Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Where It's At

Hello supporters,

Wow, what a learning curve it has been for us as first time self-publishers. Things
are coming along very nicely but also taking a lot longer than we first
anticipated.

The book is currently in the graphic design stage. This is the last step before
it is sent to the printers. We are aiming to have the design completed before
the end of the month. Unfortunately due to holidays coming up our printers will
be busy celebrating and holidaying and so our completion date has been pushed
back a bit. We ask you for your patience and apologise for the delay. As soon
as we have a clear completion date we will let you all know.

Some other things that may interest you...

Sarah was interviewed by the lovely Malice Black for Channel
31's Bent TV. The screening date for the interview is yet to be confirmed. The
interview went really well and we had a great deal of fun at the studios with
the lovely people there. Here’s a pic from the shoot.



The video published about our book by student journalist Julia Greenhalf was so
popular that it has been selected to be published on the Monash Mojo News page.
Will post the link as soon as it’s up!

Again thanks for all your continued support. It’s been great
to see you’ve all been spreading the word. Our Facebook page now has over 330
likes! For those of you who haven’t already joined our Facebook page head on
over to
www.facebook.com/storiesforuniquefamilies

and hit ‘like’.

Thanks,

Sarah & the Stories for Unique Families team.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Mojo Student News Video

A student journalist made a short news report video about our project! Thank you Julia Greenhalf for taking an interest in our project. My partner and I giggled when we realised our daughter's hair was quite a mess during the filming. Haha, we still haven't mastered the art of handling curly locks. 

Please click the link below to view the video.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

LOTL Review

Last week Sarah did an interview with Lane Sainty from Lesbians On The Loose Magazine. Read the article below or click on the link to go to the LOTL page. You'll find heaps of other great articles there too!

http://www.lotl.com/gay-lesbian-giveaways-aus-nz/tickets/Successful-crowdfunding-campaign-for-polyamorous-childrens-book/

Successful crowdfunding campaign for polyamorous children’s book


Sarah Corner, a Melbourne schoolteacher, authored Raf and the Robots after realising there was a distinct lack of children’s books portraying non-nuclear families in Australia. “There are really only a small handful of books with poly themes in them worldwide, and I thought that this was needed,” she said.
By Lane Sainty 

Successful crowdfunding campaign for polyamorous children’s book

Australia’s first children’s book to address polyamory will soon be a reality, with an already successful
crowdfunding campaign to end on Friday this week.

The book revolves around Raf, an imaginative boy who has written a story which nobody in his family— consisting of three adults and two younger siblings— has time to read. The book makes no attempt at explicitly defining familial roles, an entirely deliberate decision on the behalf of Corner.

“I feel that children’s books are a really great avenue for normalizing what people would consider ‘different’ or ‘unusual’ when it comes to families,” said Corner. “I really wanted to make the point that these families are normal families. And I felt that the best way of getting that message across was by not actually making a big deal about it.”

Corner also hopes that the lack of direct reference to polyamory will mean that many different families can be represented in the one story. “It might not represent a poly family to some people, it might be a lesbian couple with a donor father, or a family of single parents all living together,” she said. “I did want it to be ambiguous so that more
people were able to make meaning out of it.”

Corner says that while support for Raf and the Robots has mostly been drawn from her base of Melbourne, they’ve had promising signs of interest elsewhere. “We’ve also had some interest from the US and we’ve had some responses from places in Sydney and the rural areas of Australia as well,” she said. “We’ve been overwhelmed with the amount
of support we’ve had so far.”

Although the crowdfunding campaign has now reached its $6000 target, those who would like to see Raf and the Robots in print are still being urged to donate. According to Corner, who is planning to self-publish the book, the $6000 was the minimum needed to ensure
Raf and the Robots could be printed. Any extra money could help improve the quality of the book, including graphically designed text, sturdier stitching and printing on heavier paper which would make the book more child friendly.

Want to donate? Check out the Pozible campaign here:
www.pozible.com/project/storiesforuniquefamilies

Want updates on Raf and the Robots? Like the Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/storiesforuniquefamilies




Monday, 2 September 2013

Pozible campaign meets target!


Supporters,

Today is a very fine day indeed! The sun is shining here in Melbourne town and we have just hit our funding target of $6000 thanks to YOU.

I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for your support throughout the campaign. For the pledge you made. For the updates to pledges you made to get us over the line. For the posts you wrote on your social media about us. For every 'like' and 'share' and 'retweet'. For your lovely words of encouragement on our Pozible page or our Facebook page. For getting your friends and family on board. For sharing in our excitement. For attending our launch party. For being one of the 125 people who believed in this project enough to help fund it. <3

We cannot wait to get your rewards out to you so we can thank you with gifts as well as words. If you haven't already please log into your account and ensure that we have your postal address details (if you pledged $25 or more). Simply put, if we don't have your address we can't send you the book once it's been pressed!

Our first print run will be a beautiful full-colour hardcover book. So for those of you who ordered it THAT'S what you'll be getting in your mailbox in a few months time. This is our one and only hardcover print run so if you know of anyone who might like to order a copy then let them know they still have 4 days left to preorder.

My mind is buzzing and I feel so happy I could leap over the moon. Thank you so much for helping make my dream a reality. :-*

I would also like to publicly thank my partner Marcus for his unbelievable support and excellent assistance with the campaign. He has put many, many hours into this writing press releases, doing mailouts, contacting groups and media among other things. There's no way we could have run such a successful campaign without his support.

