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A sequel with a strong woman at the wheel, an immigrant family out at sea, and more wild sailor stories!!
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Sequel!!!

Our first book, "The Greatest Captain in the World" had been a vision of ours for sometime and to see it come to life after our Kickstarter campaign was a real dream come true!  But, (not to sound like a stereotypical sailors or anything) there were still other stories to tell!  We have worked with several tallship captains over the years who were women, and we felt it was important to honor them and other female leaders by having a woman as the captain in the sequel.  That meant, of course, that the only title could be "The Greatest Captain in the World Too."  From the very beginning we pictured the two books side by side and the two captain's eyeing each other (Perhaps there's a story there too?)  

Our old team is back for the sequel so it should be as good or even better than the original.  We have (from left to right) Johann Steinke (a tallship captain who loves stories and rhyme),  Joel Ruud (an amazingly gifted story teller), Megan Allison Steinke (video wizard and new mother!), and Andy Catling (the professional illustrator from England)

The Greatest Captain in the World Too is going to begin with an immigrant family out at sea in a storm.  The sailors are telling the family stories about how great their captain is, in order to ease their worries.  There will be different scenery, colors, weather, stories, sailor activities, etc.  And yet, because it has the same team at work on the book, it will have a very similar look and feel to the original as well.

Special Features

Just like the original book, the new book will feature:

Beautiful Illustrations

Example from the original book
Example from the original book

Glossary of Sailing Terms

Example from the original book
Example from the original book

And the crew dealing with everyday problems and situations that anyone could relate with:

Example from the original book
Example from the original book

ADD $15 TO YOUR PLEDGE AND GET THE ORIGINAL "THE GREATEST CAPTAIN IN THE WORLD" BOOK

If you never got a copy of our original book "The Greatest Captain in the World", you can add a signed copy to your pledge for only $15 more.  Increase your pledge by $15 and we will know to add one copy of the original book to your order.

The Original Book
The Original Book

What will my support go towards?

The funds we are raising are to pay Andy for his professional work, as well as to pay for the printing and shipping of the first 2,000 copies of the sequel.

Illustrating of the Book:  $7,000

Layout of the Book: $650

Cost of Printing and Shipping 2,000 Books:  $7,850

GRAND TOTAL:  $15,500

A lot of people ask, if your first book was successful then why do you need to raise funds with a Kickstarter?  Well, the success of the first book will go to paying for the printing and shipping of the next batch of that original book, which we are close to being out of.  Mostly though, a Kickstarter Campaign is a great way to give our supporters something special, before anyone else will be able to receive it.  Also, a Kickstarter Campaign helps get the word out about the book to others who might not otherwise hear about it.  Lastly, if our campaign proves to be very successful and we meet our stretch goal, then it means we will be able to give away hundreds of books to young children and students who might not have the chance to receive such a book otherwise.

Stretch Goal

Our stretch goal is $22,500 to enable the printing of 5000 books (many of which will be given away to children and students in need). We actually printed 5000 of the original book and have gone through almost all of them!!

Risks and challenges

As mentioned before, Andy is on board for illustrating the book again and has offered us his time later in the summer to start and complete it. Johann will be captaining the tallship the AJ Meerwald, but he has a solid crew and the boat is in great shape, and so he will be able to make the time after hours and on his days off to work on the book's layout and find historical prints, pictures and paintings for Andy to use as a guide in his illustrations, which will give the book a much more historical and realistic feel. We will be shooting for a book release by November, but there might be delays. Still, we have all done a book together before, and this time around there have already been fewer delays and everything is going much faster than before. So we imagine that we will be able to make the November deadline, or be very close to it.

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    CAPTAIN

    TEN signed hardcover books (give them to your friends... or horde them; you decide!) and also stickers and the bumper sticker!!
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    ADIMIRAL

    TEN signed hardcover books (give them to your friends... or horde them; you decide!) and also stickers and the bumper sticker!!
    Plus... 10 Greatest Captain in the World Too
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    And... 5 Places aboard the Kickstarter Reward Sail! (Limited number of spaces available)
    Wait for it... a personalized STORY created just for you, with a theme of your choosing!!!!

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    ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET!!!

    A pledge of $1,000 or more will get you all of the rewards of the ADMIRAL tier, and 10 places aboard the Kickstarter Reward Sail! (Limited number of spaces available)
    PLUS... you will get the name of you, your organization, or whomever you like, CREDITED IN THE BOOK for all to see!!

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