An eBook notation app that saves your personal edits as a separate file, and can be shared with anyone who owns the original eBook. Read more
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About this project
Story Surgeon is Fan Fiction on Steroids
What started as a way for me to clean up books to share with my mom and little brothers, quickly became a creative outlet and promotional tool for writers.
Out Of The Gutter Software Development is dedicated to making quality programs and apps that make life easier for parents. As President, I've hired a great team of programmers to help with this inaugural project. It will start out for iPad, but if we get more than $15,000 we can branch out to other platforms.
Although it will be a complicated app to develop, the idea is simple. Buy an eBook in ePub format and download it to your iPad. Download the Story Surgeon app. (It will be free on release day and probably many days thereafter.) Then you can use the app to read the original eBook (booooring) or make your own personal changes to the text. (OH YEAH!)
Use the "find and replace" tool to substitute bad words, cut out whole portions of the book you thought were lame, or completely rewrite the novel with you as the main character.
Once your filter is perfect, you have the option to upload it into Drop Box and post your link on the Story Surgeon General Blog. (As we grow we'll get our own servers and streamline the sharing process.)
The filter is kept separate from the eBook and no copyrights will be infringed upon. Anyone who uses your link and downloads the free filter will have to have purchased the original eBook. Filters will always be free.
(There are a few authors who don't allow Fan Fiction. Such filters along with those containing explicit material will be flagged and removed from the website.)
Whether you want a G-rated version of Hunger Games for your tween, or a romance version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, star ratings, descriptions, and lists will make finding filters easy.
Naturally, the filter selection will be a little paltry as we start out. That's why we need everyone's help to spread the word. The more people we have making filters, the more awesome this app will be. I'll be making some pretty neat filters myself for generous donators. (See prize list.)
For authors, making fun filters of your already published book is a great way to generate buzz and get more people purchasing the eBook.
For me, the most important aspect of this app will be that I don't have to keep my kids from reading certain books. They can read whatever they want (after I've verified the filter), and I don't have to worry about it warping their young minds.
For many, the unique fan fiction aspect will be most exciting. In traditional fan fiction, you use an author's characters and setting to make your own stories and scenes. But the technology of Story Surgeon allows you to make changes to the original story and share your version with the world. Add in a new love interest, make an annoying character die a grisly death. Let your imagination go wild. If your filters get good ratings and become popular you might start getting requests. Who knows, maybe the original authors will take notice and ask you to co-author their next book!
Below you'll find some mock ups so you can get an idea of how it will look.
THESE ARE DOCTORED IMAGES! THE APP HASN'T BEEN DEVELOPED YET!
As you see here, I'd eventually I'd like to get the filter links directly into the app. Adding photos will also be something I'll implement in the later versions of the app.
This photo shows a few possible tools and how they'll be implemented in a user-friendly interface.
REMINDER: ALL IMAGES ABOVE ARE FABRICATED, JUST TO HELP YOU VISUALIZE THE APP'S AWESOME FACTOR.
The video was made by Ryan using his Ipod and a free video editing app called SPLICE. The photos were all taken by him, and the music was provided free with the editing software. The Splice creators encourage the video creators to upload and share their videos. No copyright or permission needed.
Risks and challenges
The nice thing about working with a really expensive custom app building company is that they do things right. (And if they don't, they fix it without charging you again.) Making the iPad app do everything I want is going to take $16,500. (If I make $15,000 on this campaign, I'll foot the rest of the bill.) I'd love to make it available for android tablets as well, and even phones, but that will require more dinero. (If we don't get it now, we can always add the platforms later.)
If there are any bugs, ZCO will fix them for free. Hip, Hip, Hurray!
Here's a list of tags for your searching convenience: YA, lit, literature, books, kids, children, parenting, censorship, fan-fiction, fan, fiction, novels, LDS, Mormon, Christian, religion, conservative, editing, editors, writers, young-adult, middle-grade, violence, sex, profanity, copyright, 2013, 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
You will receive notification when the app is released. (The app will be free on the first day, so you can tell your friends to be ready.)
