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Spike tries glue to fix the ball.
Spike tries glue to fix the ball.

What's the Story About?

When Ducky’s new ball bounces off the door of an underground home, she suddenly has a new friend to play with. But Spike’s spines pop Ducky’s new ball. The two friends try everything to fix it. Spike uses glue. Ducky tries tying the ball together. Nothing works until Ducky’s creative thinking, and Spike’s “spikes”, save the day.

What Inspired you to create the story?

The story of Ducky and Spike grew out of my love for story and a passion for making stuff. I've been a sewing pattern designer for over ten years and a craft enthusiast all my life. Some of my earliest memories are of cutting out construction paper worlds for the characters in my head to live in.  I used to make up stories about them but I was never brave enough to share my stories until I had my own children.

Have you ever done this before? What makes you qualified to write a children's book?

I have four kids myself, am a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and I hold a Bachelors of Fine Art in creative writing. My first stories, To Find A Wonder, Hapenny Magick and Tangled Magick,  were novel length and published traditionally.But I've always wanted to illustrate my own stories and I finally have gotten to the point where I could make nice dolls the right size to create scenery for without having a airplane sized-warehouse.

The creator working on the scenery.
The creator working on the scenery.

All the scenery and nearly every prop for Ducky's New Ball was made by hand. The photographs were taken by a professional photographer after I spent months working out the best poses to tell the story I wanted to tell.

For your pledge you can receive amazing items including: hand written thank you notes, pins, stickers, a dedication to you or a loved one in the book, a Skype visit to your home to meet and read the book with your children or grandchildren, limited edition prints and winter-themed cards, original art, and of course, the book!  You can even choose to donate a book to a child or library of your choice or for an extra special donation I've teamed up with a family friend to provide books to children in the Kurn Hattin Home  in Vermont.

The cover of the book.
The cover of the book.

How Will I allocate the pledge money?

Most of the pledge money will go to pay for the printing of the book. I have a quote from the printer of just over $3300.00, which includes the shipping. The remainder of the funds will help me pay for the rewards and shipping the rewards. 10% of the Pledge money will be spent in fees for the Kickstarter platform.

Spike's House
Spike's House

 

Risks and challenges

The professional photographs for the book have already been completed. However, I am at the mercy of the printer's timeline. I have already laid the book out and the file is ready to go to the printer. I believe I have given enough time for the printing to be done and the books to be shipped in order for me to meet my February deadline to have the books to you. This timeline is the only thing that may shift. All other rewards will be designed and ready to order as soon as the campaign is fully funded.

If you make a pledge that includes a handmade Ducky or Spike doll the doll will not look EXACTLY like the characters. Each doll is made one at a time and will have it's own uniqueness. This makes each doll even more special! No two Duckies will be wearing the same dress.

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    Every little bit counts!

    I will send you a handwritten thank you postcard featuring Ducky or Spike in gratitude for your pledge.

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    I Love Ducky & Spike Fan Club

    I will send you a handwritten thank you postcard and a 1" Ducky or Spike pin as a thank you for your pledge.

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    Ducky & Spike Sewing Club

    Love to sew? Want a limited release sewing pattern for Spike? In thankfulness for your $15.00 pledge I will e-mail you the PDF of both sewing patterns of Ducky and Spike. The Spike sewing pattern will not be sold to the public. This Kickstarter is the only way you can get it! In addition to the sewing patterns, I will send you an autographed thank you postcard.

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    Book me!

    You will receive one signed hardbound copy of Ducky's New Ball in gratitude for your pledge!

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    Book and PIN me!

    To thank you for your pledge I will send you one signed hardbound copy of Ducky's New Ball, a bookmark and a pin. You'll get your choice of Ducky or Spike!

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    True Believer in Friendship

    For being a true believer in friendship I will send you a signed, hardbound copy of Ducky's New Ball, a limited print run 5x7 of a photo of Ducky and Spike that is not in the book, and a set of pins.

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    Share the Love

    Share the love of Ducky & Spike with a book donated to Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster, VT. This book will be donated to a child with a bookplate that says it was donated in your name. We have a family friend who volunteers his time with these wonderful children and will hand the books out. You will also receive one signed, hardbound book, limited print run 5x7 of a photo of Ducky and Spike that is not in the book, and a bookmark.

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    Double the Love

    Double the love of Ducky & Spike with a copy of the book to donate to a child or library of your choice. This book will come with a blank bookplate for you to add your personal message. In addition you'll receive your own signed, hardbound copy of the book, a limited print run 5x7 photo of Ducky and Spike that is not in the book, and a bookmark.

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    Gold Rewards

    I'm so thankful for your pledge that I will dedicate the book to you or someone of your choice on the dedication page. At this level you will also receive two copies of the hard-bound book, two bookmarks, and an I love Ducky & Spike sticker to put on your computer, car bumper, notebook, or where ever else you can imagine!

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    Things are getting a little Duckier!

    Thank you, thank, you, thank you! For your pledge I will Skype into your home for a visit with your children and read the story with them. I will also send you four signed, hardbound books and four bookmarks.

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    Happy Holidays with Ducky & Spike!

    To thank you for your pledge of $500.00 I will send your family a very limited edition winter themed card featuring Ducky & Spike, five signed copies of the book, five bookmarks, and a handmade by me Ducky or Spike Doll (your choice!)

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    The Ultimate Ducky and Spike Fan

    In gratitude for your pledge of $1000.00, I will create an original piece of art featuring a custom doll made to look like your pet or favorite animal. The 3-d art will be installed in a 16" x 20" shadowbox and be accompanied by five signed copies of the book, five bookmarks, a limited edition 5"x7" print, a very limited edition winter themed card featuring Ducky and Spike, and five I love Ducky & Spike stickers to put on your computer, car bumper, notebook, or where ever else you can imagine!

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