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Big Pond Rumours Press needs a printer and paper !
$900 raised
18% of $5k goal
21 contributors
37 Weeks running
BPR is a small, nonprofit micropress in ON, Canada. The problem? My equipment breaks down and I have trouble getting paper supplies because I have so little available cash. In fact, I can't print 2 books ready to go now as my main printer has broken down.

Big Pond Rumours was founded as a nonprofit, self-funded international literary E-Zine in 2006 by myself, Canadian author Sharon Berg. I used to have a good paying job, skills as an editor and an author, and I wanted to provide support to literary authors of poetry, story, book reviews, essays (especially in Canada). There are fewer and fewer people supporting the arts as opposed to technological development or discoveries in various businesses or even the sciences, fewer still that have little cash themselves. The people who know the impact of this lack of support for the literary arts are often in the field of literature themselves, struggling to make their own ends meet as creative beings.

I used to have a well-paying job and was therefore able to purchase a series of decent laser printers. I produced chapbooks (of Canadian poets only) that people continue to marvel at for their design and quality. I use special, acid-free papers and cardstock. Many people marvel at how well I have done with home printers, and a good part of that has to do with the fact that I always bought expensive, heavy duty machines. However, every printer has eventually worn out because of use. I print 100 copies of each chapbook. Currently, there are 2 books from my 2017 Chapbook Contest ready to be printed, but my 2 large laser printers are both none functional and despite consults appear to be unrepairable. 

This appeal for your help comes because I simply cannot produce those winning chapbooks without a new printer, but I can't afford one! Now that I am retired, my pension is so small, I can barely meet the cost of my bills. I've already been forced to end the modest, self-funded contests that used to attract authors to the E-Zine, and now I cannot replenish either my paper supply or replace those broken printers.

I want to gather a fresh stock of acid free specialty papers and cardstock and purchase a new (to me) industrial-strength printer. My research shows that I may be able to get a small, refurbished industrial strength printer for about $2500 and the remaining $2500 would be spent on restocking in specialty papers. How can you help? Make a donation to support our fundraiser and you will receive a copy (or copies) of our chapbooks. For every $25 you donate, you will receive one copy (of your choice) of the chapbooks that Big Pond Rumours publishes. You just need to be sure that we receive your mailing address.

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