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Santa is looking for elves! (Canceled)

An award-winning Christmas book to compliment "The Night Before Christmas," only this version is told from Santa Claus' point of view.

Santa is looking for elves! (Canceled)

An award-winning Christmas book to compliment "The Night Before Christmas," only this version is told from Santa Claus' point of view.

$240
pledged of $6,000pledged of $6,000 goal
8
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 19 2019
Last updated September 19, 2019

About

Santa Needs Your Help!

Hello, my name is “Santa” Joe Moore. I have been a professional Santa Claus for sixteen years. As Santa, I have certainly read “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (better known as The Night Before Christmas) more times than can be imagined. And yes, I still love Clement C's poem. But I always thought it strange that Santa Claus never had his own version of what happened that night (and many more visits since).

Well as the late, great Toni Morrison said, “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” Now fortunately for me, the Santa Claus gig is only part time. My full-time job is as a multi-award winning, international author. So I put pen to paper (or actually my fingers to the keyboard) and created a modern version of The Night Before Christmas and called it The Christmas Eve Journey. I wrote this book in the Japanese gaiden style, meaning that this version compliments and enhances the original poem, but with more up-to-date language and told through Santa's point of view.

Truth Is Stranger than Fiction

While the poems match in style, cadence, rhyme, and length, it is the pictures that truly make this book a beautiful rendition of the story. Here is where things get truly ironic. Both being Moore's, Clement C.  and Joseph P. may have written the verses, but Mary Moore did both the original “paintings” for The Night Before Christmas as well as the illustrations for The Christmas Eve Journey. How? Mary Moore-Ogden was Clement's daughter and Mary T. Moore is my talented wife and illustrator, so both Mary Moore's created the artwork for their respective versions.

Now our version has some wonderful advances in printing that we incorporated into the book. Things like the beautiful case laminate hardcover, a heavier premium seventy-pound paper, perfect bound binding, a landscape 11.5” x 9” design, and of course the gorgeous corner-to-corner full color artwork that Mary (the second one) put into every page and panel. Making this not only a fun book to read, but a genuine new Christmas tradition that you and your family will come to cherish through many readings and memories.

So why Kickstarter?

So the book is real. It has been produced. It has even already won the award for the Holiday category from American Fiction Awards just a month after its release. I have written and published fifteen books. And even after all the writing, editing, cover design, formatting, file uploads, printing, and revisions have been done, I learned that all this was the easy part.

The Christmas Eve Journey won the Holiday Category in the American Fiction Awards! All books will have this seal affixed to the cover.

The real challenge is getting this book into the hands of readers. Lots and lots of readers. Mary and I found a way to do that without spending enormous amounts of money (that we don't have) on advertising. 

One of my best fans from Columbia, SC, and our booth In Roanoke last year.

We discovered that we could exhibit in numerous Arts & Crafts shows, resulting in meeting tens of thousands of people. In 2018, this resulted in selling thousands of our books over the year, putting hundreds of books in homes with each show we attended. But that is only the first part of this project.

Hardcover case laminate, 70# Premium paper and Perfect bound binding all makes this book a genuine family treasure.

Let's Hit the Airwaves!

As Santa, every year I read books to children and always enjoy the looks and smiles on their faces. I realized that like The Night Before Christmas, The Christmas Eve Journey could be comfortably read in under four and a half minutes. So I went to a professional sound studio in Knoxville and recorded The Christmas Eve Journey as (of course) Santa Claus. We added a little Christmas music and now have a radio version that can be played over the air (or internet) from SiriusXM, YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, etc., to the local Children's or Christmas format radio station in your town. But distribution to all these channels takes a significant investment to reach all the important providers and promoters and accomplish this goal.

What we now need is some extra elves to help us achieve these objectives. We need the initial investment to cover the price of the show booths, lodging, additional inventory, food, gas, and incidentals. During the last couple years, we sold out of some titles (sometimes on the first day) because we could not secure enough inventory. We hope to prevent this from happening with The Christmas Eve Journey through your pledges. We also need to pay our distributor, Daystar Productions, LLC, to reach all the necessary outlets and get the airplay that will allow us to create further demand for the book and audio versions of The Christmas Eve Journey

The Christmas Eve Journey commemorative mug.

We have some wonderful rewards that would be high on anyone's Christmas list. Most of these items, beyond the book itself, are not for retail sale but for our pledging elves alone. Pictured are some of the rewards - and they are ready to ship right now! So you will get these in plenty of time for Christmas to give (or keep yourself) as presents.

This CEJ bag with extra long straps and heavy canvas material in a distressed-style will hold a lot of presents!
Just a few of the many items in the Master and Supreme Elf Reward level.

