It’s alive! (Our Kickstarter campaign, that is!)

Our publishing assistant intern Lauren Mulvihill has put together a behind the scenes look at what we’ve been up to to make this campaign happen:

It’s alive! (Our Kickstarter campaign, that is!). You can check it out by clicking here. I’ve been looking forward to this week since I (Intern Lauren, not to be confused with OG Lauren) first joined Monstrous Regiment back in late 2018. For Ellen, Lauren (OG) and Hannah, though, this day has been an even longer time coming. It’s been over a year since the launch of The Bi-ble Vol. 1, and plans for a second volume have been in the works for quite a while.

It’s been a busy few months for Monstrous Regiment, since we’ve not only been preparing for this crowdfunding campaign, but also putting The Bi-ble: New Testimonials together. OG Lauren and Ellen have been busy editing, budgeting, and working with our lovely contributors to ensure everyone’s work is at its best for the new anthology. Hannah, meanwhile, has been working hard on designing a cover for Volume 2, and a new look for Volume 1 (but more on that later!) Being part of this process has been fascinating to me, as someone who’s never worked in book publishing before. Kelli (also an intern) and myself have so far been helping out with editing and general planning, as well as getting up to scratch on the publishing and marketing process so we’ll know what to expect in the weeks and months ahead.

We’re crowdfunding two projects this time around, chief among them being, of course, The Bi-ble: New Testimonials. This is a standalone follow-up to the first Bi-ble, featuring even more essays on the subject of bisexuality by a collection of wonderful writers. The aim with the original Bi-ble was to show how varied and multifaceted the bisexual experience is – too varied and multifaceted for just the one book, in fact. New Testimonials gives an insight into even more aspects of bisexuality from a whole new range of perspectives, so you don’t need to have read the first one to give this volume a go. If you do fancy getting your hands on the original, though, you’re in luck. One of the other things we’re crowdfunding for at the moment is a reprint of the Bi-ble Vol. 1, complete with a lovely new cover design to better match its soon-to-be sibling.

Because we wanted to be able to show our appreciation for your support, we’ve spent a lot of time coming up with rewards for the different donation tiers. You can get some lovely stuff, if I do say so myself – badges, posters, art prints, and of course a few copies of the Bi-ble and New Testimonials. Something we’re very passionate about at Monstrous Regiment, too, is paying people for their hard work. Because of this, part of the money raised will go towards paying contributors and staff, so you can be sure that whatever you give will support us at every stage  of the process.

To sum all this up, we’re going to be very busy bees over the next month (there’s no rest for the wicked, as they say). We’ll be keeping you all updated on the progress of our campaign as we go along, so make sure you keep an eye on our social media. Oh, and if you haven’t seen the new cover designs yet, go check them out – they’re just lovely.

Until next time, best wishes for April!

- Intern Lauren