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Know Your Place is a book of essays on the working class, written by the working class.
Know Your Place is a book of essays on the working class, written by the working class.
476 backers pledged £9,955 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goal: £15,000

So we've rocketed to 100% of our funding goal before we're even halfway towards the deadline! We've decided to add a stretch goal of £15,000. For sure, this is ambitious, but the response so far has been so great that we thought we should aim high. Are you ready?

If we reach £15,000 we'll upgrade the book so that it is bigger and better! 

  • We'll double our initial hardback print run in to continue the campaign beyond Kickstarter – making sure that it gets in high street bookshops across the country and into the hands of readers.
  • Rather than go with a little B-format hardback we'll publish the book in a luxurious Demy format (216mm x 138mm). 
  • We'll add a special soft-touch matte finish to the jacket to compliment the already fantastic artwork.
  • We'll add an extra essay to the collection (23 essays by 23 writers).

Sound good? Help us get there by pledging to the campaign and spreading the word.

Who Are We?

Dead Ink is an independent publishing house that has been producing high quality books since 2014. We’re based in Liverpool, we’re a member of the Northern Fiction Alliance and we’re represented by Inpress Books. 

What Is Know Your Place?

Know Your Place Is a collection of essays about the working class, written by the working class. We had an open call for writers to submit essays on the lived experience of being working class in the UK today. We were overwhelmed with interest from people wanting to contribute to the book and aimed to choose twenty essays for the final book. In the end we finally managed to whittle it down to twenty-two essays that we felt were not only brilliantly written, but offered unique and fascinating views on working class life. The final contributors are:

  • Abondance Matanda – The First Galleries I Knew Were Black Homes
  • Andrew McMillan – One of Us: Some Thoughts on Sexuality and the Working Class
  • Catherine O'Flynn – Heroes
  • Gena-mour Barrett – Living on an Estate Gave me a Community I Never Knew I Needed
  • Rebecca Winson – Disguised Malicious Murder: The Working Class and Mental Health
  • Sam Mills – The Benefits Cut
  • Sylvia Arthur – My Jobs, My Lives
  • Wally Jiagoo – Glass Windows and Glass Ceilings
  • Kate Fox – The Wrong Frequency
  • Yvonne Singh – More Than Just a Dream Land: Why the British Seaside Means So Much to the Working Class
  • Lee Rourke – Forging a Path
  • Laura Waddell – The Pleasure Button: Low Income Food Inequality
  • Kit De Waal – What Happened to Working Class Writers?
  • Alexandros Plasatis – The Immigrant of Narborough Road
  • Ben Gwalchmai – Where There’s Shit, There’s Gold
  • Cath Bore – The Housework Issue (The Other One)
  • Dominic Grace – The Death of a Pub
  • Sian Norris – Growing Up Outside Class
  • Peter Sutton – Education, Education, Education
  • Rym Kechacha – What Colour is a Chameleon?
  • Durre Shahwar – Navigating Space
  • Kath McKay – Reclaiming the Vulgar

Where Did It Come From?

In July 2016, a little over a month after the Brexit vote, Nikesh Shukla, the man behind The Good Immigrant, tweeted:

Someone should do a Good Immigrant-style state of the nation book of essays by writers from working class backgrounds.

Our immediate reply was:

We would publish the crap out of that.

Well, here we are – Know Your Place is that book. In the year it has taken us to collect these essays the book seems to be needed now more than ever. 

As the UK’s political parties go about campaigning for June’s general election they will all inevitably attempt to speak for and to the working class. But will any of them do much listening? A lot of words get put into the mouths of the working class and, at the same time, they are denied a platform to speak. We’re publishing this book to allow people to speak for themselves and we think that’s really important right now.

What’s Our Plan?

We have the cover, we have the writing, and we have all the skills needed to complete this book. The budget we’re asking to raise will allow us to begin printing. 

The book will be released in September 2017 and will be available in all good bookshops around the country. We also aim to keep talking about the issues raised in this book and get them discussed openly in the media. We’re aiming to keep the publicity for this book going so that it gets the profile that it deserves.

Dead Ink has been publishing books since 2014 (and we’ve been pretty good at it), so we’re very confident that we can pull this off! We’re represented by Inpress Books, supported by Arts Council England and distributed by NBN International.

What’s Our Budget?

We need to raise £7,000 in order to cover the following costs:

  • Author Fees
  • Illustrator Fees
  • Printing Costs
  • Kickstarter and Payment Fees

Why Do We Care?

This book is very close to our heart at Dead Ink. We jumped at the chance to make this because we’re working class ourselves. We think that makes us the right people to take this project on. Our Director, Nathan, originally started Dead Ink because, despite wanting to make books for a living, he wasn’t able to move to London to take an unpaid internship. In the end, it was easier to start his own publishing house. 

This is a book about the working class, written by the working class and published by the working class.

Risks and challenges

Dead Ink has been publishing books since 2014 and this will be our third crowdfunding campaign (though our first on Kickstarter!).

This project has been budgeted and the majority of the work has already been completed. We already have cover art in place and carry out the majority of editorial and production tasks in-house. We have very good relationships with a number of professional book printing companies and we have already communicated our plans for this book with them.

We have distribution and sales representation in place to continue this project beyond the Kickstarter.

We don't foresee any delays disrupting our schedule at this point, but if anything does happen we realise that the best way to manage this is to keep all of our backers aware of what is happening with clear and consistent updates.

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    Buy a digital copy of Know Your Place. Released in September 2017. We'll send you an eBook version of this book.

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    Signed Hardback and Artwork

    A hardback copy of Know Your Place signed by the editor (with your name in the back as a supporter) and a limited–edition A3 print of the book’s cover.

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    Letter, Signed Hardback and Art Print

    A hardback copy of Know Your Place signed by the editor (with your name in the back), a limited–edition A3 print of the book’s cover, plus a letter from the editor or one of the writers thanking you for your valuable contribution to the book.

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    Patron

    A hardback copy of Know Your Place signed by the editor and all of the authors. AND there will be a page thanking you at the back of the book! You’ll also receive a limited-edition A3 print of the book’s cover and a letter from the editor.

    We'll also offer a free manuscript appraisal to one author from a working class or vulnerable background.

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    A hardback copy of Know Your Place signed by the editor and all of the authors. AND there will be a page thanking you at the front of the book! You’ll also receive a limited-edition A3 print of the book’s cover and a letter from the editor.

    We'll also offer a free manuscript appraisal to four authors from a working class or vulnerable backgrounds.

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    Publish a Novel

    This is special: we will publish a new debut novel from a working class writer and we will dedicate it to you! You will be helping a new working class author start their career. Dead Ink will set out to find a debut author of literary fiction and begin the process of publishing them – all funded by you!

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