About this project
What and Who are Grimbold Books?
Grimbold Books is a fledgling international publishing house looking to publish the very best science fiction, fantasy and dark fiction. Books are our passion, and we’re committed to publishing a select few titles a year. By focusing on a small number, we are able to build solid relationships with our authors and work with them every step of the way, from manuscript editing through to marketing and platform building, ensuring that the final product is the very best it can be.
Founded in 2013 by Sammy H.K Smith and Zoë Harris, Grimbold Books has published twenty distinct and wonderful pieces of work.
With dedicated imprints, such as Kristell Ink and Tenebris Books, we have novels nominated for the Lambda literary awards, the International Rubery Book Award, the Indie Book Awards, and the People's Choice award. Each title has brought something special to Grimbold, and with it, incredibly talented authors who share our passion for team work and our long-term goals.
Why do you need crowdfunding support?
To date, we have personally and privately funded all aspects of publication - from cover art, internal illustrations, promotional materials, editing, paperbacks via a Print On Demand distributor with links to bricks and mortar stores, competition prizes and marketing.
Our Kickstarter campaign will help us continue to publish the high quality and exciting titles you've read so far, but with the added bonus of allowing us to tap in and reach previously unattainable marketing resources. We want to put our titles on the same blogger ARC (advanced reader copy) websites as bigger presses, giving us potentially thousands more readers and reviewers. We're confident in both our books and our authors, and we want to continue to give them the best chance at exposure during these incredibly tough publishing times.
A proportion of the Kickstarter fund will be used to advertise our books in magazines and webzines, and also to enter the titles in more prestigious national competitions. It will also enable us to keep a healthy stock of paperbacks at Grimbold HQ for conventions, reviewers and direct sales. The more copies of our books we can get into readers' hands, the better. We don't want to be an e-book only press, we want to continue to cater for traditional paperback readers, as well as those who love the smell of...uhhh...e-readers :)
We'd also love to expand our catalogue by taking on more titles and authors; with the funds we hope to raise on Kickstarter, we would be able to achieve this by outsourcing more editing, production and design work. Grimbold receives so many high quality manuscripts, and selecting the very best is both a pleasure and a nightmare. We want to be able to say 'yes' to more books, and we hope you can help.
As well as our plans for expansion, this Kickstarter campaign will help to fund our 2015/16 catalogue (which is shaping up to be amazing), allowing us to continue to strengthen our reach on social media as well as the 'real' world. We want to add to this with large print editions for the partially sighted, and audiobooks. Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy great books, and we want to make that happen!
With at least 10 publications already slated in for 2015, you can be a part of something special.
Risks and challenges
We've talked our pledge reward delivery timescale through with our authors to ensure they can send signed copies by the deadline, but of course we can't see into the future, so there may be some delays in delivering signed copies; should any unfortunate circumstances occur at our authors' end, we promise to keep you informed throughout.
Also, with so many letters (hopefully) to write, Grim and Bold may get tired. They are cats after all, and without opposable thumbs, holding those pens gets pretty tiring...so please be patient!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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