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A new and exclusive little book by Dolly Alderton, which inspires us all to be romantics.
A new and exclusive little book by Dolly Alderton, which inspires us all to be romantics.
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Introducing a new and exclusive little book by Dolly Alderton

Journalist, co-host of the weekly news and pop culture podcast The High Low and author of bestseller Everything I Know About Love, Dolly is one of the important new voices of her generation.    

In her personal essay Hopeless Romantic, Dolly shares an incredibly intimate account of love, therapy, her parents, and her place in the world as an incurable dreamer. Full of heartache and daring, wit and wisdom, this is a story that friends will share and debate until it is suitably dog-eared. 

But most importantly, Dolly asks us to think about what it means to "come down with a really nasty case of Old Romantic".

Want to catch the fever? It costs just £1 or more to enjoy...

Or you can send it to your friends as a gift!

Why Dolly? We asked her...

"I have always wanted to be a writer and I believe that stories, ideas and opinions expressed with bold honesty, sharp wit, generosity, creative prose and in beautifully structured sentences can change the world. 

"This is why I am so pleased to be involved with The Pound Project - we have more and more content available to us than ever before, and yet the respect and appreciation for both creators and consumers of it seem to be lessening.

"It's important that we value both writers and readers, which is exactly what The Pound Project is all about."

What is The Pound Project?

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

We work with just one short story and one writer at a time: publishing the content online, in print and in audio.

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. Therefore we set our target as low as £500 so that more people will be encouraged to support our talent.

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! We want all backers to feel like they are part something important.

We know time is precious: that's why we make books you can carry in your back pocket, send to 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.

Join us now: Small change, one story at a time.

Rewards

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

  • If our project is a success we will reinvest a percentage of money to writers in the Kickstarter community and will award bursaries for new talent to attend our writing courses. Our profits will go towards building a sustainable brand

...and finally

Thank you for your belief in our project with Dolly. 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 campaign with us for the power of books? We want to hear from you! 

Contact us at editor@poundproject.co.uk

Photography: Joanna Bongard
Video design: Matthew Clugston
Music: James O'Connell at Rebel Music Sound

Risks and challenges

Dolly Alderton's Hopeless Romantic is The Pound Project's third publication in our campaign to promote the value of writing and reading. The previous two 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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    The Pound

    ~ A top secret password to read Dolly's book online and to hear her read it out loud.

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    The Fiver

    ~ A beautiful printed version of Dolly's book, plus an exclusive bookmark and stickers, lovingly wrapped and posted to you.

    ~ A top secret password to read Dolly's book online and to hear her read it out loud.

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    The Tenner

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

    ~ The exclusive bookmark and stickers.

    ~ A top secret password to read Dolly's book online and to hear her read it out loud.

    ~ Your name will be listed as a supporter on our website.

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    The Gift

    ~ Want to give Dolly's book as a gift to a friend? Not only will we send you the book, we'll also send a copy to anyone you choose, beautifully packaged and labelled 'from [you]', and with the bookmark and stickers included!

    ~ Both of you will get the top secret password to read Dolly's book online and to hear her read it out loud.

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    The SIGNED Gift

    ~ Want to give a SIGNED copy of Dolly's book as a gift to a friend? Not only will we send you the book, we'll also send a copy to anyone you choose, beautifully packaged and labelled 'from [you]', and with the bookmark and stickers included!

    ~ Both of you will get the top secret password to read Dolly's book online and to hear her read it out loud.

    ~ Your names will both be listed as supporters on our website.

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    The Score

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

    ~ An all-new limited edition tote bag.

    ~ The exclusive bookmark and stickers.

    ~ The top secret password to read Dolly's book online and to hear her read it out loud.

    ~ Your name will be listed as a supporter on our website.

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    The Pony

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

    ~ Your name will be immortalised in the acknowledgements of the print book, you will be listed as a supporter on our site, and we can feature your company logo with a link.

    ~ An all-new limited edition tote bag.

    ~ The exclusive bookmark and stickers.

    ~ The top secret password to read Dolly's book online and to hear her read it out loud.

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    The Naughty

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

    ~ A limited edition Pound Project T-Shirt.

    ~ Your name acknowledged in the print book, you will be listed as a supporter on our site, and we can feature your company logo with a link.

    ~ An all-new limited edition tote bag.

    ~ The exclusive bookmark and stickers.

    ~ The top secret password to read Dolly's book online and to hear her read it out loud.

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    The Nifty

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

    ~ An invitation to a half day writers' workshop with the editorial staff at The Pound Project, where successful work will be published on the new writer's blog on our website.

    ~ A limited edition Pound Project T-Shirt.

    ~ Your name acknowledged in the print book, you will be listed as a supporter on our site, and we can feature your company logo with a link.

    ~ An all-new limited edition tote bag.

    ~ The exclusive bookmark and stickers.

    ~ The top secret password to read Dolly's book online and to hear her read it out loud.

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    The Ton

    ~ 5 SIGNED COPIES of Dolly's book!!

    ~ The Pound Project editor will read, proof and feedback on any short writing project you have. Could you be the next Pound Project writer??

    ~ An invitation to a half day writers' workshop with the editorial staff at The Pound Project, where successful work will be published on the new writer's blog on our website.

    ~ A limited edition Pound Project T-Shirt

    ~ Your name acknowledged in the print book, you will be listed as a supporter on our site, and we can feature your company logo with a link.

    ~ An all-new limited edition tote bag.

    ~ The exclusive bookmark and stickers.

    ~ The top secret password to read Dolly's book online and to hear her read it out loud.

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Funding period

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