Picture Book Project: "The Princess and the Moon"

Hello, friends and strangers! I’m Danielle E. Shipley, author of novels and short stories, of fairy tales retold and legends reimagined, and now – for the first time – of a children’s picture book: “The Princess and the Moon”.

>>> When a young girl is startled awake by a singular light in the sky, her father spins her a tale made of sunbeams and stardust – the tale of a remarkable princess and the two opposite hearts that loved her. Adapted from “The Sun’s Rival”, Book Five of The Wilderhark Tales novellas by author Danielle E. Shipley, and illustrated by artist Hannah Vale  (“The Tale of the Two Royal Sisters”), “The Princess and the Moon” is sure to charm readers young and old, both by day and by night. <<<

I am excited beyond words to reintroduce this beloved story to the world in such a special format, but I could really use your help to make it happen!

Each of the book’s beautiful illustrations will cost up to $200 to commission, plus the cost of materials, sketching and storyboarding hours, and an estimated $25-ish per book to print. All told, I’ll probably end up spending a minimum of $3.5 thousand to make this dream a reality – which, for your standard self-published author working a day job to pay the bills, is a little bit /a lot/. 

With that being said, every dollar donated by someone who believes in the worth of this project will not only be deeply appreciated, it will also come with rewards!

- Donors of any amount will receive a special thank-you illustration by Hannah Vale.

- Donors of $10 or more will receive one (1) copy of the finished picture book, to have and to hold, to read and to cherish.

- Donors of $30 or more will receive a copy of the book /autographed/ by yours truly.

- Donors of $50 or more will receive book + autograph + a limited edition “The Princess and the Moon” promotional bookmark.

- Donors of $100 or more will receive book + autograph + special thank-you illustration + an “I See You” sticker from my Society6 shop (because see you, I do!).

 So, please: Give as you wish; share the link to this fundraiser as you can; watch this space for updates and entertaining tidbits as the project progresses; and I hope you’ll join me in adding “The Princess and the Moon” to the list of picture books you treasure.

 Love you to the moon and back,

~ Danielle


Danielle Shipley
Clovis, CA

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