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Help us get our short stories published by pledging to our project. As a thank you, you'll receive a discount and be the first to read our short stories! Choose your rewards from the right hand side of the page or scroll down if you’re on a mobile. Thank you so much for stopping by!
Fifteen Cornish writers have written stories for you and have now completed the long process of editing the collection - Cornwall: Misfits, Curiosities and Legends. All pledges will go towards the costs of publishing and printing.
Cornwall Writers is a community of writers based in Cornwall. Writing can be a very lonely profession so Cornwall Writers was set up to help authors network with and support each other. We started with just two people in 2017 and have since grown to over 100! Below you can see some of our writers working on their novels during National Novel Writing Month in November 2019.
In January 2019, fifteen authors got together to embark on the Cornwall Writers Short Story Project. We started by choosing three words to combine into a theme, open to a wide interpretation, but firmly anchored in Cornwall. The theme became the title - Cornwall: Misfits, Curiosities and Legends.
Over the following 18 months we got together to develop our stories. Some of our writerly band have MAs in Creative Writing and helped us to think about character, plot and style development. For others, it was the first time they'd received any feedback on their work. We are also grateful to Anne Rainbow from Red Pen Editing for her editing advice in the workshop she did just for us.
The final touches and edits were completed in February 2020 and we were ready to start the publishing journey. Then lockdown and covid19 arrived, shutting down the book festivals and book signings we had hoped to attend to share our book with the world.
What We Want To Do
We set up the short story project because we want to encourage and support new writers in Cornwall and help them get published.
We also want to promote creative writing talent in Cornwall and make it easy for readers to find Cornish writers.
We have started developing a website of Cornish Authors and Cornish Books at https://cornwallwriters.co.uk/ to get the word out, but we need help to get our first book published.
There are 18 stories altogether and, despite the common theme, each one is very different to the others. Each author has interpreted the theme in their own particular way, resulting in a wide range of genres, time periods and moods. We also have a play, verse and a fictional letter nestling in the pages. Whatever kind of stories you are into, there is something for everyone in our short story collection.
There are ebbs and flows, surprises and entertainment throughout. If you enjoy our stories half as much as we did putting them together, you will fall in love with them!
What Are We Doing With The Money?
So far, the project has been funded by the authors involved. Now, to bring it to life, we need everyone’s help.
Each book type requires a separate ISBN or barcode to enable Cornwall Writers to publish the book and make it easily available for bookstores to order.
- Book Cover
The amazingly talented Ruta Ciutaite has illustrated our book cover for us. We are committed to creating a book people will enjoy looking at as well as reading.
The book is just under 200 pages and will be published in paperback and as an ebook. The print version is 5.5" x 8.5" (14cm x 21.6cm) and will be printed to order by Ingram Sparks for wholesale. Both print and ebook versions will incur set up costs.
After the crowdfunding campaign finishes, we hope to sell the book online on our website, in Cornish bookstores and any bookstore specialising in short story collections. Many bookstores sell books on sale or return, so we need to fund the books to be sold.
- Donations to Cornish libraries
We are required to send a copy to the British Library for their records, but we also hope to donate copies to each of the Cornish libraries.
Our anticipated costs for the book cover, ISBNs and print set up are about £370.50. This does not cover the printing costs of the rewards, postage and packaging. These will be charged separately depending on the rewards requested.
We hope to exceed our target so we can order additional books for libraries and for sale and return at bookstores.
In return for a pledge of money, we'll send you a copy of our book and/or book swag, depending on the amount pledged. The rewards are listed at the side if you are on a laptop. You'll need to scroll down towards the bottom if you are on a mobile.
Some examples are:
Pledge £20 to get the paperback, a set of 4 postcards, a bookmark and donate a copy of the book to a Cornish library
Pledge £15 to get 2 paperbacks and 2 bookmarks - 1 for you and 1 for a friend!
Pledge £3 to get a copy of the ebook (RRP £3.50)
Pledge £7 to get a copy of the paperback (RRP £7.99)
Pledge £25 for the tshirt "I'm a Cornish Misfit, a Curiosity & a Legend"
Pledge £10 to get the paperback and a set of postcards
Pledge £50 and we will donate 5 paperbacks on your behalf to Cornish libraries and send you 1 paperback, a book mark and a set of postcards
Pledge £100 or more and we will send you a paperback signed by all the authors, a bookmark, a set of 4 postcards plus a tshirt
If there's a combination you would like that's not listed, let us know and we'll set it up for you.
Note: dates are estimates and may be affected by changes in social distancing requirements
Campaign ends: 6pm Sunday 30th August 2020
Orders placed when all monies cleared and received: 7th September 2020 (best guess)
Orders expected to be received by Cornwall Writers: 21st September 2020
Orders sent out to you: 22nd September
Orders received by you: (allowing 3 working days for delivery) 25th September 2020
Please note: Postage is not included in the pledge amounts. Please add a £3 donation if you need UK postage and £5 for overseas postage.
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