Updates

The Cover

Friday, 27 September 2019

Twitter cover reveal

Hello all,

I totally failed at holding out to do a big cover reveal and last night put it up on Twitter, because I couldn't keep it back much longer. 

SO, it's time for you to see it (if you haven't already seen it on there). 

The cover was designed by Luke Bird, who did some of my favourites of the last year (Convenience Store Woman, Milkman), and I think he absolutely nailed the feeling…

Three Exciting Updates!

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Hello Stim fans,

I have three exciting updates to share with you today.

First of all, I handed in the proofed manuscript back to Unbound this week. What that means is that not only have I edited it, but another editor went through and checked it and proofed it, and our wonderful production team are now going to typeset it, which means it is about to start looking a lot more like a book, rather…

Stim has officially been handed in!

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Hello there friends,

It has been a few months since I popped in to let you know how things were going, mostly because there wasn't really much to update you on -- I have been editing and battling some health wobbles for the last three months.

But I come to you today because I have some good news. I just handed the full manuscript in.

The book is finally book shaped, rather than many individual…

Editing, editing, editing

Friday, 17 May 2019

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Hello friends,

I hope you are well, and that you are having a nice May. It's been over a month since I popped by here, so I thought it is high time I swing by and tell you how the book is going.

When I launched Stim, I was determined that no one would work until I could guarantee we could pay them -- essentially until we hit 100%. This is because I believe no one should do any work without being…

Exciting announcement for World Autism Awareness Day!

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

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Hello all,

Today is World Autism Awareness Day (part of Autism Awareness Week), and we have a little announcement.

Sadly Aisja Mahmood will no longer be able to write for Stim due to personal circumstances, but I’m pleased to say we have a new writer joining us *drumroll*

Please welcome Agri! Agri Ismaïl is a Kurdish author, based in Sweden. His work has appeared in The White Review, Asymptote…

10% off your next book

Friday, 22 February 2019

Hello Stim backers!

I hope you're all well and it is as sunny where you are as it is here. 

I'm just popping by to tell you that the wonderful bods at Unbound have a special 10% off code for February: ENDOFFEB10. You can use this on projects up until the 28th of February.

Might I recommend you check out another autistic project on the site -- a collection of short stories by eight autistic…

100% Funded

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

We did it. You did it! 

At 11.40 this morning, we hit 100% after a heart-racing countdown on Twitter. I'm absolutely blown away by the response we've had and support.

Thank you all for putting your faith in us, and trusting that we are going to make you a great book. The contributors and I are hard at work setting deadlines and drafting work, so be assured that your book is being cooked up as…

It's all gone a little wild

Monday, 18 February 2019

Hello faithful Stimmers,

I hope this update finds you well. If you happen to be following me and the project on Twitter, you'll know that last week everything went a little wild.

I've been busy wearing my other hats (dogsbody at 3 of Cups Press and freelance editor) the last couple of weeks. Last Friday, I was busy working on some autism related work that had come in for the weekend and I figured…

Happy 2019! (and sorry it's been a while)

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Hello chums,

I hope this update finds you all well and cosy, especially given the sleety-snowy weather the UK is experiencing at the moment. 

To those of you who have recently pledged for Stim, thank you! Welcome. Pull up a chair.

To those who've been with us a while, I'm sorry it has been so long between updates. It may come as no surprise to you but Christmas, as much as I love it, is kind…

65%! Hoorah!

Monday, 10 December 2018

Hello chums,

I hope you're all doing well and feeling suitably festive, or happily unfestive if you'd prefer that option. 

We haven't got an Introducing... to share right now as our next batch are happily scribbling away, and we will have a few posts for you in the new year, and I felt that now was probably a good time for a break.

Admittedly, I thought it would be a break from crowdfunding…

Autism in Women & Girls conference live tweets

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Hey everyone,

In the update from the other day I mentioned that I'd been livetweeting at the Women and Girls conference and would try and find a way to share that outside the bounds of Twitter. 

And tadaaa, I have managed to do so.

Keep in mind my thread only covers 1 talk from the 3 separated streams in the day, so you could check out the #autismwomen hashtag to try and find tweets from…

Introducing.... Waverly SM

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Hello all,

Apologies for the month-long radio silence here. As I mentioned in the last post I'm currently moving house, which for autistic people can be a small nightmare: disrupted current routines, new ones to make, whole new living environments to get used to, new transport routes... it's a lot for my brain.

Also I had the pleasure last week of attending the National Autistic Society's conference…

We're on our way

Monday, 1 October 2018

Hello everyone,

I hope you're all doing well. It is the 1st of October, which means I'm fully ensconsed in plaid and kicking about crispy fallen leaves -- truly Autumn is my season.

