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This project was more than funded, thanks to my amazing backers!! If you'd still like to purchase a copy, click on the button below to be directed to the book website!
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164 backers pledged $7,356 to help bring this project to life.

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The Magical "Tail" (hehe, get it?)

Wouldn't you be less scared at night knowing that the sounds and creaks you hear in the dark are just friendly animals playing (instead of scary monsters)?! :) Animals Under the Bed! is a story about stuffed animals that come to life and take on friendly personalities of their own under your bed at night. It's a 26-page, full color, hard cover book filled with hand-painted acrylic and watercolor illustrations (completed over the course of the last 2 years!)

The story begins by describing a magical place inside of your room ("just under your bed -in reach of your broom!") where your stuffed animals play, make friends, and have fun while you are sleeping! In a rhyming, playful narrative, it goes on to describe the uniquely admirable qualities of each animal and their relationships with each other. You and your child are bound to relate to these sweet creatures as you read about how goofy, loving, mischievous, playful, smart, and brave they are. By the end of the book, the reader will expect magical, friendly animals, not monsters, to be playing under the bed at night! 

The Process

I started painting these animals several years ago during a personal growth project in which I wanted to learn to use acrylic paint. It was extremely rewarding and fun. Each animal painting is the result of between 10-30 hours of work (often late at night after work LOL) and layers upon layers of brush strokes. The elephants painting took me the longest - around 36 hours total for all their little lines and wrinkles. :)

The original animal paintings that I started years ago!
The original animal paintings that I started years ago!

Where You Come In!

If you're reading this, thank you!! You are making my lifelong dream, of writing and illustrating a book (that people actually buy and enjoy!) a reality. So here's what my campaign will fund:

  • Book printing 
  • Shipping (ships straight from blurb.com's warehouse to you unless you choose the Snow Leopard's Signature Deal and then you pay for shipping to me first - to sign the book - and then back to you!)
  • Production: Paintbrushes, paint, canvas, late nights hunched over my easel, my sanity (oh just kidding! sort of...) and my emergency ice cream runs to fuel my efforts (oh just kidding! well, not really...)

How to Pre-Order

To pre-order my book, you can select to make one of the pledges listed on the right! 

  • Click on the "Back this project!" button in the top right corner and choose a pledge.
  • I recommend that you create a quick (free) kickstarter account using your e-mail when prompted. That way you will get immediate confirmation after submitting your pledge. However, pledging as a guest is fine, too! Just make sure to check the e-mail account you used to register (that's where your confirmation will be!)
  • Once the campaign is over and the project is funded (fingers crossed!) I will send out a survey to your e-mail requesting your address and shipping info!

About Me & Other Thoughts:

If you are still reading this, you either have a lot of time on your hands, or you really love me, or you really love my book! Yayy! I'll take any of those explanations. 

My name is Meg Smiley (yes, I did change my name to "Smiley" to write childrens' books - just kidding). I am a Graphic Designer and I currently live in Long Island, New York with my amazing husband and my tiny, funny dog (see adorable dog selfies below - I did not pose him like this! lol!). 

Ziggy the dog posing with Baby Gorilla and the beginnings of Elephant
Ziggy the dog posing with Baby Gorilla and the beginnings of Elephant

Although I earned my BFA in Graphic Design, I have been an artist since I could hold a pencil or a paintbrush, and I have wanted to write and illustrate my own kids book for as long as I can remember. Several years ago, I decided to become an eccentric artist (just ask my husband, as I painted into the wee hours of the morning) on the side of my day job! No matter how old I am, my paintings always end up having a whimsical, child-like quality to them. I started painting animals in my own style and eventually thought they'd be great characters for a kids book. 

After years of painting, writing, moving across the country, and then more painting, Animals Under the Bed! is my first children's book, and I am over-the-moon excited to be able to share it with so many wonderful friends and family members!

The 7x7", 26-page, full-cover, hard-cover, photo-quality book you will receive with your pledges! Complete with 24 hand-painted illustrations.
The 7x7", 26-page, full-cover, hard-cover, photo-quality book you will receive with your pledges! Complete with 24 hand-painted illustrations.

New Stretch Goal!

Because you guys have exceeded the minimum funding goal with your pledges so quickly (thank you!!!), I've decided to add a "stretch goal." The cost of the books will remain the same, but if the funding reaches $7,000, I'm going to add 2 NEW animals to all of the books! 

Introducing Penguins (in love) and Kanga (& Little Joey)...

 That means 4 new pages, including 2 new acrylic animal paintings (pictured above) and 2 new watercolor paintings (yet to be completed), will be added to every book that has been or will be ordered at no extra charge! The extra funding will help me cover the extra pages plus the extra writing and illustrating. :)

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your amazing support! 

Thank you guys so much!
Thank you guys so much!

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

This book is finished and ready to be printed and delivered! My goal is to get the books signed and/or shipped to you as soon as possible upon the completion of this campaign! If any book is damaged on its way to you, I will gladly replace it free of charge.

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    Elephant's Exciting New ebook!

    Now available! A beautiful ebook of "Animals Under the Bed!" viewable on electronic devices like your laptop, Kindle, tablet, or phone!

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    The Baby Gorilla Gift

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    Snow Leopard's Signature Deal

    One first edition, 26-page, full-color, photo-quality hardcover book, SIGNED by myself with a personal note to the recipient!

    Shipping cost is $16 to cover the cost of shipping the book first to me, then to you!

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    The Pretty Peacock Pair

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    Silly Baboon Bundle!

    Three first edition, 26-page, full-color, photo-quality hardcover books.

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    The Lion Pack!!

    Five first edition, 26-page, full-color, photo-quality hardcover books!

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    The Herd of Elephants! Watch OUT! :)

    Ten first edition, 26-page, full-color, photo-quality hardcover books!

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    Tribe of Monkeys' Mayhem! ;)

    Ten first edition. 26-page, full-color, photo-quality hardcover books!

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    The Whole ZOO! :D

    Twenty first edition, 26-page, full-color photo-quality hardcover books!

    If you are ordering from the New York area, I will also gladly come do an author reading at your home, school, or birthday party any time of the year starting in August of 2017. If you are ordering from California or Iowa, I will coordinate a time to come visit and do an author reading at your home, school, or birthday party as well!

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