Polly is the story of a gregarious horseshoe crab on a journey of self-realization.
(NOTE: The above video can be viewed with captioning at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvWqt6AMdwY )
Polly is the story of a horseshoe crab who discovers a sky full of stars on the night that she hatches, and wants to know more about what she sees. Not satisfied with the answers she gets from the other creatures of the sea, she sets out on her own to discover as much as she can.
Her curiosity leads her to many amazing discoveries above the water, including the strange and enigmatic "two feet" that live there - but when one of those encounters leaves her with an unanswered question, her real journey of discovery begins.
Polly is a story about self-discovery, the love of learning and exploration, and the quest for knowledge and wisdom. It's a gentle story told through the eyes of one of the world's most gentle and yet misunderstood creatures.
Through Kickstarter, I am hoping to fund the initial print run of Polly (which will give me enough copies to feature in bookstores, schools, libraries, and nature centers in and around the Delaware area - and, in time, other parts of the country) and cover some promotional costs - website, advertising, and appearances at local events. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
We made it! The original goal was reached in just under ten days! Thanks to everyone who has pledged and helped spread the word! Now let's see how much further we can take it -
$4300 - STICKERS! This goal will give everyone who is getting a book a 4x6" sheet of Polly stickers! These will be high-quality, full-color vinyl stickers from Sticker Mule, featuring everyone's favorite horseshoe crab, and drawn by myself. This will also give me a small supply to hand out during book readings and such, so by helping reach this goal, you'll be sharing sticker love with lots of kids in the Delaware area. I'll post samples once I've finished drawing them up.
Stickers will not be sent with books that are going to schools or libraries (unless you really want me to send them). If you'd rather not receive stickers with your book, that's perfectly fine, Please let me know when I contact you for your mailing information.
(Disclaimer: Stickers should not be used to vandalize other people's property. Please only vandalize your own. Ask permission before sticking stickers, and please sticker responsibly. I will not be held responsible for careless and/or reckless stickering.)
$5100 - T-SHIRTS! If Polly reaches this goal, everyone who gets a book ($16 and above) will also get a special "Have you seen this crab?" t-shirt! These will be full-color, high quality shirts printed locally here in Delaware. If my plan works out, they'll be sandy tan in color, with a picture of Polly on the front, and some sort of clever saying about how you are one of the two-feet who helped a horseshoe crab. If Polly makes it to $5300, then the t-shirts will be double-sided.
I'm planning for a 48+ page hardcover book, around 8.5x11", with a full color cover and interior.
My hope is to have Polly appeal to as many people as possible, and for that reason, it will not have any religious or spiritual themes, and will remain neutral on the issue of faith and belief. The story will contain a brief mention of how humans (the "two-feet") attempted to eliminate horseshoe crabs in the past to protect clam beds, but no actual violence will be depicted. The story will also contain a brief mention of how the horseshoe crab species has remained mostly unchanged over time, while other species have experienced changes. Some may find these two story elements controversial, and I mention them here to help them make their decision on funding this project.
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The tip jar. Show that you care, and would like to see Polly become a reality someday. Your reward will be the self-satisfaction that comes with knowing that you pitched in.Estimated delivery:
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For a $5 pledge, you can own a small piece of original artwork - a laminated Polly bookmark, drawn and signed by the author/artist. No two exactly alike!Estimated delivery:
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The completed book will have a backers page, a list of the "two feet" who helped make the book possible, near the end of the book where readers will be more likely to see it. For $10, your name or the name of your group/club/organization will be added to this page.Estimated delivery:
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Backers who pledge $16 will receive a personally signed copy of Polly shipped directly to you from the author. Your name will also appear on the backers page of the book (see above). (For backers outside of the United States, please pledge at least $20 to help cover the increased shipping costs.)Estimated delivery:
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Share Polly's story with the school or library of your choice! At this pledge level, you receive an autographed copy of Polly, AND a copy will be shipped to the school or library of your choice, donated in your name! Donor copies will contain a bookplate in the front with your name on it. Alternately, you can leave the donating to me, and I'll send the donor copy to a Delaware area school or library, with your name inside, and I will include a note in your copy letting you know which school or library received your gift. Your name will also appear on the backers page of the book (see above). (For backers outside of the United States, please pledge at least $30 to help cover the increased shipping costs.) If you happen to be so keen on this idea that you'd like to donate more that one copy, I will gladly send out 2 additional copies for each multiple of $25 that you wish to pledge above the initial $25 ($50 would get you 3 donor copies, for example).Estimated delivery:
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Backers who pledge $50 will receive a personally signed copy of Polly shipped directly to you from the author and a full-color print of the original Polly drawing (as seen here - http://fossilapostle.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2rjvoc ) Your name will also appear on the backers page of the book (see above). (For backers outside of the United States, please pledge at least $55 to help cover the increased shipping costs.)Estimated delivery:
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3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)
For a pledge of $100 or more, backers can schedule a live reading from the author at your home, school, library, or beach, including a discussion and/or Q&A session at your option. (Limited to locations within 100 miles of Felton, Delaware. Live readings outside of that area are negotiable.) Your name will also appear on the backers page of the book (see above), and you will receive a signed copy.Estimated delivery:
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6 backers Limited (4 left of 10)
For a pledge of $250 or more, backers will receive an original piece of artwork from the book - one of the original drawings produced for Polly, along with a signed copy of the book, and your name or the name of your group/club/organization on the backers page of the book. (Artwork will be distributed at my discretion. Receiving original artwork does not entitle the recipient to any rights to that artwork.)Estimated delivery:
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A pledge of $500 or more puts you IN the book. Backers who pledge this amount will be depicted as one of the "two feet" that Polly observes on the beach during one of her explorations (or can opt to have someone else depicted, within reason). Backers will also receive a signed copy of the book. (By choosing this option, you agree to allow your likeness to appear in the book and remain so in perpetuity.)Estimated delivery:
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