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Follow along as we ready our unique illustrated children's book for publication in February of 2020!!!!
Follow along as we ready our unique illustrated children's book for publication in February of 2020!!!!
165 backers pledged $12,420 to help bring this project to life.

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“The True Story of the Little Fairy (Who Wasn’t A Fairy)”

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“This Is The Fairytale I Wished I Could Have Read As A Child”

I grew up in the Southern United States during the 70s.  

As a child, I loved to read. That kid you may have seen, hiding in the library stacks, oblivious to the world, nose buried in a book? 

That was me.

I was not athletically gifted and I was so socially awkward, books were welcome and trusted friends.

However, there was kind of a huge “elephant in the room”.

I am an African-American Female.

None of the heroes in my favorite books looked like me, talked like me, or even lived in a geographic area like mine.

That didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the tales I read, but it did create within me a strange longing... I really wanted to read a book someday about a heroine who was brave, had adventures, overcame challenges, and even experienced elements of magic and whimsy, but in a setting much like the one I knew.

At some point, and I’m not sure when, I just accepted that wasn’t going to happen. But I kept reading and soon graduated to adult literature which had a much more proportionate representation of different types of heroes and heroines.

Fast forward to ten years ago.

My niece, who at the time was about 11 years old, began expressing the same longing I used to.  She was a raving ”Harry Potter” fan (as am I) and we were talking about the characters we loved in the series, when all of a sudden she paused and said, “Auntie E, why aren’t there any Bayou Fairies?” (She lives in Louisiana).

That got me thinking. And the next thing I knew, I started writing about a little brown fairy... who lived in the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana... but there was more... As I wrote, I noticed themes emerging about being a heroine no matter what, being comfortable in your own skin, taking chances, being brave, and making your own destiny...

And I thought, “Huh. That’s kind of cool.”

I sent the story to my niece to read and enjoy but then, like an idiot, I put the story into one of my filing cabinets thinking, “Someday I’ll find the time to illustrate that and maybe get it printed.”

Well, “someday” never came.

Ten years have passed and I recently pulled the fairy story out of my files, blew off its coating of dust, and re-read it.

And the same themes that were relevent when I wrote it back then are even more so relevant now.

I started doing research and was saddened to find that although there has been SOME movement towards more diversity in children’s literature, there hasn’t been very much. So in the forty years since I was an early reader, the needle has barely moved.

Today there are tons of parents practically begging the publishing world to print more books featuring diverse, engaging heroines and heroes. Especially heroines. And especially ethnically diverse heroines.

So that’s my motivation for finally giving this a real effort.

This story is about an inclusive and expansive fantasy realm that welcomes any child who is an early reader into its midst.

In this realm, set along the warm waters of the Atchafalaya basin in Louisiana, there are fairies and pixies and magic, a talkative wise catfish, pink marshmallows, a troll, a slimy grotto, and an actual real life Fairy Godmother! 

There’s also riddles, acrostics, hidden puzzles, and even (rumor has it) a map to an actual hidden treasure!

And the price of admission into this wonderful realm?

                      Just to read.

...I remember that magical feeling. 

Don’t you?

I’d love for you to join me in helping me share my quirky brave little heroine - and her amazing adventure - with the entire world and a new generation of young readers.

Thank you in advance for your help and support!

With warm regards and affection,

- Erica Ramsey-Bowen

Me, Age of 8? 9? And my cat, Tiger
Me, Age of 8? 9? And my cat, Tiger

Risks and challenges

I don’t anticipate large risks or challenges aside from making the actual monetary goal for the campaign and the typical day to day challenges that happen in any workplace. (Aigh! The copier is down! Aigh! My package was returned!)

For execution and delivery of the rewards, I have a great support network already ready to help with that.

My printer and editorial staff have already reviewed my story and shared with me that my timeline of having the books printed and shipped by February is generously realistic.

And since I am already a full time artist and have worked for myself these past three years, I already manage my time effectively and have a strong communication plan already in place.

