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Julie UmerleBy Julie Umerle
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Julie UmerleBy Julie Umerle
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THE NEW GOAL = 100+ backers! 

Help us get to over 100 backers! Be part of this crowd funding project! Help show that there is broad support for this work. We need human backing along with financial backing!

You can pledge using the BACK THIS PROJECT button in the right hand column on this page. 

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Above are some of the images from  'Art Life and Everything'. These include photographs from my album of family and friends, and images that document the development of my work as an artist.

There are many ways for an artist to tell a story, but I think that presenting it traditionally, in the form of a book, is the right media right now for my project.

WHAT'S THIS?

Over the last three years I have been working on my autobiography, as well as making paintings.

'Art, Life and Everything' is the story of my life from early childhood through to adulthood, and follows the trajectory of my career as an artist. It is the story of an outsider who comments about the art world from the privileged position of a cultural insider. The book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the art world and its context in a period of over 30 years (from the late 70s to 2010) played out in London and New York at a time of great change, told through the unique perspective of an artist with disability.

I've now found a publisher who is interested in my project but this is a small independent publisher who can only afford to cover half the costs, so I need to match their contribution in order to proceed. 

The amount I need to cover all costs is £47,000 (inclusive of vat and Kickstarter's fee). The publishers Black Dog have offered £20,000 towards my project. Therefore, the amount I still need to secure is £27,000. This means that, in effect, I am already nearly halfway to my target!  

And this is where you come in...

Please join my Kickstarter campaign and be part of my project. Even a small amount can make a difference. If there are enough of us, we can raise the money and achieve our goal. At this stage, all you have to do is make a pledge. Only if the goal of £27,000 is successfully reached do you have to actually contribute the funds. If all of the money isn't raised, then you don't have to pay any money at all even if you've made a pledge. 

Let's make this happen!!.

PLEASE SHARE THESE LINKS:

LINK TO THIS PAGEhttp://kck.st/ZVIlaM

LINK TO MY WEB: www.julieumerle.com

'ART, LIFE AND EVERYTHING'  

"A forceful and fluent narrative, in which the hopes and dilemmas of the aspiring artist's life will be absolutely recognizable to anyone who has undergone them. When her story achieves touching effect, it does so through the mediation of a steadily honest mind, with no hint of pretension." Colin Thubron, CBE 

"A terrific autobiography by a remarkable artist and individual." Rebecca Swift, The Literary Consultancy, London 

"Within a couple of paragraphs Julie paints in three strokes a state of mind every artist - and many others - have experienced: There are always times when things look hopeless, when there seems to be no opportunities ahead…I found out what it was like to live amongst the glamour and the glitz and to feel so poor…I feared I would sink without trace." Georgina Turner, European Public Art Journal

THE PUBLISHER

My autobiography will be published (subject to contract) by Black Dog in an edition of 5,000 copies. Projected date of publication is November 2013. The book will have 192 pages (28 x 23 cms) and up to 50 images.The manuscript is approx 80,000 words and consists of twelve chapters.

Black Dog Publishing specialize in 'beautifully produced illustrated books that represent a fresh, eclectic take on contemporary culture.'  Black Dog titles include books about Bob and Roberta Smith, Phyllida Barlow, Beth Ditto, Lydia Lunch, Guiseppe Penone, Hew Locke, Susan Hiller and Kate Whiteford.

The book will retail at £19.95 (if published in paperback). It will have worldwide distribution in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Latin America, Caribbean, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australia.

SERIALIZATION

'Art, Life and Everything' will ALSO be serialized in a new publication focusing on public art, European Public Art Journal, that will be distributed throughout Europe and the rest of the world. 

The magazine will launch this year, and will be published quarterly. Having my story presented in this way will generate a lot of publicity for the book, and create a demand for the final product which will help it reach a worldwide audience.

HOW THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT

The money will be spent on securing publication for the book.

£20,000 is the quote provided by Black Dog for publication of a paperback - with Black Dog contributing the same amount.

 £25,000 is the cost quoted for a hardback - with Black Dog contributing half the costs should I be able to afford this option. 

The fee to Black Dog includes editorial support, copy edit, design, production, distribution, marketing, sales, and press. There would also be additional costs for flaps, special printing, etc. To increase the number of pages would be a further £2,500 per section.

For the book to be published at the end of November 2013, Black Dog need everything from me by May, with a couple of rounds of editing, proofing and design and approval before sending the book to print in August.

AND FINALLY...

Thank you for backing my campaign!

Julie Umerle at 'The Rain Room' installation in London, 2013
Julie Umerle at 'The Rain Room' installation in London, 2013

This is one of the photos I will be including as a reward.

Risks and challenges

I am primarily a visual artist. Although I have experience of writing, I have never tackled such an ambitious literary project. It has been a steep learning curve for me. But essentially all art forms are related and I have learned a lot along the way. My ambition now, with your help, is to get my book published and to see it in print!

Exposing my life to scrutiny; establishing self-identity as an artist and writer; building and sustaining relationships with a diverse audience; being open to self-reflection and discovering more opportunities for personal growth - these are just some of the challenges raised.

The risks that come with crowd funding are that if I don't raise all the money from my campaign, then I will get none of the pledges. It's all or nothing!

Also, because I am unable to sign a contract with the publisher until I have matched their contribution, there is still some level of uncertainty - but if I AM able to raise the funds, I would be in a very strong position to look elsewhere should a problem arise.

The proposed date for publication is November 2013 so, apart from credits on my website and blog, other rewards will not be available until then.

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