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An Australian children's picture book about the adventure of an adorably silly wombat cluelessly going about his day.
144 backers pledged AU$ 12,782 to help bring this project to life.

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Once a Wommie Wombat 

A children’s picture book about the adventures of a cute, silly and wommie little wombat called Wom.

HELPING TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE CRITICALLY ENDANGERED NORTHERN HAIRY NOSED WOMBAT.

Mockup of the book
Mockup of the book

The adorable and innocent Wom goes about his day without a care in the world. Not minding his own business, he romps through the tall grass, rolls in the squelchy clay, sticks his nose in the bowerbird’s nest and prods at the beehive in the fallen tree branches. It’s understandable that a few grass seeds and splats of clay may stick to your back unnoticed but a leafy tree branch and beehive on your head? Surely any wombat would have been able to tell. Not this Wommie Wombat, not even with a sweet trickle running down his nose. 

It’s only when Wom arrives back at the homey tree house does he realise that something is not quite right - as his friend Poss greets him with a squeal of laughter. Don’t worry though Wom, your wommieness may be a little hidden but you look fantastic in your hilarious, new fancy dress costume!

A project that's close to the heart

Poss & Wom is a growing and well-loved independent children’s brand that I created over 6 years ago featuring two lovable characters, Poss the possum and Wom the wombat. Targeting the preschool age group, ‘Once a Wommie Wombat’ is the first ever picture book that reflects the quirk, humor and beauty that is Poss & Wom.

‘Once a Wommie Wombat’ is a project that is very close to my heart. I have been working on it for 3 years now and I am ready for it to become a reality. This Kickstarter campaign is what I need to make it happen and it is exciting to have people like you to be a part of my dream! If I reach my target I will be able to start printing the book straight away and your pledge amount won’t go unrewarded. The majority of rewards I am giving will only ever be available now, through this campaign. Very special!

A book for fun and to raise awareness for an animal in trouble

In recent years, I have learnt about the plight of the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat. This particular species of wombat is one that many Australians do not even know of. They only live in a very small pocket in Queensland and they are critically endangered, more so than the Panda.  I wish for my book to not only be something fun and lovable but also to help raise awareness about the plight of this beautiful animal. In the back I will include a page about the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat and how you can find out more information. I feel that it is important for more people to be aware about this beautiful creature and with this book, I hope it can educate more people and help to raise the profile of the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat.

How I plan to pull it off...

My experience as a graphic designer has allowed me to put together the artwork for 'Once a Wommie Wombat’. This book has been a work in progress for over three years. I have had it professionally assessed by a manuscript assessor that specialises in children’s picture books and I have also consulted with a publisher to put together a realistic budget to produce it. If I can reach my goal in this campaign, I will produce ‘Once a Wommie Wombat’ as a beautiful hardcover book with glossy bits to touch on the cover. The will be a square book - 24cm by 24cm and it will be something quite special. The artwork and story itself is completed and ready to go into production. The estimated turnaround of the printing is around 5 weeks. If I can raise the money for this book then I can publish it and market it and hopefully distribute it. If I am super super lucky and raise more than my goal, then I will be able to put more money into production and maybe even turn it into a series.

If my goal is achieved, all pledge rewards, except for the book, can be posted within Australia in time for Christmas! And the books will be ready early in the new year.  So let’s get together and get this show on the road!

Pledge Rewards

Each pledge will come with an exciting reward!

T-shirts are available for both adults and children:

Limited Edition prints:

Some pledges are rewarded with a limited edition print. These prints are from illustrations within the book and will not be available for sale through any means other than this campaign. Each will be numbered and personally signed by Helen.

For the $1000 and $3000 pledges, you will be given the choice of which page you wish to have the prints of.

Risks and challenges

The book is already completed and ready to go to print. I have identified a publisher who can create the book for me and will help me to deliver on my Kickstarter promises. Successfully reaching this goal means pressing the button to print.

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    Pledge AU$ 5 or more About $4

    You will receive a special email from Helen to say thank you :)

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    Pledge AU$ 10 or more About $7

    You will receive a special thank you Poss & Wom postcard from Helen.

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    Pledge AU$ 25 or more About $18

    Thank you! You will receive a signed Poss & Wom mini print and thank you postcard from Helen.

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    Thank you! You will receive a Poss & Wom 'Hug a Wombat pendant' and a thank you postcard from Helen.

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    Pledge AU$ 25 or more About $18

    Thank you! You will receive a pack of 4 Poss & Wom premium Australian Christmas cards.

