Imagine this: a tiny red trailer with a teeny tiny dutch door about 2 feet high opens, and there is a little goat greeting you. There is a homemade pie on the shelf above, and beautiful illustrated books to read and buy. You can go inside too, and sit and read to the goat.
I am a Misfit, so our my books. I don't fit into the traditional genre of most publishers or agents. So I created my own books. And now, I am thinking outside the box again-indie authors have to do this. Especially Misfit indie authors.
So I am going to create my own teeny mobile book shop.
A book shop where you can also sit and read to one of the characters from my book-a goat named Raggedy Man, or maybe Professor Otis Littleberry will be there with me.
- approximately 5' x 8' x 6' tall, with a curved roof
- the sides will be wood, painted red
- there will be a big window, like a food cart, for me to show books
- a smaller dutch door of about 2 foot high with let a Misfit pop his head out [a goat, a blind pug, maybe a pig]
- there will be a chair inside so people can read tot he animal
- people can buy my books, commune with animal and me
- the inside will be white painted wainscot
- we'll go to markets, schools, elder homes and more
- spreading love of books, reading, animal, Misfits, indie authors
I have published two illustrated books [both were funded with Kickstarter] which I sell to indie book stores nationally and through my website. I choose not to sell on Amazon for many reasons. But many book stores won't take on indie books.
You see, I live on Apifera Farm and we have many animals, including those I call The Misfits. They were adopted into our farm to live out their remaining days-old and special needs goats, ponies and donkeys. My books and stories celebrate these creatures, so it seems fitting to take one on the road with me to share our books.
I also want to inspire new indie artists and authors to show you can create wonderful books on your own even if you can't find a publisher. My first book was with a traditional publisher. My second book was shown to 10 or more publishers and all of them loved the book, but said it was too quirky, or too inspirational or not commercial enough. In other words, my books are Misfits. I have always been a Misfit in my art career, never fitting into a specific genre or style. And that is okay! This little mobile book shop will celebrate being a Misfit.
I also want to take my Magical Misfit Book Mobile to schools and other places where I can visit with young girls to inspire them to celebrate their uniqueness. I want to encourage reading and will let them read to the animals. I want to visit elder facilities to share my animals with residents, and encourage reading, but also let the residents groom and pet the animals-a healing for both animal and elder. Many facilities won't allow hooved animals, but if I have a set up outside, with my little magic trailer, it would work, they tell me.
I'm going to do it by converting a broken down old utility trailer that currently sits on our farm. The bottom frame is fine, it just needs everything else: new trailer tires, framing, new exterior and interior walls some fold down windows so I can stand in the trailer and talk to guests, a new roof, secure doors and flooring, a new hitch, and steps up into the trailer. My caring and very handy husband is going to rebuild it and I will be helping. Our goal is to have it complete by June and we will have a celebration here at the farm to honor its birth.
I have kept the fundraising goal to a minimum to cover our costs for material and reward shipping-it does not count the labor we put into it. So if we should reach our goal before the deadline, you can be assured that money will go into savings to help cover costs for Apifera Misfit care which costs us about $500/month.
Tiny houses are all the rage! But I need a Tiny Misfit to share my books and animals with new people and places!
Risks and challenges
I have been a full time self supporting artist since 1996, when I started as an illustrator, and then merged into writing and painting creating books and other things. That alone required meeting deadlines and following through. I have never missed a deadline.
I have funded two books through Kickstarter, and I think any of my followers and backers will verify that I came through on time and with a book as promised for a reward [or whatever the rewards were]. I printed my books traditionally with an offset printer [versus print on demand] so the majority of my funds paid for the printing.
My husband and I have built barns and out buildings for our farm. We have renovated our old farm house [and still are working on it!] so we have a lot of building experience. I looked into having the trailer rebuilt by someone else and it was a minimum of $6500 and up to $10,000. I am putting the budget at $3200 to cover materials only-so if it goes over we will be reimbursed for the many hours this project will take. I do not see any set backs for completing our project, unless of course, we die-I certainly hope that does not happen, I'm not ready! I mean seriously, we will get it done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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