The Second Shelf

Created by A. N. Devers

The Second Shelf is a rare book business and a new quarterly print publication focused on increasing the visibility of writing by women and their contributions throughout history.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

We have 24 hours left to raise our stretch goal.
6 months ago – Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 06:26:55 PM

We are one day away from the end of this campaign. Because of you we get to commission more women writers for our quarterly of rare books and words by women, and are on our way to meeting our stretch goal of £35,000. If we hit it we will open up our online site for submissions and publish great writing alongside the books we sell.

Thank you for believing in The Second Shelf.

Help us reach our WEEKEND STRETCH GOAL!
6 months ago – Fri, Jun 08, 2018 at 06:54:31 PM

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The Second Shelf is on its way!
6 months ago – Wed, Jun 06, 2018 at 11:40:51 PM

Hello! A little under a week ago, we reached our £20,000 Kickstarter goal. We are heartened and thrilled for the support. And we hope this early support is a sign that we are on the right track with The Second Shelf -- that readers are invested in looking closely at their bookshelves, discovering women writers they haven't read before, and starting to collect their work.

We are launching a print quarterly and doing so is an expensive premise. But we believe in this idea to commission women writers to write about the books that deserve to be collected. It's not an easy or simple business, selling books and commissioning work – both rare books and publishing are hard work and hard to make a living at, but we believe what we are trying establish, and know that more women writers deserve the space on our bookshelves, on your bookshelves, and on bookshelves in institutions and libraries around the world. 

With that in mind we encourage you to continue to share and help us find backers and readers for The Second Shelf: A Quarterly of Rare Books and Words by Women in its last week of crowdsourcing. We need all the readership and support we can get to make this business work.

A few more announcements including details of our stretch goal will come soon!

With gratitude, 

Allison Devers

By Popular Demand
7 months ago – Wed, May 23, 2018 at 09:56:43 AM

Last week we had the honor of writing about The Second Shelf and its mission at The Guardian. And had some instant demand for Bookwoman merch. We aim to please. So we have added two new perks. Additionally in our survey, our backers who have already contributed will be able to select the shirt or tote of their choice.

£50 Bookwoman Tote + Subscription An annual print subscription (four issues) to The Second Shelf: A Quarterly of Rare Books and Words by Women, and a “Bookwoman” tote. Issue 1 to be sent in July, the following issues at 3 months intervals thereafter.

£35 Bookwoman T-Shirt + Quarterly A “Bookwoman” t-shirt and a print copy of The Second Shelf: A Quarterly, Issue 1

Because of you, The Second Shelf nears our goal daily. Thank you so much for helping us start up this woman-focused rare book business.

Thank You! We've Made it Halfway.
7 months ago – Mon, May 21, 2018 at 09:58:06 AM

Dear Backers,

Because of you, we’ve surpassed the halfway mark in only a week!

I want to thank you from the depths of my basement, where I am currently sorting through stock to try and decide what goes to our first book fair as a bona fide member of our rare book association. It’s a stressful and exciting moment that is the result of two years of work, and four years of dreaming.

There are many women behind The Second Shelf’s launch I also want to thank. There are part-time librarians and academics, rare book dealers, and former rare book dealers, writers, editors, designers, photographers, animators, and artists. It is no small endeavor to launch a small business via Kickstarter anymore, or a small business in the rare book trade that needs to get a message out there in order to have a chance at finding its customers.

I particularly want to thank Katie Angermeier Haab, who came on board to help me Project Manage the launch all the way from Austin, Texas where she was the Executive Director of a wonderful literacy organization called Austin Bat Cave. She’s only worked with me for part-time for six weeks, and it’s already time for me to release her back into the world. My ambitions for this business launch on the timeline I had in mind wouldn’t have happened without her. She is new to London like me and this city is so lucky to have her in its literary community.

The response thus far has been overwhelming and humbling -- it means a lot and I know what a commitment you’ve made to direct your resources towards this project. We are committed to making a difference and your support will help me place women writers on personal bookshelves and on the shelves of public and private libraries and institutions worldwide. We can’t say we’re surprised that people care so much about preserving and uplifting literature and history by and about women, but we can say we’re thrilled—beyond thrilled—at the response so far. We don’t doubt we will reach our fundraising goal, but we still have to get there.

It’s been an intense and focused few months, we are unendingly grateful and look forward to balancing the bookshelves with your help.

Warmest regards,

Allison Devers