Not being one to give up before the campaign is fully through, I'm adding two stretch goals:
1. $1000 additional ($2400 total) - Issue II (all reward levels will then include Issue II as well as Issue I)
2. $300 additional ($2700 total) - Kindle ebook version of the magazine (if we make it to $1700, but not $2400, I'll do the Kindle ebook and include ebook versions in the rewards).
All current and future backers (at any level) will now receive a personalized version of Nightmare of Arcadia (based on Thomas Cole's Dream of Arcadia)
You can add your own text (up to 140 characters) and it'll be printable at up to 19"x11" at 300dpi.
For the last year and a half I've been experimenting with stories and storytelling on my blog, Story Lab, (http://storylab.us) . Now I want to take some of those stories as well as some unpublished stuff and try a new experiment: put them together into a highly-designed, digital magazine app for iOS, Android and the Desktop. I want to push the boundaries of stories and storytelling and create a magazine that you'll love to read.
What I Can Do
As a web designer/developer at the Curry School of Education at UVA, I’ve already had some experience building the type of highly-designed digital magazine I’m talking about: (http://curry.virginia.edu/magazine/spring2012 and http://curry.virginia.edu/magazine/fall2012.)
Each Issue of Story Lab magazine will be a stand alone app and will be something like buying a highly designed book, just from the app store. The first issue will feature three to five stories, some of which have appeared on Story Lab already and some of which are unpublished. Each story will be individually designed to enhance the reading experience.
Luckily there’s a project called PhoneGap that will allow me to leverage my web based design and development skills to build applications for iOS and Android, and since the final product will largely be a glorified website, I can easily translate that into a desktop/laptop based version as well. Through responsive design the app will work equally well on devices of all sizes.
Why do an app and not just a website? I'm tailoring the magazine to mobile devices because they generally provide a better reading experience. An app will allow for greater flexibility in storytelling by making it easier to mix mediums. Doing an app vs a website allows you (the backer/purchaser) to feel some ownership of the product. You won't have to log on to some website to access the content you've purchased, and if you're on a plane or don't have access to the Internet, you'll still be able to read the content.
Lastly, the publishing industry is in flux and if we can prove this app style publishing model works, we'll all see more interesting content coming our way as other artists see the flexibility of the medium and try new things.
Issue I: Necessity's Child
Each issue of Story Lab magazine will be organized (at least loosely) around a theme. Issue I focuses on Invention and will feature a story called The Clever Contraptions of Jeremiah Brown, (an as yet unpublished story). I'll also use 3-4 additional stories from Story Lab to round out the magazine. In this first issue I'll focus on the text and design, but in future issues (or in this one, if funding allows) I'd like to experiment with other types of stories and different ways of telling stories (media, format, interactivity, and more).
What I Need
Every author needs an editor and I want to hire a professional who can help me push these stories from good to great. Publishing in a traditional manner would bring an editor into the deal automatically, but traditional publishers tend toward traditional routes, things that have worked before. They're business people who like known quantities and safe routes toward increased profits, and I don't blame them. But since I'm working outside the traditional box, pushing the boundaries of what can be done with a highly-designed fiction magazine delivered digitally in a mobile app, I must hire my own editor.
I’d also like to cover the fees for getting into the Apple App store and Google Play store as well as the fees for setting this up as a business.
As a husband and father of three rambunctious, young boys (ages 6, 5, and 2), with my wife in school, it’s difficult to pull these costs out of our own budget.
Questions of the Future
What about an ebook?
The app version will allow greater flexibility in storytelling, but I'm also interested in ebooks. Many formats are based on web technology and the translation from the final product to an ebook will be smoother here than from other technologies. One of my stretch goals will be for the equipment needed to test and refine such ebooks.
More Examples of my Work
Thank you so much for backing my project!
Experiments Gone Terribly Right 2
The Art of Experimentation
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Experiments Gone Terribly Right
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P.S. If you're wondering from the video, Yes, I have seven fingers. It's the way I was made. And, yes, that's the way I actually dance.
Risks and challenges
With a day job and a full household this project must fit within my other responsibilities. But I've already been able to write stories, do some initial designs and, build websites in my spare time. The question here is not if, but when.
Good editors are busy people and the editor’s schedule will be a determining factor in how long this project takes. I've already had some good initial interactions with her and she seems to be flexible when it comes to scheduling.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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