I'm looking for an intern to help out on the Bruce Finds A Home Kickstarter project. You can find the job ad below and listed on The Big Idea. Please get in touch if you'd like to find out more... or share the ad with anyone you know who is looking to gain marketing or publishing experience.
This will suit someone who wants to develop their creative, entrepreneurship, publishing, marketing or business skills.
You will work for 2 - 4 hours per week during April and May. Your responsibilities will include creating content for social media, liaising with bloggers, and some administrative tasks. You will be enthusiastic, creative and have excellent attention to detail. Ideally, you will have good written skills, a good eye for design... and like cats!
This is an unpaid role, but it's a genuine networking and learning opportunity. You will learn about book publishing and about running crowd-funding campaigns. You will have access to all the crowd-funding and publishing details (eg budgets, timelines, web analytics) which you can later apply to your own projects. You will also receive written and verbal references. Other benefits can be worked through with the successful applicant.
This is a Dunedin-based opportunity, however it should be possible to work on this project remotely. So if you're interested but live elsewhere, please get in touch and we can discuss options.
I've been learning a lot about crowd-funding lately. I'm going to go with the Kickstarter platform to raise funds to publish my Bruce Finds a Home children's book, but there are plenty of great platforms out there, including two (that I know of) in New Zealand - PledgeMe and Boosted.
Today I had the opportunity to speak to Dudley Benson, musician and Boosted Ambassador, about the Boosted platform. Two things set Boosted apart from other platforms. Firstly, it's a donation-only platform, meaning makers don't have to create rewards for backers (but backers can claim tax back on their donations). But most amazingly - if you run a Boosted campaign you get one-on-one support from Boosted Ambassadors. This probably contributes to Boosted's extremely high project success rate.
I was very excited to learn more about Boosted because I have another couple of projects up my sleeve which I think will be just perfect for the platform (all in good time, though!).
While I was checking out the site I took the opportunity to support Lisa Scott's new book project. I heard Lisa speak at Port Chalmers recently and she was fabulous. All the best for your crowd-funding campaign Lisa!
Mama mia - I'm going to the Bologna Children's Book Fair!
The Dunedin City of Literature has a stand at the fair and the information sheets about my children's picture book will be on display! I've been head-down finishing the cover of the book over the past week, so the enormity of this opportunity is only just sinking in now.
I won't be at the fair in person (I'll still be in the best town - Port Chalmers - of the best little city - Dunedin - in the world) but it's so exciting to think of my illustrations being in Italy... and possibly even catching the eye of a children's book aficionado while they're there.
2023 Burns fellow Kathryn van Beek has an MA from Victoria University Wellington - Te Herenga Waka’s International Institute of Modern Letters. She is a winner of the Mindfood Short Story Competition and the Headland Prize. Her collection of short stories, Pet, is available as a podcast, and her work has also appeared in Overland, takahē, Newsroom, and the Sunday Star-Times. She lives in UNESCO City of Literature Ōtepoti Dunedin with her two rescue cats.