LitKit Follow-Up (Review Month 1)

I’ve received my first month after signing up for the LitKit subscription (see last blog post).  I’m pleased so far with the items for this first shipment.

This first package included:

  1. “Stolen Sharpie Revolution”: A brief, but engaging, and eminently useful guide to doing a zine. From tools, to layout, copying, printing, trading, promotion, ordering, mailing, distribution, and a whole lot more. (Alex Wrekk / Portland Button Works)
  2. 2 x Mini-Zines  (by Ellen Marie Bae)
  3. A button that reads “I ‘heart’ books” (Portland Button Works)
  4. A magnet that reads “Read More Books” (Portland Button Works)
  5. A black retractable sharpie
  6. 1 x Kit to create 3 mini-notebooks
  7. April 2016 calendar which includes various writing prompts throughout the month!

I’ve already put together the 3 mini-notebooks (my personal favorite part of the package).  They are adorable.  My kids kept trying to steal them from me 🙂  See photo below of the completed books.  Even my husband agreed that it was a great deal for such a fun subscription!

Just receiving the box in the mail was exhilarating.  I’m excited for the next one!  If you haven’t checked them out yet, find them here: LitKit



LitKit Subscriptions

This weekend while perusing FaceBook and not writing… 😦  (Wait, this turns out to be good!).  FaceBook suggested an ad that I’m over the moon excited about.  It’s called a LitKit subscription.

Here is their exact, word-for-word description of what they are all about:

Born of the wet streets and dusty bookstores of San Francisco, LitKit is a monthly subscription box lovingly crafted to delight devotees of experimental literature, creative writing, and pen-and-ink publishing. Each month, we pair up with an independent author, poet, or small press publisher to showcase their most innovative and thought-provoking work. We bundle these carefully chosen publications with an assortment of unique literary devices, including high-quality writing implements and supplies, beautiful journals, thought-provoking prompts, and other interesting items intended to get your creative inks flowing freely.

Each box contains:

  • A selection of experimental literature. Sometimes a single book, sometimes a few. Sometimes fiction, sometimes poetry, always unexpected and delightful.

  • A selection of tools for book-lovers and creators. Writing implements, bookmaking supplies, mail art projects, and bookish novelties are all par for the course.

  • A dose of inspiration. Writing prompts are a given, and postcards too. Your box may also contain custom art journals, interesting literary games and experiments, and clever diversions to spark your creativity.

Ohhhh my goodness, I signed up immediately.  They are a fairly, brand new subscription service.  And before you get nervous at the word “subscription”, let me tell you that they offer many different options:

1-Month, 3-Month, 6-Month or 12-Month GIFT subscriptions:  Which include an auto delivery of…well, however many months you choose.  I’ve chosen a GIFT subscription for myself for 3-Months.  A 1-time payment for 3-months of boxes.  But they do offer the “standard” monthly subscription option for each of those as an AUTO delivery option as well.

I decided to go for the 3-Month to give it a shot, but not be held into a contract of auto-payments throughout the year.  Since they are still pretty new – it looks like the first box ‘ever’ went out in January – I’d like to test them out and give them a proper review before agreeing for more months in the future.

However, if it turns out as awesome as it looks – well!  They can just take my money!

To give you an idea, the first two months looked like the sets below.  The “quotes” below are taken DIRECTLY from LitKit website and not my writing:

January 2016

january litkit

Photo credit: KM Bezner   January 2016 was our first box – we sent out around 230 LitKits to our lovely Kickstarter backers. Here’s what was inside: The Shrug 4: Family, from tNY Press – we LOVE tNY, and The Shrug is their literary journal. As they put it, “Just what I want when I read a thing.” – Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket). Sharpen, by Rich Ives, published by tNY Press – a chapbook with an edge. Bookmarks, courtesy tNY Press. Recycled paper rainbow pencils – these are delightful to sharpen, creating tiny paper ribbon rainbows. “Leaves” story postcard by our founder Meg – this month, the postcard is addressed to us here at LitKit, with the suggestion “Tell us a story about the leaves”. …

February 2016

feb litkit

February was an exciting month for us, and the response from our subscribers has been great. What’s in the box this month?  A Guide to Bars and Nightlife in the Sacred City by Benjamin Wachs. Benjamin is one of our favorite writers in SF, and this little book of short stories is a delight to read. An illustration from Benjamin’s new book, Lamenting Avalon, a collection of fairy tales for adults, for which he is raising funds on Kickstarter. Illustration by William Brown. A set of conceptual drink recipe postcards by our co-founder Michael. A sealing wax set, and some stationery to get started with.
I’m really looking forward to my first month and to see what exciting things this company will come up with.  I’ll come back and Review each box to give you more information on what they can send!
For more information about the two creators of this idea, Michael and Meg, you can check out their ABOUT page!