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$2,567
pledged of $7,000pledged of $7,000 goal
54
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, October 3 2016 7:00 PM UTC +00:00

About


Our Mission

TunersCare is our "passion project" - a social venture company whose mission is to increase the positive social impacts of the automotive enthusiast community. Inspired by the friends and fun we've found in years of car clubs, we've started a series of children's books about cars, motorsports, and car culture. We hope to support charities that serve kids in need with our work and also inspire our fellow petrol-heads to find new ways to support their communities through their hobby.


Our First Book!

The first book in this series is the story of Nicky.  Nicky is a feisty and fun sport compact with a problem - he doesn't feel like he fits in!   Ever since his owner "stanced him out" - fitted him with oversize wheels and low suspension, creating a popular but not always practical look - he's struggling to find friends with something in common. Like any kid trying to find social acceptance, sometimes it just takes one friendly face to change everything. 

Nicky Is Stanced Out - Front Cover
Nicky Is Stanced Out - Front Cover

 The book is written and complete, so you don't need to worry about that part! The digital edition is actually available on Amazon Kindle already and we are already working on finishing the next story in the series. But every parent we've talked to - and every kid that has read Nicky's story on a borrowed tablet - has said they wish it had pages they could turn. Since it's aimed at ages 0-5 as a first reader or something to be read out loud we've overwhelmingly been asked for a "board book" - the hard cover and hard pages that are easier for small hands and that stand up to more "love".

Here's a few sample pages:

New shoes for Nicky!
New shoes for Nicky!

 

Nicky's social media game is strong
Nicky's social media game is strong

 

Nicky visits the race track
Nicky visits the race track

 

Nicky is really having trouble!
Nicky is really having trouble!

 

Nicky Is Stanced Out - Back Cover
Nicky Is Stanced Out - Back Cover

It's a Series!

Nicky's story is the first one, but others are on the way. The next book is Derek and The Triple Crown, about a car that wants to race the three biggest events in motorsports. We're working on those illustrations right now. Helping us publish Nicky Is Stanced Out will give us the encouragement and momentum to keep the series going!


Book Printing Details

We have shopped around to all kinds of self-publishing houses and found one that can print our size and format, and that is willing to print just 500 copies in an initial run, and for just under $10 per book shipped to us.  That's pretty amazing, since board books are more expensive to bind - they aren't folded and bound automatically by a binding machine; each one must be assembled by hand.  We really are convinced that the feel and touch of a kids' book is nearly as important as the story and the illustrations so want to do this right and print a book that your kids will love and that will last for their little brothers and sisters to enjoy, too. 

That's why we have turned to Kickstarter and the awesome community here! With 500 pledges to order the book, we can make an order from the printer for an awesome 8"x6" board book, containing 23 pages of full-color original illustrations and a fun story that will introduce your kids to the life of a car enthusiast through the eyes of Nicky! All our stories revolve around a positive message on topics such as friendship, acceptance, diversity and self-worth.

Sample of Board Book pages from the printer
Sample of Board Book pages from the printer

 

Close-up of board book binding from the printer
Close-up of board book binding from the printer



Campaign Timelines

We have picked the dates and deadlines with the goal of delivery to you in time for Christmas 2016.  Here's how that works out:

  • Campaign End: October 3
  • Place Printing Order: October 10
  • Printing and shipping to us (9 weeks)
  • Books should arrive to us by: December 9
  • Shipped out to you by: December 16

There's always a chance it could be a really busy shipping season or something, so please don't count on a Christmas arrival!  But we will sure try.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risk is that we might not get the books in your hands in time for Christmas gift giving! It takes approximately 9 weeks from the time we approve the final proof of the book until the printed copies are in our hands, and then we still need to ship them to you! To mitigate that, we are targeting December 9 as our goal to have the books in our hands, which is why the campaign ends October 5th, giving us time to see the final proof and order the printed run. We really want to make that Christmas shipping deadline!

The other risk is that we don't hit the minimum 500 copies needed to make the print run, which would mean no one gets a book and everyone is sad, especially us! The digital edition is fun but nothing beats a book that kids can touch and interact with, and the kids in our lives - and yours! - really want to see that happen. If we have to extend the deadline to hit 500 copies then we might miss Christmas shipping dates, so both of these things are really important to us!

We're so excited about this book and the series to come, and are really passionate about cars, car clubs and motorsports! We build and tune cars ourselves and have been involved in those communities for more than 15 years. We can't wait to share our hobby with our kids, and yours! Thanks for your help making our books come to life!

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    All-digital Edition

    You want to support seeing the book printed, but the kids in your life are very device-savvy and would rather have an electronic book. Order the Kindle-friendly and tablet-friendly digital edition and support the printing for others!

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    You think this book looks really fun, and just want to support it getting printed! We'll send you a die-cut Nicky sticker AND the Kindle-friendly and tablet-friendly digital edition. Shipping is FREE in the US.

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    Nicky Superpack! Book + Sticker

    You want your own Nicky board book, but you also need a sticker. This one is for you! A high quality 8"x6" "board book" - meaning hard cardboard cover and hard cardboard pages with a glossy finish that are easy for hands of all ages to turn. Your pledge includes the cost of printing, hand-binding and shipping from the printer, and then re-packing in Seattle to ship them all out to you! International shipping costs a little extra but US shipping is FREE.

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    You know so many kids that need this book! We'll send you 5 copies, you can start 5 kids early on the fun of car club culture! International shipping costs a little extra but US shipping is FREE.

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    So you work with a library or day care network and want Nicky's story on every shelf? We love that! Contact us if you need a slightly different quantity and we'll add a reward for you!

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