My book project is live at Indiegogo. I'd love your support.
Turns out my book is considered “business advice” by Kickstarter, and that's a no-no. So I had to take everything over to Indiegogo. But it's not been bad. I've had some awesome supporters, and I'm making solid progress.
I am grateful to my good friends, who are willing to pitch in and help by sharing the social love, and even contributing. And, because Indiegogo's awesome funding policy, I've raised enough so far to start the editing process. I hope the ball can keep rolling.
How Can You Help My Indiegogo Project?
I've tried to make the Indiegogo perks worthwhile, and I've tried to make the pricing reasonable as well. Basically, this acts a pre-order for the book. The PDF/e-reader version of the book will have a higher price-point than the $7 level, so supporting now means you get a bit of a break, plus a couple extra digital assets. And, as the perks go higher, there are other bonuses, which go beyond the actual book. Plus, I'm introducing a secret perk for those who contribute and want to promote the book when it launches.
However, you don't have to contribute money to help out (although I won't turn that down). I'd love help getting the word out, so sharing my project on social media, through Twitter, Facebook, and G+ would be quite useful. You could even recommend the project to someone you know who wants to take the plunge as a professional blogger.
Fundraising for Your Creative Efforts
These days, it's easy to get excited about your creative efforts, since there are sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to help catapult you forward. While I could probably have shopped my book around to more traditional publishers, the reality is that traditional publishing moves slowly. Thanks to the tools out there, it's possible to self-publish and keep more of the earnings.
Plus, I don't have to deal with the rejection until someone decides they want my book. I think it's a great book that would probably get picked up, but this is much faster. And I have more control over every aspect of its production.
The self-publishing route is worth considering. Sure, there is still a certain amount of cachet attached to going through a traditional publisher. And if you are more interested in the prestige, then it makes sense to try and get in with a traditional publisher. But if you want to get your idea out there, and get it out there quickly, self-publishing is the way to go.
So far, I've enjoyed my self-publishing journey. Well, other than the fact that dealing with Kickstarter was way harder than I thought it would be. I still think Kickstarter is a great fundraising platform, though. I just think Indiegogo has its points, too.
What do you think? Kickstarter or Indiegogo? Have you used one of these fundraising platforms before?