Children’s Chapter Book
In my children’s chapter book Mr. Grumbles, a kitten is abandoned beside the road at a driveway to a house. He has to deal with the weather, other animals living in the front yard, and finding food. His survival is up to him until humans of the house take in him.
My audience is children, teenagers, and adults who like to read stories based on true events that happen to an abandoned kitten.
Public relations activities for my children’s book will include use of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social networks; posters and flyers for use at book fairs and festivals; and news releases to entertainment media.
Here is the timeline for completion of my children’s book Mr. Grumbles:
A stray kitten ended up in my family’s front yard in 2009. I spent most of that spring trying to catch him, and succeeded on June 4, 2009. My mother named him Guy Noir after a character from A Prairie Home Companion. I wrote an animation script, which I converted to a children’s book with the help of Diana Epelbaum (copy editor) and Mustafaa El-Attiq Ali (proofreader) in the summer 2013. I had to come up with a creative name for the book. Since Guy Noir grumbles when he eats, sleep, plays, and purrs, I gave him the nick-name Mr. Grumbles.
In January of 2015 after searching far and wide from different countries and states I finally found my illustrator Stephanie Richoll (www.stephaniericholl.tumblr.com)).
My budget for this children’s book is $22,031.90. I will seek the funds from small and large grants and private sources. I will compile an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of expenses as I disburse them during all phases of the project.
I’m continuing to seek suitable grant providers through personal contacts and Internet research (including membership on e-newsletter lists of funding sources) for the additional funding.
My fiscal sponsor for this project is From the Heart Productions
In January of 2015 I secured a Florida-based fiscal sponsor, WeCare of South Dade, Inc. (www.wecareofsouthdade.org), which will enable me to apply for State of Florida grants.
The funds will be used for proofreading, illustrations, author photo headshot, publishing, and PR of the children’s book Mr. Grumbles.
I plan on donating 5% of the profits to The Cat Network (http://thecatnetwork.org).
The Cat Network is dedicated to reducing the overpopulation of stray and feral cats in South Florida through the humane practice of sterilization, vaccination, and release. Through our membership-based network, thousands of cats and kittens have been spared a life of neglect, cruelty, or euthanization. We offer a low cost spay and neuter program and a community of support to help you help homeless cats.
Also I plan on teaming up with them to do book readings at pet stores on days they are doing adopt a kitten or cat events.
Other readings would happen at libraries, The Barnyard in Coconut Grove (http://coconutgrovecares.org/), and other neighborhood community center. I would use these book readings to help children with their reading and teach them about what happens to abandoned kittens and cats. If able I would have The Cat Network there too.
Marjory E. Leposky
Chatterbox Productions, Inc.
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