be of any dog breed you choose. This is a great option if you have a pet you love to have coffee with!

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    For the brave soul that has it in their heart to lay it all on the line for two novice authors, we will gladly give you a digital and softcopy of the book, a digital painting of you and your dog, and you get to write the dedication page. Let the memory of a loved one or lost pet live on in every future printing of this book.
    Details: As this is a children's book, some restrictions apply, but we will gladly help you write a dedication worthy of the loved one you wish to honor.

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