I’m Brian Conway, and I’m 13. I was 10 when I first started fishkeeping and discovered there were very few books to help me out! They were either all too complex, and complicated to understand, or they weren’t detailed enough. So, I decided to write a book, Fishkeeping for Kids, which fills in the gap. This book can serve as a guide to fishkeeping, especially for kids but is great for beginners of any age. I plan to write other books on this and related topics. I also hope to spread the message to other people my age that they could do something like this too.

The early years of a marine biologist

I homeschool and have for 4 years. My learning plan is made up of standardized curriculum and some custom designed homeschool lessons. I am a member of the National Junior Honor Society which requires me to do public service work and keep a certain GPA. I serve as a volunteer at the Oklahoma Aquarium. I chose volunteering at the aquarium because I hope to be a marine biologist one day. Volunteering there helps me become comfortable working with people, seeing how an aquarium is run, learning how to keep a schedule and working with the biologists (given any opportunity).

A Homeschool Project Turned Publishable Book!

This book started as a homeschool English project, about 3 years ago. By the time I was done writing it, I decided it would be a valuable resource for other people and started the process of publishing. Over the last 3 years, I’ve started to learn about publishing. I’ve had my book edited, chose graphics, took photos, built a website, learned about marketing and set up social media. Currently it’s with the graphic designer, and then it’ll go to typesetting. I’m crowdsourcing to help me pay for the remaining graphic design, typesetting, printing and marketing.

My Budget:

  • Graphics/Typesetting- $4,535
  • Printing 75 copies - $900
  • Marketing (book signings, social media ads, google ads, press release, website) - $3,000
  • Book Giveaways (30 books) - $500

Note- I’ve listed these in the order in which I’ll have to pay for them. The more I raise, the more I will be able to get done.

Time and Money Investments Pay Off :)

I have already spent over $1,400 of my own money + $2,167 raised on GoFundMe + cash donations from family and friends. This generosity has allowed me to complete the following:

  • Images for the book
  • Marketing, preliminary
  • Video editing software
  • Getting my book cover
  • Putting up my website
  • Getting the book edited
  • Buying the website URL
  • Paying the first typesetting invoice

I appreciate every single penny that all of you wonderful people give. With your help I can get this book published sooner rather than later. If I raise more than what I need, I will use the extra funds to print copies of the book to donate to school libraries.

Thank you in advance for anything you can contribute. I am grateful.

If you would like to pre-order my book, you can visit my website, fishkeepingforkids.com, and click the order now button!