Wow. How even. You guys just helped us raise $4,000 is four days. We were 1/2 of the way towards our stretch goal before I was even able to update the page. This is utterly unreal.
But let's keep going. The more we raise, the more we can do for you. If we can get to $6,500, we'll be able to launch a first book prize for women authors, judged by Rachel B. Glaser. Rachel will select one full-length manuscript for print publication in 2016, and the author of the book selected will win a $500 cash prize. More details coming in a few days.
And oh, have you seen our books:
And then there's stonewalr.us, our digital chapbook wing (view it in Firefox):
Since 2009, I've been the head thought-wrangler of Big Lucks, a print journal/reading series/community of huggers. Last year, Cassandra Gillig and I launched Big Lucks Books, an indie press dedicated to publishing chapbooks and full-length manuscripts.
Cassandra and I really, really give a shit--the projects we've worked on have been praised by The Poetry Foundation, Electric Literature, The New Yorker, Washington City Paper, Poetry Society of America, Vouched Books, and The Huffington Post.
Our mission is simple--to publish the most engaging, thought-provoking, heart-tugging manuscripts we can find.
In October 2013, we held our first open reading period. We received well over 350 books and selected the following for publication:
- Texts From My Mom, Christie Ann Reynolds (July)
- Wastoid, Mathias Svalina (September)
- And I Shall Again Be Virtuous, Natalie Eilbert (October)
- Fat Daisies, Carrie Murphy (December)
- Wildlives, Sarah Jean Alexander (February)
- Plastic Sonnets, Caroline Crew (April)
- Isn’t that You Waving at You, Elizabeth Clark Wessel (May)
- Shadow Lanka, by Brandon Brown (Summer)
- It Is Going To Be A Good Year, by Sasha Fletcher (Winter)
- Radio Cacophony, Michelle Dove (Sping)
- Chateau Wichman, Ben Pease (Summer)
But that's not our entire catalog--one of our missions is to rethink the way writers approach the submission process. In March, we held a hour-long "flash" reading period where Mark asked female authors to send him their completed manuscripts. He received over 85 responses and we ended up selecting two of those chapbooks for publication. The response was overwhelming and the quality of these submissions were stellar.
We fully plan at least two more of these "flash" reading periods in the next few months. But if we hit our goal, we'll be able to do even more exciting stuff.
- ISBNs & Barcodes;
- Distribution Fees;
- Conference Registrations (AWP, Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, etc);
- Initial print runs;
- Paying our brilliant designers, Sarahana and Sahara Shrestha.
Where Your Donation Goes
Your donation will go towards helping us get over these initial hurdles so that we're not digging ourselves into a hole from the get-go. If we hit our goal, we'll be able to launch Big Lucks Books without taking on too much debt.
Risks and challenges
Most setbacks in publishing occur due to poor planning, broken communication, and unrealistic timelines. Our biggest challenge is abiding by our publishing schedule--it's possible that we hit some snags when working with printers, designers, or distributors. But none of these challenges will stop us from seeing each of these books through to completion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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