2017 is the year to push back against post-truths and sensationalism, and we're wasting no time in doing just that. (Also, hi, Happy New Year.) Nasty Women, our non-fiction collection of real stories of being a woman in the 21st century, is available to pre-order right now over on Kickstarter.
In the last six weeks of 2016, we've commissioned and collated over 20 pieces of non-fiction for the collection. From working class experience to sexual assault, being an immigrant, divides in Trump's America, Brexit, pregnancy, contraception, Repeal the 8th, identity, family, finding a voice, punk, role models, fetishisation, power - this timely book covers a vast range of experiences.
The contributors are:
Alice Tarbuck, Anna Cosgrave, Becca Inglis, Chitra Ramaswamy, Christina Neuwirth, Claire Heuchan, Elise Hines, Jen McGregor, Joelle Owusu, Jona Kottler, Kaite Welsh, Katie Muriel, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! (in conversation with Sasha de Buyl-Pisco), Laura Lam, Laura Waddell, Mel Reeve, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Ren Aldridge of Petrol Girls, Rowan C. Clarke, Sim Bajwa, and Zeba Talkhani.
So why Kickstarter?
When we announced the book, the response was quite overwhelming, far greater than we could afford to publish with our own savings (perks of being a brand new indie publisher). So, this will help us pay all our authors, which remains the most important part of the 404 ethos, and work out printing costs and distribution (slightly more boring, but very important!). Every pledge will get you a copy of the book, some with extra goodies, as our main goal is to share real stories as far as possible, and do the book justice.