The Mermaid of Black Conch Needs Land Friends

by Monique Roffey in London, England, United Kingdom

£3,980

raised of £4,500 stretch target

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by September 30th 2019 at 12:01pm

I'm raising £3, 000 to pay for a publicity campaign to ensure my novel THE MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH is seen and read next year.

by Monique Roffey in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Any extra funds will also go towards publicity for TMOBC.


The Mermaid of Black Conch

and mermaids, generally . . .

Mankind has been writing about mermaids for thousands of years. They are found in stories everywhere. When we think of the word 'mermaid' what do we think of? A Goddess? A beauty? A siren? A naif? Is she a good omen, or bad? She has been cast in many roles, over millennia, across the globe, in every sea, and her stories are numerous. Mermaids date back to antiquity. 

My mermaid . . .

My mermaid is called Aycayia, or 'Sweet Voice', and she comes from the north Western part of the Caribbean. She is a woman cursed, for her beauty and her song. A Taino legend tells us she was banished, one night, when the Goddess Jagua sent a huracan to sweep her out to sea along with an old crone, Guanayoa who became an old leatherback turtle. This is just one of the many tales of mermaids in the Caribbean.  

Meanwhile, in the Caribbean . . .

Many Caribbean artists and writers have painted them and written about them. Canute Caliste, an artist who once lived in Carriacou is maybe the most famous for his mermaids (see above). 

But there are others who paint mermaids such as Mireille Delice in Haiti (above) and Jamaica's Kemel Rankine (below).

Aycayia

My mermaid, Aycayia, the MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH, looks like this.

So what's the book about?

How was this mermaid born to me? Well, that's a long story, which ended up in my novel, which you must read! 

But the short version is that I began imagining my mermaid while staying in Charlotteville, Tobago, in 2013. She came to me after a fishing competition, when I saw a large fish, a marlin, lynched above the jetty. That night, I dreamt the fish was  a woman, a mermaid, who'd been dragged from the sea. Later, I learnt of the legend of Aycayia. The legend and the dream merged in my imagination and lived there for some time before I settled to write my novel much later, in early 2016.

THE MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH weaves together myth and magical realism to tell a story of a cursed woman denied a rite of passage, surrendering to romantic and erotic love. My mermaid is a woman whose story is reimagined and retold. In my novel, 'Sweet Voice' re-emerges in her human form and lives on land, again, for a short time. She is an exiled young woman, an outcast, a woman shunned by her tribe. She has endured millennia of loneliness and she is a woman with shamanic instincts. In this novel she comes back to live on a very different Caribbean island, Black Conch, in 1976. 

The novel asks, could we care for such a woman again in modern times? Might she suffer the same fate on account of her beauty and her talent? The novel's themes explore female jealousy and desire, love and loss. Most of all, it is a love story and an eternal curse is beaten.

My novel will be published by renowned Caribbean publisher Peepal Tree Press in early April, 2020. They are supporting me in this endeavour to raise funds for a publicity campaign and supplying the rewards of books and an A3 poster. Without the oxygen of publicity, I fear my mermaid might well disappear back into the sea. So I'm asking you for your help to get her read and seen, and her story known. 

What will the money go towards?

I plan to hire a publicist at Fiona McMorrough (FMcM) (fmcm.co.uk). The publicity campaign will aim to get The Mermaid of Black Conch reviewed in the mainstream national press and we also hope to get interviews and articles in the print press. We also plan on having the book reviewed on national broadcast radio. The campaign will last months and be a creative drive towards getting TMOBC seen and read. 

Rewards

Of course, there are lots of lovely rewards if you pledge your financial support.

£20, will get you a signed first edition of the book and a thank you in the book.

£30, will get you a signed first edition of the book, a LIMITED EDITION A3 POSTER of the cover art work and a thank you in the book.

£50 will get you a signed first edition of the book and a LIMITED EDITION TOTE BAG with the cover artwork and a thank you in the book.

£100 will buy you a signed first edition copy of the book and an 'editorial read' by me of any fictional work in progress, (up to 10,000 words), and a thank you in the book.

£200 will buy you a signed first edition of the book and an 'editorial read' by me of any fictional work in progress, (of up to 15,000 words),  plus a 20 minute face to face Skype tutorial, and a thank you in the book.

£250, will buy you an opportunity to join me for an exclusive MERMAID POP UP event at my home which will include a Caribbean lunch, cooked by me, at my home, plus a one hour bespoke session (at the same event) entitled 'capturing the first draft of a novel'. This is limited to 10 people and first come first serve.

I cannot thank you enough. This Caribbean mermaid needs land friends!

Many thanks,

Monique Roffey

 

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A signed first edition copy of TMOBC plus a thank you in the book.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

A signed first edition of TMOBC, PLUS a limited edition A3 poster of the cover artwork and a thank you in the book.

£50 or more

8 of 30 claimed

£50 Reward

A signed first edition of TMOBC, PLUS a limited edition TOTE bag with cover art work, PLUS a thank you in the book.

£100 or more

9 of 10 claimed

£20 Reward

An 'editorial read' by me of a fictional work in progress, up to 10,000 words, a signed first edition of TMOBC and a thank you in the book.

£200 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£200 Reward

An 'editorial read' by me of a fictional work in progress (of up to 15,000 words), plus a 20 minute face to face Skype Tutorial, a signed first edition of the book and a thank you in the book.

£250 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£250 Reward

Join me in an exclusive POP UP event at my home, in March 2020, pre publication. This event will include a Caribbean meal, cooked by me, at my home in the East end of London, plus a one hour bespoke session (at the same event) entitled 'capturing the first draft of a novel'. This a unique signature workshop. No other writer offers this information so clearly. Also, you will receive a signed first edition copy of TMOBC and a thank you in the book.


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