WE ARE LAUNCHING A Kickstarter campaign on 7-1-2020 to try and get our books into hardcover, audio books, possibly a movie/TV movie (which is still in the works), and a number of other things. We have lots of different pledges you can do to help out with. From signed books, signed original illustrations, merchandise, and some other special rewards for pledging some money towards the project. Go check it out and please please please share so we can try to hit our goal. With Kickstarter it’s all or nothing and we’re going big.
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.
Sorry I haven’t touched my blog in forever. I am working on a number of big things…. hopefully. I have been very busy with my electrical apprenticeship, getting married this past June, and buying a house this past May. Along with our new little puppy, Nala, and work on the house I haven’t had much time for books but I’m budgeting my time for that now.
I am finishing Tony’s Butterflies Italian translation thanks to Daniele Ridolfi. I am getting another book ready to be on Storytime Sandi, because we love seeing our books on her awesome YouTube show. I am getting two books written and edited to send out to agents this coming January 2020, but if I get rejected on them I will be sure to
self-publish them since I already have multiple people asking where they can buy them (I had to be the bad guy telling them that it’s not even a book yet). I also have another book being illustrated by Shanilee Fields about an elephant with superpowers. Aside from all of that craziness, I’m also editing and about to start illustrating the sequel to Tony’s Butterflies.
Lots of stuff going on!!!! I promise to blog more about what’s going on so anyone who wants to can stay in the loop. I’ll also try to throw some pictures up here too because I know I always love articles with pictures.
If any of you missed it, I was currently on Fox 31 (KDVR Denver) thanks to Jeremy Hubbard. I joined their feature “Serving Those Who Serve” with Rob Bingham, the president of the Colorado Veterans Project. Without spoiling too much, feel free to watch the segment at the link below or click here.
Back at the end of May 2018, I finished the book Tony’s Butterflies. Dedicated to the late and very great Tony Sly. A singer and songwriter for the punk band No Use For A Name, I handed over the rights and profits to the Tony Sly Music Foundation for Kids…for FOREVER! Actually the rights are in Tony’s daughter’s names, but close enough.
The Tony Sly Music Foundation for Kids has announced that from today through December 31, 2018….yes, that’s the rest of 2018, will be donating the profits from Tony’s Butterflies to Guitars In The Classroom. A growing charity that is located throughout 10 states (including my home state of Colorado). Guitars In The Classroom helps get music into classrooms and instruments in children’s hands. Why wouldn’t you want to help them? Everyone listens to music! Yes, I know everyone has their own genre(s) that they like.
So why not support both charities and get something in return? A children’s book that will make adults cry and kids will ask them to read it again. How will it make you cry? Just read it and find out. Go to Amazon and search “TONY’S BUTTERFLIES” or click on the link below.
What an honor it was to work on this project. I never would have thought I’d get a shot to do something like this when I first started writing or when I contacted the Tony Sly Music Foundation For Kids.
Writing and illustrating Tony’s Butterflies was incredible. Not only did I get to create a fun book, I got to do it for one of my idols. Tony Sly was one of my two idols, up there with Dr. Seuss. I listened to Tony’s acoustic songs and to No Use For A Name (the band that Tony was the frontman of) all throughout high school. It has a tough message that I believe is more obvious for adults than kids, but it’s what we wanted to bring to the book. After speaking with Jon and Brigitte about where to go with the story, it was a joint decision to let some of Tony’s songs do the talking. Jon mentioned centering the story around “Keira” since the song was created as a lullaby. After a joint decision to let any of Tony’s songs influence the book, I began writing it. The rest I think might be kind of boring, so I’ll just leave it out and you can read the book to check out what came of all of this.
Months later and this has been one fun project that I still feel extremely honored to be a part of. So be sure to purchase your copy and check out what came of this project, but remember that all of the profits for every book will go to the Tony Sly Music Foundation For Kids so they can keep helping kids make music.
“I don’t even think a book could say enough for you.”No Use For A Name – For Fiona