The last month has been a bit quiet on my end because I've been moving house (which is also why we had a temporary Stim Saturday hiatus), but we amazingly flew up by 7%?! This doesn't sound like a lot, I know. 7…

Introducing.... Tjallien de Witte

Monday, 10 September 2018

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Hello all,

Each week, I will be introducing you all to a contributor to Stim (though we have taken a hiatus for September as I'm moving house, which is a very big task in of itself). When we're back in October, you can tune in on Saturday evenings on Twitter on the #StimBook hashtag around 6pm where each person will talk a little about themselves and answer any Qs you have. Follow my Twitter for…

Introducing... Robert Shepherd!

Thursday, 23 August 2018

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Hello all,

Each week, I will be introducing you all to a contributor to Stim. If you're on Twitter, you can tune in on Saturday evenings around 6pm where each person will talk a little about themselves and answer any Qs you have; else you can pop over here to read all about it in condensed form.

This week I have the pleasure of introducing you to Robert Shepherd. Robert has always found the…

Introducing... Reese Piper!

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Hello all,

Each week, I will be introducing you all to a contributor to Stim. If you're on Twitter, you can tune in on Saturday evenings around 6pm where each person will talk a little about themselves and answer any Qs you have; else you can pop over here to read all about it in condensed form.

This week I have the pleasure of introducing you to Reese Piper. Reese is a stripper, writer and…

Introducing... Ashleigh Mills!

Monday, 6 August 2018

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Hello all,

Each week, I will be introducing you all to a contributor to Stim. If you're on Twitter, you can tune in on Saturday evenings around 6pm where each person will talk a little about themselves and answer any Qs you have; else you can pop over here to read all about it in condensed form.

This week I have the pleasure of introducing you to Ashleigh Mills. Ashleigh is a poet, psychologist…

Introducing... Gemma Williams!

Monday, 30 July 2018

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Hello all,

Each week, I will be introducing you all to a contributor to Stim. If you're on Twitter, you can tune in on the #StimBook hashtag on Saturday evenings around 6pm where each person will talk a little about themselves and answer any Qs you have; else you can pop over here to read all about it in condensed form.

This week I have the pleasure of introducing you to Gemma Williams, who…

Introducing... Grace Au!

Monday, 16 July 2018

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Hello all,

Each week, I will be introducing you all to a contributor to Stim. If you're on Twitter, you can tune in on Saturday evenings around 6pm where each person will talk a little about themselves and answer any Qs you have; else you can pop over here to read all about it in condensed form.

Starting us off is Grace Au, a UK based writer contributing a piece of short fiction about hungry…

Announcements this Saturday!

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Hello all,

I hope this update finds you all well and, if you're in the UK, keeping yourself cool in this heatwave. It has been exceptionally quiet on my front due to a massive health wobble this last month, which has finally sorted itself out, phew. Hopefully I won't be leaving you so long again.

So! Exciting things are coming. Remember last update I discussed curating an anthology? Well, I…

Curating the book

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Hello all!

It's been a couple of weeks since I last spoke to you because I've been, as the title suggests, curating the book. At the start of the month was the deadline for pitches for the "second half" of Stim, a way to ensure we reached voices and talents beyond my own network. Across the two open calls for pitches (one of which I did pre-launch on Unbound) I've had about 100 pitches.

ONE…

New stories to share

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Hello all,

I hope you're all doing well, and (if you're in the UK) prepping for the incoming heat wave this weekend. Fill up those ice trays.

This weekend I'm going to be going through all the pitches I received for Stim. You may have noticed that the contributor list says "and more to be announced". That's because I decided to launch the book with roughly half the book planned and keep searching…

Find out more about the Stim contributors

Monday, 23 April 2018

Hello all! 

I hope you've been enjoying the sunshine we've been having in the UK this week (alternatively, I hope you've had good weather wherever you are).

I've been a little quiet here as I've been sorting out things over at the publisher I co-run 3 of Cups Press, as we were crowdfunding for a book over there as well at the same time! Despite that, I've been doing quite a lot of Stim bits…

A lot can happen in seven days

Friday, 23 March 2018

If you'd told me pre launch that we'd be comfortably sitting at 22% with 140 backers after one week, I wouldn't have believed you. Crowdfunding is a difficult game, influenced by paydays, your audience, even the day of the week you launch, and having ran two Kickstarters for 3 of Cups Press before hand I knew the best thing was to expect nothing.

I couldn't have expected this. Not just the financial…

Final designs
Publication date: April 2020
112% funded
760 backers