BBBFundMe

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If you have downloaded a free book or want to download one, you can make a small donation (via PayPal) to help support my publishing journey. Follow this link to my donation page.

(NEW BRAVE BEAR BOOK TOUR FUNDING CAMPAIGN)

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Once upon a time, a small boy of no consequece dreamed of the great somewhere. He would sit beneath his favorite tree, dangle his bare feet in the muddy pool and watch the frogs leap from lilly pad to lilly pad, chasing the dragonflies that darted this way and that. It was there under the shade of that magnificent ancient willow tree that he spent many hours dreaming and imagining the worlds he would one day write about. Many years later, the boy became a man and the man, without thinking too much about why, one day returned to that very tree and dangled his legs in that very pond. In that moment he found that his dreams had been reawakened, taking the shape and form of the books he then wrote. Books of profound meaning and beauty, full of life and color. Books he now wanted to share with the whole world. Having returned to the place of his youth, after the longest of life’s journeys, he had finally discovered his great somewhere…

I  write books for children and young adults. I have a unique narrative style, based on many years of refined experience and university training. My stories draw the reader into a sometimes strange, very imaginative, always surprising and yet not unfamiliar world. Through interesting characters, my books take the reader on an emotional journey, through fantastic worlds, inviting the reader to fully invest and believe in the stories.  Each character reflects a personality which has its beginning in my own heart and draws on my own unique experiences. My stories are stories about love, loyalty, family and courage. They represent a coming of age, where the central character must learn and grow in order to survive the complex and sometimes unforgiving world about them. I believe in strong young characters who stubbornly and sometimes defiantly challenge the troubles that compound their lives, finding a way, even in the darkest, bleakest moments of their otherwise unremarkable existence, to overcome adversity, raising above their ordinary lives, to ultimately become extraordinary.

I was born into a large family with nine syblings. Being the middle child in a poor family was not easy and I often had to do without decent clothing etc. But my parents always made sure there was food on the table and a roof over our heads. However, being…well, unique as I was, I found myself often at odds with my brothers, who used to relentlessly tease me. It was in this context I found solace in an imaginary world where everything was perfect and I was sometimes found wandering in the bushland, picking flowers and examining the wildlife. At school I was mercilessly teased and bullied because I was smaller and weaker that others. This bullying carried through into young adulthood and has become the main driver of my stories. Religion also played a big part in making me the person I am today. My experiences both as a child and young adult have provided me with an endless bank of material to use in my books and even many of the characters are based, at least in part, on people I know.

My books are imbued with my personality, experience and world view. My words are written with great care, attention to detail, emphasis on character, story and circumstance as well as imaginative and purposefull worlds.

I believe in my work. My books have earned better than 200 reviews, with an average star rating of 4.5 stars. I have an established fan base of dedicated supporters and many have bought multiple copies of my books. It is this belief, together with a proven track record and four years already as a self published author of twenty eight children’s and young adults books, that I can say with confidence, your donation will be a wise investment.

With that in mind, let me tell you exactly what your investment will do for me. Iam planning a huge driving book tour, first in the state in which I live and then the whole country. Being a part time relief teacher, as you can imagine I do not have the funds for this exciting venture. This is why I decided to run a funding campaign. If I am successful, the money raised will purchase multiple copies of my books and help me pay for fuel and accommodation as I travel from district to district visiting schools and libraries and community events.

My longer term goal is to have one of my books made into a feature animation or TV series. The book I am mainly focused on is my most popular one, The Black Fairy and The Dragonfly, which has not only achieved excellent reviews, but which has illicited the biggest response and the one book loved by everybody who reads it, whether young or old. This book is such an interesting, engaging and powerful story, it is destined to become a favorite and deserves to be made into a feature animation for film and/or television.

I am planning to embark on my Big Aussie Book Tour some time in early 2017. The reason for the long planning time is that I want to be certain I not only have the funds needed, but that I have made sure I can be at the most community events at the best possible time of year in order to maximise exposure.

Writing is what I was born to do. Telling stories is in my blood. Even on school camps, children are drawn to my stories over the campfire and I have spent many hours enjoying their company as I watch the expressions on their faces turn from delight, to horror, to laughter and then to wonder as they sit and listen. My books have brought similar responses, tested as they have been, in the real world calssroom environment.

