Hello there! This is a different kind of post….I’m going to share a project we want to do!
Um. Oh wait…I guess we usually do that, don’t we? But this different because this is a project we want to do THAT WE NEED LOTS OF HELP WITH.
Ever since the Collaborations post went viral, people have been asking me to make book. “You should make a book!” they’d say, and I totally agreed with them because they’re all awesome. We had a few publisher nibbles, but they all fizzled. They said they weren’t really sure how to sell it. (Do you know you have to have a TON of existing interest in your idea and a ready-made audience online before anyone at a publishing company will even LOOK at it? I mean, how do new things even ever happen that way?)
Anyway, after many trying and much attempts, it occurred to me that I don’t want to make money on a book, I just want to make something that makes people smile. Yes, of course I’d be happy if I could get it done through a big publishing company to make even MORE people smile, but if not, I’ll just be happy if I can put something good out there! Something fun and inspiring that gives people a grin and makes them feel good. Because that junk is contagious. Especially in kids.
I was going to try to figure out a way to pay for it completely out of our own pocket, until someone suggested Kickstarter. And so I thought I’d give it a try. So I’m running a KICKSTARTER TO PRINT OUR OWN BOOK!!!
It’s going to be an 8×10, 96-page, full-color hardcover book with TONS of our collaborations in it, along with pages thick enough to draw and doodle on a few pages yourself! I am very proud of and happy with it, and excited to (hopefully) share it with all of you. It’s a lot of money to try to get funded, but it’ll all go directly into the project, and I think it’ll make for a wonderful and inspirational keepsake.
It’s not a “just for kids storybook,” but a collection of the drawings with the funny little sayings I add to them on my facebook page. More of an inspirational art book, and will include some pages that are partial doodles from Myla and me that you can add to yourself.
I’m including a lot of rewards for pledges. Like postcards…
And doodle pages to draw on and get creative with by yourself, or with someone else…
At the higher levels, I’m offering CUSTOM DOODLES! One face, drawn onto a print of one of Myla’s dinosaur doodles–$150 for 5×7 simple and $250 for 5×7 more detailed, and 8×10 for a pledge of $500 or more. (I didn’t want to offer a handmade drawing from her, because–you know–she’s a kid and I don’t really want her to be chained to an art table at the age of 4…) I’ll hand draw a face for you and blend it to the print so it looks like one of our doodles!
I am nervous about everything–it’s a LOT of work trying to get funded, along with fulfilling the rewards if we DO get funded, but you know–my husband (who’s the biggest fan and strongest supporter of our artwork, even from a billion miles away) reminded me that if my goal is just to put something GOOD into the world, then it’s totally worth it.
So please check out our KICKSTARTER PROJECT! I’ll probably mention it a lot on Facebook and Twitter. Sorry. It’s only temporary. And if you can’t support it, could you PLEASE at least share it? I just want to fill the world with a little more “weird.”
Thank you so much for all the encouragement and support!