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Join Heartspark Press on an adventure of the heart and beyond in 99% Chance of Magic, the world's first literary collection for transgender children written & illustrated by trans women and (C)AMAB non-binary creatives. These magical stories showcase the best creatives of our day, including Misha Lynn Moon, Duna Haller, Clara Meijas, A.K. Blue, Wriply Bennet, Sybil Lamb, and many more!

Artwork by Clara Mejías
Artwork by Clara Mejías

THE PROBLEM

Growing up is hard, but especially when you are different. Even though people are more accepting of gender nonconforming children, our trans youth still face an impossible amount of pressure to hide who they truly are. Heartspark Press aims to change that. This anthology is our bird song welcoming trans youth into a world where they are accepted and loved for exactly who they are. And all we need is YOU to make it a reality.  

Artwork by Wriply M. Bennet
Artwork by Wriply M. Bennet

OUR SOLUTION

99% Chance of Magic is an illustrated chapter book that is approximately 180 pages long and consists of nine short stories. It’s also nearly complete! No waiting a year or more; we will be able to ship in May 2019! 

Our stories come from a variety of worlds, but one goal connects them all: to cast a protection spell of hope and strength for trans kids everywhere.  Our anthology will feature the following stories:  

A Shapeshifting Spell — written by Misha Lynn Moon & illustrated by Angel Sera — A powerful invocation spell for all gender non-conforming humans about making the world see you in the real way.

99% Chance of Magic — written by Alys S. Brooks & illustrated by Jeanelle Tabaranza — A coming out story about a trans girl named Em who has decided to tell her family a very big secret. (Hint: She's a witch!)

Valara and the Magic Eater — written by A.K. Blue & illustrated by Caterina Gerbasi — In a society where everything depends on the magic of girls like us, magical girl Valara learns how to embrace the sacred gift that all gender non-conforming humans have inside them.

Can't Stop the Princess — written & illustrated by Anya L. Archer — Princess Julietta keeps getting sent on dangerous missions because her father, the King, refuses to acknowledge her gender identity. So he gives her one truly impossible task: to slay a dragon! Thankfully, Julietta has other plans. This is a humorous tale that will leave you smiling by the end.

My Story, Wolf — written by Abbey Darling & illustrated by Sybil Lamb — A hilarious retelling of Little Red Riding Hood that centers the Big Bad Wolf as a trans woman blowing down the sticks and bricks that hold her back. Wolf unapologetically mocks contemporary oppressors to teach an important lesson for children and adults alike.

Night Light — written by Duna Haller & illustrated by Clara Mejías — Five deeply connected girls find each other and their gifts while resisting against those who want to keep them apart. Together, they create a new world where they are safe and free. Night Light is the first children’s story that we know of that explores dissociative identity disorder (DID) in an empowering way.

From a Seed Grew a Girl — written by Michelle Gannon & illustrated by Anya L. Archer —  A plant girl, growing tired of living alone underground, climbs to the world above and discovers the beauty and horrors of a strange planet called Earth.

The Sisters from the Stars — written by Amy Heart & illustrated by Wriply M. Bennet — Hailey loves being a girl from the stars, but wishes she knew another eleven-year-old like her. She discovers Violet, a maybe-weirdo who draws magical dragons on her own arms and colors her hair like a mint milkshake. But before they can talk, Hailey has to find her words, fight bullies, and transform into a giant woman. Through the power of out-of-this-world friendship, Violet and Hailey share the wonder of being their very own weirdos, together.

The Unicorn of the Sea and Me — written by Jun Almar’a & illustrator TBA — In a world where everyone lives completely inside their own box, a beautiful friendship develops between two weirdos searching for family. Unicorn is about friendship beyond labels and words, but not beyond love.  

Artwork by Caterina Gerbasi
Artwork by Caterina Gerbasi

THE BUDGET

Our budget is pretty simple: to have enough money to ship a whole lot of books (600 paperbacks, 200 hardbacks) and pay our (C)AMAB trans artists a fair wage. Our international group of creatives come from heavily marginalized communities who are barely surviving in the death throes of late stage capitalism. Thankfully, Heartspark Press received a small grant in 2018 for the Trans Justice Funding Project that funded almost all of our writers. However, we’ve got illustrators to pay and books to print. By backing our project, you can help us create a new genre of transgender literature that will save lives and open hearts. 

Here’s the breakdown of our costs:

$4,500 — Nine Illustrator Honorariums

$600 — Two Author Honorariums

$3,000 — Cost of printing 800 books and Kickstarter rewards

$2,500 — Shipping & Handling Expenses

$1,000 — Kickstarter fee

$225 — A Small Wiggle Room, just in case

TOTAL: $11,825

99% Chance of Magic is the first book of its kind, and we certainly don't want it to be the last. That’s where you come in.

Artwork by Jeanelle Tabaranza
Artwork by Jeanelle Tabaranza

STRETCH GOALS

$20,000 — We didn't just make one book over the past year, we made two! You can pay all the artists and writers in 99% Chance of Magic, Vol. 2! Featuring new stories and artwork by Vivien Al-Miqdam, Xemiyulu Manibusan Tapepechul, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Amy Heart, Abbey Darling and many more!

We already have all these amazing writers and artists working with us! If we reach our goal, everyone who donates $10+ gets a free paperback of 99% Chance of Magic, Vol. 2 when it gets released!!

JUST A REMINDER

When you support Heartspark Press, you are standing up for the voices of all transgender girls, women, and (C)AMAB non-binary folks across the entire planet. You are screaming that our voices are important and that our lives are worth fighting for. This is your rare opportunity to help us make this world safer for everyone struggling to get free from the gender binary.

Risks and challenges

After successfully funding our first Kickstarter, executive director Amy Heart learned that anything unexpected can and will happen on the way to production, especially when the team is smaller than the job requires. This time around, we've put together a solid group of friends to guide our anthology into your hands. We've also already taken a number of precautions to ensure that we meet all deadlines and make the process of shipping much, much simpler. In short, we feel good about doing this again and excited to reshape the future of our trans youth with you.

If you have any questions or concerns, drop us an email anytime at hello@heartsparkpress.org.

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