This children’s chapter book is based on a true story.
When possible during my children chapter book readings, there will be kitten/cat adoption events.
An abandoned kitten who has to find his way.
In my children’s chapter book Mr. Grumbles, a kitten is abandoned beside the road at a driveway to a house. He has to deal with the weather, other animals living in the front yard, and finding food. His survival is up to him until humans of the house take him in.
My audience for this book is parents reading to their children, Level 3: Transitional Reader – Second Grade: 7-8-Year-Old Readers, and up.
This children’s chapter book is meant to help children with their reading skills and literacy levels.
Public relations activities for my children’s book will include the use of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Zoom events and other social networks; posters and flyers for use at book fairs and festivals; and news releases to entertainment media.
Here is the timeline for completion of my children’s book Mr. Grumbles:
A stray kitten ended up in my family’s front yard in 2009. I spent most of that spring trying to catch him, and succeeded on June 4, 2009. My mother named him Guy Noir after a character from A Prairie Home Companion. I wrote an animation script, which I converted to a children’s book with the help of Diana Epelbaum (copy editor) and Mustafaa El-Attiq Ali (proofreader) in the summer of 2013. From a posting on VolunteerMatch, I met Susan C. Vergalla (proofreader) in the summer 2015. After meeting Nancy McBride through WIFT, her daughter Celestial McBride helped do a re-edit on the nearly complete book in the fall of 2018.
I had to come up with a creative name for the book. Guy Noir grumbles when he eats, sleeps, plays, and purrs, I gave him the nickname Mr. Grumbles.
In January of 2015, after searching far and wide from different countries and states, I finally found my illustrator, Stephanie Richoll (www.stephaniericholl.tumblr.com).
On June 28, 2017, because grant writing and fundraising is a lot harder than it looks. I replaced Ms. Richoll with Wendy J.B. Rowe (https://www.facebook.com/WendyJBRowe/).
In June of 2018, Wendy J.B. Rowe left the project for family reasons.
In July of 2020, I found a new illustrator, Ella Kate Dewees
We are working on looking for a publisher.
My budget for this children’s book is $10,000. I will seek funds from small and large grants and private sources. I will compile an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of expenses as I disburse them during all phases of the project.
I’m continuing to seek suitable grant providers through personal contacts and Internet research (including membership on e-newsletter lists of funding sources) for the additional funding.
My fiscal sponsor for this project is From the Heart Productions
(http://www.fromtheheartproductions.com) and (https://fundmyfilm.org/books/mr-grumbles/).
In September of 2018 I secured a Florida-based fiscal sponsor, Anchor Vision Partners (www.anchorvisionpartners.org/), which will enable me to apply for State of Florida grants.
The funds will be used for illustrations, author/illustrator photo headshot, and PR of the children’s book Mr. Grumbles.
I plan to donate signed books and/or signed posters to kitten/cat rescue groups for them to auction off at their fund-raising events.
Also, I plan to team up with kitten/cat rescue groups to do book readings at pet stores on days they are holding kitten or cat adoption events.
Other readings will happen at libraries, and neighborhood community centers the south Florida area such as The Barnyard in Miami’s Coconut Grove section (http://coconutgrovecares.org/). I will use these book readings to help children with their reading and teach them about what happens to abandoned kittens and cats. If possible, I will have The Cat Network or other kitten/cat rescue groups there, too.
Call to action.
Donors of $25.00 to $999.99 will receive special thank-you in the acknowledgment page and a thank-you letter from me.
Donors of $1,000 to $3,999.99 will receive a special thank-you in the acknowledgment page, a thank-you letter from both my fiscal sponsor and myself.
Donors of $4,000 or more will receive special thank-you in the acknowledgment page,
a thank-you letter from both my fiscal sponsor and myself, and a free sign copy of
Mr. Grumbles after it is published.
Marjory E. Leposky
Web site: https://www.facebook.com/MrGrumblesChapterBook/
Web site: https://twitter.com/grumbles_mr