The Whispering Forest

Arthur Conan Doyle's Southsea Stories and Beyond

A project in Southsea, UK by Matt Wingett

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A brand new collection of Arthur Conan Doyle stories revealing how his writing life in Southsea led to Sherlock Holmes
Backers: 140
Average Pledge Per Backer: £47

Funded: £6,592 of £4,500
Dates: Oct 31st -> Nov 30th (31 days)
Project By: Matt Wingett
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Latest News

The Creative life of a Southsea Publisher

November 28th - via:
What I do... Hi team, so a few people have asked me what else I do to make a living, with one person commenting they'd be interested to know about my "day job". I had a wry smile at that, because I don't really have one, in the normal sense. Years... (Read More)

A little bonus extra to say thanks.

November 26th - via:
Just because everyone has been so amazing... ...I'm going to add a little something extra to every parcel that goes out.  I know I talked about doing stretch goals, but the reality was, by the time I got home from selling each weekend, and then the... (Read More)

3 Days to go, and we're over £6k

November 25th - via:
Final preps for printer being done... Hi team, So, the paperbacks are now in process of printing, while the standard hardbacks are waiting for the final proof set up, which I'm hoping will be approved today. The paperback limited editions artwork is... (Read More)

Where to find the "Contact me" button

November 23rd - via:
The contact button: I know, it's not obvious, right? Hi team, so after my last message I've had a few people ask where the "contact me" button is. It's not obvious, but here's the answer: click on the creator information button on the project page,... (Read More)

Southsea Stories: A note for people collecting by hand and ordering custom bundles

November 23rd - via:
Have you ordered collection by hand or a custom bundle? Hi, this is a message only to those lovely buyers who've pledged by selecting the "Mix and Match and Collection by Hand" option: Please make sure you have contacted me to confirm your custom... (Read More)

Well, that's the last read-through done!

November 22nd - via:
Off to the printers, today! Hi team, so the latest is that today I've finished the last read-through, checking layout and my notes at the end of each story. I'm pretty pleased with the results, so I'm going to send the paperback artwork off to the... (Read More)

Book Launch Discussions...

November 16th - via:
Well, this is cool - the launch I'm pleased to report that yesterday I had a meeting with Dr Jane Singh, who runs Portsmouth Museum, and we agreed that we would have the book launch in the AV room next to the Arthur Conan Doyle wing. The date for the... (Read More)


November 14th - via:
Amazing. Thank you, Team! So, I've just had a pretty intense weekend selling books from a market stall. For two days I was at Portsmouth's premier shopping complex, Gunwharf Quays (built on the site of HMS Vernon, and incorporating old military... (Read More)

A long day at the market stall

November 12th - via:
I love this! Hi team! Today and yesterday I spent the day on my feet at a market stall, selling my books about Portsmouth. It's so fascinating to see locals become so enthused about Portsmouth and its history, and to identify with it and feel a sense... (Read More)

90% of the way there...

November 10th - via:
A Busy Few Days... Hi team, just a quick update on the latest.  I decided to go fairly quiet on social media yesterday, with all the election news flooding the net... but today I'm back! The latest:  Yesterday, I spent the day adding new notes to... (Read More)

Day 9: It's been a long day!

November 8th - via:
Sore eyes and a sense of satisfaction  Hi team, my new update for the Southsea Stories and Beyond project is very simple: we're well on the way when it comes to raising funding, and at the same time I have just finished the final read-through of the... (Read More)

Day 6 - A Round Up of The Things

November 6th - via:
First, A Big Welcome to New Pledgers! Hi team, our ranks have been swelled over the last few days with quite a few more pledgers. (Pledgers is a funny old word somehow... customers...? Buyers..?). So, recent new customers, welcome on board. This is... (Read More)

Message to Pompey locals: Love Southsea market cancelled this weekend but I will be elsewhere later

November 5th - via:
Blast that weather - market's off! Hi team, I said earlier you that if you're local to Southsea and want to say hi and have a look at the proof copies of the book, I'd have them on this weekend's Love Southsea market on Palmerston Road. Sadly, the... (Read More)

We just sneaked over two-thirds to completion!

November 4th - via:
Next stop £3.5k... Well, team, I thought we'd do it today, and we did! I switched on the PC this afternoon, after a long and gruelling phone call... and there it was: over the £3k line. I took real heart from this. This is my first kickstarter, and... (Read More)

Day 5 - Nearly two-thirds funded

November 4th - via:
Brill!   :) Hi team, I'm so pleased with the first week's progress. Here's where we are: We're just shy of two thirds funding. I think we'll probably hit the magic £3,000 today. I continue to promote the book wherever I can. (If I keep popping up... (Read More)

Half way in 4 days - absolutely amazing!

November 3rd - via:
Just taking a moment to go "wow" and thanks! Hi team, so, we're 4 days in and the kickstarter is half way to the goal.  It's been an amazing run and I'm really hopeful that we'll get to the goal, but am not going to take that for granted until we're... (Read More)

Hardback proof unboxing...

November 3rd - via:
Yup, it's arrived! Hi team, so this is the proof copy of the hardback standard edition of Southsea Stories and Beyond. I think it's rather marvellous... but what glue do these guys use on the packaging?!?!?  You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to... (Read More)

NEW REWARD TIER: Mix and Match and Collection by Hand

November 3rd - via:
If you'd prefer to collect by hand or mix and match orders, this is for you. Hi team - due to popular request, I've made a change for you. I've had a few people local to Portsmouth ask if they can collect by hand from me  and so avoid paying... (Read More)

Unboxing Video, Take 2! Paperback First Glimpse

November 2nd - via:
Here it is! Well, after yesterday's unboxing fail, here's the real thing. The first look at the cover. And... it's a handsome looking thing, even if I do say so myself.  This, by the way, is the only copy in the whole of existence, right now...... (Read More)

Day 3 - 38% Funded

November 2nd - via:
Am I allowed to get nerves? Hi team, so we're on to Day 3 and we're at 38% funding - which is absolutely great! I've got this mixed feeling at the moment - really excited by the prospect of getting the book out, and nervous in case we don't hit the... (Read More)

Southsea Stories and Beyond is now a designated Kickstarter #ProjectWeLike

November 1st - via:
Hey, team, this is cool!! I just got an email from Kickstarter telling me they've selected Arthur Conan Doyle's Southsea Stories and Beyond as a #ProjectWeLike.  They explain it like this: "Congratulations! We’ve selected Arthur Conan Doyle's... (Read More)

Day 2 - And We're A Third Of The Way There...

November 1st - via:
Okay, so I just wanted to let everyone know I just watched the tally go up to £1500 - a third of the way to where we need to be to cover all the costs. I know, I know... This sounds like I'm sitting here staring at the screen all day, trying to make... (Read More)

Well, team, that didn't go to plan!

November 1st - via:
Southsea Stories Unboxing Video Fail!! I've always wanted to do an unboxing video - you know - where that swish new product, the only one of its kind in the whole wide world drops through your door and you proudly show it off to the world? Well,... (Read More)

Author Neil Gaiman Boosts Southsea Stories And Beyond

November 1st - via:
Neil Gaiman Helps Out Again Hello team! It always helps when a big name gets behind a project, and that's exactly what's happened with my Southsea Stories Kickstarter. Yesterday, Neil Gaiman - author of The Sandman, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett),... (Read More)

What A Great Response - Thank You So Much!

November 1st - via:
You Are Brilliant! So, this is a big thank you to you if you have already pledged. I'll be frank, this is my first Kickstarter and I have no idea how this will go. So I'm logging in every few minutes with a mixture of excitement and slight fear as I... (Read More)

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