Cards and Count Downs

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Thanks so much to Karen Tyrrell, a wonderful writer and advocate for mental health and anti bullying, for her blog  about Magic Fish Dreaming yesterday. She is just one of the many writers from Writelinks who have thrown their support behind this endeavour. They really are great believers in the power of children’s literature.

You can visit it here and leave a comment if you wish Kid’s Poetry Book Magic

A massive thank you to the many people joining our backer family and re-posting about the project. Moala, Linda, Tanya, Melanie, Heidi, Lyn, Noss, Cam, Alison, Sam, Honora, Marion, Linda, are the latest, but our blog honour roll will be out at the end of the project!  One fabulous friend is giving fliers out that she has printed herself wherever she travels!

Yesterday was a great day for Magic Fish Dreaming, with the project reaching 72% of the funds to the green light.  We have raised $6515AUD out of our $9000AUD. But we’re not quite there yet and need another $2485 AUD to achieve our main goal – to have enough to create the book.

Kickstarter is all or nothing funding, so we must raise $9000 to go ahead.  This is partly to ensure that people prepare a budget that really does enable them to carry out their project.

We’re doing a count down,  100 pledges @ $25AUD  (1 book) or 50 pledges @$50 AUD (2 books) will mean this book comes into existence.  You can pick a higher reward level of course.

We have some media coverage coming up and will share some more news on that in our next post.

All project backers are receiving project updates!

Here is another one of our project rewards.    Creature 1 set, if you are looking for it.

 

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The Final Wave

To swim the wave to achieving our goals for the kickstarter, we need to have the equivalent of another 136 pledges for a single printed Magic Fish Dreaming book.

Help us count down from 136 !   Join the Magic Fish Dreaming backer family.  

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2nd March – Now at 122 X $25AUD pledges needed.  66% of funds raised to the greenlight.

3rd of March-  Now at 96 X $25AUD  pledges needed or 49 double pledges  $50AUD, 74% funds raised to the green light.  (8% of funds was raised in two days – keep it up Magic Fish Dreamers!)

26% funds to go!

Local Media Release

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Magic Fish Dreaming is the collaborative project of two Brisbane women, of multicultural backgrounds to produce a magical full colour illustrated poetry book for children.

June is Papua New Guinean raised in Australia and Helene, French, raised in Africa. Both are now resident and active in the children’s writing and illustrating community in Brisbane.

June recently won a mentorship to work on another of her picture books, with the Australian Society of Authors. Helene, an award winning artist has several books coming out in the next year and is the illustrator of a recent version of The Velveteen Rabbit.

In the last 20 days Magic Fish Dreaming has become one of the top supported children’s books in Australia and Queensland in the global kickstarter projects.

They’re hoping in the next 19 days the public, especially Queenslanders and Australians can help it across the line (but all welcome to support!) to become a reality and make its way onto the world stage.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/juneperkins/magic-fish-dreaming or just go to www.kickstarter.com and type into search Magic Fish Dreaming.

As well as having backers from Australia. It has backers from the United States, France, Philippines, New Zealand, UK, Israel, Papua New Guinea and Canada and the wonderful support of groups like Writelinks, Booklinks, SCWBI, the Children’s Book Academy and more.

Tourism and Events Queensland and a few poetry editors and magazines, have been watching the project, and, impressed by the samples, have backed it, by ordering a sample book to review and will hopefully recommend it after seeing the finished product, for further distribution and use in schools.

June and Helene have now raised 59% of their funds to green light their project and would love the community to help them raise the rest of the funds for the project to go ahead.

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The great thing about Kickstarter is it is not a charity, but a place where you get a copy of the product you endorse and other rewards, so it is value for money.

They are going with a kickstarter to independently launch a unique niche book that represents the diversity of poetry, culture and nature that is in Queensland, particularly Far North Queensland.

This is a book that children, families, libraries, teachers and anyone who just loves Queensland, multiculturalism and poetry will love to have in their library and to gift to visitors from overseas.

Contact details for interview and story or leave a message in the comments on how to get in touch with you:
junepaisa99@yahoo.com.au

Interview with Ali

bannermagicfishYou can read an Interview with Ali Stegert on Magic Fish Dreaming HERE.

Magic Fish Dreaming is a children’s picture book project written by my friend and crit-buddy June Perkins and illustrated by Helene Magisson. Today, I interview the author about her beautiful work and her dream of bringing the project to fruition.

A Dreamy Book for Youngsters

Ali: “A dreamy book for youngsters” is my five-word description of your book. How about you describe Magic Fish Dreaming  in five words?” FOR THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW CLICK HERE.

Passing the $5000AUD Mark

So excited to let you know we have just passed $5000, and are now at $5049 raised towards our green light $9000 goal.

Just $3951 more and we will have our project definitely up and away!

There are just a few more hours left in our special Cassowary soft toy and book reward, so if you know anyone that would love this reward with the book, do let them know.

Thanks so much to Dimity Powell, who blogged our project today, and shared her blog throughout her networks.  We greatly appreciate the assistance of Dimity and many others who are letting the wider community know about our book.

Mr Koala says check out this: ARTICLE BY DIMITY

We acknowledge continual supporters on twitter like the Children Writers Guild, Alesa Lajana, Nancy, Vacen and Lenora Riegel, Pasifika Tales, Australian Women Writers, and Torey-Ann Torres, as well as their retweeting friends!

A big thank you to Jan Cornall, the Writer’s Journey, and to Di Bates, at Buzz words for sharing information about our project in their newsletters. We now have a few multiple book order options available, as some people are buying one for themselves and one for a friend or library. So check out our custom rewards.

ABC Far North Queensland did a prerecorded radio interview.  We will inform you when we know when and where this is airing and if there is an online podcast link.

Today the following stop press went out to schools.

Stop Press – Additional Note for Schools – Workshops Magic Fish Dreaming 

We realise that for many schools and libraries to consider the workshop option and day visits they need to budget well ahead of time.

The schedule for this book is that it will be available October/November 2016 and the workshops will commence in 2017.

We recommend if you would love a presentation or workshop or term project for 2017 pre-purchase at least the book or Education Reward 1 so we make sure it happens and goes into print.

You will then have the satisfaction of knowing you supported a book which encourages the development of poets in our community from the earliest of ages.

We will convert your skype in Education Reward to the introductory talk to a large school group.

June has run poetry workshops in schools and for community groups, and has a graduate certificate in teaching and a PhD in writing empowerments. She is currently on an Australian Society of Authors mentorship for writing picture books and works mentoring University students in creative writing.

Helene has taught art in India. She is an award winning artist with four picture books that will have been published by 2017.

They are combining forces to inspire and share the process of collaboration, illustration, and poetry in programs will be suitable for budding illustrators and poets. Much of the information you will need for budget and grant consideration is on our project blog.

Furthermore you can look at the educational rewards in the kickstarter to get an idea of the costs and programs we provide.

First preference for 2017 workshops will be given to those schools and teachers who supported the kickstarter.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/juneperkins/magic-fish-dreaming

June and Helene are based in Brisbane. Travel outside of Brisbane’s CBD more than 50 km will incur additional travel costs.

(More information will be available on workshops soon)