Pilar: Little Explorer, Big World
Since my daughter Pilar was born three years ago, I became a different human being. It's been a dream of mine to develop a series of books that will inspire and educate children, with a special emphasis on empowering young girls to dream big, and to understand they should aim for the stars to pursue their goals. As a Dad, my mission is to support Pilar fully and to make sure she develops the skills and self-esteem needed to be herself when she grows up so she can overcome society’s hurdles. With your help, this book series could become a reality, allowing me to inspire children and to help parents around the world.
I am requesting donations to develop a young character, inspired by my family life, for the first book in a series. The book will portray educational adventures around the world, and will be written to help children, with the support of their parents and guardians, learn about many concepts such as bullying, discrimination, immigration, climate change, cultural diversity, healthy diet, etc. My book will be bilingual (English/Spanish), and will include wonderful illustrations to accompany fun and educational stories.
The book will be 8”x10” (21 x 26cm), printed on white 50# uncoated paper, 75 GSM. Two editions will be made, an inexpensive version, with a glossy softcover; and a collectible edition with ImageWrap cover and a tactile, matte finish.
I am fortunate to have teamed up with Argentinian illustrator Walter Carzon, to bring to life what we believe will be a great series for our children and grandchildren.
The expenses I am seeking funding for include: layout and design, character development, copyediting, publication, marketing, and printing. The book will be self-published, and will be available on Amazon, iTunes etc.
With your support, we can. This project will be developed working at nights, in our free time. As a National Geographic Creative photographer, I am constantly traveling to remote places of the world, teaching and inspiring people. I want to thank each of you for your encouragement to develop this project.
This book will be suitable for ages three to seven years old, but it should be meaningful for anyone interested in international adventures and thoughtful lessons. I am positive this book will bring a smile to all, whether to it’s readers or young listeners.
As I always say, we should never stop dreaming... I have spent my career trying to empower people to pursue their creative dreams and completing this idea reinforces that approach. I am happy to answer your questions about the project, please do not hesitate to contact me.
If the proposed funding level is surpassed, the additional money will be used to produce the second book of the series which focuses on children (or a child) living in Colombia.
We plan to provide copies of books to Colombian children living in remote areas as I travel around working on different projects.
Once again, I sincerely thank you for your support towards this book project, and also for possibly sharing it with others who might be interested.
0: Pay It Forward Sponsor: $25, and nothing expected in return.
1: $30, a copy of the book mailed to your US location.
2: $30, a 8x10 print by Kike Calvo shipped to your US location.
3: $30, a 8x10 illustration of one of the scenes of the book printed on photographic paper, shipped to your US location. Ideal to be framed to décor a child’s bedroom.
4: $40, a 11x14 print by Kike Calvo shipped to your US location.
5: $45, one copy of the book and one 8x10 print by Kike Calvo shipped to your US location.
6: $50, Two copies of the book shipped to one US location.
7: $80, Three copies of the book shipped to one US location.
8: $175, One signed copy of the book, by both Pilarcita and myself.
9: Young Explorer Sponsor, $1000. Inclusion of a character in one of the book scenes, portraying a real kid of your choice, in one of the future book adventures.
10: Silver Sponsor, $3000. Inclusion of a character, based on a real person, preferably a kid, in one of the future book adventures along with five copies of the book.
11: Gold Sponsor, $7500. Development of a special edition of the book for your company, including your logo, along with 150 copies of the book.
12: Platinum Sponsor, $15,000. Inclusion of your name at the beginning of every book, along with five 16x20 prints by Kike Calvo, signed copies of all books created, a 8x10 illustration of the book, printed on photographic paper, and a 8x10 illustration of the main character, printed on photographic paper, along with 100 copies of the book.
Our Second book is already in the making. I have already written Pili´s Second adventure, this time, in Colombia. Based on our personal experiences across this country, the character will have to make small yet important decisions, that will impact the conservation of many of the bird species hidden in its ecosystems.
Life has been hectic for the project's team members, but we are currently revisiting the Spanish version of the text. As soon as we finish reviewing it, we will translate the book into Spanish and we will create the last illustrations for the project's layout.
The creation of a children books series is quite complex but I have to admit, I just love it. All details of the new world need to be developed. Things that we take for granted, they need to be questioned from scratch. How would each character look? Closer to reality? This illustrations shows the initial sketches for the characters, and the one that will be actually used in the stories.