About this project
Hello, my name is Justin and I've co-created eight successful Kickstarter campaigns in the last four years. While I'm mostly known for comic books and graphic novels, this is my first children's book and my first solo Kickstarter.
THE ADVENTURES OF PENELOPE HAWK is a FANTASY FICTION NOVEL that takes the reader on a journey through the fantastical world of Marazia, the place all children go each night to dream.
The book is written. I'm in the process of doing the final edits and formatting both the digital and print files.
The 5.5 X 8.5" 300-page novel features a strong 11-year-old female protagonist and is a book BOYS, GIRLS, and GROWNUPS can enjoy.
The story contains explosive action; fantastic locations governed only by imagination, strange and beautiful creatures, Warrior Princesses, scary monsters, a magician specializing in horticulture and so much more. The characters are lively, funny, sweet, sour, and the villains are, well, villainous.
THE ADVENTURES OF PENELOPE HAWK is also a story about the importance of family, community, honor, respect, leadership, loyalty and perseverance when faced with challenges. Penelope begins her journey as an outsider and is somewhat isolated for being different, but as her journey progresses, she discovers that our differences are just as important as our similarities.
Here is the back cover blurb:
THE ADVENTURES OF PENELOPE HAWK will take readers on a journey through the fantastical world of Marazia, the place all children go each night to dream.
Penelope lives in Reedville, New Mexico; a place once voted the most boring town in America, but when Lord Tasm, King of Nightmares kidnaps her mom and puts the entire town under a spell, Penelope discovers that she’s the only person who can save them.
So Penelope embarks on an epic and action-packed adventure, joining forces with a dragon, a robot, a magician and seven Warrior Princesses to stop the Nightmare King and his army of monsters.
The cover illustration for THE ADVENTURES OF PENELOPE HAWK is the work of talented artist, MAIKE PLENZKE. I discovered Maike's art on Tumblr and immediately reached out to her with fingers crossed that we'd be able to work together. She graduated from the HAW in Hamburg, Germany and clients include American Girl Magazine, Penguin Books, Charlex, Women's Health, Nickelodeon and Simon and Schuster to name a few.
The funds being raised are going to cover the artwork, editing, printing, shipping, ISBN and to cover any damages, lost shipments, and unforeseen expenses along the way.
Risks and challenges
I'm running this Kickstarter campaign for the ladies.
1: To compensate the brilliant Maike Plenzke for her stunning cover art. I love hiring and collaborating with freelance artists, and I was very fortunate to have Maike's help. They might say never judge a book by its cover, but I doubt those people have ever worked in the comic book industry.
2: To compensate Joanne Starer for her outstanding editorial skills. I have worked with Joanne on dozens of projects. There's no one I trust more to give me a knowledgeable, honest, and unbiased critique of my writing.
3: To give Penelope Hawk a fighting chance out in the shark infested self-publishing waters. Every book that this Kickstarter creates is an opportunity for a good review or positive word of mouth, and those are two of the most powerful tools in the self-publishing arsenal.
4: To give my daughter something she can read and hand down to her kids someday. Most of the comics, video games, screenplays and stories I've written were for an adult audience. THE ADVENTURES OF PENELOPE HAWK is for anyone that is a kid or a kid at heart.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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