"A Crocodile Named Tom" is an educational children's book that I wrote to help address awareness for an endangered species of crocodile called the Tomistoma (Tomistoma schlegelii).
The children's book tells the story of Tom, a small Tomistoma crocodile, who becomes lost and has to find his way back home. On his journey home, he has to overcome many challenges, meet new friends, and learn important life lessons. The story is fun, engaging, and heartfelt and helps relate people to important issues regarding the conservation of endangered animals like the Tomistoma. The story also helps relate readers to the unique animals, environment, and people of Sarawak Malaysia.
The storybook is 43 pages long, with a few sentences on each page, and is developed for young children and family reading. The storybook is also entirely unique in many different ways and will hopefully play an important part in modern conservation efforts for the species.
Stage Of Development
After over a year of planning and writing, the story's manuscript is now entirely complete and professionally reviewed. We are now working with a very talented illustrator in the UK, who is helping depict the story through her amazing watercolors (see title picture). The story is also being translated into Bahasa Melayu by two of the most experienced language professors at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
I hope to have the book ready for printing and self-publishing in July of this year.
The story's manuscript is 43 pages long, in full color, with artwork on each page of the book. The book will be initially offered in Paperback and will be 8.5" x 8.5" in size. The pages will include text in both Bahasa Melayu and English, which is rather unique, and a way we hope to link readers from different languages and backgrounds.
This book project has been in planning and progress for quite some time. I am now very certain that there is a true potential for the book to be successful and complete. It is exciting to know that there are also opportunities for others to help ensure that the project makes a difference. I hope you are able to back this project for the storybook's potential and to ensure its successful production.
What Is Needed For The Project
We are requesting funding to support the costs for publication and production of these books, materials for our illustrator, and for going green with our book. Your backing will help support costs for printing setup fees, ISBNs, actual printing of books, everything to make the book a success. Your backing will not go towards anything else but what is required to get our book out there. Ideally I hope to raise funds over and above our project's goal to ensure the books success and future production.
One of our goals is to print our books on recycled paper. Unfortunately, large printing companies like Lightning Source and CreateSpace don't offer options to print on 60-100% PCW (post-consumer waste) recycled paper or other eco-options like printing with for Soy/Vegetable based inks. This means that to go green for our story, we will need additional funding and support to make it happen. Although it may cost more money at the register, we hope that going green can help (in even the smallest way) species in areas of deforestation, our environment, human health, and our future.
So Why Back?
The bottom line is that there is a very important purpose and need behind "A Crocodile Named Tom", which is to promote awareness for the conservation of a very unique and endangered species of crocodile called the Tomistoma. I cannot promise you that this book will gain any notoriety or acclaim, but I can promise that I will do my best to ensure the story makes a difference to better our world.
Beyond that, we have a handful of rather unique and very cool gifts that can add a lot to the enjoyment and interactivity of the story. Whether you want to take your Tomistoma to the top of Mt. Whitney or just to bed at night, rest assured, he/she will be waiting for you in the morning.
Your Pledge is Tax-Deductible
"A Crocodile Named Tom" is a part of efforts made by a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit called The Tomistoma Fund. This means that with your pledge to support "A Crocodile Named Tom," you also have the option and entitlement to claim your pledge (minus the market value of your chosen rewards) as a tax-deductible donation. If you have any questions about your pledge as a tax-deduction, feel free to send me a message by clicking "Send Message" above.
One of the great things about this project is that we have a wide range of rewards to thank you for supporting "A Crocodile Named Tom". The gifts are fun, educational, and can even help make the story all the more enjoyable to read. So whether you want a key-chain to show your support of "A Crocodile Named Tom" or a Tomistoma friend for your child to hold while you read the story at night, we want to thank you for your interest and support for our children's book project.
Some of our Rewards
- Educational bookmark and postcard
- 2 1/4" (~57mm) round Tomistoma key-chain
- "A Crocodile Named Tom" paperback and eBook- right when it prints!
- Tomistoma Plush: 23 inches and 44 inches long (58cm and 111cm)!
Risks and challenges
Most of the hard stuff is already done, including making sure the story is well written and correct. Our illustrator is going full board to make sure her artwork matches the story and inspires imagination, which have left me speechless from her page illustrations I've already received. We have left enough time to allow for minor corrections and changes if needed, but there are always risks and challenges to every project.
Our project's main challenge will be to acquire the necessary funding to meet the financial costs required to self-publish a run of books and establish a foundation to turn the books into an asset for conservation and education. There will be initial setup fees associated with our printing company and possibly additional fees for setup and page design if something goes awry. I have done my best in planning to ensure that our page specifications, text, book size, page bleed, and coloration are all correct and industry standard to allow for the sale of our books in bookstores and online retailers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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