Thank you, thank you, yes you who is reading this - thank you!

Love Sarah xo

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Media Release Aug '13



AUSTRALIA'S FIRST POLY KIDS BOOK HITS $4500 IN POZIBLE CROWDFUNDING SUPPORT

NEWS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RELEASE DATE: 22 August 2013

By Sarah J Corner, Children’s book author

Melbourne Australia - The crowdfunding campaign for Australia’s first queer / polyamorous children’s book is on the verge of meeting its $6000 target.

School teacher and author Sarah J Corner wrote Raf and the Robots in response to the lack of children’s books showing polyamorous families and those outside the usual mum-and-dad model.

As of 22 August, the crowdfunded project has already smashed $4,500 in pledges and aims to raise $6,000 for printing, marketing and illustration costs.

Sarah says the flood of pledges shows there is a strong need for this book.“I found myself wondering where is the book that my daughter can read about a family like hers. I started thinking about all the children whose families are a little different, and wondered how they must feel.”

“My friend’s daughter came home from childcare one day crying after a‘paint your family’ activity because her painting was like nothing she saw around her. I then realised I’d just have to write such a book.”

The book takes a subtle approach, focusing on young Raf’s troubles in getting his happy but busy family to read his latest story. The everyday tale is set amongst a deliberately ambiguous family of two women and a man. This could represent a polyamorous, lesbian or blended family, or many other configurations in which children are raised and loved.

It will be printed and distributed using crowdfunding and social media. The one month funding campaign with Pozible ends on 7 September, with strong interest from groups as diverse as teachers, queer and poly networks, feminist and other bloggers, and parents in general.

Communication specialist Grant Bailey is a fan of the book. “The task of fairly representing the great diversity of human ways of being and relating is nowhere near complete. This book contributes to that worthy goal by making unique, mixed and modern families visible and understandable. I will be reading this to my daughter.”

Interested people can support this project at:

Pozible:
www.pozible.com/storiesforuniquefamilies

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/storiesforuniquefamilies









CONTACTS




For interviews or further information please contact Sarah Corner sarahjcornerbooks@gmail.com






Saturday, 17 August 2013

Pozible Update #2

Hi supporters,


Wow, what a week it has been! Here are some things you may have missed...


INTERVIEW ON JOY 94.9fm
Last Tuesday Sarah was interviewed on Joy fm's drive show with Anastasia and ShaPow. They talked about polyamory, families and our book 'Raf and the Robots'. They said they were really stoked to have Sarah on their show and Sarah was equally stoked to have been given the opportunity to plug the launch party and the Pozible campaign. Anastasia has promised to send out the podcast of the interview early this week so keep an eye on our Facebook page for when we post that (just in case you missed it). www.facebook.com/storiesforuniquefamilies


LAUNCH PARTY @ HARES-HYENAS
Our Pozible launch was unbelievably successful. We got 60 people through the door and almost doubled our pledge total in just a few hours. Sarah talked about why she wrote the book, the importance of writing for kids in unconventional family structures and the processes involved in writing a children's book. The raw artwork straight from the illustrator was put together with Sarah's handwritten storyline in a display book for viewing. After her speech Sarah asked the crowd to make themselves comfortable on the floor, seated like school children and ready for a story. She then read the book in its entirety to big applause and smiles all round. Afterward Sarah answered some great audience questions from "Is the Great Northern Hotel missing your patronage now that the book is finished?" to "Is the next book going to be about Raf too?" The answers to those questions are below for anyone who missed it. All in all it was a fun event with drinks from the Hare Hole house bar and a yummy selection of antipasto. Guests were able to make their pledges on the spot and there were many cheers throughout the night as we watched the tally go up on the big screen. So exciting! We'd like to do a big shout out to Crusader and the crew at Hare Hole for allowing us to use their gorgeous space and for all the support they have given us in relation to publicity for the event. Next time you're looking for a good book pay them a visit. Hares & Hyenas 63 Johnston St Fitzroy.
- Is the Great Northern Hotel missing your patronage now that the book is finished?
For those of you who don't know I wrote most of the book in the beer garden of the Great Northern Hotel in North Carlton. I had a babysitter for four hours every Monday afternoon which is the time when the pub is completely quiet. I had the whole sunny beer garden to myself to sit and work on the book. I went there just this week actually and the bar girl said to me "Where have you been? We haven't seen you in ages!" I replied "I've been away but I've finished the book!" She was really excited for me.


- Is the next book going to be about Raf too?

Probably not, although I have really fallen in love with Raf while writing this book. I am planning on having a transgendered character in the next book. So far that's my only plan. I've got to get this book out first and then I can get in touch with the creative process again to write the next one.


- And our favourite comment of the night...

"Can I just say how lovely it is to sit on the floor and have a book read to you by a school teacher." Thanks Forth for this awesome comment. It was a pleasure to share the story with you.
PLEDGE UPDATE
After our big week of publicity we have made it over two-thirds of the way to our goal. We still have 20 days and 32% of our target amount left to go. We are told that there is usually a lull period in the second and third weeks of a crowdfunding campaign so it's time to think outside the box and think of new ways to reach people. Have you got a cool idea that could help us through the lull period? Email Sarah directly at sarahjcornerbooks@gmail.com :D



Thanks supporters,
Until the next update...
Sarah & the Stories for Unique Families Team.