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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, August 3 2019 6:02 PM UTC +00:00
$23
pledged of $1,500pledged of $1,500 goal
3
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, August 3 2019 6:02 PM UTC +00:00

About


ABOUT THE BOOK: 

I am raising funds to publish my first book. Fred Underbed is a cute, fun-loving story about a monster that lives under a bed. He moves to under a new bed, with a new boy and all he wants to do is play. However, the little boy is afraid of Fred. Fred has to use his creative side to attempt to come up with ways to ease the little boy's fear.  This is the first book in what will soon be a series. 

Within this book, there will be drawings made by children. Many of these drawings will be somewhere in the illustrations as pictures on the wall. At the end of the book, there will be several pages of children’s drawings. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

I am a mother and a grandmother. I love children.  I was adopted at the age of 6, but that adoption failed, and I entered foster care at age 14. I was in multiple homes over the course of 4 years.  

As an adult that aged out of the foster care system, I didn’t have parents to call when I had questions about life, children, or money. I learned through trial and error. My 4th child is autistic, bi-polar, has Tourette’s and has diminished mental capacity. This made it difficult to teach him. He learned at a different rate as other children. Typical teaching methods simply did not work for h I’m. In order to best help him, I started writing children’s books to help him. 

PUBLISHING: 

This will be a self-published book. I am working with a local publisher who guarantees a 2-week processing and publishing process. Their quality is some of the best that I have seen. The first print of the book will be in paperback form.  The estimated delivery date is on or before September 1, 2019. 

FOCUS GROUP: 

I created a focus group, once the book was written.  In this focus group, I had 50 adult participants.  The adult participants were parents and/or teachers. I had them read it first, then read it to their children. The results were outstanding. The children loved the book. Many of the children wanted to know what Fred Underbed was going to do next. A couple of the children drew pictures based on things in the book. 


Image credit: Josh, Age 5. 

SELLING AND MARKETING

I have several platforms for selling the book. It will be listed on Amazon and Barnes and Noble as a printed book, as well as an e-book. I have lined up a "meet and greet" at several book fairs for the upcoming school year. 


Our children are going to be the ones to build our future. In this day and age, an education is more important than ever.  I believe that when children develop a love for reading, they can increase their imagination and critical thinking skills. I created this book to help children develop that love for reading. 

Risks and challenges

There are many risks and challenges associated with writing and publishing a children’s book. The biggest challenge of all is keeping a child’s interest. That’s why I created Fred Underbed.
To overcome this, I made sure to ask children what they would do if they were a monster under the bed, trying to get a child to play with them. Children have an imagination that adults could only wish for. They are creative. Keeping that creativity is important to a child’s development.

Other risks and challenges are the process of publishing. Sometimes, publishers are behind and the project is delayed. For this reason, I gave the estimate date of September 1. I also checked out multiple publishers. I checked into reviews, as well as BBB complaints (if any). This was to ensure that I chose the best publisher available to me.

The amount I am looking for is based on a set number of books printed. If the amount collected is higher than the amount I am seeking, I will be able to order a larger number of printed copies. This means more children will have access to Fred Underbed faster.

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    You will receive a first print copy of the children's book Fred Underbed.

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    Autographed Book, toy car, coloring page

    With this level of reward, you will receive a customized autographed copy of the book signed by the author AND the main character, Fred. You will also receive 5 PDF coloring pages for your little one. With the PDF files, you will be able to print as many as you wish. Also, you will receive free shipping on the book!

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    With this reward level, you will receive a customized autographed copy of the book. It will be signed by the author. You will also receive a toy car, 10 PDF coloring pages, AND your child's artwork (of your choice) will be incorporated into the illustrations, with full credit listed to your child. Your child's drawings will be seen by every person that reads the book. Also, free shipping on the book.

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    Ultimate package

    Here is an ultimate package!!! With this reward level, you will receive a copy of the book with a customized autograph by the author and a personalized message from Fred Underbed. You will receive a toy car, like the ones mentioned in the book. You will receive 10 PDF coloring pages. Your child will be able to submit a drawing to be incorporated into the illustrations, with full name credit given, as well as their artwork featured at the end of the book. The artwork at the end of the book with be a full single page, complete with your child's name, date of drawing (if you wish), and the child's age. This will be published in every book. In addition, your child will receive a birthday card from Fred Underbed every year for their birthday until they turn 10.

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