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Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for Audiobook - Ship the Kids on Ahead from Retired Journalist, Author and Veteran


Madison, WI -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/10/2016 -- Bill Stokes is a retired journalist and a self-published author of a book: "Ship the Kids on Ahead", now, five decades later his grandson Paul Stokes wants to resurrect his grandfather's work to share it with a new generation of creative story lovers. Paul recently set up a crowdfunding campaign on one of the most popular crowdfunding platforms: Indiegogo, to raise funds for an ebook and audiobook versions of Ship the Kids on Ahead. Paul and the team require funding to spark their project to life and cover production and marketing costs, a crowdfunding campaign has a funding goal of at least $6,000 USD to be raised within the next 30 days.

The book "Ship the Kids on Ahead" is a collection of short stories originally written by Bill Stokes. The stories featured in the book depict a part of Bill's life during the 1950's and 60's. The book's main characters are Bill (himself), his beloved wife Betty and their 5 children: Larry, Patty, Ricky, Scotty and Mike. Bill shares the personal occurrences of his life through humor, wit and genuine love.

Talking about where the idea for creating an audio book for his grandfather's work came from, Paul said: "One afternoon I was talking with Pa'B (a name that all of Bill's grandchildren call him) about all of the interesting audiobooks I was listening to. He was not at all familiar with books in audio form so he was asking all sorts of questions about the medium. The conversation eventually turned to his books and how difficult it was now days to get a book published by a publishing house. By the end of our conversation, I could see a sparkle in his eyes that was not there before. The sparkle in his eyes motivated me to think this through - I thought to myself, I know people; I could bring one of his stories back to life, in a way he never imagined!"

Bill Stokes is an awarded outdoor writer, journalist and self-published author from Wisconsin. His career as a writer and journalist began at the Stevens Point Daily Journal where he served as columnist, reporter and outdoor writer, from there he went on to the Wisconsin State Journal and then to the Milwaukee Journal. In 1982 he found new ground to cover at the Chicago Tribune.

The crowdfunding project offers various pledge options to suit different preferences. A variety of different rewards and perks are also being offered to prize the generosity of those who support the campaign and the project through their monetary contributions. Paul has already partnered with award winning narrators who will be featured in the upcoming audio book.

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About Paul Stokes
Paul Stokes is Bill's grandson, he is passionate about words and stories, but rarely have time to read so he turned to audiobooks. Audiobooks have played an important role in his life; in fact, he manages/owns