Pre-Order Facebook Chats With Women #2 + #3 !!!
It’s been bloody ages since I made and released my zine, Facebook Chats with Women #1. In the interim, I made a #2, a #3 and started making material for a #4. I’ve not put anything out, though, basically as I’ve been broke.
This isn’t to complain – it’s been fine. I moved house, twice. I went to New York for the first time ever. It was on a work trip, but I extended it into a jolly and managed to get alarmingly into my overdraft despite not really going to any shows or anything. I literally just rode the subway to new parts of town, walked around, bought coffees and stayed for free with a friend for two weeks, but yet, but yet.
I kept telling myself I’d put stuff out as soon as I had £200 positive money in my account after paying rent at the end of the month (that would cover print costs), but that’s just never happened, and thinking more about it, while I continue to work a junior arts job and pay rent in London, it’s probably not going to. I also think I’ve reached a point where it’s been so long that I’ve got all perfectionist and scared to finish anything, so even if I miraculously did have the money myself, I’d be scared to spend it on my own dumb creative venture. If other people have paid for it, then I’m removing from myself the option of chickening out. I will be too guilty not to produce the damn thing.
First time around with Facebook Chats with Women #1, I printed an initial run of 100, believing I’d sell say, 10, to close friends and then have 90 left to use in swaps, which I expected to cover me between then and the grave. I made the zine to prove to myself I could actually finish a project, even if it was crappy. I also made it to distract myself from a breakup and a bad time at work. I wanted to prove to myself that I could have something that was all mine. To my absolute disbelief, I sold through that print run in 3 days and had to immediately order another. I’ve now sold over 600 copies and have stock with a distributor in Washington DC, and in shops in New York, LA, and all across the UK, which is nuts for me to think about.
Off the back of this, I was specially commissioned to make a zine for a London Short Film Festival event at the ICA, had my drawings included in Diana Chire’s incredible magazine about feminist art and got invited to lots of small press fairs. I had my most life-validating moment to date – being stopped in a toilet in an art gallery and asked ‘are you the girl who makes that magazine, angry women on the web?’ – plus I also made a bunch of friends who do DIY art. In general my life in general took a rlly fckin exciting turn. The thing about all of this is that, as wonderful for my sense of self, momentum to make things, mental health etc. as it was, I didn’t actually make any money. So even though I have made a kinda popular thing that lots of people regularly ask me for more of, I don’t have the money in my account to actually physically make another. Even knowing I’ll almost definitely make the cost of printing back isn’t enough to actually like, pay the printer in the first place. I need cash flow, dude.
*SO* what I’m asking is that if you are a person who thinks you might buy a copy of Facebook Chats with Women #2 and #3 anyway, you pay me for it now, and I deliver it to you by first week of November this year (2017), as opposed to me showing it you in its existent form, *then* you buying it.
Here’s my rates:
Facebook Chats with Women #2 +#3 PLUS POSTAGE TO A UK ADDRESS: £6
Facebook Chats with Women #2 +#3 PLUS POSTAGE TO A EUROPEAN ADDRESS: £7
Facebook Chats with Women #2 +#3 PLUS POSTAGE TO A NORTH AMERICAN ADDRESS £10
*new and old bundle*
All 3 Facebook Chats with Women PLUS POSTAGE TO A UK ADDRESS: £7
All 3 Facebook Chats with Women PLUS POSTAGE TO A EUROPEAN ADDRESS: £8
All 3 Facebook Chats with Women PLUS POSTAGE TO A NORTH AMERICAN ADDRESS £11
If you want one of these things pls just deposit the correct amount into my paypal*, and leave yr address in the message to sender field:
So, er, yeah. Pls tell your friends about this as well. Email me with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers!
p.s. images in this post are photo previews of new drawings that I took on my phone camera. It’s to give you a rough idea of what the new stuff will be like, but to reassure you, I’ll actually use a nice scanner to make these all print quality for the actual zine
* yr welcome to give me more money if you’d like too and just specify which bundle you’d like and that you don’t want paypal change. I’ll use it to fund printing more copies that I can then send to distros abroad/ approach shops with etc.
Here’s some blurb from when I released Facebook Chats with Women #1 (you can still buy single copies of that at the rates listed):
Facebook Chats with Women is my first solo project that I actually finished and allowed to leave the secret projects box in my bedroom. DEATH TO PERFECTIONISM. This is a real imperfect object you can hold and I’m really proud of it.
It is a full-colour, properly printed + bound* hand drawn little zine about the emotional intimacy of friendships between women conducted via facebook chat. It’s kinda funny (I hope). It’s a collection of lines I liked from my own facebook conversations with friends, and that I thought were revealing about the way women speak to each other, alongside some line drawings I did of great selfies my friends took. *I paid for printing and everything, it looks dead proper.
You can buy one off me for £2.00, or 3 for £5.00, plus P&P (If you’re in the UK, that’s 70p for a stamp for one, £1.40 for two stamps if buying 3; If you’re not in the UK, email me and I’ll get a quote for postage for you).
The easiest way is to send me the money via Paypal – all you have to do is hit the Buy Now button below, then enter the amount of money you want to pay me (so for one zine sent to a UK address, that’s £2.70, for three, that’s £6.40), leave your address in the message to sender field and this will go right to me. If you don’t have PayPal, you can pay via bank transfer. To arrange this, send me an email and I’ll give you my details.
Once I have yr money I will put a copy in an envelope, write your address on it, stick on a stamp, put on my shoes, locate my mp3 player, and walk to a nearby postbox. I will probably play Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Move On Up’ on my walk to the post box as I will be very happy to have made a sale. I will dispatch on the day you order from me!! Amazing right?! What a service!! Tbh this zine is my main project at the minute so I have l have lots of time to walk between postboxes. Plus, I have got quite into addressing envelopes, it helps keep me busy/ stave off my tendency to contemplating the void of human existence etc.
Another way to buy one would be AT A BOOKSHOP. Here is where is stocking them currently:
OR via a DISTRO, here’s who has them:
N.B: Odd Box Records are based in Cardiff and table at lots of DIY gigs round there, and Verbal Remedy are based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and regularly knock around feminist events up there. Getting stock off them would work if you’re in either of those areas and able to catch up with them at an event. That way you don’t have to pay postage to me, you can just physically pick a copy up off them. You can’t actually order off the websites I’ve linked too, those are just FYI’s on who those guys are/where they’re likely to be at soon, for if you want to try and bump into them. They’re dead friendly if you want to tweet or email them and ask them to bring you along a copy to an event you’ll both be at.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at: email@example.com