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The Quirky Confessions is a humorous, illustrated book filled with LOL anecdotes from Days in the Life of a Stay at Home Mom.
The Quirky Confessions is a humorous, illustrated book filled with LOL anecdotes from Days in the Life of a Stay at Home Mom.
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Our Story:

After having her second child Laurel became a stay at home mom. A big adjustment as many of you may know. Although not having to pack everyone up and rush off to work each morning was nice, the lack of adult interaction was tough to take at times. Laurel began posting comical, quirky status updates on Facebook about her days at home with the kids. Some of these posts were literally, LOL funny.

Illustrated page from the book.
Illustrated page from the book.

Friends started making comments like these:

Friends and family started saying things like, "you HAVE to write a book or something" and "Please write a blog!". I completely agreed! Laurel needed to write a book. Why not? We already had some of the necessary skills to get this done right within our family, after all my brother Dan, (Laurel's husband) and I work in our small, family owned printing company TPI Solutions Ink. So, after many months of reading these posts and seeing the comments I called Laurel and said, "Let's do this!"

Our Vision:

We put our heads together and came up with the concept. Create a small book filled with Laurel's funny Facebook posts, something that other parents could relate to. The book would be easy to flip through, it would make a great gift and, most of all, it would make people laugh. We wanted it to be colorful, illustrated and well designed.

Our Process:

First we needed to find an illustrator. We couldn't really pay someone a lot to do this, so a professional was out of the question. I thought it would be a great idea to reach out to a college student, someone going to school for art or illustration. The idea was that the student would gain some great experience along with us, make a little money, have fun and get published. I put out some feelers out on Facebook and I didn't have much luck with that. Then I contacted Professor Marc Cote who teaches various art classes at Framingham State University and asked if he would pass along our ad to his students. We are so glad he did!

Sara Capello's illustrated submission for the project. Fall 2012.
Sara Capello's illustrated submission for the project. Fall 2012.

Through this process we found our awesome illustrator Sara Capello. We knew instantly that she was just the right fit for our quirky team. We loved her style and her characters were just what we were looking for.

Shortly after finding Sara we had our first "team" meeting. 

Our Quirky Team:
Author - Laurel Spurrell
Illustrator Sara Capello
Graphic Designer - Addy Fulmer
and me, Carrie Grove - Project Manager.

That was in the fall of 2012. It took us about a year to pull it all together, working on it part time. Now we are ready to share with the world!

Our Blog, Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr

Laurel, The Quirky Mom, has been blogging regularly since we got started in 2012. We have active social media accounts and enjoy interacting with our followers. Please check us out around the web!

The Quirky Confessions Blog
The Quirky Confessions Website
Facebook
Twitter: @TheQuirkyMom
Tumblr
Pinterest

Our Goal:

To raise funds to self-publish our book "The Quirky Confessions: Days in the Life of a Stay at Home Mom" and spread a bit of laughter to stressed out parents and caregivers everywhere!

The $5,500 that we are hoping to raise will go towards the printing and binding of this funny, fantastically illustrated and colorfully designed soft-cover book. The book is a 62 page, 6" x 6" perfect bound book (soft cover).

Check Out our Cool, Quirky Rewards

Please support our project, we have SO many great rewards AND delivery of the published book ($25 sponsorship level) will arrive just in time for Mother's Day gift giving!

Quirky Kickstarter Rewards
Quirky Kickstarter Rewards

Risks and challenges

Every project has challenges for sure but I feel very confident that we will be able to overcome whatever may arise.

If our project is overwhelmingly supported we will definitely need to hustle on the production and shipping of the rewards so that our sponsors will receive them before Mother's Day.

I believe that my 25 years experience in the printing industry will be beneficial in this area. I am used to working within tight deadlines on a daily basis.

Another positive factor is that our book is done, it's ready to go to press! Once we have the funding, the printing and binding will begin immediately!

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