My friend Christina and I were recently talking about how Kickstarters seem to be spreading like wildfire. A Kickstarter is a program where artists and entrepreneurs will raise money for the project in advance of completion.
When I learned about Kickstarter, a lightbulb went off in my head. I had been stressing over how to get an editor and self-publish. No author whose wanted to write their whole lives (like me) wants to put out the story they love out in a crappy form. I love my Mina. I love her so much, and I want you to love her too.
Mostly I am throwing my luck to the wind and the hand of God due to the changes in the publishing world. Self-publishing is a way debut authors—like me—break into the exclusive publishing world.
What am I hoping to gain by running a Kickstarter?
Mostly an editor. Self-publishing shouldn’t mean punishing the world with a poorly written novel. These Lying Eyes deserves to be edited as well as if it were published by one of those giant publishing companies.
Donating to a Kickstarter is both pre-ordering a copy of the book AND making my book possible. When a backer reads my book, they will think “my $7.00, $27.00, or whatever made it possible for my friend Amanda to publish her book, yay me.”
But the Kickstarter is a little bit more. You pre-order, but you can also up-donate for other swaggeries. (Yes I just made up that word. This very second.) So, would you mind taking a moment to read over the following items and let me know which items would be more likely to get you to donate a little more?
an e-book copy
a trade paperback
a signed trade paperback
original recipes printed on cards or in a booklet that are mentioned in the book
a signed 8×10 of the cover (signed by me and by the graphic artist)
a t-shirt (either a t-shirt with the title or a shirt Mina wears in the book which do you prefer?)
a sweatshirt? Hoodie I’m talking…
5×7 art prints of the sprites from the book, maybe another character? (The sprites are small winged characters who I also hope you will love.)
a hand-made doll of one of the sprites
being able to name a minor character in a future book or novella
being able to name a major character in a future book or novella
having a special thank you note on the dedication page
Is there something that you can think of that you think would be amazing? Bookmarks? Postcards? More recipes? I don’t know. I’ve looked at so many Kickstarters for ideas my eyes are blurry…