Cornwall Beneath and Beyond Publishing Campaign

The Cornwall Beneath and Beyond Publishing Campaign runs from 8pm Tuesday 23rd April to 8pm Thursday 2nd May 2024. Every time you pre-order our book and other goodies in our fundraiser, you help us to raise funds towards printing copies of our book to donate to libraries in Cornwall and to sell in bookshops and at Pop Up events like book festivals.

Cornwall Beneath and Beyond by Cornwall Writers is an eclectic collection of short stories written by local authors from across Cornwall.

We want to encourage & support writers in Cornwall and this fundraising campaign will help us publish their work in our anthology. You can help us get our short stories published by pledging to our project. As a thank you, you’ll receive a discount and be the first to read our short stories!

All pledges go towards the costs of publishing and printing.

Our Story

Cornwall Writers is a community of writers based in Cornwall, UK. Writing can be a lonely profession so Cornwall Writers was set up to help authors network with and support each other. We started with just two people in 2017 and have since grown to over 300! Below you can see some of our writers working on their novels during National Novel Writing Month in November 2019.

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In January 2023, twenty-two authors got together to embark on our third Cornwall Writers Short Story Project. We started by choosing two words to combine into a theme, open to a wide interpretation, but firmly anchored in Cornwall. The theme became the title – Cornwall Beneath and Beyond.

Over the following 15 months we got together to develop our stories. Some of our writerly band have MAs in Creative Writing and helped us to think about character, plot and style development. For others, it was the first time they’d received any feedback on their work.

The final touches and edits were completed in March 2024 and we are now ready to start the publishing journey.

What We Want To Do

We already promote creative writing talent in Cornwall and to make it easy for readers to find Cornish writers, we’ve been developing a directory of Cornish Authors and Cornish Books.

We set up the short story project to encourage and support new writers in Cornwall and help them get published.

Our first books, Cornwall Misfits, Curiosities and Legends and Cornwall Secret and Hidden were a great success. A number of authors from the earlier books have joined us again for this one, alongside some new writers.

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Our Book

Cornwall Beneath and Beyond is our 3rd book.

This book contains 25 stories by 22 authors, in 358 pages. We also decided to include a few black and white illustrations in this book.

Despite the common theme, each of our 25 stories are very different from each other. The authors have interpreted the theme in their own particular way, resulting in a wide range of genres, time periods and moods. Whatever kind of stories you are into, there is something for everyone in our short story collection.

There are ebbs and flows, surprises and entertainment throughout. If you enjoy our stories half as much as we did putting them together, you will fall in love with them!

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What Are We Doing With The Money?

So far, the project has been funded by the authors involved. Now, to bring it to life, we need everyone’s help.

  • ISBNs – each book type requires a separate ISBN or barcode to enable Cornwall Writers to publish the book and make it easily available for bookstores to order.
  • Book Cover – the amazingly talented Lucy H Smith has illustrated our gorgeous book cover for us. We are delighted that we are creating a book people will enjoy looking at as well as reading.
  • Printing – the book is 358 pages and will be published in paperback and, alter, as an ebook. The print version is 5.5″ x 8.5″ (14cm x 21.6cm) and will be printed to order by Ingram Sparks for wholesale. Both print and ebook versions will incur set up costs.
  • Availability – after the fundraising campaign finishes, we hope to sell the book online on our website, in Cornish bookstores and any bookstore specialising in short story collections. Many bookstores sell books on sale or return, so we need to fund the books to be sold.
  • Donations to Cornish libraries – we are required to send a copy to the British Library for their records, but we also hope to donate copies to every library in Cornwall.

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Costs

Our anticipated costs for the book cover, ISBNs and print set up are about £860. This does not cover the printing costs of the rewards, postage and packaging. These will be charged separately depending on the rewards requested.

We hope to exceed that target so we can order additional books for libraries and for sale and return at bookstores. Our total target is £1561.

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Rewards

All you need to do is look through the Cornwall Beneath and Beyond pre-orders available and we’ll send you your order once the book is published in early June 2024. There are different book options, mugs, tshirts and tote bags/book bags for you to choose from.

You can pre-order more than one of the items, simply by adding them to your shopping basket and they will be totalled up for you when you go to checkout.

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Please note: Postage is not included in the pledge amounts, you will need to add postage at checkout. Free collection is available for anyone who will join us at one of our future events, particularly our Book Launch Party on board Lady Daphne at Charlestown Harbour, near St Austell on 7th June. You may also add free collection if an author is delivering them to you. Please make sure you agree the delivery method with your author beforehand.

If you have any problems with the process, please contact admin@cornwallwriters.co.uk and we will sort something out for you.

Amounts you helped us to raise

Day 10 at 8pm 2nd May 2024:

38 supporters pledged £1940.30 and ordered 110 books

We have raised 100% of our publishing costs

We can order an additional 43 books for bookstores to sell

We can donate books to 8 libraries in Cornwall

Thank you so much for all your wonderful support!

Fulfillment

Note: dates are estimates and may be affected by changes in supplier and delivery lead times

Fundraising Pre-order Campaign ends: 8pm Thursday 2nd May 2024

Orders placed when money received from payment processing (2 weeks): Thursday 16th May 2024

Orders expected to be received by Cornwall Writers: 3rd June 2024 (best guess)

Orders sent out to you: 5th June 2024 (best guess)

Orders received by you (allowing 5 working days for delivery): 12th June 2024 (best guess)

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