Self-Publishing + Crowdfunding = Everybody Wins!

There is no doubt that self-publishing your book with a self-publishing company that charges fees in exchange for quality, service, and customization will result in a better book, statistically speaking, than publishing with a DYI online platform. So why do so many authors gravitate toward the latter?  Cost.

But imagine if there was a way to self-publish your book with a high quality self-publisher without spending a dime of your own money…

Enter crowdfunding. Wikipedia describes crowdfunding as: “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet… In 2015, over US$34 billion was raised worldwide by crowdfunding….This modern crowdfunding model is generally based on three types of actors: the project initiator who proposes the idea or project to be funded [that would be you, the author], individuals or groups who support the idea [friends, family, and even strangers who like your idea], and a moderating organization (the “platform”)[Kickstarter, for example] that brings the parties together to launch the idea.”

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As of this writing,  exploring the “publishing” subcategory on Kickstarter reveals over 47,000 active projects seeking funding.  And that’s the rub. While it’s easy to post a new project on Kickstarter, it remains somewhat challenging to secure the necessary funding. In fact, according to a recent article in Publishers Weekly, publishing projects currently experience a 37% success rate on average.  “Success” is defined as a project that meets its minimum necessary monetary investment in order to move forward.  And when your book  is competing against 47,000 other projects in the publishing subcategory, it is easy to understand why authors may find it challenging to secure the necessary funding.

But there is hope.  The Publishers Weekly article (which you should take the time to read in its entirety here) mentions several tactics a proactive author can take to increase his/her chances for success. One is to set your investment needs relatively low. Many of the 47,000+ projects have investment requirements in the tens of thousands of dollars, while self-publishing packages with Outskirts Press, for instance, begin at just $849. Which project has a higher chance to succeed in securing its necessary funding? The one costing $10,000 or the one costing $1000?

Another tactic is to publish a children’s book, which experiences a 57% success rate on Kickstarter (that’s right, better than 50-50)!  Yet, another is to market your Kickstarter campaign just as aggressively as you plan on marketing your book. Tell your friends and family before, during, and after the project posts on Kickstarter.  Market and promote your project heavily during its entire run.  Communicate with backers during and after, and especially during your actual publication process. Keep them informed of your progress as your book nears publication.  They’ve just invested money in your book — they’ll be excited to read it. Which is to say, you already have a built in audience demanding your book. To say that puts you a leg (or two) up when the marketing phase kicks in would be an understatement.  Kickstarter itself has lots of great ideas about promoting a Kickstarter campaign here.

Once you’ve secured your Kickstarter money, it’s time to self-publish your book.  Outskirts Press can help you. Here’s to your great success!

 

 

 

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Author Poll: W.F. James Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

W.F. James is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

Book Summary:

Christmas Eve on the Christmas Unit

HELPING THE HEALING POWER OF CHRISTMAS WORK ITS MAGIC!

This suspenseful, touching, quirky little tale of Christmas is a fast-moving, frequently shocking, account of a children’s crisis hospital on one Christmas Eve. This one night of the year has a mysterious power, from millennia of pre-Christian harvest festivals and ancestor worship, when ghosts walked and admonished us to love our neighbor and give to those who suffer most in a time of plenty. Adopted by Christianity, but celebrated by all, this is a time embraced by family, to feel safe and loved, especially for children and teenagers.

The children’s crisis unit and its staff provide a safety net for abused, neglected, and traumatized children and teens. This little novella is a modern look at these issues, at some children’s harsh reality, directly confronting the age-old question of “ if God is good, why are bad things allowed to happen”, on a night when the whole world seems warm and fuzzy, except for some unlucky children and teens, who need the Children’s Unit and staff, and the healing power of Christmas .

About the Author:

The author has first-hand experience with all of the issues in this unusual little Christmas story, including Constitutional Law and efforts to stem the tide of abuse of children and teenagers. The author has been a therapist for children and adolescents in a crisis hospital setting for many years, spending many Christmas Eves there, treating and supporting children, teens and their families, and helping the healing power of Christmas work its magic.

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It’s Time for NaNoWriMo!

50,000 words.
Just let that sink in for a moment:
50,000 words!

(That’s a lot of words.)

November is here, and for some of you, that means National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has officially begun with its 50,000 words looming on the horizon.

NaNoWriMo isn’t just a vanity project; this is a chance to tackle many of the thorniest issues related to writing and authorship, specifically as self-publishing authors, that emerge when we settle into a long and sustained attempt to generate material. These issues include (but are not limited to) finding inspiration, maintaining motivation, vanquishing writer’s block, and navigating an author’s complicated relationships to editing.

To help you prepare, we’ve created a to-do list for all self-publishing authors participating in NaNoWriMo!

  • Read a couple of pep talks, all of which are available on the NaNoWriMo website, to boost your motivation to get started–and to succeed
  • Add a NaNoWriMo badge (also available on nanowrimo.org) to your website, as a fun way to let everyone know that you are taking the challenge
  • Spend some time before the writing doing the things which refresh your will to write: listen to music, people watch, drink coffee, and read books!
  • Relax: NaNoWriMo is inevitably hectic, so prepare your mind and body by practicing relaxation techniques such as exercising, meditating, or doing Sudoku
  • Bring your friends and family on board! You will need their support during this process, so remind them of your goals and writing schedule
  • Have fun. NanoWriMo is a fun process, so just enjoy it.

Good luck to all of the self-publishing authors who are participating in NaNoWriMo. We can’t wait to see your books in print, and we hope you’ll keep us posted on your progress throughout November if you choose to pursue the project. And, as always, we hope you’ll turn to us if you find yourself looking for encouragement or support.

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