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A children's book called "The Ingredients for a Witch" The story of a girl who, with the help of her two friends, finds her inner witch
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Hi there! This is John & Jason, the writer & illustrator behind INGREDIENTS FOR A WITCH, and we’re so excited to officially welcome you to Halloween Hills! 

Have you ever felt overwhelmed? I KNOW I HAVE! From publishing your first book (am I  right?), taking on projects at school, to even just cleaning my room, sometimes it can all just seem so overwhelming and cause you to doubt that you’re capable of doing any of it at all! 

And that is exactly how our young apprentice witch Betty feels at the beginning of our story INGREDIENTS FOR A WITCH! Luckily for her she has friends that believe in her! Pumpkin, the orange tabby, and Boney, the skeleton boy, pick her up, dust her off, and show her that all the strength and ability she ever needed was inside her all along!

We both love the idea that the power you need to accomplish anything is within you all along and with a little help from your friends anything is possible! So with that in mind we would like to turn to all of you, our friends, and ask you to help us get to our goal and make this magic happen!

Ingredients For A Witch is the first book in a series of stories about Betty, a young witch apprentice who learns many lessons in life as she heads down the path to becoming a real full fledged witch of Halloween Hills. Along with her two companions, Pumpkin, an orange cat, and Boney, a skeleton boy, she will learn confidence and overcome feeling overwhelmed by her duties as an apprentice. Follow Betty and cheer her along on her many adventures to come!

The 36 page, full-color book will be printed in softcover by a large, reputable printing company. It’s going to look amazing! And since this book will not be a print-on-demand project the cost of the individual book will be less while the quality of it will be much better. Unfortunately, this means that the upfront costs are considerable!

So we are seeking your help in the hopes that we can make a lot of copies of this! Some to donate to school libraries, sell at local bookstores, and make available to Witch Betty fans that  attend future productions of “The Real Wicked Witches of Halloween Hills!” 

All of this with the goal of building witch Betty’s audience and, hopefully, giving us enough interest and momentum to jumpstart a small series!

Cause we got more stories to tell!

Originally when we conceived of this book both of us saw it in our mind’s eye as a beautiful hardcover children’s book. And it would look great as a hardcover! But printing a hardcover book costs 1.5 times more than a softcover. And the shipping for hardcover is TWICE as much for the shipping of a softcover book. And the reality of the situation was this was our first time doing this! This is our first book. Our first Kickstarter. And we didn’t want to seem like we were being unreasonable in what we were looking to fund.

Luckily, for us, we’ve had a lot of amazing support already and it’s still early in our campaign! So we have decided to put these other goals back out there! 

If we’re able to get this campaign fully funded and stretch it out to these other goals EVERYONE will benefit from it! So check them out below and please pass the word along that things just got cooler!

STRETCH GOAL 1 - $7,500

If we hit this goal everyone who has ordered a book will receive an ebook copy as well! AND, if you’re so inclined, you can choose to get your ebook in English or Spanish!

STRETCH GOAL 2 - $9,000

If we can smash past our original goal and reach this one ALL BOOKS will be upgraded to a hardcover edition! So, if you’re just getting into this campaign now and want a super cool hardcover edition, jump in and pledge now! If you’ve already pledged, GOOD NEWS the books you’ve already pledged for are going to become hardcover! So spread the news and let’s hit this goal!!!

Again, this was our original goal and what we always wanted to do! SO please let’s blow by that original goal so everyone can get their hands on this book the way we wanted it to be!

We’re printing with Printninja! Check ‘em out!
We’re printing with Printninja! Check ‘em out!

Risks and challenges

The risks/challenges for our project are minimal. This is our first Kickstarter campaign and we’re learning as we go. But we’ve spent a lot of time researching the process and building the rewards! The nice thing is that the hard work is done! The book is done and ready to ship to the printer NOW! And all of the rewards are ready to be shipped off to the respective factories and printers. You never know what might come up… but like our young heroine, Betty, we’re positive that with your help we can beat any issue that may come up! And we’ll be doing our best to keep you updated along the way!

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    Add a Character Doodle by the Artist

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    Family Pack!!!

    Not only are we going to give you TWO copies of the Sticker Sheets and Signed & Doodled copies of the book but we're also going to give you ALL THREE of our super cool Hard Enamel Character Pins AND an "ingredients For a Witch" tote bag!

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    For all of those amazing collector's and art fans out there! With this pledge we are going to include a limited edition, signed & numbered, 11"x14" giclee print by the illustrator. Original art featuring the three lead characters! Act quickly, there are only 50 of these beautiful prints being made!

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