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    Pledge AU$ 30 or more About $22

    The book! Yes! You will receive one of the first ever copies of 'Once a Wommie Wombat'! And it will be signed inside the front cover by Helen :)

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    Pledge AU$ 35 or more About $25

    You will receive a Wommie t-shirt in your required size. For adults or children!

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    Pledge AU$ 40 or more About $29

    Thanks! You will receive one of the first ever copies of the book, signed by Helen as well as a pack of 4 Poss & Wom postcards! BOOK WILL BE POSTED SEPARATELY IN FEB 2015

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    Pledge AU$ 50 or more About $36

    You will receive one of the first ever copies of the book, signed by Helen. PLUS a pack of 4 Poss & Wom postcards AND a 'Hug a Wombat' pendant! BOOK WILL BE POSTED SEPARATELY IN FEB 2015

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    Pledge AU$ 60 or more About $43

    You will receive one of the first ever copies of the book, signed by Helen. PLUS one Wommie t-shirt in your required size! (adults or children) BOOK WILL BE POSTED SEPARATELY IN FEB 2015

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    Pledge AU$ 60 or more About $43

    You will receive one of the first ever copies of the book, signed by Helen. PLUS one Wommie library bag.

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    Pledge AU$ 70 or more About $51

    You will receive TWO copies of the book, signed by Helen. PLUS TWO 'Hug a Wombat' pendants BOOKS WILL BE POSTED SEPARATELY IN FEB 2015

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    Pledge AU$ 90 or more About $65

    You will receive one of the first ever copies of the book, signed by Helen. PLUS one Wommie t-shirt in your required size! (adults or children) AND a Wommie library bag! BOOK WILL BE POSTED SEPARATELY IN FEB 2015

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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $72

    Receive TWO copies of the book, signed by Helen. PLUS a limited edition A4 print of the cover artwork, signed by Helen AND a Wommie library bag. BOOKS WILL BE POSTED SEPARATELY IN FEB 2015

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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $72

    You will receive THREE signed copies of the book PLUS one Wommie library bag.

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    Pledge AU$ 150 or more About $108

    You will receive TWO signed copies of the book PLUS an extremely limited A3 print of one of the story illustrations, signed by Helen. BOOKS WILL BE POSTED SEPARATELY IN FEB 2015

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    Pledge AU$ 170 or more About $123

    You will receive TWO signed copies of the book PLUS TWO Wommie t-shirts AND TWO Wommie library bags. BOOKS WILL BE POSTED SEPARATELY IN FEB 2015

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    Pledge AU$ 200 or more About $144

    You will receive TWO signed copies of the book PLUS an extremely limited A3 print of one of the story illustrations, signed by Helen. PLUS 2 'Hug a Wombat' pendants PLUS a Wommie t-shirt in your required size! BOOKS WILL BE POSTED SEPARATELY IN FEB 2015

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    Pledge AU$ 300 or more About $217

    You will receive FIVE signed copies of the book PLUS FIVE Wommie library bags!

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    Pledge AU$ 500 or more About $361

    You will receive FIVE signed copies of the book PLUS FIVE Wommie library bags PLUS an extremely limited A3 print of one of the story illustrations, signed by Helen PLUS a 6 pack of Poss & Wom Christmas cards PLUS a Wommie t-shirt in your required size! BOOKS WILL BE POSTED SEPARATELY IN FEB 2015

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    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About $722

    You will receive TWO signed copies of the book that will also have a hand drawn sketch of Wom inside the front cover by Helen. PLUS a professionally framed, signed A3 print of YOUR CHOICE of illustration from the book. PLUS TWO Wommie t-shirts AND TWO Wommie library bags! BOOKS WILL BE POSTED SEPARATELY IN FEB 2015

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    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About $722

    CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP For this pledge you will have your business logo printed in the book under a special thank you mention. This will happen for the first 1500 copies made. PLUS 5 signed copies of the book and an A4 limited edition print. Not only will it show your support for an independent Australian artist but it also shows your support for our endangered wildlife and children's literature.

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    Pledge AU$ 3,000 or more About $2,167

    You will receive an extremely limited, large, plush softie of Wom the Wombat!!! PLUS TWO professionally framed, signed A3 prints of YOUR CHOICE of illustration from the book. PLUS FIVE signed copies of the book that will also have a hand drawn sketch of Wom inside the front cover by Helen. PLUS TWO Wommie t-shirts AND TWO Wommie library bags AND TWO 'Hug a Wombat' pendants! BOOKS WILL BE POSTED SEPARATELY IN FEB 2015

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