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A bedtime picture book about our dreams, and how we are connected to the other inhabitants of our world.
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Funding Update - Stretch Goals!

Now that we have reached our main goal, we have some stretch goals. We will post them one by one; as soon as one goal is hit, we will post the next one!

$11,000 - If we meet this goal, we will be able to print a few more books, and put together marketing packages to send to carefully selected media outlets. These will include access to the ebook, a story about how the book came together including how we raised our funds, and reviews of the book.

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About This Project

The inspiration for this bedtime story was William’s son Liam, who one night had a “scary dream” about an octopus. In hopes of alleviating his fears, William asked him if perhaps the octopus was also dreaming about Liam. This sparked the idea for a larger narrative: if we dream about a whale, what does the whale dream about (perhaps a snail,) and then what? How are we all connected?

The Dreaming Boy
The Dreaming Boy

Intended for pre-school up to 8-year-old kids, the story and illustrations are designed with children’s wonder and imagination in mind. The poetic quality of the story, and the vivid illustration style makes for the perfect book to read before bedtime, and maybe inspire a kid’s own visit to dreamland. The book does not have a particular moral, but it does have a world-centric view, and will playfully show kids the diversity of animals and environments in the world.

The Desert Snail
The Desert Snail

We are raising funds so that we can complete the illustrations and design the book, then make a beautiful first edition of hardbound books, locally made in Seattle. The books will be 32 pages, full color, and a beautiful addition to any picture book library. Additionally, we will package the book so that it can be released on electronic reading devices (iPad, Kindles and Nooks to start). We’ve noticed that there are many children’s stories are spin-offs of movies or TV shows, but few well-made independent children’s stories available – we hope to fill that gap.

Why Are We Making This Book?

William Heimbach - Much of the inspiration for this project came from my son Liam. Reading to him every night and seeing his reaction to different books reminded me of feelings and thoughts I had when my parents read to me.  There are certain stories that stand out to every child, ones that get carried with us throughout our lives. This story has that potential because it makes us wonder about the meaning of our dreams. It also makes us think about all of the other creatures around the world dreaming of us while we dream of them. 

Working with Angelina on this project has made all the difference. A year into the project her illustrations and partnership has pushed the book to a new level. Her art has transformed this book, giving it a fine art touch directed at the young mind.  Our focus and creativity has made us realize the potential of this book. We're dedicated to making it amazing.

Angelina Tolentino - The main reason I am involved in this project is that I have always loved children’s books. I feel that they open the door to imagination and learning, especially for very young children. My parents reading to me before bed is something that I cherish. I was drawn to the story that William wrote and immediately began to imagine the pictures that would go along with the story. A book is a fantastic way to share my art with a large audience. Doing this as a Kickstarter is a wonderful way to involve friends and family and make it a truly community-made book.

How Far Are We?

The story is written. We have a storyboard with b&w sketches, and we have a rough layout. Two of the illustrations have been painted in full color, and several color studies have been done.

B&W sketch for one of the pages
B&W sketch for one of the pages

What Do We Want to Achieve?

We have been working on this project for about nine months, but because of our work and life obligations, we have been moving at a slower pace than we wish. If we reach our fundraising goal, it will allow us to focus on the project in a 3-month schedule, with a release date of Summer 2013. In this time frame we would be able to:

1. Finish all 14 hand-painted illustrations

2. Layout the book with the copy

3. Package the book for electronic and traditional printing

One of the illustrations on an iPad
One of the illustrations on an iPad

We want this book to be largely an independently funded project. With Kickstarter + other social media channels, we hope to produce and ultimately distribute this book without the larger publishing machine. We’d love to be able to completely self-publish this book – we believe in it and we think we know enough people who will believe in it with us. (YOU!)

Beyond that, we have more book ideas in the pipeline. If we do well with this book, we could parlay that success into other projects.

Risks and challenges

We are 100% confident that we will complete this project once funded. Both of us are very motivated and this book is a labor of love. We've carefully considered the amount of time and money it will take to reach our goals, so we know that we will meet them. That is not to say there could be a road bump or two along the way - most projects run into a challenge here and there. The challenges that we face are:

• This is our first book, so there is a learning curve. EBooks in particular are an evolving animal, so being educated about how they work will be a constant task for us. We look forward to becoming very educated about this process. We also know people who are great resources into publishing (both traditional and electronic) and we will be tapping into that knowledge base.

• Printing time: while we have a good sense of how long this process takes, in our past experience with print projects, there can be delays mainly from a quality control perspective.

• Ultimately we want this book released in traditional book form in bookstores around the country, so we need to find the right distribution channel.

It is important to us that our supporters know how the project is progressing, so we will have regular updates to show what we have accomplished. Our first big challenge is raising the money to really get this project off the ground. We hope you will help!

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