Thanks to the fantastic backers, this project is fully funded!!! The print versions of Permanent Barker will be unleashed!
Less than a week remains so now is the perfect time to guarantee a copy of the original and canine-centred adventure!
This project is my first independent piece of work aimed at the children's book market, whilst I have several stories in development, this is my first labour of love to hopefully bring to print.
The story is called Permanent Barker and tells of a dog's obsession with the moon and his persistance in trying to communicate what he can see. His efforts drop him out of favour until he surprises everyone with the power of his barking practise. The whole story is in bold black and white, as if seen through the main canine's eyes; Arthur.
Up until Kickstarter, this story has been written, illustrated, exhibited, re written, passed around schools and families, re written again and passed around schools and families once more.
I was asked about the process in putting PB together so here's a little outline for all...
Months were spent drawing and researching (characters, what the environment should consist of, artists of interest and appropriate storytelling), I then tried to forget it all and start fresh. I drew out each image over and over again so i could go to the canvas with just the pen (i didn't want to use pencil on the canvases at all - admittedly this didn't always work out but for the most part they are strictly just marker on canvas, no pencil guidelines).
After the story and images were completed (to my initial liking), they were circulated for feedback. There were several changes, leading to new images and changes to the story.
These changes were then incorporated into the process below (as well as more redrawing, editing, fiddling and many more changes along the way):
That's the process in a nutshell! Over a period of several years in all. I'm constantly learning so current practise looks very different to this, especially considering the varied starting points - for instance a current project involves a whole classroom formulating the story. There's been some great input along the way, so I hope this was of interest/use and thanks for the support! :)
The target amount is made up of:
£650 - For the print run
£350 - For the pledge rewards
£470 - For the p&p and Kickstarter's cut (they've got to make their money somehow!)
If the goal is met, I will have a print run of the completed story, the copies will be for the pledgers and any remaining copies will go into independent book stores. I will also use some to approach publishing houses. I hope to provide a convincing enough proposition to take the story to the next level of print. I hope to do this by evidencing the appreciation of the target market (6 - 8yrs old), and those who have come into contact with the story (other age groups and hopefully you good people of the Kickstarter community!).
If the target amount is exceeded by £50 or more, funds will also go towards the materials needed for the second book in the series (Arthur's Laughter). In this extremely welcome situation, ALL pledgers will receive a sneak preview of the second book! If by some unknown event the target amount is exceeded by £500 or more, I will purchase the ISBN in order to circumnavigate the publishing houses and attempt to stake my claim in the children's book market directly. I'll take suggestions on what the rewards for everyone should be if this happens!
Thanks for reading and I hope you like the sound of this project!
Risks and challenges
Risks and Mitigations
- Not enough funding
- Quote for printing the copies expires and costs a hell of a lot more - I'll get alternative quotes or cover the difference
- Pledgers become unsatisfied with received product (unlikely, but possible) Refunds and feedback!
- Completing the pledge requirements around existing workload - I'll get it done, who needs sleep!
- (30 days)