Bat Dog's story...
Bat Dog's Forever Home is a heart-warming children's book about a lonely hound who desperately needs a family of her own. It's a moving, humorous, and poetic story that emphasises the incredible work of the rescue charities who help homeless dogs find their forever homes.
Bat Dog's Forever Home shows children – and adults – the importance of kindness, compassion, and love, and we're certain you'll agree that Jessica Knight's stunning illustrations capture the pure joy that a rescue dog can bring to a family.
What will publishing Bat Dog's Forever Home achieve?
We hope that Bat Dog's Forever Home will raise awareness of the hard work and commitment shown by rescue charities in the UK & Ireland.
With at least 10% of the profits from each copy being donated to these charities, we hope it will also raise some much needed funds.*
If we reach our crowdfunding goal, we will be donating an initial sum of £500 to our chosen charity Accolade Hounds. Starting in January 2017, we will then choose a new rescue charity every year to receive the 10% royalty – and this will continue for as long as Bat Dog remains in print!
Everyone who pledges will have the chance to nominate a rescue charity they'd like to see benefit from this royalty, which we hope will draw attention to many of the smaller independent charities, like Accolade Hounds, who do incredible work with very little money/resources.
Why do these rescue charities need help?
Every year, horrifying numbers of dogs find themselves abandoned and in need of help. Charities throughout the UK and Ireland work tirelessly - with the help of volunteers who dedicate their time, their homes, and their love - to keep these hounds safe and to find them families of their own.
Every rescue dog is a Bat Dog. And every Bat Dog deserves their forever home. This can only happen if these wonderful charities are able to continue their work - so every penny we raise counts!
Who are the creators of Bat Dog?
Cara is an author and publishing professional based in Cambridge, England. Two years ago, she and her husband James adopted their lurcher, Molly, from Ireland and were amazed by the incredible work of the charities involved. Molly is the inspiration behind the Bat Dog character. She is a complete joy and her gentle, goofy, soul makes everyone smile.
Artist Jessica Knight has already produced several stunning illustrations for Bat Dog's story, which you can see in our video & featured on our limited edition cavas bags, and is all set to complete the rest of the artwork when we reach our funding goal. You can see examples of Jessica's wonderful work by following @jessmknight on Twitter or Jessica Knight Illustration on Facebook.
What will the money we raise be used for?
Our target of £7,700 will pay for:
- Printing of 2,000 copies of Bat Dog's Forever Home (32 page paperback with gloss laminated cover).
- Illustrator's fee.
- Editorial and marketing costs.
- A donation of £500 to Accolade Hounds.
- Crowdfunding fees.
What if we go over our target?
Simple, if we go over our target we will increase our print run, which will enable to raise even more money for rescue charities - so get pledging!
* If we go waaaay over, we'd love to produce an interactive digital version of Bat Dog's story.
If the project doesn't reach its target you won't be charged! We only receive the funds you pledge if we meet 100% of our goal, so please don't delay! Pledge now!
What about rewards?
We're glad you asked! We're very excited about the rewards we've got lined up. You can see them on the right-hand side of the page. But here's a quick breakdown:
£5 - a warm fuzzy feeling because you've done something lovely to help the hounds! Plus, an e-voucher for 10% off if you purchase Bat Dog's Forever Home when it is released and a big thank you on the Bewick Press website.
£10 - a signed copy of Bat Dog's Forever Home with a thank you printed in the book itself.
£25 - two signed copies of Bat Dog's Forever Home, a limited edition Bat Dog canvas bag, and a thank you printed in the book.
£35 - three signed copies of Bat Dog's Forever Home, a limited edition Bat Dog canvas bag, and a thank you printed in the book.
£55 - five signed copies of Bat Dog's Forever Home, a limited edition Bat Dog canvas bag, and a thank you printed in the book.
£100 - a bespoke hardback copy of Bat Dog's Forever Home signed with a personalised inscription, plus a limited edition Bat Dog canvas bags, and a thank you printed in the book.
£250 - your own gorgeous pooch featured as an illustrated character in the story, PLUS a bespoke hardback copy of Bat Dog's Forever Home signed with a personalised inscription, a limited edition Bat Dog canvas bag, and a thank you printed in the book.
When will I receive my rewards?
We estimate that it will take no more than three months after reaching our funding goal to have Bat Dog's Forever Home printed and packaged up, along with your rewards. If there are any delays, we will keep in touch!
I pledged, how do I nominate a charity?
When we reach our funding goal, Crowdfunder will give us your email address. We'll then contact you and ask you to send in your nomination.
When will you choose the charity that receives the 2017 royalty?
We will choose the charity, at random, probably from a hat and hopefully via a live video stream on Facebook at the Bat Dog launch in January 2017.
When will Bat Dog go on sale to the general public?
The book will go on sale one month after you receive your rewards, so you'll be the first people to read it!
Where will the book be on sale?
Bat Dog's Forever Home will initially be for sale via the Bewick Press website, although we are hoping to expand to include other retailers such as bookshops and online distributors. If you pledged £5 and have a voucher for 10% off, you will need to make your purchase from the Bewick Press website.
How much will the book cost to buy?
The paperback will cost £7.99 + £3.99 postage.
* How much could Bat Dog raise for rescue charities in the UK and Ireland, and which charities will you donate to?
If we reach our crowdfunding target of £7,700, we will donate £500 to Accolade Hounds, who are a small independent charity based in Bedfordshire.
After that, starting in January 2017, at least 10% of the profit from every single copy we sell will go to charity. Everyone who pledges will have a chance to nominate the charity they'd like to see receive this royalty. Then each year, for as long as Bat Dog remains in print, we will choose a name at random from this list.
Any rescue who helps to promote our crowdfunding campaign will also be entered into the draw.
If we can donate more than 10%, we will. But we decided to set 10% as a base figure to allow room for running costs and bookseller discounts.
Who are Bewick Press?
Bewick Press is an independent publishing company. Bat Dog's Forever Home will be the first book they publish and they are very excited to be involved in such a worthy project!
One last thing...
Even if you can't pledge, please consider sharing our page and spreading the word about Bat Dog's Forever Home...