Crowdfunding to Self-Publish Your Book

blogicon

1106 Design

November 09, 2016

Self-publishing takes a lot of planning, and one of the first planning steps is to create a budget for editing and proofing, cover design, page design and layout, printing, a website, marketing and more. Once you’ve got a budget, you can think about how you’re going to pay to self-publish your book. Crowdfunding is a popular option, one that many authors have good success with IF they do the work necessary to create a good campaign.

We think that the Kickstarter campaign created by 1106 Design author Eleanor Scully Gilvarry to publish her children’s book Why Do I Love You, is an excellent example of a crowdfunding campaign. She has posted a professional video (essential for most crowdfunding sites), and has written compelling text to let people know her story and why the book is important and worthy of funding. Eleanor has also offered many manageable pledges for contributors, from 2 euros (approximately $2.20) up to 180 euros (approximately $197) and more. Each pledge level has an attractive offer. For example, people who pledge 2 euros will receive exclusive updates from the author, while those who pledge 14 euros receive the eBook version plus all the gifts from the preceding levels (the update, a coloring book, poster). As this is a Kickstarter campaign, Eleanor will only receive funding if she meets her goal. Click here to view Eleanor’s Kickstarter campaign page.

If you have a manuscript and are putting together a budget to self-publish your book and are considering a crowdfunding campaign, contact us. We can provide you with a quote to help you budget and get started.

You may like these

Should Authors Pay for Reviews?

Should Authors Pay for Reviews?

This question plagues many authors, and those who ask often find that they’ve struck a nerve in the writing community. Paying for reviews used to be considered taboo, and in many circles, it still is. However, thanks to Kirkus, BookLife, and other services that...

read more
Author Story: Samuel Halpern

Author Story: Samuel Halpern

In Wellsprings of Work, Samuel Halpern examines how people can find meaning and motivation in their careers. As he neared retirement, Halpern increasingly mentored younger colleagues, and in doing so, he couldn’t help but wonder...

read more
How to Maximize Your Income as an Indie Author

How to Maximize Your Income as an Indie Author

Some authors aim to publish their work just to “get it out there,” and profit isn’t the goal of their endeavors. Other authors seek to make a business out of publishing their books. If one of your goals for your book is to use it to make money, then this post is for...

Is Self-Publishing Worth It, and How Long Does It Take?

Is Self-Publishing Worth It, and How Long Does It Take?

Many authors hesitate to fulfill their publishing dreams because of the expense of self-publishing. This year has especially taken a toll on people's bank accounts. You may be reconsidering your plans to publish your work this year due to financial problems. It's true...

Author Story: David Vela

Author Story: David Vela

With the goal of inspiring future generations of diverse conservation stewards, advocates, and workforces, David Vela penned his memoir, Hola Ranger, My Journey Through The National Parks. This work tells the story of a Latino growing up in the farmlands of Southeast...