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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 7 2013 11:05 AM UTC +00:00

About

Designtimes Media is a group of creatives with loads of ideas and we will be launching more projects soon. Our area of expertise lies in design, publishing and writing and ideas. The team is made up of Nathalie Bisnar, Zak King and Mark Rosenberg. Our first Kickstarter project is called 1st Draft! www.1stdraftbooks.com

Every bestseller ever published started as a good idea. The trick is to get that idea down on paper. You have probably got an idea for a good story in your head right now. Sadly that story may never see the light of day. The blank notebook and helpful guide booklet provide people with the opportunity to get those ideas onto paper. We have had this idea for a while and have even tried to run a short digital run to produce some examples. The problem is that short digital runs are pricey. What we are looking to do is produce at least 1000 books all at once. These can be produced on a lithographic press and this will greatly reduce the print cost per unit. We have had some interest expressed by local book stores who like the idea but the cost of running our first big print run is holding us back. By getting involved now you not only make this project a reality but also get your hands on one or more of the notebooks at a discounted price including local or international shipping. www.1stdraftbooks.com

THE NOTEBOOK
The blank notebook gives people a place to start working on their best seller (or maybe to just write down their grocery list in a brilliantly illustrated notebook). The notebook has 200 pages of... well, potential really. 

Blank pages waiting for your brilliant ideas 

THE COVER ILLUSTRATIONS
There are 4 genre covers: Sci Fi, Murder/Mystery, Romance, Fantasy. Each cover has been lovingly (and somewhat tongue in cheek) designed to reflect a common perception/stylized version of artwork associated with the genre. The covers have been designed and produced by famous South Africa artists. Pete Harrison, Dale Halvorsen aka Joey Hi-Fi, Brian Bainbridge and Roland Metcalfe all of which earn commission for every book made. We feel it's important to support these artists who put so much work into the project.

Sci Fi Cover illustrated by Pete Harrison. Guns, guns, more guns and a HOT girl... does this guy know the Sci Fi reader or what? 

The Mystery/Crime Cover illustrated by Dale Halvorsen aka Joey Hi-Fi.You will notice the aged feel the artist gave the cover by making it look like the paper is fraying around the edges. 

The Romance Cover illustrated by Brian Bainbridge... check the muscles on that guy (did you get tickets to the gun show?) and man oh man, the cheesy feel of the cover... it's brilliant! 

The Fantasy Cover illustrated by Roland Metcalfe. Shocking right?... get it?... Shocking. 

Each artist will receive a small percentage out of each book sold. They believe so much in the project that they have got involved with no cash up front just passion and crazy art skills. The idea behind having 4 different (and hopefully later many more) covers is to allow people to choose a cover that suits their planed story or perhaps to inspire them each time they see it. 

THE BOOKLET
The accompanying "write your own novel" booklet combines the thoughts and wisdom of dozens of different sources and was written and edited by Zachariah King, Co Founder of 1st Draft. An avid reader and editor of a monthly online magazine, Zak says: "getting your ideas onto paper is what turns day dreaming about writing a novel into reality". The booklet takes one through the basic steps of story planning, character development and plot development. 

All sorts of helpful tips and tricks armed with the blank creative canvas that is the notebook and prompted by the "write your own novel" booklet we hope to inspire a whole new wave of previously 'too timid to get started' authors to get their work out of their heads and down onto paper. Sure it's just a rough first draft but ...you gotta start somewhere, right? Realistically we realize that not everyone wants to write a novel but they might be looking for a cool looking notebook to draw, make lists, scribble or doodle in, in that case, just throw away the booklet (please recycle) and use the 200 blank pages of the notebook to your hearts content. 

www.1stdraftbooks.com

Risks and challenges

Well this is the great thing we have already put in the hard work. We have worked with 4 top South African illustrators to create these awesome covers. All we need now is the funds to get it into production.

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