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A children's book about waves & where they come from. Written as rhythmically as the sea, this story is sure to inspire you & yours.


HOLIDAY UPDATE!!!
Once we reach our goal, all backers at the $18+ levels will get a beautifully designed Where Albatross Soar bookmark mailed to them for EACH book they pre-order (US backers).  This will arrive BEFORE X-MAS so you can get your favorite surf-tyke stoked for what's to come!  You'll also get a "work in progress" PDF version of the story emailed to you so you can share it with friends & family over the holidays. 

What is Where Albatross Soar?

Simply put, Where Albatross Soar is a children’s’ book about waves & where they come from.  By now you’ve probably watched the above video and already know all that.  So here's the deal; I'm looking forward to fatherhood someday and hope that by then, this very first children’s book of mine, will be one of many tales that inspire tykes of all types to get outdoors, explore & discover the world around them.  Sure, with a life lesson here and there for good measure, along with some twists to get those imaginations buzzing.  I’m asking you to partake in the first step of this journey, by helping me to get Where Albatross Soar illustrated and published. 

So How Can I Help?

Well for those new to Kickstarter, it's a site where you discover cool projects like this one and think to yourself “Hey, this idea needs to be brought to life.”  Those who’ve done this before know that project creators like me come up with all these great rewards (to the right of this page) to further tempt your support.  Not only do you feel good about helping to make someone’s dream come true, you also enjoy the satisfaction of being one of the first people to receive the fruits of my labor.  Just remember it’s all-or-nothing, so if the project doesn’t reach its funding goal by the deadline, you DON’T get charged a thing, which in this case means a whole bunch of kids miss out on a fantastic opportunity to enhance their literacy & love for the environment.  That would be a bummer so be sure you spread the word about Where Albatross Soar every way you can.  I bet you know boatloads of teachers, parents, shop owners & kids who wouldn’t want to miss out on this one!

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A big THANK YOU to all who are contributing to the success of this project.  Your feedback, suggestions, and support are immensely appreciated!

Gratefully yours,
Bryan Knowles
 

FAQ

  • Once our funding goal is met, illustration will begin. To ensure we get the very best imagery that brings Where Albatross Soar to life in a timely manner, part of our budget is allocated to enable my illustrative partner to dedicate the necessary time for this project. The plan is to wrap up illustration in early spring, which would put us on track to schedule our print run shortly thereafter. Then it’s all about getting your orders out to you asap (target of June 2012, but sooner if we can)!

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  • We're excited to produce Where Albatross Soar as a high quality soft cover (roughly 6”x9” minimum size), utilizing eco-friendly materials. Sadly, without MASSIVE volumes, we haven't been able to find a printing partner who provides quality hard cover options at a reasonable price. If you have a lead on anything, let us know! Exceeding our funding goal mean’s we’ll be able to explore additional production options & add new prizes as appropriate.

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  • Certainly! Think big, spinning, colorful, personified storms, contrasted with a vibrant beach setting, along with the fantastical journey that the story takes as we get a mind’s eye peek into the child’s imagination. I’ll be working closely with the illustrator to further develop the storyboard. We have a number of very talented illustrators in mind, but if you think you know the perfect person, please introduce us!

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  • Definitely. Purchase whatever prize you like using your regular billing info. After our funding deadline you’ll receive a survey from us asking for any relevant shipping, signing, or personalization details.

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  • Yes but... The Kickstarter/Amazon checkout process only allows you to select one reward per project, so to claim multiple rewards please follow this process:

    1) Click the green "Back this Project" button located above the pledge categories to the right of this page.

    2) On this next screen you'll be able to select one of the reward options. Please do so and then if you would like to purchase an additional reward, please add the total or your "selected reward" plus the one you want to add in the "Pledge Amount" area.

    3) Proceed with the checkout and then message me to specify which rewards you want to claim.

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  • Shipping is included on all orders within the continental US! For international orders you must add the additional S&H costs listed in the reward summary for each prize.

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  • Glad you asked. If support is so positive that we exceed our goal, I'm really looking forward to creating more interactivity for Where Albatross Soar, bringing it to the next level. This might include a “storm game” at the end of the book (an extension of the Dad's parting question “What type of storm might you spin into?”), creating a multimedia version of the story/game for all those cool digital devices kids are learning on these days (iPad etc), and further developing/marketing Where Albatross Soar before moving on to my next book.

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  • Yes... thanks for pointing that out.

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  • Absolutely, but only with your support.

