A novel for anyone who is artistic, about what it means to be an artist today.
The main character found himself among painters, musicians, photographers; creative people of all sorts. All they needed was a public space, a forum, a gallery. This is a story about a collection of artists that are brought together through this one common purpose and the public space to make it happen. They were determined to open an art gallery. They acquired a raw, unfinished storefront and made a deal with the landlord to trade work on the building in exchange for use of the space. Endless nights were spent producing art or playing music or just hanging out with other artists. Everything was happening all at once, a lot of highs, a lot of lows, but one thing they struggled with most was how to actually keep the doors open in the one place that meant the most to them all, the gallery that became a second home for any artist that passed through the doors.
This book tells all about that struggle, and about what it means to be an artist today. It deals with the triumphs and the failures they encounter with opening a gallery, with their art, and with each other.
If you are any type of artist you will find something in this novel that speaks to you. It was called Artless because to be artless is to be genuine. No matter what anyone was trying to do, held above all else was the idea that as long as you are genuine in your approach, you can never fail. The gallery--and novel--isn't just about these characters, it's about anyone who considers themselves an artist. This is a microcosm of everyone out there who is putting forth a genuine approach. That's what makes the novel great, because it speaks to what it means to be an artist or musician or photographer, when there is so much information and so much art out there that we're hanging it on the wall before the paint can even dry. When you have the influx of information and the ability to reach the ends of the earth, you realize that the moment surrounding you is the most real and genuine experience you could ever want. And this is happening everywhere, in all places. What Artless did was bring people together under one roof with the idea to open a public venue. But the space wasn't the real story, it was what happened along the way. The greatest thing possible is to bring like-minded people together. Not to have a place to sell art, but a place to create it, a place to live it.
I want to avoid the pitfalls of self-publishing by hiring quality people to do the editing, proofing, layout, etc. The novel is already written, with 300 pages of manuscript needing one more revision before it's fully completed. Your help will produce a quality novel without having to go through a traditional publisher.
Here are the specifics of what the funding will pay for:
- design and layout for the cover and hard copy
- formatting for each type of ebook reader
- bulk printing to reduce the per-book cost (this will be one of the biggest expenses)
- website design for the novel
- purchasing ISBN numbers
- paying registration fees to self-publish
- printing postcards
- printing the cover art
- printing photography
- packing and postage
I've spent a lot of time working on this novel and now it's almost there. This is the push needed to finally make this happen. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I've enjoyed writing it. Thank you for your pledges.
If you have any questions or want to know more, please feel free to contact me.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on October 21, 2012.
Sep 14, 2012 - Oct 21, 2012
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POSTCARD: A postcard of the artwork featured in the film--which will be the cover of the book--with a personal note of thanks.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $10 or more
EBOOK: A digital copy of the novel, formatted for any type of e-reader or in PDF format for your computer, along with a postcard of the cover artwork.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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HARD COPY: A hard copy of the first printing of the novel, along with the ebook and a postcard of the cover art.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: A hard copy of the novel signed by the author, with your name printed in the special acknowledgements section of the book. Also a copy of the ebook and a postcard of the cover art.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $40 or more
ALBUM: An album by S.T. Carrel, one of the founders of Artless Gallery and the musician featured in the video. Also a signed hard copy of the book with your name in the acknowledgements page, an ebook, and a postcard of the cover art.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $50 or more
AUDIOBOOK: An audio reading of the book by the author, along with the album by S.T. Carrel, a signed hard copy of the book with your name in the acknowledgements page, an ebook, and a postcard of the cover art.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $75 or more
PLUS ONE: Two signed copies of the novel, your name in the acknowledgements page, two albums by S.T. Carrel, two ebook copies, two audiobook copies, and two postcards of the cover art.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $100 or more
PHOTOGRAPH: An 8x10 black and white photograph of your choice, two signed hard copies with your name printed inside, two audiobooks, two albums by S.T. Carrel, two ebooks, and two postcards of the cover art.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $200 or more
PRINT: A large print (24x36) by the artist featured in the video. Plus an 8x10 photograph, two signed copies of the book with your name printed inside, two audiobooks, two albums by S.T. Carrel, two ebooks, and two postcards.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $500 or more
BOOK CLUB--Ten signed copies of the book, your name in the acknowledgements page, ten albums by S.T. Carrel, ten copies of the ebook in any format, ten copies of the audiobook, ten 8x10 photographs, ten 24x36 prints of the art, ten postcards, plus the author will join you to discuss the book either in person (if possible) or through skype.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $2,000 or more
READING/CONCERT: Book reading by the author, music by S.T. Carrel, and other Artless performances brought to your city, in either a private or public venue of your choice, along with everything from the book club level.Estimated delivery: May 2013