*Swoosh! I am pleased to say, this book has reached its first goal and is going to be made!*
Thanks to everyone who has backed this project on my very first day...this could not be possible without your support!
Stretch Goal 1 - $5,000 - Already funded! - Every book gets a dust jacket cover - it protects the book and has some fun extra content.
Stretch Goal 2 - $6,000 - Already funded! - Every book will have a special navy linen casebinding with the title printed in silver foiling under the dust jacket - a collectible!
Thank you for your early support - now I’m working to come up with something even more special for the backers!
Hi, I'm Erin. Journey to the End of the Night is my debut picture book as an author illustrator. Come journey away with me!
Your pledge will help get this fully illustrated picture book printed into a hardcover edition for children of all ages including you...the young at heart! It will also allow me to share some of my paintings as art prints for people to enjoy in their homes. I'd encourage you to buy additional copies to gift as I'm hoping to have these printed in time for the holidays!
Journey to the End of the Night is a story about a daring kid sister and her older brother who swoosh off on an extraordinary journey whizzing through magical worlds of discovery. This is the last story to read before bedtime.
- Hardcover picture book
- Measures 8.5" x 11"
- 36 fully illustrated pages. Original artworks were done with watercolor and gouache.
- Age range: 0-7, and the young at heart
I've included some hidden elements for kids to enjoy like a polar bear and an upside down tricycle. They'll discover monuments like the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China and will learn about Egyptian Gods, the Northern Lights and more! These treasures will keep kids coming back to this book to see what other gems they may unearth.
There is something fun for everyone at whatever level of contribution is right for you. It’s my hope that all of these will be shipped to you in time for holiday gifting...fingers crossed! Global Supporters - please note, international shipping will take more time.
Enjoy the Exclusives, Stretch goals and a little something for the Early Bird Backers, too!
- Free Perk - Every book comes with a digital e-book.
- Early Bird Reward - 2 signed books at a big discount *LIMITED* (one for you / one for gifting!)
Exclusive Art Prints are only available through this Kickstarter campaign!
- Professionally printed inkjet prints on ultra smooth natural white fine art paper 250gsm.
- 11 x 17" with 1" white border all around (paper size: 13 x 19")
- Each print is hand signed and numbered by the artist.
- Backers will be contacted if the funding goal is met and given a choice of these below art prints:
For larger images of these prints take a look at this folder of images on Google Drive.
Custom Painting -
Original commissioned artwork only available through this Kickstarter! For those interested in having an artwork customized for you or your family, I've provided details in FAQs (4.) below.
Stretch Goals -
- $5,000 - Already funded! an added dust jacket for each hardcover book
- $6,000 - Already funded! an added navy linen hardcover with silver foil stamped title and dust jacket
I'm a fine artist and curator who has been a fashion designer for 15 years and a mom of 3 years. I co-founded Fiercely Curious an online art collective with private, corporate and international clients. As a Fashion Designer, I worked in Italy, France and NYC. You'll likely find me chasing my daughter Roxy around the playground. From her, I honed my skills in love, patience and sleep deprivation. I love continuing my education with creative classes from Skillshare and I am a member of SCBWI. Find more of my work here on Instagram.
Your pledge will not only help bring Journey to the End of the Night to life, but will also help me continue to make art and spark joy for people of all ages.
If you'd simply like to contribute to my efforts without receiving physical items, you can do that too! You can pledge any amount. Anything and everything is appreciated.
Plus, sharing this with your friends and family, in person or on social media, really does help so thank you!
1. Is this book for kids or adults?
Both! This book was designed with young children in mind who can find magic in the scenes, older kids who can read the words and adults who may find something more within the story. Roxy loves the poetic aspect so she can help finish each line! For illustration fans, you will find this to be an artbook with full color sweeping illustrations. And doesn't everyone need a good dose of imagination in their life?
2. What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is a platform that allows people like you to contribute to creative projects to bring them to life. You're helping to fund the production of the project, that's why there is the wait time between the pledge and fulfillment. Once the campaign is launched, the goal amount or end date cannot be changed.
