What happens now?
Because we've reached the minimum funding goal, it means everyone is guaranteed their exclusive rewards and first edition copies of the book!
Wow! But let's keep going, because the more people who join the mission, pledge for exclusive rewards and pre-order the book, the more kids this book will reach.
With extra funds, I will be able to provide in-person readings of the book, along with an appearance of a life-size "Grace" mascot character (trust me, this will get the kids extra excited!), as well as donate copies of the book to preschools, kindergartens, elementary schools and libraries in underprivileged neighborhoods, starting in my own city of Los Angeles and possibly travelling elsewhere (US tour... international tour?!) depending on how much this campaign can raise.
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I have no idea when I'll be able to afford another round at the printers after this, so let's make this campaign count and get the book into the hands of as many little girls (and boys!) as we can! You have 'til November 13th!
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Pink is for girls, blue is for boys... girls like princesses, boys like super-heros... girls should be "lady-like", boys don't cry... the gender stereotypes go on and on.
I created 'Grace from Outer Space' to defy gender stereotypes; to not only get young girls interested in science, but to also show young boys that smart, adventurous girls are awesome, and that girls are allowed to be excited about space, too. Bridging the gender gap in children's content is vitally important to our future.
I also believe if girls have a female role model like 'Grace', despite her fictionality, she will inspire them to embrace science early on in their lives. Hopefully, by planting the seed while they're young, they will continue to want to learn more in the S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields as they grow-up.
If you want to help fill the giant black hole in children's literature/media/merchandise, and give girls an awesome, space-y, science-y character, the type usually reserved just for boys, please support this project.
Check out the interview with astronomy grad student, Lauren Brewer, about her thoughts on the issue and what got her thinking about a career in space science:
- The completed story.
- The illustrator.
- Sketches and initial concept drawings by the illustrator.
- Your support (we hope)!
- Funds to pay the illustrator to do his work on the book.
- Funds to pay for a first run of 1,000 hard-cover printed books.
- Your support (definitely)!
You can join the mission to bring 'Grace from Outer Space' to the kids of planet Earth by becoming an official 'Grace-cateer' crew member. There are many ways you can do this:
- Select your Mission Rank from the pledge column on the right. Each rank receives it's own set of rewards, such as a first edition hard cover of the book signed by the author, or getting to vote on certain aspects of the illustrations.
- Show everyone you support this project by snagging the official Mission Badge and making it your Twitter and/or Facebook default photo. Be sure to include the link to this Kickstarter page so all your friends know how they can join the crew, too.
- Tell everyone you know about how important and awesome this mission is. Share the link to this page on Facebook and Twitter -- it's fast and easy. Want to write a post for your blog or send out an email blast to your people? That would be amazing! I'm happy to answer any questions and do interviews, too, if it will help you help me get the word out.
- Like the official Grace from Outer Space Facebook page and follow GfOS on Twitter.
This is where things could get very exciting!
First of all, I already have two additional books written about 'Grace' and her journeys exploring the universe: 'Grace and the Great Comet Race' and 'Grace and the Goldilocks Zone'. These books are adventurous narratives and will feature lots of cool technology, her space school, friends and sidekicks (including male counterpart 'Chase') and more science, of course.
As well as this being a series of books, I'd love to be able to create an interactive app, where kids would able to engage with the pictures from the book to learn even more about the concepts we explore in the story.
There could also be music! I think writing and recording an original collection of space-science songs, to be sung by 'Grace' and friends, would be super stellar. Here's an acoustic demo of the theme song I wrote:
And what if we could build up enough support to turn 'GfOS' into an animated show?! Imagine the hundreds of thousands, if not millions of kids we could reach through an entertaining, educational show. Picture it: 'Star Trek' meets 'Dora the Explorer'!
But we cannot get there without YOU!
Start small, but dream big, as they say... and I sure hope you will help us make this small goal a reality.
I mean, you've already made it to the bottom of the page, and that's amazing in and of itself. Next, won't you come aboard as an official 'Grace-cateer' and join our crew?
Together, by making this book happen, we can reach many young girls and inspire them to reach for the stars. And who knows? Maybe, in doing so, we'll have played some part in launching the career of the next great astrophysicist, inventor, or engineer who might just change our world for the better... and wouldn't that be wonderful.
Jenna Bryson (author/creator 'Grace from Outer Space')
Mike Davis, based in East Lansing, Michigan, is the illustrator. Mike provides website, logo, and many other types of creative design. Mike has said that he is particularly excited about working on 'GfOS' because he has three daughters of his own and wants to be able to give them a female literary heroine who will show them that it's okay to be a girl and be smart and like science. Mike can be found via his official website, www.mdavisdesign.com, as well as where I originally discovered his vibrant, beautiful, kid-friendly artwork, at dribbble.com/senordavis.
And me, Jenna B., I'm the author/creator of 'Grace from Outer Space'. I've been an actor and singer/songwriter for many years now, but making a living as an artist can be tough. Utilizing my background in theatre and music, I pay the bills by entertaining children, and have been doing so for more than a decade. My experience as a children's entertainer has given me a deep understanding of what kids enjoy, what they find funny and interesting, as well as what's missing from the world of children's content. Realizing there were far too many princesses, fairies, and Barbies, but ZERO female astronomy-oriented characters, I came up with the idea of 'GfOS' in 2012 and immediately wrote this first story in what I intend to be a series. I hope to build a grassroots following for 'Grace', eventually allowing me to expand and create multi-media content such as an interactive iPad app, original music, a live show, an animated series and more. My goal, simply put, is to reach as many girls (and boys, too) as possible. Via 'Grace', I hope to help bridge the gender gap in S.T.E.M, and to spark girls' interest in the subject matter at a young age, thereby laying a foundation of respect and love for science that will continue throughout their lives.
And finally, a little shout-out to the moms and dads who lent their kids to the interviews and clips for this Kickstarter mission. Check out the full segments with these awesome kiddos on the 'GfOS' YouTube channel.
That's it. Ready to pledge? Scroll up & choose your Mission Rank!
Risks and challenges
The only risks and challenges I can think of would be the timeline for production. Once funded, Mike Davis, the illustrator, will need about 2 months to create the graphics for the entire book. The printing of the books will take another month or two. There could be delays, of course, but that comes with the territory of any independent creative endeavor. This is a simple enough plan, however, that there shouldn't be anything that the team and I aren't able to handle.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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