Publication day for our Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing writers anthology, What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective is approaching fast. This is an exciting project and we had planned to make the entire book available as BSL videos for free.
It has proved FAR more complicated and expensive than we first thought, and our budget of £4k [provided by ACE] has proved hopelessly inadequate, despite being based on actual costs for other BSL translation work. We are doing our best to achieve what we set out to do, but it’s a hand to mouth existance, being a small independant publiser – we don’t have assets or savings or a head office to bail us out. We have found a great many dead ends in search of other funding, and we need help urgently.
We told our mailing list about the problem last month, and have been tweeting regularly, and between them that has raised just over £850. [Thank you to the 37 people who have contributed, you are all stars.] However we need £2,500 to get close to the ever increasing costs. We’ve reluctantly cancelled the launch, which even on line, would have been quite expensive, with all the access requirements, which will help a bit.
We’ve been looking (rather wanly) for a jazzy animated graphic to display progress, but to be honest, it’s hard to find much enthusiasm for making this ‘fun’, or taking time away from beating heads on brick funding walls.
Here’s what we’ve come up with so far.
As you can see, about a 1/3 of the way there.
Normally at this time of year we are crowdfunding for Solstice Shorts, and we just don’t feel able to do that this year – its too confusing a message to be raising cash for two different projects – so this is impacting other projects as well. More on our solution to the Solstice conundrum in another post.
How can you help?
Buy the book… buy any of our books, actually, we don’t ringfence the income from them.
Or … (and?) donate! We will do as much BSL as we get money to cover.
And tell anyone you know who you think would support this. Retweet, share on Facebook or wherever. This started out as an important, exciting, inventive project, and it’s really depressing that its ended up where it has.