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Get that Christmassy feeling supporting this wonderfully original children's book, by Nottingham's mousiest new publishers!
Grab yourself a copy of this fab book, supported by our wonderful backers, just in time for Christmas!
Grab yourself a copy of this fab book, supported by our wonderful backers, just in time for Christmas!
138 backers pledged £3,986 to help bring this project to life.

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The snow was falling, the leaves were rustling, into a clearing a young girl ran.

“Here is the spot mum, this’ll be the best place, I’m going to build a snowman, as BIG as I can!”

A Bit Of A Back Story

Two years ago Helen, a children's drama practitioner and aspiring author, and Sophie, an illustrator and animator, collaborated on a creative Christmassy workshop involving a snowman that glowed. As a result the story of The Glowing Snowman was born. This wonderful tale was just begging to be made into a book. After some initial research looking into publishers, they got a bit disheartened. There were too many rules, too many prerequisites, and frankly too many other people wanting to take a slice of the pie! 

'Hang On!' they thought, 'why don't we just do it ourselves!' Thus the seeds of Sojo Publishing Mouse were sown. One MA, and one small human being later (2016 was a busy year!), Helen and Sophie were ready to get this book out to the world, and start a revolution in publishing with a mighty squeak!

The Book Itself

Written by Helen The Glowing Snowman is a children's picture book and tells the tale of a snowman left alone in the woods, wondering if he is special enough. The girl who built him has run off home, and the animals around him seem to ignore his presence. That is until he has a small accident with a firefly! In suddenly becoming the talk of the forest, our little Snowman has a moral dilemma on his hands...

Should he let the firefly go? Or keep it there, and keep his glow?

Beautifully illustrated by Sophie, this story has already been heard by a small handful of Nottinghamshire school children who have helped create and inspire many of the images in the book. We're excited at the thought of sharing it with them, and many more, which is why we'd love your help to get us there. 

The book will be sold online through our website and other channels, but we are currently in conversation with a couple of bookshops local to Nottingham, and hope to have one or two on the shelves out there too! We'll also be stepping out to a Christmas Fair here and there with the books and some fun creative workshops. Whilst most of our backer funds will pay for the print costs, there is a small portion assigned to help boost our marketing campaign once the run up to Christmas starts in earnest.

Looking ahead for Sojo Publishing Mouse 

This project really is the kick-starter. We want to create more and more children's books which break the rules and push the boundaries of children's publishing, which we feel has fallen into to a bit of a predictable cycle. 

Living in Nottingham, which proudly holds title of one of only 20 'UNESCO City Of Literature' statuses in the world, we're excited by the scene here, and the potential of talent we have to tap into. Each project we work on, we intend to involve and engage with local youngsters, getting them fired up with ideas and seeing how a book can come to a finished product.

Once we've gone local there's no reason we can't go national, seeking out the marvellous and wondrous tales and curious characters that may be hidden down the back of the sofa with the lint and old pound coins!

If you're all super lovely

Obviously we hope you like our project enough so we reach our target. But what if you're super lovely and we go over and beyond? Well, if there's a little more money in the pot it'll mainly be used to increase our marketing budget for a more comprehensive campaign so we can spread the word about the book to more people. After that, more funds spare and we'd like to spend that on a little more merchandise to go along with the book. Extra bags, T-shirts, and Christmas cards, and Helen is dying to get a cute Snowman pin-badge made up! We can take these along to the Christmas Fairs to go alongside the books. 

If the generosity is way beyond what we've aimed at we can afford a bigger print run, so EVEN MORE books, and this lonely little snowman can find more friends to share his story with.

Risks and challenges

We both run our own businesses in other areas of the creative industry, but we are new to the publishing world, and it has been a learn-as-we-go scenario thus far.

Happily there are so many pools of information and help out there in the mass of search engines. We are also happy to have made connections with the folk at the heart of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature team, who can point us in the right direction and connect us to people in the know locally.

Also, Helen does love a good Excel spreadsheet!

This is a ready-to-go project. The book is finished, and we have our printer lined up. We just need that first boost of investment to get going and shout about it on social media.

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    The ‘Merry Christmas’ Feeling

    If you’d just like that warm fuzzy feeling you’d get from giving someone a Merry Christmas hug, then this reward is for you. We’ll give you a big shout out for being brilliant on our social media pages, and you can humbly* go about your business knowing you’ve made our day.
    *All your friends will know.