But I want to take it to the next level. I want my books in every library and school. I want my books to be part of the consciousness of the nation and beyond that, the world. I am driven by a desire to tell stories and a need to be heard. My stories have already touched lives. It is more than just a publishing dream, but has become a pressing necessity.

I will be extremely grateful to anyone who chooses to make a donation. To that end I have included seven practical donation categories, detailing what each person who donates specific amounts will receive in return. Here is my detailed list of gifts to say thank you:

Donation Breakdown

$5 or less.  I will send you 3 digital books from my list (Kindle, PDF and/or PUB formats).

$10.00 I will send you 5 digital books from my list (Kindle, PDF and/or PUB formats).

$20.00 I will send you 5 novels (digital) and 5 Kids books (Kindle, PDF and/or PUB formats).

$30.00 or more. I will send you a signed Paperback book of your choosing, plus a DVD Audio Book collection. Plus 5 novels and 5 kids books in digital format (Kindle, PDF and/or PUB formats).

$50.00 or more. I will send you 3 signed Paperback books of your choosing, plus a DVD Audio Book collection. Plus I will send you my entire collection of books in digital format (Kindle, PDF and/or PUB formats).

$75.00 or more. I will send you a Paperback Pack of 4 books, all signed, plus a DVD Audio Book Collection and a Special Edition T-Shirt (choose from “Kipp The Kid”, “Star Child”, “Black Fairy”, or “Child of Mars” and others as requested). You will also receive advance digital copies of all future book releases and will become a life member of BBB with access to unlimited free digital books. Plus I will donate a set of books (5) to a public school or library on your behalf. As well you will receive my entire collection in digital form (Kindle, PDF and/or PUB formats).

$100.00 or over. Everything from from level “5”  and level “6”donation, plus an extra Paperback novel of your choosing, all 4 T-Shirts and 5 Paperback Picture Books. Plus, special mention in the Acknowledgements of future book releases. Plus I will donate a set of books (5) to a public school or library on your behalf. As well you will receive my entire collection in digital form (Kindle, PDF and/or PUB formats).

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Donation Breakdown

  1. $5 or less.  I will send you 3 digital books from my list.
  2. $10.00 I will send you 5 digital books from my list.
  3. $20.00 I will send you 5 novels (digital) and 5 Kids books (digital).
  4. $30.00 or more. I will send you a signed Paperback book of your choosing, plus a DVD Audio Book collection. Plus 5 novels and 5 kids books in digital format
  5. $50.00 or more. I will send you 3 signed Paperback books of your choosing, plus a DVD Audio Book collection. Plus I will send you my entire collection of books in digital format (Kindle, PDF or Pub)
  6. $75.00 or more. I will send you a Paperback Pack of 4 books, all signed, plus a DVD Audio Book Collection and a Special Edition T-Shirt (choose from “Kipp The Kid”, “Star Child”, “Black Fairy”, or “Child of Mars”). You will also receive advance digital copies of all future book releases and will become a life member of BBB with access to unlimited free digital books. Plus I will donate a set of books (5) to a public school or library on your behalf. As well you will receive my entire collection in digital form (Kindle, PDF or Pub)
  7. $100.00 or over. Everything from from level “5” donation, plus an extra Paperback novel of your choosing, all 4 T-Shirts and 5 Paperback Picture Books. Plus, special mention in the Acknowledgements of future book releases. Plus I will donate a set of books (5) to a public school or library on your behalf. As well you will receive my entire collection in digital form (Kindle, PDF or Pub)


BBBfundme direct link
Where will the money go if donations exceed expectations? Well, I am planning a book tour of Australia, which will cost money for fuel and accommodation, as well as print runs of hundreds of books. If I am lucky enough to achieve this, I will produce a travel vlog and blog updating daily this great adventure.

 

Short term goal

To raise enough funds (up to $10,000) to pay for a large print run of a selection of novels and picture books as well as pay for fuel and cheap accommodation as I travel around South Australia. For this trip I will be visiting schools, libraries, attending interviews for local papers and updating and managing a tour blog and video vlog of my travels. Those who donate will have special access to exclusive content along the way.

DETAILS OF THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BOOK TOUR

brave bear SA book tour info and map

Long term goals

My long term ambition is to have one or more of my books published by the Big Six publishers. Also, I would love for The Black Fairy series to be made into a feature animation for film and/or television.

 

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