I was speaking with an old colleague the other day day about Kickstarter, a funding website that helps users gain backing for their projects. I’ve been considering starting a Kickstarter for the Endometriosis book — depending on how I decide to publish it — to get the needed financial backing. Let’s be realistic and talk numbers, shall we.
I’m not even talking about the time involved in writing the book. I’m talking the editing and publishing costs. I believe our community deserves a quality product. The final book will go through my standard editor. For projects like this, I’m sure I can get a break (still a break isn’t free – mind you).
I’m hesitant to go the traditional route, as this can take YEARS to find a publisher. You have to query book agents and publishers, and are unlikely to hear back for MONTHS. I want this book to be accessible not out there collecting dust.
I could slap it up on Amazon. But not everyone has a Kindle. Download the Kindle App for your Smartphone or computer? Easy enough, but not everyone likes reading a book on their computer or a tiny phone screen. Some people enjoy holding a flexible book in their hands. Again, I want this accessible to everyone. So, yes, it will be on Amazon for the Kindle. But how can I also get it in paperback?
Problem. Unless you go the tradition route, trade paperbacks through print-on-demands cost money. I’ve done some research and I believe there are some companies out there that don’t charge an arm and a leg anymore. Probably thanks to the e-book model.
With a Kickstarter, I can raise funds to support the initial set-up fee these places charge to print the book. Any marketing fees and editing fees I will have as well will be covered by that money.
There will be bonuses for Kickstarter supporters (those who donate and at different levels). These levels will be ultra cheap too (5-10 US dollars – I’m not raising funds for an Army. This is a book.)
BTW – if you or someone you know have had experiences (good or bad) with Kickstarter, please e-mail me endochick80 @ gmail.com
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