Member Of Shoppers Weekly Team Seeks Crowdfunding For Novel

June 12, 2018

By Cathy Stuehmeier-

Having been in the media business for 50+ plus years, I can tell you that there is something about it that attracts talented individuals. I’ve had the honor of working with a particular one of those talented individuals for over 20 of those years. Scott Pinkowski is the production manager at the Shoppers Weekly Papers.

Not only does he utilize his talents to design effective advertisements for our clients and help keep day-to-day operations running smoothly at the paper, but he’s decided to pursue novel writing on his own.

Over the years, he has contributed a few writing pieces to the paper for publication and I immediately recognized his knack for words. I remember once telling him that he may have missed his calling as a writer. At the time, I didn’t suspect that he’d taken those words to heart.

So, delving into the world of writing may not seem at all unusual, but perhaps it is how he did it that stands out in my mind.

Many of our team members are parents, so it’s not uncommon to see their kids hanging out at the office during the odd hours that babysitters are unavailable. On any given day you might see a kid or two reading or drawing or playing with a tablet. Scott has two wonderful children, 12-year-old Drake and 10-year-old Audrey. It was always a treat to have Audrey around at the office. All of the staff might find hand-made greeting cards in their mailbox from time to time or a handmade storybook might make the rounds. Many of the staff still have a few of her drawings and cards hanging by their desks as keepsakes. One of the many creative things she would do while in the Shoppers Weekly headquarters is write stories. She’d sit at the upstairs production department table and write, illustrate and staple together these elaborate storybooks.

It’s one of these storybooks that catapulted Scott into the world of writing. Scott told me that last year, he started a collaboration with Audrey to turn one of her superhero stories into a printed and bound family keepsake. But the project kept growing in complexity and Audrey lost interest and instead started focusing, once again, on her art.

This left Scott in a very odd situation. He had this story which was the product of their collaboration that he had fallen in love with. Should he abandon it, or should he move forward and try to see how far he could take it? Could he show his daughter the positive results of sticking with a dream and not giving up? Could this story get published?

Scott started studying storytelling and writing and realized if the story was to be good, he’d have to start applying the things he was learning. The result was Ordinary Everyday Isabelle, a 5,000-word middle grade novel with a science fiction theme. Scott started reaching out to other aspiring authors and beta-readers and a series of seemingly endless revisions and re-writes began. At long last, and at the verge of burning out on the project, Scott decided to send the first three chapters to Words Matter Publishing.

After several weeks he was a little surprised to receive a request for the full manuscript. A few days later, the email came saying that Words Matter Publishing was interested in publishing the story. However, as a new author with no body of work behind him, no author’s platform, or even a website, it was necessary that Scott would have to raise part of production and marketing costs.

The novel, itself, has an interesting premise. It’s the story of a gifted eleven-year-old girl, Isabelle Cooley, who attends a STEM academy and excels in the field of robotics. Along with her two best friends, she has a run-in with the obnoxious (but brilliant) new girl at school, Crystal Skorch. Their scuffle sets the trio on a chain of events that puts them in contact with an extra-terrestrial artifact that grants them superpowers. They decide to keep these powers a secret and to become amateur superheroes. They find that being superheroes isn’t so easy and end up doing more harm than good.

When an online video of one of them in action goes viral, things start to fall apart. They catch the attention of the police as well as a pair of creepy figures that are now hunting them. When their friendships are pushed to the very edge, they seek answers from a once-respected astrophysicist who is now shunned from the scientific community for her acceptance of extra-terrestrial conspiracy theories.

The girls learn that their powers come at a great cost and that many will suffer because of their decisions. Isabelle begins to realize that there’s more to being a hero than having special powers. However, Crystal has ambitions of her own.

Scott recently launched a Kickstarter campaign so that Words Matter Publishing can help turn the publication of this story into a reality. It’s an all-or-nothing 30-day crowdfunding campaign, so there is no risk to you if you decide to become a backer. If 99% or less of his goal is achieved then there will be no charge to you and the publishing of Ordinary Everyday Isabelle will NOT become a reality.

Only in the event of the goal being met will you be charged and the project will move forward. If the campaign is successful, backers will receive a reward. Backers can choose to pledge as much or as little as they want, but as the size of pledges goes up, so does the quality of the rewards. E-book rewards start at just $15, and your own paperback copy of the book will be awarded at the $25 level and so on. Remember, becoming a backer of Ordinary Everyday Isabelle is so much more than just pre-ordering a book, it is becoming a virtual shareholder in the dream of one dad and his daughter.

Let’s band together and help Scott show his daughter that if she sets her heart and mind to a task that she really can achieve anything.
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