Itty Bitty & Big Etta ...An illustrated book
Itty Bitty & Big Etta ...An illustrated book
A poetic illustrated tale of a brave kitten who had wings all along and no matter the consequences, chose to be her ownself.
A poetic illustrated tale of a brave kitten who had wings all along and no matter the consequences, chose to be her ownself. Read more
About this project
A poetic illustrated tale of acceptance, this hard cover book with 50 pages of full color illustrations throughout is for all ages. It's a love story. It's happy-sad, just like life. Itty Bitty Etta shows us the strength of our own spirit and also reminds us to respect the true core of any creature, even if the consequences are hard to grasp.
Itty makes a unique role model for all of us to be true ourselves, and let others be themselves.
Out of the blue something unplanned happens, and we start a journey of understanding and acceptance we were not prepared for- this is part of our shared human experience.
So when a 1# kitten came into my life, unexpectantly, she took my breath away. It would not be the last time. Her bitty size was in direct opposite to her big spirit. The last thing we need was another cat-since our farm was home to many semi feels [all spayed and neutered].
Without realizing it, she was born with wings and when she figured that out there was no stopping her from being her true self.
It was only I that tried to make her something she could not be, in order to keep her safe.
For anyone that's cared for a creature-be it animal, child, student, mate or friend-sometimes that means you have to let them go for their own sake, even though you have to go on being you, without them.
This is a a tiny little gem to hold in your hands: I wanted the size of the book to reflect the actual creature-it is itty in size [6" x 9"] but big in heart. It is full color, hard cover, with all the usual details I like - fully illustrated inside covers and pureness of layout. I chose to work within a standard children's book page count of 50 pages, thinking it might be picked up someday by a publisher. Working within that size was a challenge, but kept the focus tight.
A tale for all ages: Like all my work, it will appeal to all ages-and I do think many adults will read it to their children/or grandchildren, but it is really a book for all of us. For we have all loved something that we had to let go of. I showed it to a mother and she said it is a perfect gift because every mother has had to stand back and let a child be themselves, every adult has had to remember that a parent gets to be their ownselves too...and everybody has had at least one creature in their life show their independent spirit.
I think sharing story is important to our spirits in the worldwide community. It inspires us to reach out to one another on some level and be empathetic. And, illustrated books are very hard to get published-I find that out over and over. Supporting this project will help me get another book into the world that might not have made it otherwise.
I have had two successful book projects via Kickstarter-thanks to many of you! Misfits of Love, and Donkey Dream. I hope this will be the third. The money being raised will be used primarily for printing-with the same high end company I have used on my past books. I also learned in my past projects that I somewhat under calculated marketing, so money is also needed to market this Kickstarter [something you might not think of, but with the flood of crowdsourcing, I like to market one on one and that takes time and money]. This go around, I am working with a talented motion graphics designer, Angella Kassube, who will help you get a real sense of the spirit and heart of this book. Money raised also has to cover rewards and shipping.
Think of your support as not only keeping the art of illustrated, unique, non commercial books going, but also, it is simply a version of pre-ordering while supporting an indie artist.
Risks and challenges
I have published two illustrated books "Misfits of Love" and "Donkey Dream" [both funded with Kickstarter]. Both were full color, hard covers, and I did all the preparation of the books on my own-layouts, art, writing, marketing materials, and fundraising. There are many details to this process, and working with a traditional printer means I have to follow their deadlines too. I have been a full time artist/writer since 1996 so I got here by meeting deadlines and following through on my word, and doing good work. All my past Kickstarter book projects had reward levels met within the designated promise delivery.
Delivery of Finished Book: I have stated July 2017 as delivery, but this could be sooner. Once funded, I will be able to sign the contract with the printer, and they set a delivery date. So we could see product way before July. One books are in my hands, they will be shipped to you.
The entire book, except inside covers, are designed, written and art is complete. So it is basically ready for final set up for printer.
What could go wrong? Sometimes the printer-who is waiting to see if I get funded-can move up the date, but I don't force that happening.
The main thing is-to raise the money. I can not do this on my own–if I could, I would. I thank all of you who have supported me-many since 1996 when I began as a freelancer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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