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    The Mince Pie Feeling

    Nothing screams the start of Christmas like your first mince pie. Now imagine our book is a mince pie… are you doing that? … got it? Great! It’s yours, sent straight to you with some special Christmas sparkle added* Oh, and signed by us, too!
    *please note we do mean the book, not a mince pie. We can’t post mince pies, that would be messy… hang on… no, that would be AMAZING!

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    The Gift Giving Feeling

    We mean this literally. You will get not one, but THREE copies of the book in a gorgeous Sojo Publishing Mouse tote bag. That is three Christmas gifts sorted for your three favourite small people, and you get to keep the cute bag. Or hey, give that away too, you Christmas angel you!

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    The Carols At Your Door Feeling

    The beautiful strains of ‘Good King Wenceslas’ drift down the street, on a cold dark evening. There’s a ring at the doorbell, and you open up to cheery faces in bobble hats. This is a bit like that, but it’s the morning, the postman whistling ‘Deck The Halls’. The doorbell is merely the clatter of the letter box, and the cheery face of our bobble-hatted Snowman looking up from a special Christmas card you’ve sent to 10 of your besties. That’s a pack of 10 lovely Glowing Snowman Christmas cards, and you get the book in the tote bag to keep yourself, because we love you and your generosity.

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    The Christmas Jumper Feeling

    If you love strutting around in all your festive knitted glory, then why not add an extra layer of Christmas with our limited edition ‘Oh deer!’ T-shirt to keep you snug underneath. This T-shirt proudly displays the beautiful deer featured in our book, which was inspired by the artwork of Zoe Marshall (5 years old). You look stunning! Oh, and you get a book, and a tote bag (our rewards have layers too!)

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    The Christmas Glow Feeling

    It's cold and dark outside, but you are warm inside with a lovely glass of your favourite tipple, and the lights are low. To get the tinsel sparking even more you can light your TWO lovely pillar candles (13cm high, and 8cm wide); one with our snowman, and one with some cheeky robins from the book. And you are reading our book, because you get that too of course (in one of our lovely bags). But do be careful of your eyes in that low light.

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    The Cosy Christmas Feeling

    Ok, ok! So really this is the REAL 'Christmas Jumper Feeling', but we've already done that one. The long awaited (begged for by Sophie) 'Oh Deer!' hoodie. Available in kids or adults sizes. Snuggly! With of course, our book in a tote bag.

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    The Just Decorated Your House Feeling

    YES! The tree is up, and those colour co-ordinated baubles look fab. You love your new extra fuzzy tinsel. Multi-coloured flashing drop icicles adorn your windows. Nothing gives you that ‘Christmas starts now’ feeling better than getting up those decs. Is the fairy on the tree straight? Left a bit, I think. But hang on, there is something missing. A space on the wall over there… I know! You need a framed Glowing Snowman Original limited edition art print*! Oh go on… have the book in the bag too, you smasher you!
    *5 printed only

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    The Christmas Lights Switch-On Feeling

    SCHOOLS ONLY* Christmas cheer is even more exciting when you share it. Like when you head off to see a random local celebrity press a button, and your whole town lights up! We want to see whole classes of children light up with our fabulous workshops! So for £150 Sophie or Helen will come into your school for a morning of workshops, AND your school will get a copy of The Glowing Snowman for your school.
    *Nottingham area only. Please email us at sojopublishingmouse@gmail.com for full details, and to check eligibility first.

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    The Christmas All Year Round Feeling

    If you are one of those people who just don’t want Christmas to end, why not have a reward to match?! Become a ‘Friend of Sojo Publishing Mouse’. You, or your business, will get a whole year of us shouting about how great you are! As a friend your logo (or face!) will sit proudly on our webpage, you’ll get a mention in all our campaigns, and you’ll generally feel the love from us all year round! For further information, please email us at sojopublishingmouse@gmail.com, and we’ll whizz you over details. Hey, and it would be rude not to give you a book, wouldn’t it!

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    The Found The Best Present Ever Feeling

    That’s it really, isn’t it? That is the best thing about Christmas. When you sit and watch your favourite people open a gift you’ve searched high and low for; that something unique, and special. Well, this might just be it! You can get your very own personalised dedication* in the front of our Glowing Snowman book. Printed there in all it’s glory, to last forever! And because you are so great, and we love your Christmassy generosity, we want to give you a bunch of other stuff too. Here, have the, Bag, T-shirt, and Christmas cards. We want to see that smile on your face when you open your package up.
    *Text on dedication is within reason, and will have to be cleared with us first. Nothing naughty, or nasty please. Or nothing selling anything else.

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