A few years ago, when we began our search for the best way to tell our son about his birth, we found many books explaining surrogation from a technical or an adult’s perspectives. Every book we read focused mainly on the unhappiness caused by the incapacity to bear a child and the difficulties to go through a surrogation process… the child appearing only at the end of the story… but that was not the way we wanted our children to face their background.
So, hands on, I explored the exciting world of the illustrated albums, learned to write stories for children, looked into new formats, illustrations, language, and, particularly, how to reach children as readers. After a lot of writing and edition “Dotty’s way home” was finished.
As an experienced graphic designer, I knew that I had to find a professional to give my words life. I met Aurora Portillo, a very talented illustrator who read the story and became 100% involved with it, so she drew the characters Dotty, Hope and Lucy.
Once we had the book finished, we thought about how could we make it real, and after seeing the alternatives, we set out on the adventure of crowdfunding.
What we needed was € 7,000 that would be used for the printing of 600 copies of the book in 2 languages plus the production of rewards, shipping costs and Kickstarter commissions.
And on May 2 we started the campaign. It was an intense campaign, with which we achieved our goal and more than we expected. And here is the result.