The Grand Dodo Ink Kickstarter - halfway there!
As of last Friday (otherwise known as "payday"), we are delighted to announce that we've hit the 50% of the funding target for our Kickstarter campaign! We'd like to thank each and every person who has kindly pledged to support Dodo Ink, and share some of the experiences we've had over the past few weeks.
When we started our campaign we were unsure of what the response would be. We pictured being stuck on 0% for weeks, as flightless as our avian namesake. Within the first week, however, we received 45 pledges from friends, family and literature lovers of all stripes. We've also been moved, at times. Complete strangers have pitched in. We intend to repay that trust by doing the very best we can for our authors and building an indie press we can be proud of.
We've had some moments of worry, as well. The ebb and flow of running a Kickstarter inevitably means stretches of days when the pledges slow down, but we have kept hope (and hit social media, hard), and are now approaching 60% of our funding goal at the halfway point. We'd like to extend our gratitude to Foyles Bookshop, for giving us permission to film our Kickstarter video there. Hepped up on far too much coffee and cake, we really enjoyed speaking to Jonathan Ruppin, a bookseller who does great work championing independent publishers, and are very excited by the prospect of Foyles stocking and promoting our 2016 list.
We'd like to share with you some cover art for the book which inadvertently started the great Dodo Ink adventure, The Eleventh Letter by Tom Tomaszewski, a book we felt we simply had to publish.
We happened across the work of Colombian artist Carolina Rodriguez Fuenmayor on Twitter, after she designed a book cover for another new independent publisher, Unsung Stories, and fell in love with her work, which we feel really evokes the ghostly elements of The Eleventh Letter. We hope you will too.
Sam, Thom, Alex and the Dodo xx