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A hapless children's picture book about a lighthouse keeper who, well, just isn't very good at his job, or is he?
A hapless children's picture book about a lighthouse keeper who, well, just isn't very good at his job, or is he?
167 backers pledged £7,064 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE #3

£6000 Target Reached

Having reached an amazing £6000 today everyone who has pledged £20 or above will now receive a postcard pack.

Let's see if we can hit £7000 before Tuesday so you can get some bonus stickers too!  Thanks everyone for your support so far and making this project happen!

UPDATE #2

Stretch Goals!

Thanks to all my wonderful backers I have reached my initial target and I can show my appreciation by offering a few bonus rewards if I reach further targets...

*£6000* Postcard Pack - A pack of four postcards featuring artwork from the book for all backers who have pledged £20 or above.

*£7000* Stickers - Four different stickers featuring artwork from the book for all backers who have pledged £20 or above. My digital backers of £5 and £10 will receive an additional digital reward- I'm thinking screensaver!

*£8000* One page illustrated manuscript - A separate signed and illustrated A4 copy of the rhyming story from the book for all backers who have pledged £20 or above. My digital backers of £5 and £10 will receive a digital version.

And if it all gets a little crazy and I creep up to near £10 000 I may just have to introduce an exclusive 'message in a bottle' reward to all my backers!

So please keep pledging folks and help me get my children's book project out to the world! Thanks so much for all your support so far!

UPDATE #1

£4000 target reached!

A massive thank you to all my backers so far.  Due to the generosity of my backers I am now able to offer some upgrades:-

Upgrades

*Premium Printing*I can now print the children's book using premium print quality- a real bonus for a full colour picture book!

*Hardback Books- EXCLUSIVE to Kickstarter Backers*I can now give all my 'Kickstarter Backers' who have pledged for a physical book a hardback version of my children's book rather than the proposed paperback. The hardback will ONLY be available by pre-ordering on Kickstarter. The limited edition paperback version will be available throughout my exhibition or until stocks last!

Hello!

I am Zoe and I am an artist & illustrator based on the Isle of Wight. My love of reading fairytales and penchant for my old-fashioned dip pen and pot of ink inspires me to create quirky hand drawn illustrations for both adults and children. Some of my clients include the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Hoodles Playbarn & Coffee Shop and more locally Style of Wight Magazine, the House of Chilli and Lander & May.

To see some more of my work you can find me at www.zoesadler.co.uk

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on Facebook here and also on Twitter @zoesadlerart.

© Style of Wight Magazine
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Reasons behind the book...

In a few months time I will be exhibiting my illustration work at the Quay Arts Centre, the Isle of Wight's leading art gallery and centre for live arts events. To coincide with this I plan to produce a 32 page full colour children's paperback picture book entitled The Lighthouse Keeper: A Cautionary Tale which can be pre-ordered curteousy of kickstarter pledges and the remains of the edition available from the Quay Arts Centre throughout the duration of the exhibition.

You can find out more about the Quay Arts Centre here.

Lighthouse Moon- the artwork I created that inspired my story!
Lighthouse Moon- the artwork I created that inspired my story!

This project and the production of the 'Lighthouse Keeper' as my first book is a really important milestone for me. Not only is this project a culmination of much of my creative work to date but it also pinpoints a new direction within my work. I have always had a really strong passion for books and book illustration, in particular for children, and this is the direction I am focussing toward with my illustration work.

This book was inspired by my love of books, my love of the sea and where I live, as well as the direction I really want to take my work. This project will also test all my skills as an illustrator and my past experiences within publishing. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to enhance my personal portfolio with a truly amazing project and really kickstart my career within the publishing world.

After the project reaches completion I will be working hard towards other book projects and potential outlets within publishing for my art and illustration work. I would love it you would be willing to follow my progress with me and I really appreciate all your support and encouragement- it means the world to me!

About the book

 

This is a hapless tale of a lighthouse keeper- who, well, just isn't very good at his job, or is he?  What happens to the little boat that approaches the lighthouse?  Does it get guided in by the beam of the lighthouse or does it go down in a watery whirl!

I have illustrated and written the book myself although I must admit had quite a bit of help editing the latter!

This picture book will be a numbered limited edition produced specifically in conjunction with my exhibition.  A selection of the original artwork can also be viewed throughout the exhibition, which will run in the Rope Store Gallery at Quay Arts, from the 22nd June to the 5th July 2014.

This project is not about mass producing my children's book but is a special limited edition created to coincide with the exhibition.  It will only be available until the kickstarter limited edition is sold out.

Of course this does mean I need your help to make my book project happen so please do make a pledge and reap the rewards.  If I don't make my goal then the project won't happen however the existing illustration work from the book will still be exhibited throughout the course of the exhibition along with my other works of art!

