Help Me Buy Back The Publish Rights For This Book Is Not For Chickens!
Four years ago, I sold my first book to a major publisher. I was over the moon. I cried, but if you tell anyone so help you . . .
Anyway, a-dream-come-true quickly became a nightmare. The short of it is this: Acquiring editor leaves the company - new editor doesn't share the vision.
So, after years of delay and plenty of bitter pills to chew on, ( I also learned a ton) the book was recently cancelled. Because of the advance I'd received the publisher now owns the printing rights and I think I have about a buck fifty left. Apparently they don't have a Lay-A-Way program.
It's Never Been Done This Way ( And Hardly Ever At All).
I actually don't know if that's true, but generally when a book is canceled, it stays that way. Due to the nature of advances, unless you have the might of another publisher behind you, the few folks this happens to have to just walk away. I really don't want to do that. I love this book and stand by the work - even if it wasn't a right fit for the publisher. I'd love your help letting it see the light of day - or maybe "in the glow of the full moon" would be more appropriate.
Nearly complete, the book is a fully illustrated 32 page Halloween adventure. Benchley, a scaredy-cat, and, Hooper, a cocky chicken, are given a crummy old book instead of candy while out trick-or-treating. Turns out, the book has a little Halloween magic in it and all the scary stuff inside begins to take shape - bats, graveyards, even a witch! Don't worry, there's a happy ending.
As a kid of the 80's, I think the work is a decent (and nostalgic) homage to the heroes of my own youth: Henson, Sendak, and Gorey to name a few. I miss when authors and illustrators scared us a little. Those books were the most fun. Plus, there's a few Easter Eggs hidden throughout for all the horror fan parents out there.
The Hope & Plan
Buying this book back would be better than selling it in the first place! Every cent I make over will go to printing copies of this book and - starting with top contributors and working my way back - I'll do my best to get EVERYONE who helped here a copy. If there's anything left, it will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation - big or small. They offered me a soul-healing gig the very same day Penguin shut down my book. The timing was crazy and saved me from sinking into an easy depression. Though the book I did with M.A.W was out of my norm, I'm so grateful for it and I'll ever be indebted.
I hope in this campaign's potential success, it will inspire other authors and illustrators to fight for their vision and always remember some deals can be just as Tricky as they are a Treat.
Thank you all,
Risks and challenges
Raising money for anything can be tough, but it's also a gamble and career risk to try this route. Yet, I'm confident that sticking to my guns about this book WAS and IS still the right move. Even if it wasn't a good personal or artistic fit with the editor, the publishing world is spaghetti at the wall. None of us knowwhat's going to stick. So we've all got to trust in ourselves and take a chance once in awhile!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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