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The Kingdom of Time has been held under a reign of tyranny for hundreds of years. Can Estelle, a little girl from our world, save it?

The Kingdom of Time has been held under a reign of tyranny for hundreds of years. Can Estelle, a little girl from our world, save it? Read more

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The Kingdom of Time has been held under a reign of tyranny for hundreds of years. Can Estelle, a little girl from our world, save it?

Mance Chappell
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Estelle Chase is an eleven-year-old Kentucky girl whisked away to a world of magic and monsters. A kindly old wizard tasks her with saving this world from the tyranny of the evil king Haman. Along the way, she'll encounter monsters, soldiers, a very hungry hayfield and a young prince who may or may not be as trustworthy as he seems.

I am counting on you, my friends, family, coworkers, and perfect strangers to make my dream come true. If you haven't or can't watch the above video, here's basically what I am looking to do:

I have written a children's book, or rather a preteen chapter book. It's probably the best thing I have ever written to completion and though I have written a novel as well, I could not decide what to do with the children's book.

Finally, a friend asked me if I had looked into self publishing, and I hadn't because I figured I would end up with a garage full of my own book. This didn't sound all that appealing to me, narcissist that I am. But on doing some research, I realized that, with the right publisher, I could get my book into bookstores where you, and hopefully hundreds of your friends could buy it. 

And that's why I am here. I can't afford the publishing. I am finishing the final draft now and my illustrator (the fantastic Daniel Arnold [if you don't know the name yet, one day you will]) is waiting for the final drafts to begin the illustrations. We will be ready to publish by Thanksgiving, however, we have four children between us and footing the $1800 publishing bill is out of our hands. But I know all of you can help me, even if it's just as little as ten dollars. Check out the rewards page and see how I can make it worth your while. 

Please...

(Insert picture of a sad kitty)

Risks and challenges

Once the funding comes in, the first obstacle to overcome is the final preparation of the book. E&TK is written and the pictures are being drawn, but it will all have to be put together before it can be published. This may not seem like a huge challenge, but when all of the pictures are hand drawn and there is 2500 miles between author (Kentucky) and illustrator (California), mailing the pictures is a huge risk. They could be lost or damaged. We have invested in a digital tablet to make some online copies, but as of now everything that is drawn is by hand and very fragile.

Secondly, there is the publisher. I have spoken with a representative and they have stated that they will delay publishing if the book does not meet their standards. This could add time to the delivery date of the final product. I am prepared to rewrite the book as many times as needed (7 and counting as of this writing), and if there is a delay, I will be the first one on Kickstarter to alert everyone of that.

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    Your name will be listed in the acknowledgement page of Estelle and the Time King.

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    A paperback copy of Estelle and the Time King + Your name will be listed in the acknowledgement page of Estelle and the Time King.

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    A paperback copy of Estelle and the Time King signed by the author + Your name will be listed in the acknowledgement page of Estelle and the Time King.

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    About $60 USD

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    A signed character print (design selected by the illustrator, Daniel Arnold) + A paperback copy of Estelle and the Time King signed by the author + Your name will be listed in the acknowledgement page of Estelle and the Time King.

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    A hardback copy of Estelle and the Time King signed by the author + A signed character print (design selected by the illustrator, Daniel Arnold) + Your name will be listed in the acknowledgement page of Estelle and the Time King.

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    About $250 USD

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    A homemade dinner and a private reading of Estelle and the Time King + A signed character print (design selected by the illustrator, Daniel Arnold) + A paperback copy of Estelle and the Time King signed by the author + Your name will be listed in the acknowledgement page of Estelle and the Time King.

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