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NovlrBy Novlr
First created
NovlrBy Novlr
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£8,873
pledged of £20,000pledged of £20,000 goal
151
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, October 7 2014 7:32 PM UTC +00:00

About

Novlr is Kim & Thomas and the thousands of people who have supported us in this idea. We tried to write novels and there just wasn’t a platform to use that was good enough. So we started building it ourselves. Since then we’ve had overwhelming support and listening to the needs of writers is what we want to do.

Help us give writers the platform they deserve.

What we have done so far is in beta - try the beta now (http://novlr.org) - and now we need you to help us reach a full release with all the features you’ve told us you want (offline writing, character profiles and more) - ideally as much of them ready as possible in time for National Novel Writing Month (November).

Screenshot of the product
Screenshot of the product

With millions of people around the world engaged in writing a novel, it's amazing that until now there hasn't been a really simple tool crafted for their needs. There are lots of ways you can write your novel - by hand, Word, Google Docs and more... but none of those were designed for novels and they all have their flaws. We know because we tried them all. There are attempted solutions but they are either

  • over-complicated and cluttered;

  • offline so require you to do all the backing up;

  • or are tied to one device.

As we are a combination of writers and developers (some degree of both in each of us!) we wanted to build something that addressed this problem.

So, alongside our regular jobs over the past year, we built Novlr. An online novel writing software that is simple, beautiful and takes care of all the fiddly stuff so that you can concentrate on the important bits: the words. Novlr automatically saves (so you’ll never have to hit ctrl+s again!) and is backed up to the cloud. It gives you per-chapter and per-novel word counts and you can log into it on any device in the world that has an internet connection. And, if you help us get to full public release, devices and places without internet connection too.

Novlr has seen an unbelieveable amount of support which is what has kept us pushing to get it to where is now. That is to a solid, secure beta with auto-saving, wordcounts, simple formatting, chapter adding/sorting/deleting and basic settings. Over 12,000 people on twitter and facebook are following our journey, to whom we are eternally grateful - they, their bug testing, feedback and spreading the word are what have meant we have the beta in such a good position. 1,500 people signed up to Novlr before there was even anything to see which made us confident that this is something people wanted.

Some lovely things people have said about novlr.
Some lovely things people have said about novlr.

We’re excited about the features we can build in to our first full release. We have asked you what you need and over a thousand votes have been cast on our poll. We want to do that as quickly as possible as there are thousands already using the beta, National Novel Writing Month is looming large and we want features like offline to be available to everyone as soon as possible.

Most requested first release features:

  • Offline. (This is the biggie. The ability to use Novlr when you are not connected to the internet)

  • More than one novel per user - Our users are more prolific than we could have imagined

  • Export your work - initially doc and pdf. (It's your work, we want you to have it in whatever format you want)

  • Character profiles - Your characters deserve to be brought to life and referenced easily

  • Taking notes

  • Mark/tag chapters - For draft workflows, locations, etc

Getting Novlr this far has involved a great deal of work from us but also we’ve needed support from developers and designers to get it perfect. We want to continue to deliver the same level of quality. To do so we need your support.

Once we get to a fully-featured, but still simple, release, we will come out of beta and offer it as a full novel-writing software. At this point we will charge around £5/month and once in that position, with users, we will be able to fund development of all the other features you have asked for on an ongoing basis. Novlr will keep improving based on what you tell us. For, well, ever.

Kim & Thomas take a selfie
Kim & Thomas take a selfie

We should introduce ourselves properly. We are Thomas Muirhead and Kimberley Pryor

Thomas is a digital enthusiast and wannabe novelist. He has headed up digital teams in the charity sector for the past 10 years and is passionate about making things happen. Thomas is happiest when he gets that final tile of the rubiks cube in place after hours of trying.  

Kim is a digital developer and poet and has also worked producing and developing for charities over the past 5 years and has an unbreakable enthusiasm for projects that will make a difference. Kim is happiest when she is licking the chocolate cake bowl clean.

Being a part of Novlr in the beginning is a handsome reward in itself...but we get that for your pledge to make Novlr happen other little sweeteners won’t go amiss. So we have put together some packages to choose from. Thank you for being one of the brilliant people that is going to #makenovlrhappen.

As part of some of the packages you will get one of the first ever Novlr hoodies or t-shirts! Yes, very exciting. For each, there will be two designs to pick from.

The hoodies:

 

 and the T-shirts:

Risks and challenges

We feel the risks involved in this project are low as we’ve already got a working beta out there with a community that enjoys using it as it is already.

The main risk is if we’ve underestimated the work required to deliver the features we hope to get into release one. This is mitigated by a number of factors:

- We understand the product well and know what’s needed to deliver these features.
- We don’t actually require all of the features to be ready for release one - we could release with fewer, and continue to develop from there
- Another risk might be that something should happen to Kim, one of our developers/designers or I which would mean we couldn’t work on the project. However the scope is already well defined so Kim or I could continue alone, and we have used multiple developers and designers to mitigate just this risk.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR:
    You will get the lifelong love and affection that comes with being there in the early, formative days. We’ll even scribble your name on the inside cover of our website for posterity and thank you personally in the Super Massive Novlr Video Of Thanks.

