Update 4: Funding for BSL Project 14-12-21 Half Way!

What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective is selling steadily. If you want a copy before Christmas, please order by Friday for absolute certainty.

This has been an exciting project and we had planned to make the entire book available as BSL videos for free.

We have been uploading videos of BSL versions of the poems and stories daily, here, some are already captioned, some will have to wait for more funds, but we thought better to have them without captions for now, than not share them at all.

We will pause shortly to concentrate on our latest book, Words From the Brink, and the Solstice Shorts Festival, coming back to sharing the BSL in the new year.

What Meets the Eye?

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 publisher – we don’t have assets or savings or a head office to bail us out. We need help.

We told our mailing list about the problem and have been tweeting regularly, and posting here – With book sales added to to the total we have now raised £1323, just over half of what we need – there is still a LONG way to go.

[Thank you to the 42 people who have contributed donations, and everyone who has bought books direct recently, you are all stars.]

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 we’d really like to be able to recreate the buzz that the original idea came with.

Publication day! and Update 3: Funding for BSL Project 19-11-21

Publication day for our Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing writers anthology, What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective is here!

Congratulations to all our authors and poets.

Books should be available in bookshops from now. Our distributor has plenty and any bookshop that doesn’t have it in stock should be able to get it within 24-48 hours. Though, obviously, we’d much prefer you to buy direct.

This is an exciting project and we had planned to make the entire book available as BSL videos for free.

What Meets the Eye?

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 publisher – we don’t have assets or savings or a head office to bail us out. We need help urgently.

We told our mailing list about the problem last month, and have been tweeting regularly, and posting here – With book sales added to to the total we have now raised £1193.

[Thank you to the 41 people who have contributed donations, and everyone who has bought books direct recently, you are all stars.]

However we need £2,500 to get close to the ever increasing costs, so this is about half what we need.

 

 

 

 

We have started posting the videos we already have here, some are already captioned, some will have to wait for more funds, but we thought better to have them without captions for now, than not share them at all.

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 we’d really like to be able to recreate the buzz that the original idea came with.

Update 2: Funding for BSL Project 19-11-21

Publication day for our Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing writers anthology, What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective is next week!

This is an exciting project and we had planned to make the entire book available as BSL videos for free.

What Meets the Eye?

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 publisher – we don’t have assets or savings or a head office to bail us out. We need help urgently.

We told our mailing list about the problem last month, and have been tweeting regularly, and posting here – With book sales added to to the total we have now raised £1078.

[Thank you to the 40 people who have contributed donations, you are all stars.]

However we need £2,500 to get close to the ever increasing costs.

 

 

 

 

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 we’d really like to be able to recreate the buzz that the original idea came with.

There’s some complex number crunching going on, and we will start posting the videos we already have Tomorrow… they will be here

In the meantime we have some really tricky poems, a preface and a long short story that all our translator contacts have passed on as ‘too difficult’ so, if you are a BSL translator, please get in touch!

 

 

Update: Funding for BSL Project

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.

What Meets the Eye?

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. 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.

As a result of an earlier post here, today we are now at just under £1000

[Thank you to the 39 people who have contributed, you are all stars.]

 

 

 

 

How can you help?

Buy the book buy any of our books, actually, we don’t ringfence the income from them. There has been a flurry of book buying this week, which I haven’t calculated yet, but this will also help.

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 we’d really like to be able to recreate the buzz that the original idea came with.

There’s some complex number crunching going on, and we will start posting the videos we already have very soon…

In the meantime we have some really tricky poems, a preface and a long short story that all our translator contacts have passed on as ‘too difficult’ so, if you are a BSL translator, please get in touch!

 

 

Progress on Funding for BSL Project

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.

What Meets the Eye?

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.