Discoveries Ink is the Newsletter BNE Publishes once a Month and
contains 20 different new pieces of art from 20 different artists. Every art piece in Discoveries Ink is then replicated into usable, buyable and mailable forms which allow the art of our artists to make it into the homes of the most consumers possible. This also allows for our artists to make a living off of creating their art and thus an incentive for more art to be created and distrubuted everywhere. Take a look at our plan:
The I Heart Discoveries Monthly Newsletter Contest
The Contest is the key source of artistic talent for BNE as well as an important revenue stream. This contest will be overseen by the Literary Department. The contest rules, information and entry requirements are posted on the iheardiscoveries.com website. This contest is a main source of an average of more than 50% of the content for the I Heart Discoveries Newsletter. The Contest is advertised to and accepts artists from all over the world; however, the primary target audience for contestants will be areas located near to the brick and mortar location of I Heart Discoveries. At such a time as BNE has grown to allowing additional brands and franchises, separate contests will need to be held in each of these locations as well.
Contest Pricing will be determined on a per contest basis, but this is only to restrict the applicant pool from growing too large. As the company grows additional contests in varying categories may be created to help encourage a diversity of art types and themes in the newsletter and on the I Heart Discoveries website. Initially the contest pricing will be set at $10.00 plus applicable taxes or payment transfer fees. If the contestant pool reaches greater than a certain amount such as 10,000 people then the entry fee should be increased to limit the applicant pool accordingly while maintaining the current profit margin.
The contests will be simple to understand and enter and they will make an attempt not to limit the types of entries accepted, with this caveat, I Heart Discoveries will make an attempt to diversify the art used in the creation of the newsletter it produces; therefore there will be a higher chance of getting the art form accepted if there are less submissions of that type of art form overall. The online submission panel or site page will let the contestant know approximately how many submission of a specific type of art have been submitted using a percentage chart.
Generally, contestants will be asked to submit their art in a form that can be represented or recreated using a digital newsletter, this includes sending images, videos, audio files, computer programs (please no artistic viri or malware), documents or presentations, these can also sometimes be directions to an event or location. If the contestant is unsure how to represent the specific art they may choose to mail it to I Heart Discoveries, if it is a type of art that can be mailed. If it is some art that cannot be represented through the above criteria, then I Heart Discoveries should be emailed and the staff members will do their best to find a way to allow the contestant to submit the art.
The Contest will be created, posted and reviewed by the I Heart Discoveries department of BNE Publishing, however all staff members are allowed and encouraged to help out and/or promote specific or individual art that is not their own such as a Newsletter Contestant’s. I Heart Discoveries, where the contest is hosted, will have a payment portal for submissions and allow contestants to upload the selected art for review. If the contestant is choosing to mail the artwork, they would be asked to purchase a contest submission ticket, then print and mail this ticket with the art submission. Email inquiries may or may not be subject to the purchase of a contest ticket for a response depending on the number of entries currently pending review.
The Contest staff will make every effort to review artwork submitted to it, but cannot guarantee all entries will be reviewed in time for the upcoming newsletter. Because of this contestants art will be allowed to remain as a contestant for the newsletter until it is reviewed or rejected. A contestants’ artwork that has been reviewed, but not rejected may also still be eligible for the upcoming contest if the rules posted on the I Heart Discoveries website are allowing previously reviewed artworks to participate in the contest. For an artist to allow their work to be selected for future contests the contestant must select that they will allow the artwork to be published any future newsletter produced by I Heart Discoveries, until such a time as the artist rescinds this authorization by alerting I Heart Discoveries through an accepted form of communication, such as email or mail. I Heart Discoveries may also review and reject any artwork submitted to the newsletter contest. A rejected piece of art is not eligible to be published in future contests and will be subject to further review if they are currently being published on any of the BNE Publishing and affiliate websites.
Certain artwork that is reviewed may be rejected by I Heart Discoveries due to a conflict in interests, the nature of the artwork, the materials used in the artwork, certain affiliations connected to the art or the artist or if in anyway the art promotes hate, violence or discrimination against any culture, race, group, gender, individual, or belief. This does not include depictions of violence of hate or artwork that speaks out against hate, violence and discrimination so long as the artwork does not specifically single out and offend. To a degree the above statements will be used to mitigate to maintain that freedom of speech is upheld, but I Heart Discoveries is about art and while art can be many things, it can sometimes be violent, ugly or offensive to many varying cultures and groups. I Heart Discoveries will not seek to prevent offending specific groupings of people by censorship, however
there are times when a piece of art may not be possible to offer on to I Heart Discoveries due to the audiences we are catering to. If at any time I Heart Discoveries will offer an explanation of the rejection and allow the artist a period of time to correct and resubmit the art to meet the required guidelines of accepted and/or reviewed art. If an artist does resubmit the art then there will be no additional cost (save for shipping if the item was mailed).
While I Heart Discoveries will accept mailed artwork, we will only return artwork with a SASE or box depending on the size and weight of the item. If an artwork is sent without this it, the piece itself will be considered the property of BNE Publishing, until such a time that the artist returns to claim it. Any pieces of artwork in the possession of BNE Publishing may be sold, traded, eliminated, reproduced or used for any purpose BNE Publishing requires so long as the use is lawful.
