Originally a poem, this story describes the "Dreamer" personality and the very important role it plays in our fantastic and colorful world! "The Sweet Dreamer," is a children's picture book written for adults and enjoyed by kids whose Dreamer paints their world.
So how about a little tour of the Dreamer's big, big world?! Below you'll see a few examples of where the Dreamer goes and what she does.
The inspired message is a timeless reminder that can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Rhyming lines help young readers build fluency in reading along or out loud.
Kids love the wildly colorful landscapes that make up the Dreamers' world.
Subtle details keep readers coming back again and again to notice new things in the illustrations.
While "The Sweet Dreamer," is perfect for the age 4-7 crowd, it is definitely a story for kids-at-heart and straight up adults. We have tested the crowd from 4-86 and the feedback is the same - this story is a beautiful way of reminding us to keep our sense of wonder alive!
The writing is just challenging enough for young readers to expand their vocabulary. The illustrations are bright and interesting, and the topic is of course incredibly fun! Who doesn't love stoking the fire of creativity and imagination, or jumping into a world of fantastic colors and wild landscapes?!
Adults who need to play more or love to indulge the silly and supernatural will enjoy having this magical reminder close by!
"The Sweet Dreamer," shares a beautiful message about living our dreams, even if we are a full time adult, and even if it doesn't make sense to our heads. It is just as easily enjoyed alone as it is read together in a group.
We will be printing with high quality materials - locally sourced where possible - while continuing to keep the costs to backers as low as possible! The funding will be used for printing costs and an initial print run of 150 hardcover copies.
The physical specs of the final printed product are:
- 8.5 x 8.5 inches
- 48 pages
- full color illustrations
"The Sweet Dreamer," is 100% complete! This means that after the campaign ends and we meet the funding goal, we will go straight to print! With a printing turnaround time of about 7 business days, plus the time to ship it, this unique book will arrive at your home before the holidays!
Everyone who backs our project will receive a BIG thank you on our social media pages! Everyone who pledges at least $30 to our project will receive a set of 3 postcards and a decal - we want to welcome you to the dreamer community with some Dreamer swag! #postyourdream
Here is a better look at the printed post cards and window decal:
By backing this campaign, you'll not only get a beautiful book to share with your family, but you'll also be helping others to enjoy the book in the future - your contribution helps us reduce our costs so we can focus on reaching a greater audience beyond our super supportive friends and family!
AND you'll be helping our dream come to reality by sharing this message with the world!
The idea that has inspired this work of art is bigger than a children's picture book: we envision workshops, discussions, group activities and read-in sessions that help inspire people of all ages to dig deep and (re)discover what they really want out of life, and imagine how to make it happen!
But first, people need to read the book to hear the Dreamer's call. We need backers (you and your friends) to bring "The Sweet Dreamer," to life. Every pledge helps.
We have been working non-stop for the last 6 months to get this book out of dreamland and into the real world so that all of you can enjoy it with us!
Now that the book is complete, we are ready for the next journey of getting it into the hands of new friends and inspired minds. We are spending 100% of the pledges from this campaign to fund our printing and production costs! Here is the breakdown:
You can check out my previous self-published dream-come-true: "We the Peoples: the Bus, the Journey, the Lessons"
We can't wait to meet you in your dreams! Connect with us on social media, too @sweetdreamerbook
Risks and challenges
The best way to work with the risks and challenges of a publishing project is with experience and preparation. Though this is our first Kickstarter, we have trade skills in the self-publishing, branding and marketing fields that have helped to reduce a lot of the first-timer bloopers like time management snafus and allocation of resources.
Orders: We know that our publishing house has a 7 day turn-around on large order prints, and can also manage Print-on-Demand requests simultaneously.
Printing: We have personally funded a short-order of completed books already! We did this to account for any possibility of printing errors including faulty layouts, miscommunication with printers, sub-par materials and shipments. We can guarantee to you that this book is put together beautifully with great binding and a strong cover. Also, we have maintained an open line of communication with our printer to ensure that if there are other issues, we can combat them with ease.
Shipping: Shipping costs and logistics can be tricky and tedious. The last thing we want is for our backers to wait for their book or to have it lost en route. Preparedness works for the Boy Scouts and it works for us, too! We've consulted with many people across shipping and publishing platforms to find the best way to get our book to you, our backers. We'll be shipping through USPS Media Mail, which will keep both shipping times and risk of loss really low, and it won't drive up the cost, either!
Communication: Every healthy relationship needs a lot of this, and we want you to know that this project is a passion project, through and through! That's why we will keep you posted on printing progress, shipment dates and expected arrivals and any other issues or opportunities that arise on a case-by-case basis and at a person level - no bots, here!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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