About this project
NASTY WOMEN - OUT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2017
404 Ink are Kickstarting Nasty Women: a non-fiction book collection on being a woman in the 21st century. People, politics, pressure, punk - we publish 8th March, International Women's Day, 2017.
With intolerance and inequality increasingly normalised by the day, it's more important than ever for women to share their experiences. We must hold the truth to account in the midst of sensationalism and international political turmoil. Nasty Women is a collection of essays, interviews and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century.
Who are 404 Ink?
404 Ink is a new publishing company led by two freelancers who believe we can and should publish differently. Issue 1 of our literary magazine published November 2016. Nasty Women is our first book. It will be a B-format paperback book of approximately 180 pages.
Who are Nasty Women?
We are. You might be too. We were flooded with submissions for this book on this theme and we are in awe of the real stories we'll be publishing in these pages for you from a host of incredible women.
From working class experience to sexual assault, being an immigrant, divides in Trump's America, Brexit, pregnancy, contraception, Repeal the 8th, identity, family, finding a voice, punk, role models, fetishisation, power - this timely book covers a range of experiences that is sure to strike a chord in readers.
The contributors are:
Alice Tarbuck, Anna Cosgrave, Becca Inglis, Chitra Ramaswamy, Christina Neuwirth, Claire Heuchan, Elise Hines, Jen McGregor, Joelle Owusu, Jona Kottler, Kaite Welsh, Katie Muriel, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! (in conversation with Sasha de Buyl-Pisco), Laura Lam, Laura Waddell, Mel Reeve, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Ren Aldridge of Petrol Girls, Rowan C. Clarke, Sim Bajwa, and Zeba Talkhani.
What do we need the money for?
In the last six weeks of 2016, we commissioned and collated over 20 stories from women on both sides of the Atlantic, in their own words, that we believe need to be shared. The response has been far bigger than we anticipated, and in Kickstarting our pre-orders, it allows us to launch with more copies than our savings alone will allow, and hopefully do the women in this book justice.
2017 is a year to push back against normalisation and sensationalist rhetoric, and the way to start that is to tell your stories, and tell them loudly. We need you to help us tell them as loudly as possible.
- We're paying all of our authors. This is the most important part of the 404 ethos, and so your pre-orders will help us thank the women who've shared their lives with us for the project with a paycheck. We are also paying freelancers proper rates for design, and so on.
- We need to cover printing costs and distribution. Bit more boring, but important! Pre-ordering will not only help us be able to put these incredible stories in print and share them far and wide, but it will also help us work out quantities, as the interest following our announcement has gone far beyond what we anticipated.
- Events. We're looking to launch this in both Edinburgh and London, and have already been invited to a number of festivals across the year for Nasty Women. While we will be throwing our own money to this, any extra would allow us to help a number of our authors travel to new places to share their stories across the country.
What can I pledge for?
Every pledge will get you a copy of the book in some form. That's it. We're keeping it simple. (Apart from a few bonus stickers and bookmarks!) Our goal is to boost these women's stories and kickstart a conversation, and encourage more people to tell their own stories.
Back Nasty Women and be part of a production that boosts women's voices at a time when it's most needed.
Risks and challenges
1) Printing is expensive: We're using this Kickstarter to gauge how many physical copies of Nasty Women we should print but we have a ballpark figure in mind already that we're aiming for. It's not cheap to print and distribute books so we risk taking a huge hit to our already dwindling savings due to being a very new and very small company. The better we do here, the more copies we can get out in the world to spread the message of Nasty Women. Should the Kickstarter fail we will have to seriously reconsider printing as priority goes to paying the authors first and foremost.
2) Time is against us: We're launching this Kickstarter at possibly the worst time of year! Everyone is on holiday or in the post-holiday slump having spent lots on the festive season. However, to get Nasty Women funded and produced in time for release on International Women's Day we need to launch now. We risk getting lost and missed compared to if we launched mid-year but we're hoping that by shouting loud and long enough we'll be able to overcome this.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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