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A new and exclusive book by Emma Gannon, where she tells us to stop getting in our own way
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Introducing a new, pocket-sized book by Emma Gannon

As host of award-winning podcast Ctrl Alt Delete, the Sunday Times columnist has interviewed the likes of Lena Dunham, Ava DuVernay, Greta Gerwig, and many more, exploring their feelings about the internet, work, and themselves.

But what about her own life and career? 

In Sabotage, Emma investigates her relationship with self-sabotage, and why so many of us succumb to its temptation. Procrastination, jealousy, negativity, guilt: how can we overcome the obstacles that keep getting in our way?

As Lucy Sheridan points out in her excellent foreword, this limited-edition release can and should become "the handbook you need to slay your own sabotage".

Why? It costs just £1 or more to find out.

Would you like Emma to write something personalised for you? Or maybe you'd like her to mentor you about an idea you're thinking about pursuing? With The Tailor Made and all new reward The Mentor, we're offering more opportunities than ever before to work directly with writers you love.

Pledge. Send it to a friend. Join in the conversation. 

Why Emma? We asked her...

“The Pound Project is an innovative model; it lets writers dip a toe into a new curious territory and produce something in-depth yet short-form. This allows more roaming freedom than a magazine article, yet without the scary commitment of having to pitch a traditional 80,000 word book. 

"It has brought back the pure joy of writing, with the excitement of sharing with an audience who might also be interested in the same curiosities.

“Sabotage is a book about success and setbacks. We all have a tendency to sabotage our own happiness, and I wanted to dig a little deeper into why it can creep up on us. In this piece, I ask myself and others the million-dollar question: how do we stop getting in our own way?” 

What is The Pound Project?

Is a good story worth something? We believe it is: The Pound Project is an award-winning, independent publisher. But we're not just selling books. We're shouting about the value of reading and writing for everyone, regardless of who you are.

We crowdfund with just one story and one writer at a time: with each new project, it is just £1 to read/hear it online. For £5 or more you can buy the lovely book in print. 

The books are limited edition: our products are only for sale during this campaign until October 8th. Once it ends, that's it. From there, the funds allow us to create the books and send them straight to everyone who backs us.

We’re rethinking the way to raise funds: setting a low target at just £500 and working inclusively with writers to raise their profile.

We are completely transparent about paying our writers their equal share: behind every story there are hours of work and dedication. Too often this goes unrewarded and this is unsustainable.

We make rewards that are affordable and environmentally friendly: is a brilliant piece of writing worth a quid? Is a gorgeous booklet to your doorstep worth a fiver? Do you love tote bags and t-shirts? We want our stories out there using sustainable, recycled materials. We want all backers to feel like they are part of something important.

We know time is precious: that's why we make books you can carry in your back pocket, share with friends, read on your phone, or listen to on the bus. Meticulously crafted, every design feature has been considered to make The Pound Project's book an amazing experience.

The Pound Project: Small change, one story at a time. 

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Our commitment

  • We pay our writers an equal share. Of the initial £500 they receive £250. After that, they receive 50% of any net profit.
  • Our postage costs are fair and include all packaging. We do not overcharge our backers and customers.
  • Where possible we use ethical, recycled and locally sourced materials and packaging. This means we can support the environment and the creative community in Birmingham and the UK.

...and finally

Both The Pound Project and Emma are incredibly thankful to Lucy Sheridan for supporting our project and writing such a compelling foreword. The life coach, speaker and writer really gets to the heart of Emma's piece and we are grateful for her wonderful words. We can't wait to read her upcoming book The Comparison Cure: How to be less ‘them’ and more you, released December 2019.

We also thank all of our backers: without your support we could not continue to celebrate the value of reading and writing.

We are interested in hearing from future writers: do you have an idea for a short story or an essay? Can you help put together a campaign that will speak to audiences?

We want your pitches: outline your idea, tell us why people will buy it, give us a sense of your marketing strategy.

Contact us at editor@poundproject.co.uk

Credits

Emma photography: Liz Seabrook

Video design: Matthew Clugston

Music: James O'Connell at Rebel Music Sound

Risks and challenges

Emma Gannon's Sabotage is The Pound Project's sixth publication in our campaign to promote the value of writing and reading. The previous five projects were successfully funded through Kickstarter and Crowdfunder and we fulfilled all of our rewards accordingly without glitches. Therefore we do not envisage any problems delivering on this project.

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    ~ Your name will be immortalised in the acknowledgements of the print book and on our site.

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    ~ A highly sought after Pound Project T-Shirt.

    ~ Your name will be immortalised in the acknowledgements of the print book and on our site.

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    ~ EXCLUSIVE: Give us a word, an object, or an idea, and Emma will write a personalised poem or paragraph on an exclusive postcard... just for you!!

    ~ A SIGNED copy of Emma's book lovingly packaged and delivered right to your door.

    ~ A highly sought after Pound Project T-Shirt.

    ~ Your name will be immortalised in the acknowledgements of the print book and on our site.

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    The Mentor

    ~ BRAND NEW! Would you like some help with a creative project, pitching, your writing, or business idea that you have? Emma is offering her expertise for a one-on-one feedback session on Skype, where she is offering to help with your prospective ideas!

    ~ EXCLUSIVE: Give us a word, an object, or an idea, and Emma will write a personalised poem or paragraph on an exclusive postcard... just for you!!

    ~ 10 SIGNED copies of Emma's book lovingly packaged and delivered right to your door.

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