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  • Please use the “comments” tab at the top of this page, or feel free to email me directly - bryan@surfpoetry.com

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  • In the event that we fall short of the funding goal, no one will be charged for their pledges & I'll be back to square 1 in terms of fundraising :(. Let's make sure that doesn't happen! Keep pledging & spreading the word & I'll keep you posted on our progress as we approach our funding deadline.

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    Aloha! In addition to the good karma that comes with supporting this project, we'll add you to our list of supporters on our website. Oh... and here's a little "Ode to You" I wrote to further convey my appreciation: "While here in words I cannot put, nor in frame may cameras capture; the gratitude and thanks I feel for you, my newest backer!"

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    Thank you, this really helps! For 5 bucks & up, you not only show your support for Where Albatross Soar, you also get the e-book emailed to you upon completion, plus recognition as a supporter on our website! [EVERYTHING HERE IS INCLUDED IN ALL OTHER PRIZES]

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    Cinco de Bookmarks! You get 5 of our fantastic Albatross bookmarks mailed to you, complete with beautiful artwork & inspirational lines from the book! You not only get the good karma, "Ode to You" and e-book from the above prize levels, we'll help you keep track of your pages as you SOAR through your favorite books!

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    Sweet! At this pledge level you’ll ALSO receive one of our finest 1st editions of Where Albatross Soar. We plan to use a print company that offers high quality, eco-friendly options. Size will be aprx 6x9" or larger, saddle stitched or perfect bound tbd. US SHIPPING INCLUDED! [Outside US, add $8 S&H]

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    Signature Series! Here comes your very own 1st edition copy of Where Albatross Soar, hand signed with a special thank you from the author. [Outside US, add $8 S&H]

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    Double Up! Two of our finest copies of Where Albatross Soar are headed your way. [Outside US, add $10 S&H]

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    Triple Signature Series! You really made my day & will get three, graciously signed copies of Where Albatross Soar. [Outside US, add $10 S&H]

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    Tee Plus Two! – Our exclusive Where Albatross Soar Tee (size: infant - XXL) plus two of our finest copies of this very special book. [Outside US, add $10 S&H]

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    3X Personalized Poem Editions! Three copies of Where Albatross Soar, hand inscribed with a short poem on an inside page, each personalized & signed to your favorite tykes. [Outside US, add $10 S&H]

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    Teacher's 10 Pack! You’re a saint (and very likely a teacher or buyer at a bookstore). In any case, THANK YOU for sharing this with your kids. They're lucky to have you! All 10 copies ship to one address. [Outside US, add $15 S&H]

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    Surf Poetry Special! Choose your favorite poem from my website (SurfPoetry.com). It will come to you signed, framed (12"x15" Max frame size), along with 2 of your very own signed copies of Where Albatross Soar. [Outside US, add $20 S&H]

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    Original Poetry! Wow, you’re one of a kind. I can’t wait to write and send you your very own poem on an ocean/nature topic of your choosing. Comes framed (12"x15" Max frame size) along with 2 signed copies of the book. [Outside US, add $20 S&H]

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    ATTENTION SHOP OWNERS: Your Business Soars Here! At this level, we’ll give your business prominent ad placements/linkage in the Sponsor sections of both SurfPoetry.com and WhereAlbatrossSoar.com through the end of 2012! You’ll also get 6 copies of the book which you can sell, gift etc. Of course you'll also get preferred retailer status when you're ready to re-stock this 1st edition! (All sponsor/ad placements pre-screened for “appropriateness”).

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    Print & Digital Sponsor Listing! Reach heaps of peeps with sponsor ad placements on SurfPoetry.com & WhereAlbatrossSoar.com, PLUS you’ll be listed as an elite sponsor in the “special thanks” section of this 1st edition! You’ll also get 10 copies of the book for resale etc. (All sponsor/ad placements pre-screened for “appropriateness”).

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    Surf’s Up! Time to place your order for a super collectable, extra exclusive, custom Ride Anything surfboard - limited Albatross edition (up to 7’0”), hand shaped by me, with a full length Where Albatross Soar decal fiberglassed into one side of the board (design TBD). Plus 3 signed copies of the book. [Shipped in continental US only. International, email first to verify additional shipping cost.]

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    Dedication - Congratulations! In addition to having a huge impact on the success of this project, you just dedicated each and every pre-ordered copy of Where Albatross Soar, to the special person(s) of your choosing. I’ll personally work with you to compose the perfect dedication, which will appear in the front of the book. You’ll also get 5 copies of Where Albatross Soar, signed with a special thank you.

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