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    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    “Bumblebee Level” 🐝 *See shipping note

    Along with my gratitude, your sponsor level includes 3 custom glitter temporary tattoos featuring characters and/or themes from the book; 1 Bumblebee shaped tattoo, 1 Fairy shaped tattoo, and 1 #FindYourTribe tattoo. I also will include your name in the “Acknowledgements” section of the book!

    *Note that shipping cost isn’t included and is added once you make your pledge. You can expect an added amount of $10 for shipping within the US and $25 for Canada and European Union.

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    “Baby Chick” Level 🐣

    Talented fabric printer Lisa Bagley (friend of Erica’s) designed this lovely and ready to sew custom “Little Fairy” book pillow pattern - ready to receive your copy of “The Little Fairy”!

    The pillow dimensions are 16” x 16” and is machine wash and bleach friendly.

    Erica loves the fact that everything Lisa uses to create the pillow pattern is locally sourced!

    Featuring gorgeous illustrations from the book on the front pocket and back, this pattern is ONLY going to be available through this Kickstarter campaign!

    Also includes your name within the book in the acknowledgment section as well as the three custom tattoes described in the bumblebee level!

    Oh and one more thing - you will also receive an e-copy of the book! This is unique to just this and the “Big Chick” level!!

    But wait! You want MORE?

    How about your child’s (or your own) first name printed within the design on the front book pocket ?!?

    Yes? You likey?

    We Likey! It’s gonna be ”SEW” fabulous!

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    “Big Chick” Level - 🐔

    Talented fabric printer Lisa Bagley (friend of Erica’s) designed this lovely limited edition “Little Fairy” book pillow - ready to receive your copy of “The Little Fairy”!

    The pillow dimensions are 16” x 16” and is machine wash and bleach friendly.

    Erica loves the fact that everything Lisa used to create the pillow is locally sourced!

    Featuring gorgeous illustrations from the book on the front pocket and back, this custom, limited edition book pillow is ONLY going to be available through this Kickstarter campaign!

    Also includes your name within the book in the acknowledgment section as well as the three custom tattoes described in the bumblebee level!

    Oh and one more thing - you will also receive an e-copy of the book! This is unique to just this and the “Big Chick” level!!

    But wait! You want MORE?

    How about your child’s (or your own) first name printed within the design on the front book pocket ?!?

    Yes? You likey?

    We Likey! It’s gonna be ”SEW” fabulous! ❤️

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    “Barn Owl” 🦉*See shipping note

    Along with my gratitude, your sponsor level reward includes one autographed soft copy of the book as well as the three custom tattoos described in “Bumblebee” level and your name included in the book “Acknowledgements” section.

    *Note that shipping cost isn’t included and is added once you make your pledge. You can expect an added amount of $10 for shipping within the US and $25 for Everywhere Else ❤️

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    “Blue Butterfly” 🦋 *See Shipping Note

    Along with my gratitude, your sponsor level includes an autographed hard cover edition of the printed book and the same custom temporary tattoos as described in the “Bumblebee” level as well as your name in the “Acknowledgements” section of the book!

    *Note that shipping cost isn’t included and is added once you make your pledge. You can expect an added amount of $10 for shipping within the US and $25 for Everywhere Else❤️

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    “Ladybug Library Donor” Level - 🐞

    This is the perfect backing level if you have no interest in receiving any rewards for yourself - at this level, you can “pay it forward” by pledging and donating a hardcover edition of the book. Once we fully fund, we will follow up with you to find out which library/hospital/or school you would like your donated book sent.

    Don’t have a specific organization in mind? Not a problem - we know TONS of libraries, children’s hospitals, boys n’ girls clubs, and other great non profits that would appreciate your gift of whimsy and fun in the form of an illustrated book!

    A beautifully designed certificate featuring your name and the receiving organization will be mailed to you in acknowledgement of your generosity!

