Four Elements, Four Nations: Book About A:TLA (Canceled)
This is a book being written about the social and political themes of the Nickelodeon hit "Avatar: The Last Airbender".
Four Elements, Four Nations will be a book about the social and political themes within the Avatar: The Last Airbender television series, which aired from February 2005 to July 2008. Throughout its run and nearly ten years later, the show has accumulated and maintained a loyal and enthusiastic fanbase. Not only is watching A:TLA enjoyable - whether it is your first or tenth time watching it - but for a children’s show, contains a number of mature and important themes. A:TLA has both politically shaped by the times and shaped a generation. Despite currently having a 9.2 rating on IMDB, one of the highest for both films and television shows, I believe that it is vastly underrated, as in not enough people have watched it, and those in the art and film industries do not give it the appreciation it deserves.
During the months of February and March, I will be dedicating my time to writing the book, which coincides with the duration of this Kickstarter campaign.
Sections will include:
The costs of war
-A woman's place
-Struggles with gender expectation
Relationship with animals and the environment
-The (near-)extinction of dragons
-Anthropogenic environmental destruction
By writing this book, I seek to:
1) Provide existing fans with another means of immersing themselves into this world, and studying it;
2) Convince those who have not watched it yet to do so; and
3) Establish A:TLA's significance within the academic and professional worlds
Why not write a series of articles?
I have written about this show and others, including The Legend of Korra, in the past, so this is something I seriously considered. I have many reasons for why I believe a book format will be better:
1. Speaking on a personal level, I will be able to get more information out in a timely manner by writing a book.
2. I plan to go the self-publishing route, which will provide me with more creative leeway than submitting to established websites. (However, I will not compromise the editing process.)
3. While I could publish on Medium or my personal blog so I could maintain my writing style, the reach would not be good.
4. There are very few websites with good reach that would publish these articles. As the research and writing aspects would take up large amounts of time, writing for free or for low amounts would not be feasible for me.
5. Good websites would want the articles to be short, sweet, and to-the-point. Books are not supposed to be like that - organized, but not formatted like articles. I want what I write to be fleshed out.
6. A physical book would help to legitimize the content, as related to the third objective.
Articles I have written about films and televisions shows:
Other than attempting to write this book, I spend my time freelancing, transitioning from being a full-time student to a full-time working adult. In the past I have written for the Students For Liberty blog and Odyssey. Otherwise, I submit things here and there from time-to-time, and I write on my personal blogs. In December of 2016, I graduated from Western Washington University with BAs in anthropology and theatre. In my free time, I like to go dancing and play Heroes of Might and Magic III.
I am incredibly grateful for my supporters, and because of that, I hope that these rewards will mean something to you.
$1 Even if you can't contribute much, you will get more than a "virtual high-five" - you will be publicly acknowledged on social media for your contribution. Your name and the Avatar nation of your choice will be displayed on a fun graphic.
$5 You will receive access to a digital vault full of LavendarFaye's awesome art, inspired by A:TLA. (LavendarFaye created the banner for this project.) Includes previous tier.
$10 Once every two weeks on a Thursday (beginning 02/01), I will give you an excerpt of what I will be writing for the book. I will deliver the excerpts via Kickstarter messaging, and I will also post updates when they are available. You can read a free excerpt here. Includes previous tiers.
$25 After the first draft is completed, you will be able to see pages and pages of notes used to observe and analyze A:TLA. Includes previous tiers.
$30 Join me in private livestreams to talk about anything A:TLA-related, the progress of the book, etc. Beginning in February, at least twice monthly until publishing. Google Chat, Skype, etc. Includes previous tiers.
$50 If you live in the United States, I will mail you a custom-signed* copy of Four Elements, Four Nations (+$5 shipping). Includes previous tiers.
$100 You will be listed in and sincerely thanked in the Acknowledgements section of Four Elements, Four Nations. Great for anyone who has ever wanted to be mentioned in a book. Includes previous tiers.
$150 Receive a custom-designed piece of A:TLA-related digital art by LavendarFaye. Includes previous tiers, excluding the other $150 tier.
$150 LavendarFaye will create a custom-designed piece of A:TLA-related physical art for you. 16" x 20" canvas. Shipping only in United States (+$5). Includes previous tiers, excluding the other $150 tier.
$300 LavendarFaye will create two custom-designed pieces of ATLA-related physical art for you. 11" x 14" canvases. Shipping only in United States (+$10). Includes previous tiers, and one of the $150 rewards of your choice.
*Once the book is published, I will be happy to sign copies if you come across me in person. However, signing onto the $50 tier will help make this project a reality, and I will be able to devote my time to making a sincere handwritten dedication, which I can't guarantee in the future.
You may be wondering, "What's that $3,200 going towards?" Quite simply, it's going towards many aspects of completing Four Elements, Four Nations, and I have calculated this to be the minimal amount I'd need to get the project completed by the end of 2018:
$2,000 Editing and other publishing costs.
$430 Marketing for the crowdfunding and publishing campaigns.
$100 Research. Thanks to the internet, access to information is a lot cheaper. However, I will still need to buy some books.
$320 Kickstarter and payment processing fees.
$350 Reward shipping and buffer funds.
$5,800 - If the goal of $3,200 is reached, the stretch goal of $5,800 ($9,000 in total) will be applied. If that is met, that means I can start writing a book about The Legend of Korra soon after.
If you have any questions or comments about this project, please message me. I am striving to make this campaign as transparent as possible, am am also open to suggestions for the project. Be sure to check out the FAQ!
Neither Four Elements, Four Nations nor this campaign are associated with Viacom, Nickelodeon, or Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Risks and challenges
If I cannot finish the writing in two months due to writer's block, illness, it taking longer than I realized, etc., then the setback would be that the process will be delayed by a few months. Luckily, I rarely ever encounter writer's block, and I have support in the form of friends and family who are willing to lend me any help if I need it.
Many projects on Kickstarter have had the problem where the creators had underestimated the costs of developing their product. I believe that some of this is due to how much advice out there for crowdfunders goes along the lines of, "Pick a goal that indicates the lowest amount you need to raise." Some interpret that as, "Pick an amount where you can complete most of the project with." The goal I chose kept many things in mind, but mostly the costs of publishing.
Life happens, and sometimes things are more expensive than we realize. If I run out of funds before distribution, as long as I have the books written, I will find a way to make the necessary amount to get them out there.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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