Reviewed art may be published in the Newsletter at some point, while accepted artists are contestant winners whose entries will be published in the Newsletter. Any contest winner or employee of BNE Publishing may also be called on to submit a piece or additional piece of artwork to the contest. Any artwork that is submitted to I Heart Discoveries and is published is subject to reproduction and accessorizing the art with products that have representations of the art or symbols within it on these products. I Heart Discoveries will provide royalties from the net profit of any reproduction or representation that is created using the art.
If at some point an accepted artist no longer wants I Heart Discoveries to use the accepted artwork to be sold in any form or any specific form the artist must alert I Heart Discoveries of this through mail or email. If an artist does stop I Heart Discoveries from selling reproductions or representations of the art, I Heart Discovery would still retain rights to the original newsletter article and maintain the right to reproduce this article in its entirety in any way I Heart Discoveries sees fit.
Any accepted artist, once accepted will also be able to publish and showcase their artwork using the main marketing channels and store fronts of the BNE Publishing Company. An accepted artist will be able to produce and publish any type of art they choose on the websites and app, but I Heart Discoveries will select specific art pieces to promote and based on the need of the website certain art pieces presented by artists may require more funding from the producing artist for it to be feasible for BNE to promote the art at all.
Almost all new art pieces posted on the I Heart Discoveries website will require a certain amount of funding to go live. This funding will be representative of a percentage of the total marketing costs required and these marketing cost will be developed based on the amount needed to create a considerable period of profitable sales of the artwork, due to this it would be recommended artists set high prices on unique and one of a kind pieces and lower prices on art that can be easily reproduced. As an example an artist may want to sell a manuscript for $10,000, but their books for $10.00 a copy. The books would need a much smaller amount of marketing cost because there are less people who would buy an item for $10,000. And if the artist sells 1,000 books then it will have made the same gross profit as the manuscript. Meanwhile the manuscript may cost $1,000 to market and weeks to sell because the people that would respond to this marketing cost at least $1 per person to get to and those people are less likely to buy things then the general public. Whereas, the books could be marketed to people at $1 per 1000 people using internal advertising streams which would net the sales quickly maybe after 100,000 people or $100.
The Contest Details, Requirements for Entry and Rules for Selection of Winners
The contest is called the Create Discoveries Challenge and will stop accepting entries for the upcoming newsletter fifteen days before the publication of the upcoming newsletter and will begin accepting new entries for the newsletter approximately forty-five days out from the next newsletter. This will allow time for all applicant entries to be reviewed and responded to before the next contest, if the contest entries remain below `10,000 entries. At 10,000 entries the contest staff would need to review about 30-40 emails a day. Realistically contest entries should all be reviewed if there are only 1,000 entries a month.
All contest entries can be simplified into concise descriptions using the contestants form submission returns and a brief snapshot, or the entire work included in the email. Additionally, contest entries are emailed to various departments who are generally responsible for reviewing the type of art submitted. This way all of the art can be reviewed, by scanning through a list of the submitted art and choosing the art that best fits the current company need, most often this would be the development of the newsletter.
Once a winning contestant is chosen they must agree to a term contract for the publication usage, rights and or licensing of the art. While the artist will always retain the rights to their individual art unless they choose to pass these rights on to another
by their own choosing, The Newsletter in itself is a piece of art and therefore BNE Publishing would retain rights to the published newsletter article containing the art and would be able to reproduce this article for the purpose of generating profit or revenue if the artist chooses not to have their work represented in other forms through BNE Publishing.
Each contest winner will receive the equivalent of $0.05 for each newsletter sold through our website or affiliate organizations and companies for the contest period they are published. Total newsletter subscribers can be found by requesting this information in writing from our Brick and Mortar location, we also publish newsletter trends and previous subscriber levels on IHeartDiscoveries.com.
The following contains the specific rules, requirements of winners and the overall selection process of contestant winners. These rules, requirements and procedures are subject to change upon company approval and may be changed at a moments’ notice for any company approved reason. Any changes made will always be emailed to all stakeholders as soon as possible or at a minimum 48 hours before the next business day the changes could affect the company stakeholders. Furthermore, no change is considered official unless it has been posted to the BNE Publishing website and has been officially authorized, approved and documented with the signatures of the presenter (person who wishes to make the change) a witness (the witness must indicate if they are supporting the change and must sign at the time the documentation of the change is notarized) a supervisor from both of the employees supervisors (or just one if the both have the same person), or in the case of the Officers, the signature of a supporting officer and a supporting employee, and finally any change must be emailed and reviewed to all staff members before it can take effect. Therefore no change to the rules is possible unless all of the staff members (not including the Board of Directors) have returned a read response from the email stating the change. This does not include discharged employees. If any employee disagrees with the new rule they are to email the CEO or CFO and they will determine the most appropriate course of action. Company Officers may veto any rule change or proceed with any rule change as long as the rule has the required signatures listed above. While an attempt will be made to notify all stakeholders of the rule change, in the absence of this possibility company stake holders should refer to the BNE Publishing website for a complete listing of Contest Rules.