Rewards

So to give you the lowdown on what you will receive on behalf of pledging towards my project rewards include:-

  • Listed as contributors in the picture book
  • Bookmarks
  • The E-book
  • Hard copies of the paperback book itself
  • Limited edition prints from the book
  • Even some original reproductions from the book itself- which include snippets from the storyboard I created to plan the book out, cover art and double page layout artwork.

If you have chosen a reward where it says you will receive a print or original artwork of your choosing, the e-book will be sent in advance, so you can choose your favourite scene(s) from the book.  I will then ship your favoured option to you.

I also have some further (stretch) goals in mind just in case I hit the ground running and reach my target early.  These might include an additional run of hardback books, premium printing options and other potential goodies like postcards and stickers. You will just have to wait and see!

So please do give me that kickstart I need to create my first ever children's picture book!

Budget

  • First of all my budget includes the printing of the book- it will be 32-34 pages and will have an 8.5x11 portrait book format- have to fit that lighthouse in!  I will initially produce a limited edition of 250 paperback books.  If I storm through my target with more than 200 backers then I will extend the edition so there are enough books for my kickstarter backers and for the exhibition.
  • The purchase of ISBN numbers for the picture books.
  • A large chunk also has to be set aside for shipping all the books and rewards to you all.
  • The printing of the limited edition prints.
  • The printing of 'Lighthouse' bookmarks to all those who make a pledge!
  • Lastly to cover the 8-10% kickstarter fees.

Most of the money is towards the production costs of the book as I will edit and design the book myself.  A slight contingency has been added for anything unforeseen and to cover studio costs to create any original extras!

Risks and challenges

The story has been written and planned out page by page so I know exactly how the story goes and how much work I have to do before I start!

The first 4 of 14 double page spreads have already been finished!

So basically I have 3 months in total to complete the rest of the project- so a good 2 months to get the remaining 10 illustrations completed and the layouts ready for printing. I have also factored in 1 month to get the books printed and delivered to my door in plenty of time- I have already researched the costs involved in the book printers and how long the process will take.

The e-book is a first for me so that will be a bit more of a challenge. However I am very capable with most technical aspects my artwork. I have also carefully researched where to get the e-book put together properly so this has all been factored in to the plan!

Lastly there is getting all the rewards shipped off to you. As I am also getting ready for the exhibition all rewards will be shipped once the exhibition is up and running. Any original artwork to be created will be started at the end of the exhibition and shipped off to you within three months of the end of the exhibition.

I will endeavour to get everything ready and shipped to you as soon as I possibly can!

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    PDF Bookmark * Email of thanks * Listed as a contributor in book *

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    E-book * PDF Bookmark * Email of thanks * Listed as a contributor in book *

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    Signed copy of picture book * Bookmark * Note of thanks * Listed as a contributor in book

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    Pledge £50 or more About $67

    AHOY THERE PACKAGE: 6x4 Limited edition print of one of the storyboard sketches of one of the scenes from the book- lucky dip! * Signed copy of picture book * E-book * Bookmark * Note of thanks * Listed as a contributor in the book

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    Pledge £75 or more About $101

    LIGHTHOUSE PACKAGE: 8x10 Limited edition print of the cover illustration of the book * Signed copy of picture book * E-book * Bookmark * Note of thanks * Listed as a contributor in the book

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    Pledge £150 or more About $202

    LIGHTHOUSE MOON PACKAGE: 11x17 Limited edition print of one of the illustrations from the book- your choice! * 8x10 special edition of my 'Lighthouse Moon' print- inspirational piece that inspired the book! * Signed copy of picture book * E-book * Bookmark * Note of thanks * Listed as a contributor in the book

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    LOST AT SEA PACKAGE: An original recreation artwork of the cover illustration * 8x10 Limited edition print of one of the storyboard sketches of one of the scenes from the book- your choice! * Signed copy of picture book * E-book * Bookmark * Note of thanks * Listed as a contributor in the book

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    Pledge £500 or more About $672

    MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE PACKAGE: An original recreation artwork of an illustration from the book- your choice! * An original recreation artwork of one of the storyboard sketches of one of the scenes from the book- your choice! * Signed copy of picture book * E-book * Bookmark * Message in a bottle note of thanks * Listed as a contributor in the book

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    LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER PACKAGE: Full original recreation of the storyboard sketches for the book * An original recreation artwork of an illustration from the book- your choice! * Limited edition print from the book- your choice! * Signed copy of picture book * E-book * Bookmark * Illustrated message in a bottle note of thanks * Listed as a contributor in the book

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