Tracey is a normal girl who likes reading. But after a deadly aviation accident, her life changes and so does her outlook on the latter
2/1/2013 --- First backer, 5% funded!
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A drawing of Tracey, the protagonist:
What's your book about?
A girl named Tracey. You've seen the 180-character-tweet-sized logline just below the video, but I don't want to spoil it. Instead, i've come up with a 3-D pie chart to illustrate the subjects :)
What's your inspiration for this project?
I found an article in Autumn 2012 written by Drew Kennedy inspirational. Here's a link to the article: http://www.bmi.com/musicworld/entry/bmi_songwriter_blog_how_to_make_your_album_release_an_event/
Basically, he's a songwriter/musician who wrote a book that used a bunch of lyrics from songs on his album. It got me interested in combining writing with music. So I decided to write a book like this, going one step further, as a graduate of film school, I want to try to combine IMAGES with WRITING and MUSIC. The best of three worlds!
Why Should You Back this Project?
Have you ever read a book that had:
- Original Music referenced and was created exclusively for it.
- Original Pictures in it and was created exclusively for it.
- Original Poetry referenced and was created exclusively for it.
- All of these "Originals" bundled with the book.
In short, you haven't read a book that had these things and you'd like to. Or you like to take part in helping produce new creative projects.
For just $2 you'll get everything:
an original book that incorporates the "Originals," and the "Originals":
- copies of the original pictures taken exclusively for the book
- copies of the original music written exclusively for the book
- copies of the original poetry written exclusively for the book
What are the Project Expenses?
Good question, writing a book surely doesn't cost more than paper and ink. But this is not your typical book. I'm having it illustrated and am recording music for it. That said, the minimum cost needed to be paid in order to get all this done is $360, the funding goal. Here’s the breakdown: Illustrating this book will cost around $60. The other $300: To go out on a limb, I am having two of Cash's Pieces of "The Extras," recorded in a professional recording studio. I have already recorded one and it sounds fantastic. Mr. Antonov will record the other. The rest will be of the highest-quality, while not being produced professionally. I personally have listened to recordings by all of these pianists, they are all fine players of piano music and have good equipment. The simple answer to why I need your money? I've already invested money in this project to produce for you something you'll truly enjoy, so it's kind of like you'd be paying down those expenses if you pledge.
Introducing, "The Extras"
The "Originals," featuring Poetry, Music and Pictures all created by me, (except one of Cash's piece's and the illustrations) but I am crediting them to the characters in the story. One of the many ways this novel is interactive! Roger is a Poet, Cash is a Musician/Composer and Nina is a Photographer.
- Cash's Pieces:
Featuring acoustic piano recordings of my newest compositions by
Francois de Larrard
and Jonathan Yeo
as well as some electronic simulations of non-piano pieces. A total of 15! I'm really excited about sharing these. Here is a piece I wrote and recorded called "Stories of a Century" :
- Roger's Poems
Featuring poems I've written. A total of 30. These poems are mostly simple, but behind the simplicity lies a deeper meaning. Many poems are accompanied by Nina's pictures. They are tied together, one typically being related to the other in some way.
- Nina's Pictures
The Pictures are a mix of photos and drawings.
Featuring pictures I've taken and illustrations by Benjamin Fernandez.
20 drawings and 15 pictures.
One more thing. If you think this project is worthy, please spread the word around. Whoever you are comfortable sharing it with. Your friends, acquaintances, anybody. A big bonus if they are music lovers or readers who want to read something new. But there is a lot here to enjoy even if you are not interested in music or reading. How about Nina's Pictures?! By the way, that plane is 100% real, it wasn't composited in Photoshop :)
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RISKS AND CHALLENGES:
Writing a novel is difficult. I'm certainly seeing it as being a challenge, even after having finished a feature screenplay! And that took a lot of effort. But I am working hard on it, and have faith it can get done. Here is something to ponder. You back my project because you think you will really like the story. I haven't given you the details of all of what happens because I don't want to give it away, but yeah, a book for $1 , that's a bargain, right?!
So... The project is funded, your card gets charged and you recieve the book. But-- you don't like the main character. And the ending was so unrealistic! In my opinion neither of these apply to my book. But what I'm trying to say is that tastes vary from person to person. If that happens you will still get some awesome music that has never been heard before. And if you don't like the music, maybe you'll like the book. Who knows,maybe you'll like both?! That's my hope, anyway.
I know how these projects work, trust me. I've backed about 7 projects already. Once I backed a project for a man who decided to run barefoot across America for the homeless. I got his documentary DVD and watched it. Even though he didn't make it from New York to LA, he still tried, and I don't regret any of the money I pledged to him. This said, I can guarantee you that I will have a finished book to give you by June. The extras will be ready then, as well. One thing is, I have asked the pianists to play my pieces but if something happens, that is, they cannot play the pieces, I will send you MIDI recordings instead of Acoustic recordings.
Last month, I funded an author who was making a YA novel about Space exploration. Her project wasn't successfully funded. She may have written the book, an incredible can't-put-it-down novel but I never got my hands on a copy. This is all to say, depending on whether this project gets funded, you will recieve my book. This depends on you! I need your help.
To sum it up:
I need your help. Any size contribution of a dollar and up will take this project one step closer to its $360 goal.
Best case scenario: Gros lot! This project is funded way past the $360 minimum needed. You've trusted me with your hard earned money and with it I will share with you my latest work and extras. Maybe I take it to an editor who can design an awesome cover and give it an ISBN number. It could be distributed on Amazon.com, the sky's the limit.
Good case scenario: Financement réussie! This project gets funded but just barely. Again, you've trusted me with your hard earned money and with it I will share with you my latest work and extras. The pdf book is what it is, but the text is all there. It's a soft victory, yes, but still a victory! My high school running coach will be proud of me!
Worst case scenario: Projet annulé. The project doesn't get funded. Your card won't be charged. You won't recieve the book or the extras which I have worked long and hard on to produce for you. Tracey's story won't be told. Bummer...
Ok, please let me know in a message here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will send you it attached in an e-mail.
You may not want to read the novel on your computer. But if you have a Kindle, Nook, iPhone, iPad, basically any mobile device that can read Adobe Acrobat pdf files, you could read the book on the go, at a coffee shop, wherever you like.
I'll send them to in an e-mail attached as .pdf file.
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-With your contribution, a film will be made adapted from the novel and you will be the executive producer! I will rewrite the book in screenplay format, and from there we will discuss production planning!Estimated delivery:
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