An important aspect of Kickstarter is that it is "all or nothing." Your pledge only goes through if the campaign hits its goals, so it helps everyone to spread the word!
You back a project by selecting a pledge tier in the section to the right (on desktop). Your funds will be collected only if the target goal is reached and I proceed with printing the hardcover book and art prints.
3. When will I receive my items?
Getting a hardcover book printed is a long process so I thank you in advance for your understanding. It is my goal to have them ready by early December to ship them to you in time for the holidays (this is why I’m launching this Kickstarter mid-summer!). E-book and prints will be fulfilled before then. We'll do everything we can to get you these books for Christmas and they are coming from overseas so if it looks like that's not going to happen we'll let you know! Note for Global Supporters - international shipping will take more time.
4. How does the custom painting tier work?
Custom paintings will begin with an initial conversation and I’ll ask for some photographs from the purchaser. I will create a watercolor and gouache painting like those found in the book which will reflect your own story or your children or family members in a magical scene that recalls a place of importance to you.
Custom work delivery will be handled on case-by-case basis. I will reach out to you after the campaign ends to coordinate all details with you. I will do my best to meet your needed timing, but please note, only a few can be finished by Christmas, first pledged first served. Also, I will ship each portion out separately.
5. How do the stretch goals work?
Stretch goals are items that get unlocked as we hit certain amounts. They enhance your existing pledge at no cost to you! So your pledge has a chance to get better as the campaign grows and more people join in.
For example, if you purchase a hardcover picture book, for no additional money you'll also get the added dust jacket and perhaps even a fancy navy linen hardcover with the title in silver foil stamping under a dust jacket. Collector style...and even more hidden gems for you!
Stretch goals are a fun way to keep Kickstarters exciting for everyone. This can happen because the more people that are backing it, the more I’m able to print at a reasonable cost. So thank you for joining in, everyone is glad you're here!
6. Can I order extras of items?
There are tiers for 1, 2 or 5 books which should work for most people.
For custom book orders: simply back the Explorer tier for one book and adjust the pledge amount to be a multiple of $25 (ie: pledging $75, you will receive 3 books).
For custom art prints: simply back the Voyager tier and add a multiple of $50 for each additional print (ie: pledge $125 - you will receive one book and two prints, $175 - you will receive one book and 3 prints).
For questions about custom numbers of books or art prints, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Who’s making this book? What will the quality be?
I’m using PrintNinja for the book who specializes in printing Kickstarter-funded projects and have produced some beautiful books. I already have quotes locked in, designs ready and paper/book qualities selected with them and I’m confident they'll print these books to my high standards.
7. International shipping - is it really that much and what's my expected timing?
I'm sorry to say, but yes, an 8.5 x 11" hardcover picture book is weighty and international shipping is expensive. I promise I am making NO money on shipping and packaging, in fact I end up covering a portion of the costs. I truly appreciate you international supporters and getting the item to you is so important to me! Please note international delivery will likely not arrive in time for Christmas. In fact, international shipping may vary a lot. I will aim to ship your books at the same time as the US orders but they will take longer to arrive.
9. How else can I help you?
Thanks for wanting to help! Besides pledging, the best thing you can do is to share this with friends, family and followers who you think might enjoy it. Genuine word of mouth is still the best way for this project to reach the people who will enjoy it.
Feel free to share my Kickstarter link with anyone who many be interested and share away on social media as well!
Risks and challenges
(This is a section required by Kickstarter.)
1. Risk: This is my first Kickstarter. However, I've spent countless hours preparing for this campaign - finding the right printer, locking in quotes, figuring out shipping and packaging costs, studying other successful campaigns, shooting video and photography content to share the process with you.
I want to make this as successful a project for me so that I’m proud you have some of my work in your life, so it’s got to be right. There may be unforeseen things that come up, but you can bet I have prepared as much as I can. I don’t want to let supporters down.
2. Risk: This is my first time printing a hardcover picture book. However, I've done my research on printers - got samples from multiple printers, made spreadsheets on costs, sorted through paper, print and binding options. Ultimately, I found a printer with a great reputation and am psyched about their quality and service.
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