Your Fathers Need You...

If you've spoken to me at all in the last six months, you'll know that I've been bursting major bloodvessels in pursuit of Being Dad, an anthology of fatherhood-themed fiction which I'm editing. It started as a tiny droplet of an idea a couple of years ago, and it has now grown to overshadow most of my waking hours - and half the night too. Never mind that I've had an actual child in the interim. Every spare minute is being spent on this project.

Which basically means that I don't want it to fail. And that's where you come in. We're crowdfunding the book right now, and I really, really need people to pre-order a copy, and maybe nab themselves a fancy reward or two.

If you don't understand what crowdfunding is (and let's face it, who does?) then it's surprisingly simple. You can visit our page at Kickstarter, read a bit about the book, see what we have planned. Then you can pre-order the book (for a mere £10 inc. P&P), or even pledge a bit more and get some wonderful extras thrown in (Being Dad beer mats, signed copies of books by our contributors, limited edition chapbooks). You won't be charged immediately - you only have to pay if the project reaches its funding target. So you can see why it's so important that we get people signing up and pre-ordering the book!

The link for our Kickstarter page is below. Whether you’re thrilled by the chance to read new stories by the likes of Toby Litt, Dan Rhodes, Nikesh Shukla, Courttia Newland and Nicholas Royle, or you just want to give your father (or husband) something special for Father’s Day, please show us your love.

(For extra credit, there's also an interview with me here on the Unthank website, discussing the idea behind the book and the stories we have lined up. Or you can follow us on Facebook. Or Twitter. The more the merrier.)