Rafflecopter and Kickstarter
So, when I first realized that authors are using Kickstarter, I got excited. Then, I decided that it's kind of lame for a single person to raise funds for a book. There are big projects going on on Kickstarter, projects with lots of people that can't happen without lots of money. I wroteSemester Aboard without a Kickstarter campaign and, in spite of all those costs I talked about yesterday, I think I've done alright.
But, after a couple of weeks, I couldn't quite get it out of my head. I started thinking about what I could do, not just for me, but for Anchor Group Publishing as well. One of the things I love about AG is that we all help each other. We're like a little family. If one of the AG authors said, Elizabeth, buy a copy of your book and send it to me so I can take it to my library, I totally would. But imagine if I could just buy one of every AG book and do that myself! I want to be able to buy AG swag and give it away. I want to be able to design and buy banner ads for AG's page and for all of my fellow AG authors.
The problem is, that Kickstarter is for solo projects, not businesses. Neither Stacey (AG's owner/pres) nor I can start a campaign for Anchor Group. But I can do one for a single book. So, I did. I also noticed that, while there are a lot of books on Kickstarter, I have never seen any of the authors in my circles post about it. I hope that, if I succeed, AG and I will sort of pioneer the way for other indies.