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In my book, friends Allen the Alligator and Gus the Goat have an adventurous day exploring New Orleans, counting along the way.
In my book, friends Allen the Alligator and Gus the Goat have an adventurous day exploring New Orleans, counting along the way.
51 backers pledged $1,781 to help bring this project to life.

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I'd been wanting to write a children's book for a few years, but never got around to doing it. Then, the night before my baby shower, I woke up with a story in my head: an alligator on a bus sees a friend board and hangs out with him. I sat in the dark in bed and scribbled it. When I shared it with my friends and husband, they all seemed to really like it.

My mom always said that your best work will come when the muse hits you. I've heard other children's book authors say the same thing (Alexander McConduit when I interviewed him for Gambit's 2012 40 Under 40, Cornell Landry at Rising Tide 2014), so I feel good about this.

A talented former colleague of mine, Lyn Brantley Vicknair, did a fantastic job with the illustrations. I've known ever since she started doing cartoons in Gambit that I wanted her to illustrate any books I'd write.

So, the book is done, I'm just doing this Kickstarter so I can afford self-publishing through PrintNinja. Hopefully after that, I'll be able to sell the book in stores around the city and maybe even make enough to write another book.

Thanks again for reading and considering backing my project! If you need me, I'm here.

Risks and challenges

I don't believe I'll face any challenges after the project is successfully funded. I've written the text, Lyn's done the illustrations and I've done the layout. Barring a USPS strike or a disaster, everyone will get their books and postcards on time or earlier.

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    Black-and-white thank you postcard signed by the author, illustrator, Allen the Alligator and Gus the Goat.

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    First edition of "Allen the Alligator Counts Through New Orleans" and $10 tier reward.

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    Photo of Allen the Alligator and Gus the Goat during their adventure, photocopies of the original manuscript and sketches, personalized message from you on Thank You page and $25 tier reward.

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