Join the Team

You can become a part of the team that makes this project possible. Share your travel stories, cool local facts and photos. Go take pictures of something along the 40th parallel, or find me a clump of plant life or a strange bit of trash that you find on the 40th parallel.

Do you live along or near the 40th parallel?

Where is the 40th Parallel?

Are you a traveler? Or a photographer?

So, you want to be a character in the book?

Looking for a fun challenge for you and your GPS?

How will your participation be included in the final product?

What then? What’s in it for you?

Do you live along or near the 40th parallel?

Excellent! You’ve got lots of ways you can join in. You could share pictures (either on the Ning site or Flickr) of what the 40th parallel looks like from where you are. You could go to the discussion page and share some local history or facts that you find interesting. You could also put your name in to become one of the characters in the story who help our traveling heroes through your region.

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Where is the 40th Parallel?

The fastest way to find out if you are at or near the 40th parallel is to first scan the list of countries and states in the USA below. Then, you can go to Google maps, and right-click on any spot and select “what’s here?”. It will then give you the coordinates of that point. Cool, huh?

If you would like to follow the characters’ rout along the 40th parallel, you can find yourself an atlas and use that. You can also use the iTouchMap’s Latitude/Longitude map, and enter points along the fortieth parallel. For example, the point (+40, +140) will take you to Ōgata Village in Japan, and the point (+40, -75.1) will take you to Philadelphia Pennsylvania, in the USA.

Here’s a quick map of countries along the 40th, followed by a list.

16 states
Create your own visited map of The World

16 Countries (West-East):

* USA
* Portugal
* Spain
* Italy
* Albania
* Greece
* Turkey
* Armenia
* Azerbaijan
* Turkmenistan
* Uzbekistan
* Kyrgyzstan
* Tajikistan
* China
* North Korea
* Japan

13 states
Create your own visited map of The United States

13 States in the USA (West-East):

* California
* Nevada
* Utah
* Colorado
* Nebraska/Kansas border
* Missouri
* Illinois
* Indiana
* Ohio
* Virginia
* Pennsylvania
* New Jersey

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Are you a traveler? Or a photographer?

Greetings, fellow adventurer! If you’ve traveled to any of the countries along the 40th parallel, the stories of your adventures in those places are just what I want to hear. So hop on over to the forum and tell us a few tales! You never know which ones will inspire me and become part of my characters’ adventures.

And if you’ve got pictures of some places along the 40th parallel, you are a gold-mine of visual inspiration. Head on over to the main photo sharing spot. Or if you are a Flickr guru, share your photos in the project group over there. If I choose your photos, you will be cited in the book’s bibliography.

Oh, and you have one more option: I’m looking for one or two lucky veteran world travelers to meet my characters along their way. You should apply. You know you want to be immortalized in a book for kids.

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So, you want to be a character in the book?

Ooo, that’s exciting, having yourself show up in a book that blends both fact and fiction.

I’ll be needing some basic information about you: name, age, physical description, occupation, hobbies, and personality. I also want you to tell me whatever you think it is that makes you interesting. You could share how you might react if you met my characters (i.e. you met a trio of Americans who were magically stuck traveling in a straight line around the globe). And then tell me whatever else you think might be of interest about yourself.

If you have a blog or other personal website (preferably with minimal mature content, as this is a children’s book), I’ll put a link to it in the book’s credits. I will cite you in any case.

Make sure you are truthful because the idea is that the people the characters meet are real, not made-up.

You can share your information in the forum on the collaboration site, or if you want to keep it more private, you can email me directly at meganlittle.artist @ gmail.com. I promise you I will only use the information you share for the expressed purposes of creating this picture book and will not share the information with anyone in any other way.

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Looking for a fun challenge for you and your GPS?

Go to the nearest section of the 40th parallel. Or go to a far away spot along the 40th parallel. Whichever tickles your fancy. And when you get there—take pictures of the spot and of you on site. Collect rocks or plant life or trash. Describe it, write a poem, or do a crazy dance there! Then come and share your discoveries. Mail me some samples of plant life, trash, etc, so I can put them right into the book (email me at meganlittle.artist @ gmail.com for my mailing address)!

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How will your participation be included in the final product?

As many pictures, stories, objects and characters as possible will find their way into the book in some form. Check out this rough sketch up of an example page that I’ve created, along with some example photos and stories.

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What then? What’s in it for you?

So, first of all, it’s pretty cool to collaborate in a group-sourced project like this. And then, some of what you share will probably end up in the story or illustrations in some way. I can make no promises, as the creative process of selection and integrating and the physical limitations of a 32 page picture book will invariably result in some information not ending up in the final product.

Your name, and possibly a link to your online blog, gallery, site, etc. will appear in the book’s bibliography if your material is chosen.

Once the work is completed, I plan to bundle it up, prepare myself the best pitch I possible can and start querying publishing companies or agents. Do feel free to mention this project to anyone in the publishing industry that you happen to know… That is, if you think it’s a good idea.

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Uzbekistan

Tajikistan

Kyrgyzstan

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