My Little Pocketbooks: Kickstarter: Kevin's Point of View   

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Kickstarter: Kevin's Point of View

Currently, I am reading a book called Kevin's Point of View and I am about half way through the book.  I don't comment on books until I finish them completely.  Yep, no notes...nothing!  But I wanted to give you all a bit of insight on this one. 
Del Shannon, the author is in the final 8 days on a Kickstarter campaign for raising money for a second release of the book.  If you have never ever heard of Kickstarter it's a great way for artist, singers, writers and others to raise money and get a following to help support their projects.  And you get some great stuff in return.  Win-Win!!  His new project is 40% funded and every dollar will help to get him closer to his goal.  Check out the book, video and the site to learn about Kevin and Del. 
About Kevin’s Point of View  
Kevin Tobin is a relatively ordinary twelve-year-old dealing with the aftermath of his father’s death. To escape his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and powerful ally. After a mysterious package arrives at his door, Kevin and his best friend are hunted down by a ruthless villain determined to retrieve the package, unknowingly spinning Kevin into a battle for control over time itself. Set in Boulder, Colorado, this imaginative story, appreciation for the powers of family ties, the desire of young boys to both escape reality and prove themselves within it, and the fast-paced, adventure-filled storytelling style make this a book with wide appeal for readers of all ages, especially those 8 years old and up. 

 

About the Author and the Story Behind the Book 

It’s more than a little embarrassing to admit that I started writing Kevin’s Point of View over 20 years ago. I’d planned to finish it much sooner of course, but life has a way of reminding you that you’re not always in control. I was actually making great progress on the story until our 2nd child, and our only daughter, was born. A year after she joined her brother in our family my wife’s arms started to tingle and not long after her symptoms started we learned she had multiple sclerosis. I love my wife (we’ve been married now for nearly 24 years) and so we faced this challenge together and made some hard choices. I focused my attention on providing for my family and set aside the manuscript. Some evenings, after everyone had gone to bed and the house was quiet, I picked it back and up and added bits and pieces, but mostly it just sat there.

Many years later, with our son in college, our daughter nearly graduated from high school, my wife doing a great job managing her MS, and my career as a civil engineer solidly established, I discovered I had a little more time to finish the story, which I did. Now the story has become a book – with a cover illustration taken from a thank you note mailed to me by a 6th grader – and is out in the world. So far the early reviews and feedback have been stellar.

What I'd Like to Do

I published the first edition of Kevin's Point of View for about $500 and the glowing reviews have given me the confidence to publish a second edition. This second edition will have many new things, including:
  • Professional cover, artwork and book design
  • A new acknowledgment section recognizing contributors
  • A new reviews section
  • Increased promotion online, to schools, to libraries, and to brick and mortar bookstores
I'm also currently writing the sequel (I've finished three chapters) and I envision at least two or three more books in the series.
Kevin's Point of View is a fun adventure story that keeps readers, especially reluctant readers, turning pages. It's also a story of hope, the power of family, and using your skills and talents, whatever they may be, to overcome any obstacle. I hope you will work with me on this and future books featuring the indefatigable Kevin Tobin.  
 

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