As a result, we receive quite a few approaches from people wanting to publish books about their experiences of disability, either as a disabled person or family member.
Much as we might like to, we can’t become a mass publisher but we’d love to see your books get published! Here are some people we know who have done just that.
Brighton Face 2 Face parent befrienders
Parents and carers of disabled children in Brighton and Hove joined a creative writing group and have published an anthology of their moving poems and short stories.
Kate Ogden, who ran the group, says: “The woman on my course inspired me, impressed me and surprised me. I believe it was the first course of its kind for parent carers, and I really hope it wasn’t the last. We have dreams of taking this nationwide, and the group went from struggling to say things out loud to shouting from the rooftops: our stories must be told.”
Parent Tracy Harding agrees, “We came together as strangers with something in common: coping with our children’s diagnosis through every type of obstacles life put in our way. All of us felt the therapeutic effect that comes from listening to others’ stories. Deeply identifying with every personal story. Opening our hearts and feelings with complete strangers brought us so close. Even though the disabilities were so diverse among our group our experiences were all so similar. Our anthology shows evolution and the journey from acceptance to continuing progress.”
Beaumont College: Creating Catpig
Beaumont’s Lauren Blythe says: “We created the book by hand using various craft materials, then we scanned each page into a Word document. We then printed these flat pages out and went around each character with a permanent marker due to our lack of Photoshop technology. We then scanned in our hand-edited pages and pieced them together on a Word document. The next stage was to send this document to a printing service”
“We have been lucky enough to win a creative enterprise award, which we collected at a local awards ceremony. We also did a speech using a communication device to share with the public something new they might not have seen before.”
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to purchase a Catpig book, mug or shopping bag!
Crowdfunding for books
Here are some examples of books looking for funding: