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Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:37 pm UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
Princess Ninja : A Children's Book
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(Sample cover art only.)


Inspired by conversations with my own Princess Ninjas,
this is a story about being who you are.

Short Summary
A couple years ago, I had a little conversation with my daughter.

Her: Dad, give me two things to draw, together.
Me: Uhm... doctor Tyrannosaurus.
Her: I drew that already. Something else.
Me: Uhm... princess ninja.
Her: DAD! I said two things that are DIFFERENT! Princesses are ALREADY ninjas!

That was a very educational conversation for me. Both my girls enjoy writing little stories, but I suddenly had a great mental image of a classical fantasy royal family, with one princess being... a little different from the usual.

The story has been written for quite some time, but I've not been able to find a reliable, affordable illustrator (affordable for someone without any money, at least). I occasionally print out copies without any artwork at all, and let my daughters illustrate them, but they keep asking me when they can see a REAL copy.

Hopefully, with your help, they can. There is only 9 days to go for this project, and we're already at 82% of the goal! WE'RE SO CLOSE!

An Excerpt From The Story
In a faraway kingdom that you’ve probably never heard of
A young princess was born on a cloudy spring day.

She had three older sisters, all princesses,
(because that’s what happens when
your mom is the Queen, you know),
But she was not like them.
Her sisters were all born Princesses...
But she was born a Ninja.

The King and the Queen were quite distraught.
“A ninja for a daughter!” they moaned. “The shame!”
They filled her life with Princessly things,
like ball gowns and ponies and tea parties and games,
but it was no use.

Her sisters ate teacakes and
Princess Ninja ate octopus.

Her sisters drank honey tea and
Princess Ninja drank hot sauce.

For dessert, her sisters had ice cream sundaes.
And so did Princess Ninja...
because even ninjas like ice cream.

In their desperation, the King and Queen turned to Sir Zephyr,
the Royal Retainer, wise in the ways of honour and nobility.

“Help us, most honourable Sir,” they pleaded,
“Princess Ninja is hardly a Princess at all!”

As the months went by, the King and Queen grew impatient.
“Well?” they asked one day. “Does she still think she’s a Ninja?”
“Of course,” said Sir Zephyr. “She was born a Ninja.”

“But she’s a Princess!” they insisted.
“Of course,” said Sir Zephyr. “She was born a Princess.”


- - - - -
Princess Ninja sets out on a quest to find someone who truly understands her: a pet. What sort of pet would a Princess Ninja choose? Why, nothing short of a dragon.
On her journey, she discovers that sometimes even she can have misconceptions, and sometimes the most important thing you can find is a friend.

What We Need & What You Get
I've gotten quotes from several online and local publishers, as well as sampled finding an illustrator on Elance. Of the roughly 24 submissions I received on Elance, I found 7 or 8 that were skilled and highly-rated. I am budgeting approximately $1000 for publishing and $850 for illustrations, and $150 for incidentals (shipping, displays, advertising, etc).

I already have verbal agreements with the libraries in the Okanagan, as well as the library in Prince George, to carry the book, as they love to support local authors. Many other local bookstores sell local authors' self-published books, and Books & Co. has agreed to sell Princess Ninja when I can supply them with copies.

And, of course, there are copies for all of my supportive friends and family!


Other Ways You Can Help
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Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:16 pm UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
Wow, this actually got more attention than I thought it would. :wink:

That said, with 64 hours to go, I crossed the finish line! Everything after this is pure frosting! WOO!

Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:35 pm UTC
by poxic
Awesomesauce.

Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:33 am UTC
by Seven
Looking forward to the book!!

Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 4:30 pm UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
111%!

Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:20 pm UTC
by Yakk
That's over 2000!

Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:50 pm UTC
by azule
I hope to see the updated cover art.

Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 5:06 am UTC
by Bekah
I'm quite excited for the art...and the whispering my name bit...I like that too :P

Did you get any conceptual stuff from the artist yet? Abby is slower than molasses bc she is a total perfectionist and never got anything done that she liked...I'm just pissed I spent $75 on good pencils for her bc she needed new ones first!

Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:48 pm UTC
by Angua
I can only assume that you are now getting royalties from TNT.

Spoiler:
They had a ninja princess in the fairy tale episode of the Librarians.


Edited to add show name.

Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:30 pm UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
What's TNT?

Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:27 am UTC
by Angua
American tv network.

Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:35 pm UTC
by azule
Turner Network Television. It was one of two networks Ted Turner brought to cable. Now it is the drama half while TBS is the comedy half of this pair of sister networks.

I don't know of which show this is, though, as I don't have cable anymore.

Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:10 pm UTC
by Angua
Hadn't realised I hadn't put the show name in!

Edited to fix.

Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:30 pm UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
*hums* It's been a while...

... but:

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Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
by (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
How do I get a copy of this book

Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:30 am UTC
by Moo
https://www.amazon.com/Princess-Ninja-T ... 54039171X/

I'm fairly sure I saw a FB post by MJ that he's happy with people ordering it off Amazon rather than from him.

Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:06 pm UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
Ack! I forgot this thread existed. :D

Yes, Amazon is wonderful! Ordering from me directly is only really cost-efficient for everyone if you're in Canada, and Amazon probably ships faster. Also, if you purchase it from Amazon, please leave a review if you like it!

Here's my own Princess Ninjas enjoying the book being for sale in a REAL STORE.

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Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:59 pm UTC
by Moo
MJ do you still read this?

Because I finally read my kid Princess Ninja. One half two nights ago, the last half last night at bedtime.

He didn’t want the book, didn’t want me to read it to him. As much as I try to raise a feminist he has already internalized all the misogynistic shit around him about what boys should and shouldn’t like, so a book about a princess was frankly unwelcome. He cried. Actually cried.

I convinced him to let me start, and if he didn’t like it after 4 pages, we’d choose something else. Needless to say, we made it to the end.

Since starting the book 2 nights ago, he hasn’t had a conversation that didn’t involve detailed descriptions of scenes in the book, telling anyone who’ll listen about how Princess Ninja. He can’t stop talking about it. He spent a 15 minute conversation on the phone with my mom last night telling her about it. When I asked him how it was when we finished it, he accentuated his response of “GREAT!!” with a karate kick in the air.

He took it to school today for weekly book day despite it being in the wrong language.


Please thank your kids for me.

Re: Kid's Book: Princess Ninja (IndieGogo)

Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:47 pm UTC
by doogly
Moo wrote:he accentuated his response of “GREAT!!” with a karate kick in the air.

This is the best.