We’re there… At about 11.15 this morning, PledgeBank recorded the 325th pledge to send a copy of The Geek Manifesto to every MP. Pam Lynch was the critical pledger.
As my publisher, Transworld, has agreed to match every pledge to send one, that means we’ve got all the pledges we need to ensure every MP gets a copy of the book.
Many many thanks to Dave Watts for starting the pledge, and to all those of you who have signed up.
We’re now establishing how sending the copies will work. Full details will follow from Dave (which I’ll reproduce here), but broadly it will operate something like this.
We’ll set up a shared spreadsheet with all 650 MPs. Please find your MP, and note that you’re sending (or have sent) a copy. If your MP is taken, pick another one.
The cheapest books are available through Amazon — and you can also write a gift message. I suggest too emailing your MP’s office to explain that you’re sending a book, and why. Chris Chambers’s letter to his MP, Jenny Willott, is a great model.
Those MPs who aren’t sent a book by a pledger will get one directly from Transworld, with a covering letter from Dave.
If we have excess pledges, we’ll first use them to deal with any duplications, then have a think about who else could use a copy. Ministers in the House of Lords, perhaps. Or permanent secretaries.
And if you’ve not already pledged and would like to, Chris Chambers and Tom Crick have started a parallel initiative to send copies to Welsh Assembly Members.
Once again, thank you to all the pledgers. Now we need to badger our MPs to read the thing!