Your first name will appear on the Story Surgeon General blog (storysurgeongeneral.blogspot.com), along with a heartfelt thank-you for making this possible!Estimated delivery:
You will get all the awards in the $2 tier, except that your first AND LAST name will appear on the blog. In addition, you may submit the title of one book that you would like to seen "PG-ified" or cleaned up enough to make it suitable for most young kids or teens. (The Story Surgeon team will develop official filters for the top ten most requested books.)Estimated delivery:
You will get all rewards from the $5 tier, except that your HOME STATE will also appear on the blog and you may submit the titles of TWO books that you would like to seen "PG-ified"
If you're not interested in having books cleaned up, you may instead submit a filter idea.* (Such as Hunger Games rewritten with Harry Potter characters, etc.) The ideas will be posted on the Story Surgeon General blog to be voted on by followers. The FIVE filter ideas with the most votes will be developed into official SS filters. (Named after the person who submitted the idea.) *Official SS Filters will not be made with any graphic sex, violence, or profanity.
You will receive special recognition on the Story Surgeon General Blog for having bought the public an extra day of "free"-dom. For each person who pledges $10, the app will be available free for an additional 24 hrs. (This accumulates.)Estimated delivery:
You will get all the rewards from the $10 tier, except that a 15-word bio will also appear with your full name and home state, you'll be able to submit the titles of TEN books for possible PG-ifying (or) THREE filter ideas, and you will buy the public an extra THREE days of "free"-dom. PLUS---You will receive a personal thank you email from the App Creator.Estimated delivery:
You will get all the rewards from the $25 tier except that your bio will be 50 words, and in addition to submitting 10 titles for possible "cleaning up", the Story Surgeon Team will PG-ify your top choice. The SS blog will feature the filter and name it after you. In addition, you may submit FIVE filter ideas. Instead of 3 days of "free"-dom, you'll earn the public an extra WEEK. Instead of an email, you will receive a personal thank you phone call from the App Creator
PLUS----Your full name will appear permanently in the app acknowledgments.Estimated delivery:
You will get all the rewards from the $50 tier, except that your bio will be 100 words, you'll get TWO books "PG-ified" and named after you, you can submit up to TEN filter ideas, you'll earn an extra TWO weeks of "free"-dom, and your home state will also appear with your name in the app acknowledgments.Estimated delivery:
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You will get all rewards from the $75 tier, except you'll buy the public an extra MONTH of "free"-dom, PLUS the app creator (a published author) will rewrite a book of your choice with you as the main character. It will be named after you and featured on the SS Blog along with your photo. (All of the filters will be created in the order the pledges were given. So the later ones might be a few months in the making.) *Ryan has a collection of comedy sketched published by Meriwether publishing, and his debut YA fantasy/sci-fi novel has received a publication offer from Curiosity Quills Press. He is currently in the process of getting a literary agent. DISCLAIMER: Ryan will not write any erotica, graphic violence or profanity into the filters. He also doesn't writer gay or lesbian fiction. (If a girl wants to replace Harry Potter, for example, she'll be good friends with Ginny Weasley and have a crush on Draco Malfoy.)Estimated delivery:
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You will get all the rewards from the $100 tier, except that you'll be interviewed on the blog, earn 3 months of "free"-dom, and instead of substituting you in a main role, the app creator will completely rewrite a book of your choice (up to 600 pages), making major changes such as genre switches, adding you as a completely new main character, or adding your boss as the villain's simpering sidekick. You will also receive a signed copy of his YA novel when it is published.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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You will get all the rewards from the $200 tier, except that you'll earn the public and extra SIX months, and the app creator will fly out to give you his signed book in person (US only) and do a video interview which will appear on the blog. You'll be inducted into the Story Surgeon Hall of Fame and be thanked in the acknowledgements of his next published novel.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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The Story Surgeon App will be dedicated to you. You will get all the rewards from the $500 tier, except that you'll earn the public an extra YEAR of free app downloads for the world (in addition to all the other time accrued by other donations), and you'll receive a copy of the app creator's next six books. (All will be signed but only the first will be hand delivered.)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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