So far we have successfully kickstarted three volumes of the series The Legend of Mermaids Tears, telling the story of Seaham and its sea glass from the early 1800's until 1950. Volume four takes up the story as we pass through the post-war period and explains how the mermaids decide to turn their attention to clearing up the sea bed, while enjoying the peace.
Jack, our erstwhile Pirate wannabe, is doing his best to find a way of communicating with the mermaids, partly because he's fascinated by them but mostly to see if he can resolve his own predicament - that of being stuck in time, living one day or so in every year that passes. He feels trapped but at the same time wants to believe that there is a reason for his situation. He hopes to discover what that reason is, if only he could speak mermaid!
As the mermaids begin their clean-up, they occasionally throw their tears, now turned to glass, onto the beach ahead of Jack as he strolls along in contemplation, but they notice others picking up the ones he misses. So begins the hobby of collecting sea glass, and mermaids tears especially.
We hope to raise the funds needed to bring volume four, and later in the year volume five, to print. Each of these volumes is a limited edition in their current, full colour illustrated form. Only 1000 copies of each will ever be printed, all beautifully illustrated by the skilled illustrator Becky Bumble. Without Becky, the story wouldn't come to life in the same way and we are deeply indebted to her for all of her continued support.
As well as the books, depending on the pledge chosen, you will also be able to secure other goodies as your reward, from souvenir postcards, to actual sea glass from Seaham Beach, home of the mermaids. If you are unfamiliar with Seaglass, this is a great opportunity to learn more and start your collection. Previous volumes are available with some pledges such as the story so far pledge, where you make one pledge and receive all four volumes so far. Choose carefully and if you're not sure, convo me to discuss the options in greater detail.
Here are the pledge options we have on offer. If you can't see one that exactly fits the bill, you can choose the nearest one, then contact me to sort out how to customise your pledge to ensure that you receive exactly the reward you want - some of you know how to do this already
That's it, eight pledge levels to choose from, eight sets of rewards to enjoy, but if there's something you'd like to add, you can always ask us.
We can provide add-ons and tell you how to increase your pledge to cover them. Check out the info below and the FAQs to learn more.
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Risks and challenges
Initially, we saw this project as being a risk. Would we have enough pledges to go to print? Would people like the book? But we needn't have worried as the first Kickstarter was a success, and the subsequent two have reached their goals faster than the previous one on both occasions. We're just hoping to keep the momentum going now for the last two volumes, but the risk is diminishing as we are committed to going to print for those who have pre-ordered. It's just a matter of being able to reach 1000 copies of each volume.
The practical elements are all sorted, we have a friendly print company, Becky is putting the finishing touches to the illustrations, the text was completed ages ago, and in fact we're writing book five now. So it's all systems go. We just need your ongoing support...
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