GAL (Girls at Library) is an online magazine that connects women through the act of reading. By bringing women’s stories and the literature they read to life, we reveal how books have challenged, changed, and enlightened these women's lives. GAL inspires its readers, through the lens of every woman's unique story, to explore new literature and ideas and the many illuminating ways in which reading can empower the individual. We encourage our audience to experience life not through looks, but through books.
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”
— Joan Didion
For the past year and a half, we have put a lot of love, time, and money into producing GAL’s content. To keep GAL running and expanding, we’ve determined a realistic budget that will enhance GAL’s offerings to readers. Continuing to add more interviews, expanding our online journal of original written works, adding events that build community and connections between readers of all kinds, and streamlining our recommendations page are our main goals.
We can't do it without your help. Please consider supporting GAL!
Our photographers produce the beautiful images that accompany every GAL’s story. We would like to compensate the photographers appropriately for their work. Our Kickstarter goal includes four shoots per month, which means more consistent interviews for our readers. We would also like to include women from around the world. With a budget to hire photographers across the globe, a whole new community of readers will become accessible.
The bulk of our day-to-day operations includes sorting through and responding to submissions, editing copy, transcribing interviews, art directing photo shoots, and maintaining the website. Other recurring costs include web hosting and producing merchandise through our online store. We want GAL to be more about you, the reader, as a vital part of an online community of connected women who love to read. We want to encourage more frequent submissions and through that, support emerging talents. To meet the scope of our goal, we'll need help from freelance editors and assistants.
Events & Community Building
This includes about two events per month for 2017-2018. From book swaps to Food to Fiction literary dinner events are singular experiences for any literary lover. With a budget for book giveaways, space rental, food and beverage costs, plus honorariums for authors, we’ll be able to continue hosting incredible events that enrich the mind as well as the body. Ultimately, we could see GAL sponsoring meet-ups in various cities across North America.
Starting an online book club would expand our community and cultivate further communication between women from diverse backgrounds. Fostering an inclusive and open dialogue between women who value freedom of speech and autonomy is essential to GAL’s mission.
After achieving these primary goals with our Kickstarter budget, we hope to continue into 2018 with the below:
- To work with librarians across the United States in tandem with a website developer so we can offer more streamlined online recommendations and reading advice.
- With our book swaps, we sometimes end up with several leftover books which we donate to women and children in need. The more books we can donate to communities that need them, the better.
- We aim to create a scholarship by summer 2018 to benefit talented emerging female writers within underprivileged areas, working with sponsors and community leaders to develop a plan that best supports this talent.
Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting our publication!
Our mission is to build confidence in young women: through reading and education, they can reach limitless potential despite their circumstances. This is the power of literature.
$5 gets you a bookmark and thank-you note that are yours to keep!
Are you ruining your books because you turn the page corners down? Receive your very own original GAL designed bookmark to save your books from aches and pains! You'll also receive a handwritten thank-you note from GAL's co-founders on pretty paper.
$15 gets you an original GAL broadsheet poster and bookmark.
Keep a beautifully designed poster with our top rated book recommendations framed above your desk to remind you of what books to read. You'll also receive a bookmark.
Pledge $25 and receive a GAL tote bag, recommendations, & bookmark.
Made in the USA canvas tote bag with GAL's logo and motto screen printed on both sides. Tucked inside the tote is a bookmark to help you remember what page you're on. We'll also include our poster of recommendations and a thank-you note expressing our gratitude (and maybe a line or two from a poem!).
Pledge $35 and receive a GAL hat, recommendations, & bookmark.
Keep your face in the shade and show your support for books when you choose this reward. We'll also send you an original GAL bookmark, recommendations poster, and thank-you card.
Pledge $50 and receive a GAL t-shirt & bookmark.
Let everyone know whose team you're on (the book loving team, duh!) whenever you don your original GAL tee.
Support with $100 and receive a Julie Houts GAL Exclusive Print.
Pledge $100 and receive one of 50 limited edition prints featuring an illustration by Julie Houts! Each 11X14" piece is printed on archival white paper.
Support with $100 and receive a GAL hat, t-shirt & tote bag.
Pledge your allegiance to reading with this bundle of treats. BOOKISH AF: it's the right kind of attitude to have, both in and out of the library.
Original book portrait painting? Yours for an $150 pledge.
Receive an original 9 x 12" watercolor painting featuring the cover of your favorite book! You pick the book you'd like a portrait of. Makes a wonderful hostess gift, too. Paintings by GAL co-founder, artist, and illustrator Payton Turner.
With a $1000 donation, you will receive a GAL-curated bookshelf.
We will work with you directly based on your interests and curate a shelf with recommendations that suit your interests! Whether it's based on time of year, all seasons, a mood, an array of all of these or none of these, we will work with you and publishers to get you the newest / latest / greatest books that will feed your mind. You will also receive a tote bag, t-shirt, and hat.
With a donation of $5000, you will receive a private Food to Fiction dinner organized by GAL.
We will do all the heavy lifting to create a customized literary dinner for you and up to 10 guests. The dinner concept and execution will revolve around a theme that we decide upon together.
We will take care of:
- The Chef
- Making sure all guests leave with:
a book specific to the theme, all GAL swag tucked in our large tote bag, along with a book portrait customized to the theme.
We will be adding other gifts as we go! Thank you again!
Payton Turner - Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Payton Turner is an artist, designer, and the co-founder of Flat Vernacular, a critically acclaimed wallpaper and fabric design studio. Payton is the creative director and CEO of Flat Vernacular, the author of coloring book Every Little Thing, and has worked in illustration, interior design, and brand consultation for private clients. The first book she picked out by herself from the bookstore was What Next, Baby Bear? by Jill Murphy.
Eliza Wexelman - Co-Founder & Creative Director
Eliza Wexelman is a freelance graphic designer currently working with companies such as Studio Scissor, Monogram, & Libby Lane. With formal training in Art and Design, Eliza began her career in the costume departments on such films as MA (by Celia Rowlson-Hall), Joy, Batman vs. Superman, and Star Trek; and with TV shows such as Royal Pains, 30-Rock, Nurse Jackie, The Eric Andre Show, Blue Bloods, and more.
Justine Goode - Social Media & Management Intern
Justine Goode received a B.A. in English from Oberlin (with honors!). A recent graduate, Justine is a writer, editor, and social media savant.
Photographers who make it all possible:
Risks and challenges
• Along with the work they do for GAL, both founders have full-time jobs. This has been extremely difficult to navigate without any other help. With support staff, we will be able to continue publishing interviews, recommendations, events, and submissions on a consistent basis.
• We want to receive adequate amounts of submissions from our audience. We also want to make sure we access and thus represent a diverse range of women. Hiring freelance help would ensure that we can maintain GAL and spend more time focusing on outreach and quality content.
• All of our rewards are designed and our manufacturers nailed down, but none can be produced (except for the book portraits!) until GAL's Kickstarter is fully funded.
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