FundsforWriters is all about helping you earn enough money, whether it’s finding jobs, publishing or freelancing. Crowdfunding is off and running, and it’s by far the best tool I know of to fund your needs.
Like with grants, many writers I know do not want to bother with crowdfunding. It’s another learning curve, they don’t like asking for money, they’d have to pay taxes on the money, you name it. But the one that doesn’t make sense is “I don’t need the money, so I shouldn’t ask for it.”
Crowdfunding has turned into more than the needy asking for funds. Crowdfunding is a strategic method of finding supporters. When you proudly and passionately promote your project, then offer rewards for people to jump on board your train, you are campaigning for all of you to propel a project into fruition. It isn’t a poor person asking for a handout. It’s the group of you making something exciting happen!
Look at the successful BIG projects on crowdfunding. Watches, movies, all sort of inventions. Publishers even post their next book project. i Just saw a nonprofit press post about their next poet’s chapbook, asking for support. What they are doing is not only financial, but also promotional. It’s getting the news out ahead of time, and the blog updates within the crowdfunding page keeps the supporters updated as to progress. It becomes a community effort instead of an author, a publisher, and a reader.
Hello Ruby is a children’s book that teaches the basics of computer programming. Very smart. She asked for $10,000 on a Kickstarter campaign and wound up with $380,747. www.kickstarter.com/projects/lindaliukas/hello-ruby Not only did she earn the money to do great things with her project, but she had readers waiting in the wings to buy!
1000 Days of Spring is a memoir that asked for $6,400 and gained $12,790. www.indiegogo.com/projects/1000-days-of-spring With each dollar comes a reader or two!
See crowdfunding as a tool in your promo toolbox, not just a place to find money. Not only will you gain readers, but successful campaigns are trolled by the news media and bloggers like me. And that spreads the news even further.
BIO – C. Hope Clark is editor of FundsforWriters.com and author of the Carolina Slade Mysteries and the Edisto Island Mysteries. www.chopeclark.com