Origin of the story
I’m sure Uncles all over the world have had the same experience as me: Your niece or nephew is born. You go to your local bookstore, looking for a book to explain to this new little person how great Uncles are. You find they have books about mommies and books about daddies… naturally. Books about brothers and books about sisters? Of course. Books about grandmas and grandpas? Goes without saying. They even have books about aunties! But guess what?
They don’t make books about Uncles. (At least not any good ones.) So, on behalf of Uncles everywhere, I wrote one myself.
It’s the story of an Uncle who takes his niece and nephew to a bookstore, only to find there are no Uncle books (sound familiar?). SUDDENLY, this Uncle transports his niece and nephew INTO the storybooks surrounding them. He soon shows them, anything that happens in these stories Uncles can do better. And still… “They Don’t Make Books About Uncles.”
This story is, first and foremost, a gift for my niece, Grace, but it’s also a gift for fellow Uncles who share my feelings – and by “my feelings,” I mean being hurt that we, as a group, have apparently been shunned by the book publishing industry ;)
When the fundraising period is over, that's when the fun starts. Around the end of March, I'll be able to begin the publishing process. I'll start working with my illustrator to design the characters and layout with a goal of having the book ready for sale by the end of May -- perfect timing for Father's Day in June.
You'll be able to keep track of the book's progress right here at my Kickstarter project page, so be sure to check back in!
This, quite literally, isn’t possible without your support. And if you donated, you're now a book producer! I hope you’ll consider yourself a part of the “They Don’t Make Books About Uncles” community, and join me in spreading the word about TDMBAU. Tell anyone who you think might be interested in joining us, so we can get this book into the hands of as many nieces and nephews as possible!
We Uncles thank you.
If you know Grace’s mom and dad, DON’T mention this. This is a gift for them too. I’ve managed to keep it a secret for over a year, so let’s not blow it now. Try to avoid public Facebooking about it until my brother and sister-in-law get their copy. I’ll let you know when they do. After that, Facebook-blast away!
- (30 days)