 We have already begun production on the books (including the Exclusive 100 First Print Editions) and the CD audio version with its packaging to send to the audio market. We even planned far enough ahead to acquire the thoughtful rewards for our elves that will help us attain our goal.  

Only now is it time to put this project into your hands to help us see it through.

For sixteen years I have been making traditions and memories with families at Christmastime. You now have the opportunity to help me put more smiles on more faces throughout the world than can ever be counted. Isn't that worth your efforts to help us reach this goal?

Risks and challenges

The book is produced, the rewards have been acquired, and everything will be shipped well in time for Christmas upon achieving our goal. The risk of this project is the reach we will not attain if the goal is not funded. The flip side is the more we receive, the greater our reach will become, as we add more distribution and cities if we are pledged greater funding than originally requested.

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    You will receive a CD Audio or MP3 recording (your choice) of The Christmas Eve Journey narrated by Santa Claus. This will be the same audio version we will send to the radio/satellite/internet stations.

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    This elf gets the digital copy of The Christmas Eve Journey in your choice of format (PDF, Mobi, or epub).

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    We did a Special Commemorative Distressed-fabric Oversized Tote Bag with an interior panel from The Christmas Eve Journey on the outside. These are limited edition bags and will not be available beyond the initial run we made. See the pictures for what it looks like. Available in red only.

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    We've also created a limited edition 11 oz. commemorative ceramic coffee mug which features a wraparound picture of the cover. These are also limited to the initial run we made. See the picture in the "About" section to the left.

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    Receive a special 11"x17" Limited Edition Print of one of the panels from the book that is signed by the author and illustrator.

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    You will receive the run of press version (standard print book) of this special hardcover book shipped directly to you from our printer.

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    Take Santa everywhere you go! The Managing elf receives the Run of Press Edition, a Digital Copy, and the MP3 Audio recording of The Christmas Eve Journey narrated by Santa Claus.

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    Now we are getting serious. This special reward may become limited dependent on the number of requests we receive. This is the signed copy of The Christmas Eve Journey autographed by Santa Joe and Mary (the author and illustrator) and sent from our personal stock. You will also receive the CD audio of The Christmas Eve Journey - Radio Edition narrated by Santa Claus.

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    Chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus (or the author and illustrator) before Christmas! Up to a 30-minute Skype or phone chat with the author/illustrator – or choose a 30-minute phone or Skype visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus for children. You choose the day and time (restrictions on previous commitments will apply). This award also includes a digital copy of The Christmas Eve Journey sent prior to the conversation.

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    Special Collector's Limited Edition Book. We had a first print made of 100 books and had them specially imprinted on the inside page with "Exclusive First Print Edition Number XX of 100" (Numbers will be assigned.) Your book will also be signed by the author and illustrator. A special dedication, if requested, can be included. You will also receive the CD audio of The Christmas Eve Journey - Radio Edition narrated by Santa Claus. A handwritten notecard from the author and illustrator is also included. No matter how many books are sold throughout the world, the owner of this book will be in a very exclusive club.

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    Master Elf

    The Master Elf Level receives the Chief Elf level above shipped in a limited edition red gift box along with the commemorative mug, a limited edition 11"x17" print signed by the author and illustrator, the special edition distressed-fabric tote bag, and an author-signed copy of "Santa's Famous, Incredible, Flying Reindeer", along with a personally signed thank you note from the author and illustrator.

    Includes:
    • An exclusive edition signed and numbered of 100 First Print Book.
    • One limited edition print signed by the author and illustrator
    • One Commemorative Mug
    • CD audio of The Christmas Eve Journey - Radio Edition
    • Commemorative Distressed Bag with panel from The C.E.J.
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    Supreme Elf

    There is one and only one - NUMBER ONE! This is it. The very first #1 of 100 Exclusive First Print Edition of The Christmas Eve Journey. This and all the items listed below are shipped in a special red gift box (Prints will be shipped separately). But this is just the beginning. Look carefully at all this reward includes.

    Includes:
    • S/N #1 of 100 Exclusive First Print Book (only one of its kind)
    • 2 Commemorative Mugs
    • CD audio of The Christmas Eve Journey - Radio Edition
    • 30 min chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus (the author and illustrator
    • Two Limited Edition Prints signed by author and illustrator
    • Santa's Famous, Incredible, Flying, Reindeer, signed
    • The short story "Santa Claus Enigma," signed
    • Commemorative Distressed Bag with panel from The C.E.J.
    • Special handwritten note card from author and illustrator
    • Digital copy of The Christmas Eve Journey
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    Save $3 on the Elf First Class Reward and get the Digital Copy of The Christmas Eve Journey and the MP3 audio of Santa narrating the book.

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    The Library Elf Reward with a $5 savings! Those quick enough to jump on this get the book at a 15% savings.

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