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Derby Life: Stories, Advice & Wisdom about Roller Derby

A project in Brooklyn, NY by Margot Atwell
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Everything you ever wanted to know about roller derby between two covers.
Backers: 254
Average Pledge Per Backer: $36

Funded: $9,183 of $7,000
Dates: Sep 24th -> Oct 24th (31 days)
Project By: Margot Atwell
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Latest News

2018 has been a record-breaking year for journalism Kickstarters (though only about 1 in 5 actually get funded)

November 5th - via: niemanlab.org
Kickstarter is also walking away from its attempt at Patreon-like recurring support: "You and I both know it’s going to take more than a drip of money to help journalism." The first time the National Observer tried to raise money on Kickstarter, they couldn’t get the framing quite right. (Read More)

Stretch goal reached!

October 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
This morning, we reached the $8000 stretch goal to include photographs in the book. Thank you! The book will now be longer and more awesome for everyone.  Look, I'm on TV! This afternoon, I was on Huffpost Live's Queerview show talking about roller... (Read More)

Story Submission Guidelines

October 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
I’m so thrilled that I get to post these submission guidelines. The reason I have spent countless hundreds of hours over the past three years working on Derbylife.com is because I love the stories derby folks tell to and about each other, and about... (Read More)

We made it!

October 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

Juniors and Age-Appropriateness

October 21st - via: kickstarter.com
I've had several questions from parents about whether this book will be appropriate for junior skaters. I hope this book will be useful for junior skaters as well as adults, so I'm working to make sure the content is as generally appropriate as... (Read More)

Stretch Goal: Photos!

October 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Derby photographers are a wonderful part of our community, and no derby book would be truly complete without some of the incredible images that they create. I’d love to include photographs in the book, but it will cost more than I have budgeted... (Read More)

Final week!

October 20th - via: kickstarter.com
This is the last week of the project, and I'm incredibly grateful to all of you. We're at 80% of our funding goal, so we're in good shape. The funding period ends on Friday, so I'll be doing a big push this week! Manhattan Mayhem (my team!) and the... (Read More)

Why Print?

October 16th - via: kickstarter.com
When I first started thinking about writing a roller derby book, I considered several different ways of publishing it. The simplest—and cheapest!—would have been to publish it only as an ebook. Minimal pre-production costs, no printing, shipping,... (Read More)

An Unlikely Cover Girl!

October 14th - via: kickstarter.com
This weekend, the Greenwich Time ran an article about me, roller derby, and the project—on the front page! I never thought I'd grace the front page of a newspaper. Click here to read the full piece. With just over a week to go, we're 70% of the way... (Read More)

Sprinting through turn two! We're halfway there.

October 9th - via: kickstarter.com
We're at the halfway point now, and you fine folks have pledged more than half the money we'll need to make the book a reality. Thank you! I've been talking to a lot of folks about derby in the past week. Below are some pictures from the Meat &... (Read More)

Roller Derby: Past and Future

October 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
Hey everyone! We're in the second week of the campaign now, and it's going strong! Thanks to everyone who has backed the project since the last update. Last night, I hosted a Meat & Greet for people who are interested in roller derby, and it was... (Read More)

Meat & Greet in Brooklyn on Thursday

September 30th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi there! I'll be hosting an event for people who are interested in learning more about roller derby on Thursday night at Sweet Science (135 Graham Avenue in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn). Attendees will enjoy conversation and drink specials from 7-9... (Read More)

Jumping for Joy! We're 30% Funded.

September 26th - via: kickstarter.com
The first three days of this campaign have been phenomenal. I'm so grateful for the incredible outpouring of support this project has received from all you wonderful people.  On Thursday, I published an excerpt from the book on Derbylife.com so you... (Read More)

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