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LITTLE STEPS written & illustrated by Ryan Hipp "Thru the short life-cycle of a caterpillar, we learn life is difficult, yet precious".
LITTLE STEPS written & illustrated by Ryan Hipp "Thru the short life-cycle of a caterpillar, we learn life is difficult, yet precious".
113 backers pledged $4,819 to help bring this project to life.

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: If the goal is met by DOUBLE, every school in the USA will have access to one (1) eBook version of LITTLE STEPS!* If the goal is met by TRIPLE, every backer will be awarded the opportunity to gift one (1) printed hardcopy of LITTLE STEPS to any school of their choice!** This is my way of giving back!

(Note: I will have a form on my website to make the requests.)

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My name is Ryan Hipp. I am a published author-illustrator of books for kids, and recipient of the Gwen Frostic Award for inspiring literacy in kids. This book is a side project that I want to produce myself and it has a special place in my heart.

LITTLE STEPS is a 40 page full-color picture book written & illustrated by Ryan Hipp - a tale of a little caterpillar who has struggle after struggle its entire life. The lesson I hope to convey is that life is short - even more so for an insect - and each day is precious...and although many struggles and hardships you will face, you get through it by taking little steps.

A few years ago, my life came to an impasse. Life changed abruptly and harshly for me with little warning; and it was the first time in my life that I felt a complete apathy to even keep moving on - I had no idea what to do. All my plans and hopes and dreams disappeared almost overnight - and then the hits kept coming. It took quite a bit of effort to recover, but I just took things one day at a time, and eventually, life went on, I picked up the pieces - and I became a better person because of it. I started appreciating every moment of life's gift, and learned not to waste a single day. It was then that I wanted to tell my story in a way that was universally applicable to anyone - especially kids...and the story wrote itself after that. Sometimes life is REALLY HARD. And bad things happen. Its a lesson that we all sometimes need a reminder that things are going to be okay.

So I am asking for your help - I can't do it without you! I currently give presentations to about 60 schools and libraries a year throughout Michigan. Although I am currently professionally published, it does not make it any easier to get published a third or fourth time. And over the years of giving presentations, I have learned that my fans just want to see more books. It is for that reason that I want to take ownership of my own career. Your pledge helps me to raise capital to produce this book outside the gatekeepers of the commercial publishing world. My long-term plans are to do self-owned, personal projects between my commercial projects. This helps me squeeze in a new book into my catalog on my own terms, and allows me to create a book without restraints about topics that are important to me. With each pledge, I come closer to producing the book. And once the book is created, I can use the book as a tool to better advocate positive messages to students during my school visits and beyond. In a way, pledging to the making of this book is like planting a seed that will grow into a larger potential for that purpose.

$4,000 is my goal. This will only be enough to pay for a portion of the production, so even if we reach the goal, please keep the pledges coming! Any pledges above-and-beyond the goal will go to paying the full-cost of production, to increase the print run, do marketing, and maybe even to add bells & whistles to make the book printing even more special!

Every pledge counts! Since the Kickstarter policy is "all-or-nothing", if I do not reach my goal, no money exchanges hands. If I don't make my goal, nobody earns any of the incentives, (view to the right, and read more below). We are all in it together! So help me reach the goal to make the project a reality ad receive some awesome rewards!

I am offering great incentives for your pledges! Especially for schools! Check out all the pledge levels, (to the right), to see all the gifts I am offering for pledges! Note: A pledge to this project is not an automatic payment for the book, unless noted in the pledge gift details.

THANK YOU
Please share this with everyone you know! Word-of-mouth goes a long way and every pledge really does help! Please contribute in any way you can!

Thanks so much for your efforts in helping bring LITTLE STEPS into the world!

Ryan

Risks and challenges

There will be very minimal risks and challenges. The book creative-side is completed and ready to be printed. I have 9 years experience in the field of professional children's publishing, and all the arrangements are in place for actual production - other than complete funds. The one risk is that my goal is less than the cost of production, which is why it is even more crucial to continue to exceed the goal. However, if only the minimum is met, I have financing in place to cover the remainder.

There may be unexpected delays or hurdles, but nothing that will prevent production from completing if this Kickstarter is a success.

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    SMALL ART PRINT - archival artwork print of a page from LITTLE STEPS. Autographed. This will be reserved for all that pledge this amount.

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    DIGITAL COPY - for those that want to support the project but are more frugal, I will provide the book as a downloadable ebook perfect for tablets or readers. This will be available at the same time as the actual book release for all that pledge this amount.

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    GET THE BOOK - An autographed edition of LITTLE STEPS will be reserved for all that pledge this amount. By being an early supporter, you will get the book for a very special price and shipped to your residence!

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    DELUXE BOOK - your copy of LITTLE STEPS adorned with an original color sketch inside. Shipped to your residence.

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    DELUXE BOOK & ART PRINT COMBO - an autographed edition of LITTLE STEPS as well as an archival matted print of a scene from the book. Delivered to your residence.

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    SPECIAL RECOGNITION - your name in print! a signed / personalized copy of the book, (upon arrival) sent to your residence, as well as your name listed thanking you as a special benefactor on the book's recognition page.

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    ORIGINAL ARTWORK - (an original draft piece from the production of the book): This will be limited to the first ten (10) people that pledge this amount, as well as a signed / personalized copy of the book, (upon arrival).

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    CUSTOM ILLUSTRATION - (an original custom full-color illustration of any subject of your choosing): This will be reserved for all that pledge this amount.

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    CLASSROOM / GIFT SET - get a great price on five (5) copies of LITTLE STEPS. Perfect for classroom sets or for gifts for loved-ones. Personalized and delivered to your residence.

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    GET IN THE BOOK - a character in your likeness or description or anything you want will be in the book's "thank you page" illustration! What a great way to influence the permanent legacy of the book! This will be limited to the first eight (8) people that pledge this amount. You will also receive the original illustration, and a signed / personalized copy of the book, (upon arrival).

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    YOUR QUOTE - on the back cover! Limited to three (3) backers, with this pledge amount, you can read an advance copy of the book, and say a nice review quote that will be quoted in print on the back cover of the book with your name!

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    MEET & GREET DINNER - (a special limited "thank you" dinner for you and one guest at the author's residence, and a tour of Ryan's studio). A never-before-seen glimpse into the making of the book, a DELUXE edition of the book for both you and your guest, and a special, secret surprise handmade gift. Note: Must arrange your own travel to Grand Rapids, MI.

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    SCHOOL VISIT - (Ryan will come to your school to give a presentation on the making of the book!): Michigan lower peninsula only. This VERY SPECIAL RATE will be limited to the first ten (10) people who pledge this amount. Ten (10) complimentary copies of the book will be given to the school.

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    YOUR SCHOOL IN THE BOOK & SCHOOL VISIT - (Get your school featured in the book with the school's name and likeness as an illustration): This is a very special reward limited to the first person that pledges this amount, and ten (10) complimentary copies of the book will be given to the school. Ryan will also come to the school that pledges the "school in the book" package to give a very special "thank you" presentation, as well as presenting the school with the framed original painting of their school! *Limited to Michigan lower peninsula schools only.

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