Fledgling children’s writer Randolph Booth has succeeded in raising enough money to finally get his work to the printers.
The 30-year-old from Withnell, near Chorley, gave up his job as an advertising salesman to try his hand writing and illustrating work called The Lumpheads - a tale about a family of four without any brains.
But he needed £8,000 to get the book to the printers, and started a Kickstarter campaign to attract local support.
Now he’s reached his goal, and is expecting to have the first copy in his hands within the next fortnight.
Randolph said: “With the Kickstarter appeal I had a lot of support from interested local people and friends, but I needed a loan off my parents to give it a bit of a push and meet the target to secure the rest of the funds. It was all or nothing really.”
He added: “It’s been pretty stressful to get to this stage.
“I thought all the hard work had been done putting the book together, but it’s just been the beginning.
“I’m having to do all the marketing myself, including contacting booskhops, newspapers and reviewers.”
Randolph describes The Lumpheads as a dark comedy designed to extend children’s vocabularies, amuse them, and to teach them about equality.
With decreasing the intelligence of residents within the fictional town, the family are ostracised from the local community until a series of less than smart decisions lead them on an adventure where they discover a sinister secret, and ultimately level the playing field.
Randolph has become so consumed by the fictional creations, he’s even made some plastic toys in his home laboratory, a skill he learned by watching YouTube videos.
The first run of books is limited to 500, with everyone who has contributed to the Kickstarter appeal guaranteed a first edition, which Randolph hopes will grow in value. The rest will be sold in local book shops and online.
Randolph said he has more stories in the pipeline and is even considering approaching Aardman Animations to do a TV series with them.