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.
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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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