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A picture book for kids drawn in permanent marker. Help bring the adventure to life in glorious black and white!

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UPDATE:

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!

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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.

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UPDATE:

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):

Original drawings in permanent marker were photographed
Original drawings in permanent marker were photographed
I drew out how the book should follow using thumbnails for each as a double page spread, mindful of where the text could appear.
I drew out how the book should follow using thumbnails for each as a double page spread, mindful of where the text could appear.
All photographed images were desktop edited to include the text. The time spent here was in trying to strike a balance between the narrative journey and the weight of the text and image.
All photographed images were desktop edited to include the text. The time spent here was in trying to strike a balance between the narrative journey and the weight of the text and image.
Finally, a few prototypes were made and passed around schools again for feedback. This last round led to the latest version of the story, ready for print! By the way, the prototypes are available as a part of the pledge rewards!!
Finally, a few prototypes were made and passed around schools again for feedback. This last round led to the latest version of the story, ready for print! By the way, the prototypes are available as a part of the pledge rewards!!

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! :)

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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!

Ollie

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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!

Challenges -
- Completing the pledge requirements around existing workload - I'll get it done, who needs sleep!

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    Every penny counts! A personal thank you email for believing in Permanent Barker and the power of print!

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    As above plus a Permanent Barker book mark and a PDF copy of the book.

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    The thank you email, bookbark (sorry, bookmark) and PDF plus a beautifully printed, high quality copy from the print run, signed by the author.

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    The email, bookmark, PDF and signed printed copy including a personalised double-page spread and an awesome postcard to send to a friend!

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    All the benefits above plus a second signed book for you to share. In 1 of the books you also get 2 double page spreads of personalisation.

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    All of the glorious benefits listed above plus a special high quality limited edition print from the book.

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    The Bronze or "Welling up a Woof" package. All of the above plus 6 personalised pages and a limited edition print from the book.

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    The Silver or "Bark in Transit" package. All of the above, with the inclusion of a limited edition promotional copy which travelled through schools and families to finally rest with you!

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    The Gold or "Made it to the Moon" package. All of the above plus the inclusion of hand drafted colour throughout one of your copies OR the inclusion of you or a friend in the next book of the series.

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    The Platinum or "Bounced off the Moon" package. All of the above plus the choice of one of the original exhibited prints OR a portrait of your choice, completed in Permanent Barker style.

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