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‘The Story Project: West Coast’ Featured On Kickstarter

Cameron Murray hopes to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter for “The Story Project: West Coast.” Murray hopes to create a book inspired by the ongoing “Story Project.”

The money will be used to cover the costs of traveling and collecting the content from different contributors. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The Story Project: West Coast will feature stories of success, defeat, the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. This book will take the West Coast from a place or destination and turn it into a chronicle of those who inhabit it. This book will show you the downtrodden, beaten and broken and reveal to you how they became victors in their own way.”

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‘The Circus’ Hits Kickstarter

Artist Sarah Kaufman created a series of paintings and became inspired to use her pieces for a new children’s book entitled The Circus. She hopes to raise $9,000 on Kickstarter to cover the cost of self-publishing.

Kaufman’s artwork features whimsical subjects including a floating ship, flying dogs, and elephants walking on stilts. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The book will also be submitted for consideration for major children’s book awards (Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and Moonbeam Children’s Book Award). The design and layout of the book has already begun. It will be approximately a 12X12 hardcover with nice, big illustrations for the kids to enjoy, and maybe the grown ups too.”

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Laura Numeroff Turns to Kickstarter For the ‘Work for Biscuits’ Series

Laura Numeroff, the author behind the New York Times bestselling picture book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, hopes to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter for the Work for Biscuits book series. The first installment, Raising a Hero story stars an eager-to-please service puppy in-training named Max.

The funds will be used to cover the cost of printing the hardcover edition and developing an interactive eBook version that will be be accessible to readers with special hearing and mobility needs. Artist Lynn Munsinger has signed on to create the illustrations.

We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Laura has always wanted to write this series. Her publishers turned down an early manuscript about a therapy dog, one suggesting it was more suitable for the ASPCA to publish. Laura soon discovered Kickstarter through a friend, Sean Hanrahan, co-creator of theWork for Biscuits series.”

Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

Activism-Themed Picture Book is Featured On Kickstarter

Jason and Danica Russell hope to raise $35,000 on Kickstarter for their alphabet-themed picture book, A is For Activism.

They hope to use this book to inspire their children and other readers to give back to the world. The funds will be used to cover the cost of self-publishing. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“This book is not just for the earthy, the urban, the hipster, the hippy, the traveler, the militant extremist, the organic, the already active activists, but… for the cool kids all over the world, looking for a way to matter in that world. This book is for anyone who wants to get involved, and give back, but feels overwhelmed about where to start. We believe, it is never too soon for kids to start thinking about kindness, and pro-active problem solving in big and small ways.”

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Book Discovery App Featured On Kickstarter

Jef Van der Avoort and Serie Wolfe hopes to raise $75,000 for a book discovery application called “Squirl.” With this app, users can check in to a literary-themed location, initiate conversations with fellow authors, and discover related content.

The funds will be used to develop the project. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Squirl bridges the gap between books and the real world. With the Squirl app you will bump into existing locations from captivating novels, life changing biographies and thrilling mysteries. Imagine passing by a street corner in New York City or a cafe in Paris and suddenly an excerpt from a book pops up on your phone. Literary serendipity!”

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An Anthology of ‘Outsider’ Fiction Stories is Featured on Kickstarter

Writer Steven Saus hopes to raise $7,000 on Kickstarter for a fiction anthology, Not Our Kind: Tales of (Not) Belonging. The finished book will contain 19 stories.

Saus plans to use the funds to compensate the contributors, pay the editor, and hire a designer to create the cover. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“When you talk about outsiders, it’s easy to think about that sense of isolation when you’re not one of the ‘popular kids’ in high school, when you’re the new person on the job, when you stand out in a bad way. But there’s more than that. There’s the sense of wonder at a new, alien place. There’s seeing everything you know through a new, different point of view. These stories defy expectations and easy genre boundaries.”

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Evan Dahm’s Illustrated Edition of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ is On Kickstarter

Comics artist Evan Dahm hopes to raise $15,000 on Kickstarter for his illustrated edition of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Click here to to download a free digital copy of the original book.

The funds will be used to cover the cost of printing Dahm’s book in hardcover format. Follow this link to check out the “Baum by Dahm” creativity blog. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a beautiful, dreamlike book, and it’s very different from the adaptations that are more widely-known. In the illustrations, I’ve tried to emphasize the strange atmosphere of its setting, and the sense of being lost and overwhelmed by an otherworldly place. I made almost 100 illustrations for the book: 24 of them are full-page illustrations that begin each chapter.”

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‘Snap Judgment’ Storytelling Show is on Kickstarter

Glynn Washington, the host of NPR‘s Snap Judgment, hopes to raise $150,000 on Kickstarter.

The funds will be used to cover the cost of producing the storytelling radio show’s sixth season. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Snap was born of love, and we have balanced on a razor’s edge since the very beginning. Your contribution goes directly toward making the most amazing season of Snap the world has ever known. Together, we’ve surmounted the obstacles before, and created the first five seasons of Snap. Let’s do it again.”

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A Book of Pun Poetry is Featured On Kickstarter

Emmy Award-winning artist Llyn Hunter hopes to raise $11,000 on Kickstarter for a book of visual puns. The funds will be used to cover the costs of self-publishing and printing.

The finished full-color coffee table book, entitled Punnies, contains pun-themed illustrations and poetry. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Punnies all started with a Catfish. When I work on storyboarding for animation, I regularly take a breather and create silly watercolor paintings. When I decided to do a cat as a fish chasing his dinner – Catfish – I just couldn’t stop.”

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A New Orleans Pop Up Travel Book is Featured On Kickstarter

Artist Jamie Hayes hopes to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter for New Orleans Pops Up. The funds will be used to cover the cost of printing this travel guide book.

With this book, Hayes will share history, personal stories, restaurant recommendations, and secrets about New Orleans. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“There will be lots of new illustrations designed specifically to ‘pop up.’ It’s going to be fantastic. It is not only a labor of love but quite different from printing a ‘regular’ book.”

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