Lyric Poets Project
Bring adventure to a child's summer reading. Help turn a good story into a great book with this creative writing learning experience!
The Lyric Poets Project invites your middle-grade book lover to participate in the editing process of a soon-to-be published book.
Over the summer, our Lyric Poets will read a complete—but not fully edited—manuscript of author K.J. Quint’s fantasy adventure, Foreverafter: An Odd Adventure. They’ll answer questions and provide input on the story and writing—everything from character development and storyline to spelling and punctuation. Their input will be considered by the book’s editors as it moves through the publication process.
At the end of the summer, all Lyric Poets will receive the final published work and see how their input helped turn a good story into a great book. Poets whose contributions made the most impact on the editing process will be credited in the published book as thanks for their hard work.
Foreverafter: An Odd Adventure is intended for readers ages 8-10, but the Lyric Poets experience could be a fun creative writing challenge for older readers as well.
Audrey lives in a perpetual state of boredom in her small town. Her only friend is a boy named Kite from a traveling circus. She tries to keep herself busy with all sorts of jobs around town and listening to Kite’s stories, but she’s always had one unshakeable dream: to go on her own adventure.
Her wish finally comes true when a flying island appears over her town and whisks Audrey and Kite away to a far-off place where magical creatures and folk roam. But she may have gotten more than she bargained for. It’s up to Audrey and Kite to learn how to master the strange workings of this world and find their way home.
Part One: Crash Landers
A flying island takes friends Odd and Kite far away from their mundane town and into a forest in the magical Nightlands. But strange things are stirring, and they may not be alone!
- Lyric Poets will focus on developmental and story improvements, write a book blurb, and receive an introduction to line editing. The Part One manuscript and editing instructions are available now, so you don't need to wait to get started (see "Don't Wait" below)!
Part Two: Guardians
Odd’s new powers create havoc for Kite, and with the help of their new friends he must learn to be Odd’s protector while she discovers more about her strange abilities and missing father.
- In Part Two, Lyric Poets will dive into line editing: sentence structure, word choice, and active/passive voice, as well as reviewing plot development and writing another book blurb.
Part Three: Run-away Runaways
It seems that there is more to the residents of this forest than first appeared. Betrayal turns the group against each other as secret plans are put into motion that may destroy the Nightlands, and the fractured group may not be able to stop them!
- This final part will focus on proofreading/copyediting: looking at spelling, punctuation, and grammar—as well as a review of line editing and some of the other final pieces before a book is published (including a final back cover summary and review of the entire story).
Lyric Poets will submit their edits to us as the book advances through the editing and publication process. Editors will review and consider the Poets' input for author K.J. Quint to incorporate into his final rewrites of the book.
When finished, each Lyric Poet will receive the final published book to see and appreciate their hard work in action!
Lyric Poet Levels. These levels provide individual participation in the program. All Lyric Poets will receive electronic copies of the Foreverafter: An Odd Adventure manuscript, with instructions and materials to walk them through the editing process. Their comments can be submitted (electronically) to our editing team for consideration as the book moves through the publishing process.
The Lyric Poet ($22)
Lyric Poets will receive e-book editions of the final published book.
The Paper Poet ($35)
Paper Poets will receive a combined paperback edition and individual e-book editions of the final published book.
Class Poet Levels. These levels provide participation for groups and individuals. We'll supply electronic copies of the Foreverafter: An Odd Adventure manuscript to the group administrator (with group participation instructions), and each member of the group can participate individually at The Lyric Poet Level. Class Poets that are out for the summer can begin work as a group right away (see "Don't Wait" below), and work individually once the summer begins.
The Class Poet ($120)
Group participation, plus individual participation for up to 10 Poets. A set of trade paperback copies will be given to your school or community library with a note acknowledging the group's participation in the book's editing process. This is a great option for parents or teachers to give as a gift to their students' classroom, home school study groups, library reading groups, etc. (Add $5 to your pledge for each additional individual participant.)
The Royal Lyric Librarian (min $2500)
A fully-customized experience. We will work hand-in-hand with your Lyric Poets on their editing journey. Author K.J. Quint and our editors will participate directly with your group, joining your editing discussions and answering your Poets' questions. Customized options at this level include the opportunity to host a release party for the published book, a virtual (or in-person) Q&A with the team, a visit by the author to your school, etc. Email us to discuss what we can do for your unique group of Lyric Poets!
Lyric Reader Levels. These levels do not offer participation in the editing process but provide the published book for you to enjoy after the Poets finish their hard work. Support the project by reading a great book!
The Lyric E-Reader ($6)
Receive e-book editions of the published Foreverafter: An Odd Adventure story.
The Lyric Reader ($18)
Receive paperback and e-book editions of the published Foreverafter: An Odd Adventure story.
You don't have to wait for this Kickstarter to end to get started!
Foreverafter: An Odd Adventure, Part One: Crash Landers is available now to read and start editing. Visit lyricpoetsproject.org for everything you need to get started:
- E-book and PDF copies of the Part One manuscript.
- Editing instructions (includes group instructions for Google Classroom).
- Parent and teacher information to share with your class.
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions to help spread the word on this exciting new project, we'd love to hear from you. You can send us a Kickstarter message, or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our minimum funding will cover the costs to complete the editing, printing, and delivery of the books. As we get closer to our goal, we'll update the project with potential stretch goals.
Risks and challenges
Atthis Arts is proud to have completed several successful Kickstarter campaigns in the past. In this case, the manuscript is written and ready for editing.
We will be giving careful consideration to the editing suggestions from all of our Lyric Poets. If we receive a larger number of suggestions, it could impact the timeline for the editing and release of the published book. This would be a challenge we would love to have—we can't wait to see what our Lyric Poets can do!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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