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    THE CAT IN THE HAT: We love to make things rhyme, so for £20 we’ll compose you your very own limerick featuring... you. And you'll get the formative days love and affection, and we’ll scribble your name on the inside cover of our website for posterity and thank you personally in the Super Massive Novlr Video Of Thanks. Oh and we’ll put the limerick on a photo of a cat for you too - save you the effort.

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    THE LORD OF THE FLIES: A wild savage dive into Novlr - a whole year of Novlr (worth £60) and your name scribbled on the inside cover of our website for posterity and thanked personally in the Super Massive Novlr Video Of Thanks.

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    THE GRUFFALO: Again, this is where we take the reward before and sprinkle in some nonsensical rhyme. Your very own limerick crafted by us as well as a whole year of Novlr (worth £60) and your name scribbled on the inside cover of our website for posterity and thanked personally in the Super Massive Novlr Video Of Thanks. Oh and you can choose - would you like the limerick imposed on a picture of a cat or of a gruffalo?

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    THE GOLDEN COMPASS: It can be cold in Bolvanger so we want you to be well wrapped up. 18 months of Novlr and a hoodie that’ll keep the chill off, as well as your name scribbled on the inside cover of our website and thanked personally in the Super Massive Novlr Video Of Thanks.

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    THE WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: It is hot in the jungle with the wild things, so for those of you who like the sunshine we’re offering 18 months of Novlr and a t-shirt as well as your name scribbled on the inside cover of our website and thanked personally in the Super Massive Novlr Video Of Thanks.

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    THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT: Take your pick of the £50 rewards and add a unique, special limerick all about you. We like rhyming things. Oh, and we’ll let you choose - would you like the limerick imposed on photo of a cat, the gruffalo or an owl?

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    THE LORD OF THE RINGS: Writing a novel is an epic adventure. You need to be prepared. Three years of Novlr (worth £180), a hoodie to keep you warm, and a laptop cover to keep your precious safe, as well as your name scribbled on the inside cover of our website and thanked personally in the Super Massive Novlr Video Of Thanks.

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    THE ROBINSON CRUSOE: Writing a novel will feel like you’re alone, isolated from all other people. You need to be prepared. Three years of Novlr (worth £180), a Novlr t-shirt and Novlr water bottle to keep you hydrated, as well as your name scribbled on the inside cover of our website and thanked personally in the Super Massive Novlr Video Of Thanks.

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    THE CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: If wearable perks aren’t for you, then how about a variety of confectionary delights made at the hands of mad maniacal culinary wizards (Kim & Thomas). Three years of Novlr (worth £180) and a treasure trove of Novlr baked niceties (Kim’s brownies are delicious, my (Thomas’) shortbread is palatable at best). This package is limited to the UK (sorry) as we want the goodies to reach you fresh. And you’ll get your name scribbled on the inside cover of our website and thanked personally in the Super Massive Novlr Video Of Thanks.

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    THE TREASURE ISLAND: We love an adventurer and this package rewards the brave. Your treasure trove contains a lifetime’s use of Novlr, a hoodie for the cold nights, a t-shirt for the warm days, a laptop cover to protect your novel on the rough seas, a water bottle to fill with rum, and a packet of Novlr confectionary hewn by our own fair hands as well as your name scribbled on the inside cover of our website and thanked personally in the Super Massive Novlr Video Of Thanks. And we’ll throw in a limerick in which you feature. And an invite to the Novlr launch party (which might just be drinks in our local London pub - but we want you to be there (no travel costs included))

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    THE FAMOUS FIVE: The best adventures are had as friends. If any four of your friends are aspiring authors - nothing’ll say you love them like a gift of lifetime access to Novlr. You also get five hoodies (or t-shirts), five invites to the Novlr launch party (in London - no travel covered) and a packet of homemade Novlr cake-istry to celebrate with your fellow novelists to be, as well as all your names scribbled on the inside cover of our website and thanked personally in the Super Massive Novlr Video Of Thanks. And we’ll throw in a limerick for all five of you too.

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    THE HUNGER GAMES: 24 Tributes were reaped. 24 Lifetime Novlr accounts to be had to do with whatever you please. You’ll also get two hoodies for the district 12 tributes, two laptop covers, and two tasty packs of cakey goodness delivered to your door (if you live in the UK), as well as an invite for you and your fellow district 12 tribute to the launch party (possibly just beers in our local London pub), and as well as all your names scribbled on the inside cover of our website and thanked personally in the Super Massive Novlr Video Of Thanks. And we’ll throw in a limerick for the district 12 tributes. You’ll also get remembered on our website as one of our launch partners. For each £100 over £2000 add another Tribute to your Games.

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    THE GAME OF THRONES: This is a package for the serious. It’s a package for those building an empire. For £5000 you can give out 60 Lifetime Novlr accounts. If you go over £5000 add another fiefdom (account) for every £50. Use your accounts for whatever you want. - workplace perks, creative writing course prizes, birthdays, whatever. You’ll also get seven hoodies, laptop covers, invites to launch party and limericks for each of the Seven Kingdoms as well as your names scribbled on the inside cover of our website and thanked personally in the Super Massive Novlr Video Of Thanks. You’ll also get rewarded on our website as one of our Official Novlr Launch Partners.

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