Kelly Kennedy, a Maryland dog blogger at sassyschnauzer.com is working on her first ever children’s book entitled Turbo the Flying Dog. The book was written by Kennedy and her coauther, Victoria Zajko, with a rescue theme in mind. To get the book to print quicker, they are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help them fund their self-publishing project.
Turbo the Flying Dog was designed as a picture book for children ages 4 to 8. The Kickstarter campaign began early in September. The campaign is designed to fund illustration, a small first run of the book and any other associated business costs which may be incurred.
Authors Kelly Kennedy and Victoria Zajko describe this works as an adventure in exploring the themes of aviation, animal rescue, as well as family. Both authors are passionate about dog adoption and family. Victoria is a commercial pilot – where the aviation portion of the book comes in.
Kelly Kennedy is a newspaper publisher and minored in creative writing in college. She believes strongly in rescue and animal advocacy. Her dog, Olive, is a schnoodle (part schnauzer, part poodle) and she has been living a life of excitement since her adoption in 2011. You can visit Olive online at sassyschnauzer.com.
Victoria Zajko is a commercial pilot working in aviation insurance. Her dog, Turbo, is a 20-pound mix – the DNA test said he was Chinese Crested, Chinook and Collie! He was adopted on New Years Eve of 2012. He is an avid aviator and enjoys taking vacations with his humans, mostly by air in their PLANE. You can visit Turbo online at turbotheflyingdog.com.
Kennedy and Zajko plan to write a series of book that touch on themes such as women in aviation and the history of aviation. They are currently working on the second book, Turbo Learns to Fly.
The authors hope for their initial book to be available via Amazon.com and at local events in time for holiday delivery.
That is why their Kickstarter campaign is so important. It is to act as a platform which will help their creative project find the funding it needs to get off the ground. The people and companies that back the projects are offered rewards for different levels of funding. The rewards for Turbo the Flying Dog Kickstarter include copies of the book “pawed” by real life dogs Turbo and Olive. There will also be invitations to the book’s dog-friendly kick-off party and even a special airport visit from the authors as well as the dogs themselves.
When this Kickstarter campaign went live, it hit over 50% of its initial funding requirements within almost 24 hours of its launch. It was one of the top 100 book projects and named a Kickstarter staff pick.
There are just over 30 days to go and with your help, the authors can make their dream come true and get their book to market in time for the 2014 holiday season. Check them out at turbotheflyingdog.com.