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9.1.12>
OH boy! I have launched a Kickstarter project to re-print, actually print a revised edition of "Who's Behind the Fairy Doors?".

My first printing was also self-published and became a best selling book at Nicola's books and was listed on The Ann Arbor News (when there was an Ann arbor News) best seller list. In fact the first editon sold out and there has been some demand from retailers and fairy fans to re-print.

Because the printing costs are somewhat high*, I decided to try Kickstarter to raise the funds and enlist people as supporters and participants in this adventure.

*One can do print-on-demand, but the formats are limited (I had done embossing and spot gloss on the case bound cover, with nicer end sheets) and the price per book is higher. I printed 2,000 copies last time (and probably the same again), this also keeps the price per book more reasonable than a shorter run.

A New urban-fairies fairy door tour map is up, now includeds the latest urban-fairy fairy door and garage/workshop found at Found Gallery.

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9.4.12>
Just 3 days into the Kickstarter project we are at 25% of the goal!

Thanks to everyone who has already made pledges!

Remember, no money changes hands until the goal is reached. And there are incentives for making pledges. Example: for a pledge of $10 you will receive a copy of the book. That is $5 less than the retail price. For higher pledges there are other offers. Take a look, there is no cost to check it out.

9.13.12>
17 days left of > Kickstarter project over 1/3 towards the goal.

I have been going through some of the more than 60 journal guestbooks to select new fairies to illustrate for the revised book.

There has been some odd "good intentioned" (?) vandalism over at the C. S. Mott Children's Hospital urban-fairy fairy door. I hope it can be resolved soon, as it is blocking access to the Wing Wing there. Some background on what has been happening on my FaceBook page

9.15.12>
15 days left of > Kickstarter project now 60% funded.

The odd "good intentioned" (?) vandalism over at the C. S. Mott Children's Hospital urban-fairy fairy door. Has been resolved!

There is a new postcard available at The Peaceable Kingdom! A "Greetings from Ann Arbor, MIchigan" card featuring the old Stadium bridge and Clarence, the bridge troll. The postcard will be sold exclusively at The Peaceable Kingdom on Main Street in Ann Arbor this month.

9.21.12>
9 days left of > Kickstarter project now 90% funded!
9.24.12>
6 days left of > Kickstarter project now 92% funded!
Just $450 left to raise. Oh the DRAMA! and excitement. I have been through 65 journal guestbooks to find the new fairies to include in the revised edition. I have already set up most of the page layouts and the new cover (above) which reflects my certification in fairyology, since the publication of the first edition.

The Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor poster (version 2) has pretty much sold out, with some still left at; Nicola's Books, The Peaceable Kingdom and Graphic Arts Wholesalers.

For the Kickstarter rewards which include a poster, it will be Version 3, including the most recent urban-fairy fairy doors.
9.27.12>
3 days left of > Kickstarter project now 99% funded!
Just $60 left to raise. Pretty sure I'll make it. Too bad they won't let me make a contribution.


... only $30 to go!

The goal has been met! Much thanks to everyone who has supported this venture with pledges and/or forwarding the links and even moral support> It all helps! :)

BTW, any pledges beyond the goal (before the deadline) still are entitled to the associated rewards. Any additional funds will be applied to making the book better (end sheets, weight of paper etc.) shipping costs, the new Version 3 Poster printing (which is also part of the rewards).

Printing should begin about mid October (contingent on the printer's schedule).

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This where it (fairy doors) all began — the concept, the phenomenon. This site is all about the Fairy Doors in Ann Arbor, Michigan and what illustrator, Jonathan b. Wright , certified fairyologist, discovers about them. It includes photographs of the Fairy Doors, comments in the Fairy Journals, Observations and speculations about the Fairies. Tiny Doors, Urban Fairies®, Faery, Faeries, Fairy, Fairies, miniature doors, tiny doors, little doors, tiny fairy doors, little fairy doors, little faery doors, tiny faery doors, weensy doors, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, Peaceable Kingdom, Jefferson Market, The Ark, The Ann Arbor Framing Company, Selo Shevel Gallery, Lakewood Elementary Kindergarten, Fairy ticket window, Found Gallery, Mott Children's Hospital, The Michigan Theater, Google Offices, Nicola's Books, Flying Pumpkin Cottage, fairy entrances, fairy windows, fairy spaces, fairy store, fairy shop, Flat Fairies, Clarence the Bridge Troll, fairy droppings. The site will be updated frequently with new excerpts from the Fairy Journals, New fairy sightings, Specifics about each location a fairy map. Any new knowledge of the fairy activity will be passed along by Jonathan. Also on this site are some hidden fairy surprises a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Fairies. There is a brief history of how Jonathan became involved with the Urban Fairies®. There are links to local publications about the Urban Fairy® phenomenon. Jonathan is currently writing several books on the fairies in collaboration with his wife, Kathleen, who coincidentally has found a fairy door in her kindergarten classroom. Hopefully it will be fun and informative to come back and see what's new with the Urban Fairies of Ann Arbor.