The Pound Project is a professional publishing company that puts writers and readers first. Small change, one story at a time.
Is good writing worth paying for?
We say that it is. Writers change, challenge, and entertain the world.
Love the beauty and craft of short fiction?
Each month we will publish a new short story from a different writer online at www.poundproject.co.uk, in audio, and in beautiful printed books, starting with Part One: King Harry, written by the company founder. All of this is affordable and available to you depending on your pledge.
We campaign for every pound, hence our name, and when we meet our targets, we pay our writers. This is central to our mission. Too often their talent goes unrewarded.
Who we are
We are a community of writers, ranging from established authors, broadcasters and journalists to first time creatives and students, and we exist to produce and promote outstanding narratives. We also provide a publishing platform for writers who don’t necessarily have the opportunities or exposure.
How we do it
Without your backing we couldn't exist. With an attainable and low crowdfunding target of just £500, we work collaboratively with writers to generate funding and publish a different, individual short story each month, starting here. Ranging between 100 and 10,000 words there are no other restrictions on what you can expect to read and hear. Get involved.
People's reading habits are changing. So with our compelling stories The Pound Project strives for insight, imagination and intrigue across multimedia platforms.
We aim to be inclusive and want to excite readers from all backgrounds. We want to encourage the value of reading: once each story reaches its goal we create the following rewards, suitable to your needs, if you are willing to pledge.
Pay as little or as much as you like. But for just £1 you help us to make this project happen and to publish the story online once the exclusive content is delivered.
Support us with £5+ and we will send a beautiful printed book to your door.
Pledge £10+ and that book will arrive autographed by the writer. You'll also be added to the acknowledgements page on our site.
For £20+ you still get that lovely signed book. But we also think that good writing should be shared. That's why you'll get an invite to attend our exclusive reading events in either Birmingham or London. Your choice. We'll drink, eat, and make merry and the writers will read extracts and discuss their work.
Choose this reward at £25+ and you will get the invite and the signed copy. You will also be acknowledged in print at the front of the book. We can also feature your company logo and link online.
£40+ gets you the signed book, the exclusive invites, and the printed thank you. You will also get an original, limited edition t-shirt.
All of the above. Plus, with our network of experience and expertise, The Pound Project will be giving something back. At the stylish co-working space The Engine in Birmingham's creative sector (pictured below), we will be running exciting writing workshops to help other writers of all abilities hone their craft and find their voice. All of this for only £50+.
£100+ is the full package. Everything outlined above. The Pound Project's editor will also provide a one-on-one critique and feedback on any writing project you desire. You might be a future Pound Project contributor.
THE PROJECT - PART ONE
The Pound Project begins with a story from its founder: JP Watson. A writer and former arts critic and journalist, Jonny has since helped creative writing students develop their talents and has worked as a copywriter, on Arts projects, and as a content consultant.
He has seen first-hand the struggles emerging writers and the freelance community has. This can include 13-hour days for less than the price of the bus home.
Therefore, he feels passionately that the writing and creative industry needs a sea change so that original talent is valued and respected for what it is. Worthwhile. It seemed only logical for his work to be put to the test first.
The Story: King Harry
A little girl sees a goldfinch land on her parents’ balcony and she is hooked. A friendship is formed. But at what cost? Pledge to find out.
Over to you
So, this is where you, the funders, come in. Even if you stump up a quid, it helps: as mentioned above, just £1 towards the total will help us to build and maintain a respectable independent publishing brand. You will be helping us to keep writers writing.
Because behind every story there are hours of painstaking work.
Where the money goes:
£250+ an equal share of net profit crucially goes directly to the writer for their writing, for their graft, and for their dedication to the fundraising effort.
£250+ an equal share of net profit goes on creating The Pound Project as a sustainable brand. This includes design, office hire, venue spaces, food and drink for events and workshops, printing and publishing costs, marketing, the website, workshop providers, and everything else for staying alive as a company.
However, this being the first chapter, Jonny will be waiving the writing commission so that the company can get off the ground. Thanks for your interest and support.
For any enquiries, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Risks and challenges
The Pound Project is founded on the principle of creating incredible narratives. With our years of experience in writing, editing and publishing, and with the range of talent in our creative community, the stories The Pound Project produces will be of the highest calibre. No word will go unchecked.
We have spent hours honing the various platforms for our stories, built on professional relationships with web developers and printing specialists respectively. Therefore we can deliver the printed, web and audio copy on time.
Our overheads are minimal, so too our funding targets, and therefore we have stayed sensible so that we can build this project and brand from the ground up.
If we do not meet the target, if the pledges are not realised, then we will not create the work. But we cannot envisage this happening. Instead we are starting this Project with the view that it will continue to flourish and help place more emphasis on a sustainable outlet for writing talent.
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