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    “River Turtle” Sponsor 🐢

    Not only do you receive your autographed hard copy of the book, name in the acknowledgement section, and custom temporary tattoos, but you also receive a limited edition “River Treasure Map”, showing the actual journey of the Little Fairy as she makes her way to the ocean from the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana. This same map is printed in the book as the endpapers, but the print (and only the limited edition print) contains something special - there are clues and puzzles included within the map that if you solve them all might - just might - show you the way to a real life treasure!

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    “Chipmunk” 🐿 *please see notes

    *NOTE #1 - this level is ONLY available to US residents, due to logistical issues. Sorry :-(

    Note #2 - *Note that shipping cost isn’t included and is added once you make your pledge. You can expect an added amount of $10 for shipping within the US and $25 for Everywhere Else❤️

    Ok now that we squared that folderol away...

    Along with my gratitude, at this level you will receive a hardcover autographed copy of the book, the three temporary tattoos, your name in the book’s “Acknowledgement”
    Section, a special limited edition copy of the end paper print as described in the “River Turtle” Sponsor level, PLUS an invitation for you and three additional guests to attend a one of a kind “Fairy Glow Tea” to be held in Woodstock Georgia.

    This tea will be family and fairy-friendly, with special games and surprises for all attendees, and the location will be handicap accessible. The date and location will be shared well in advance so you and your family can plan accordingly!

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    CORRECTED “Chipmunk” 🐿 *see notes

    *NOTE #1 - I totally screwed up shipping $ on the original level (set it for $500!!!! What?!) so this is the CORRECT LEVEL AND THERE IS NO SHIPPING COST ADDED! Yay!
    Also - this level is ONLY for US residents due to logistics!!!

    Ok now that we squared that folderol away...

    Along with my gratitude, at this level you will receive a hardcover autographed copy of the book, the three temporary tattoos, your name in the book’s “Acknowledgement”
    Section, a special limited edition copy of the end paper print as described in the “River Turtle” Sponsor level, PLUS an invitation for you and three additional guests to attend a one of a kind “Fairy Glow Tea” to be held in Woodstock Georgia.

    This tea will be family and fairy-friendly, with special games and surprises for all attendees, and the location will be handicap accessible. The date and location will be shared well in advance so you and your family can plan accordingly!

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    “Green Gator” 🐊 *See shipping note

    Along with my gratitude your sponsorship includes; three custom temporary tattoos, your autographed hardcover copy of the book, your name listed in the “acknowledgement” portion of the book, the limited edition special illustrated end paper map of the little fairy’s journey AND your opportunity to be drawn into the party scene as a character in the book (this level limited to 25 sponsors, only 1 character per sponsor to be drawn into the scene.

    You will be asked to provide a clear picture of yourself or whomever you wish to be included in the scene. Yes, it can be a historical figure. That would be cool. Or even your dog or cat. Sure. Just don’t be a weirdo and ask me to include Hitler or someone awful like that. I reserve the right to refuse hurtful, demeaning, or just plain inappropriate characters!)

    *Note that shipping cost isn’t included and is added once you make your pledge. You can expect an added amount of $15 for shipping within the US and $25 for Everywhere Else❤️

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    “Silver Fairy” 🧚🏿‍♀️ See shipping note

    Along with my gratitude, you’ll receive an autographed copy of the printed book, the custom temporary tattoos, the special limited edition end paper illustrated map print, your name in the “Acknowledgements”
    Section of the book AND (Drum Roll Please)...

    ...Your choice of 1 of 10 Original single panel illustrations from the book, archivally framed and signed by the author and artist herself, (me) Erica Ramsey.

    This level is limited to just 10 sponsors and no reproduction rights are to be granted along with the original artwork.

    The first to commit to this level
    will have their first choice of the 10 illustrations, the second to commit will pick from of the remaining 9, and so on.

    But don’t despair if you are tenth - all illustrations will be gorgeous, lush, and feature plenty of detail!

    **Note that shipping cost isn’t included and is added once you make your pledge. You can expect an added amount of $35 as we ship the art insured against loss.

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