You want to write a book. You’ve got an idea for a book which won’t leave you alone. Unfortunately, you need money to write this book; it’s not something that you can create on your own.
Perhaps you want to write a children’s book, and need to pay an illustrator. Or maybe you want to write a business book, and need illustrations and graphics. Or maybe you need to travel to research your book.
People will pay you to your write your book. You just need to take your courage in both hands, and ask them.
The crowdfunding solution: get paid to write your book
Publishizer: the crowdfunding platform for authors
This article, How one author held a successful crowdfunding campaign to raise $11,000 for his first book tells the story of Ryan Hanley:
“Hanley started the campaign with a simple picture of his as-yet-nonexistent book and a blurb about what it would be, then bulked up his appeal with a video, and a “blooper reel” with outtakes from the first video shoot.”
Hanley used Publishizer, but you could just as easily use Indiegogo, or Kickstarter, or any of the other crowdfunding platforms.
Start with your vision for your book
Crowdfunding your book isn’t all that different from creating a book proposal if you’re looking for a traditional publisher.
When I’m coaching authors, I suggest that they create a proposal for their book first, so they have a clear vision of what they want to achieve.
Then, get visual. You can create a book cover, as Ryan Hanley did, to make your book seem more real to the readers and funders. You can also create a short video.
Creating a video can seem a real challenge. Make it fun. If you don’t want to appear on the video, you don’t have to — remember, FUN. Think of your video as a book trailer — without the book.
With your book cover created, and your video, you’re all set to pitch your book to your prospective investors.
Remember to reward your contributors
I contributed to Typed, because my contribution won me six months’ worth of Typed, and also because I wanted to support RealMac. I’m a huge fan of their RapidWeaver editor.
What goodies can you offer your contributors? Check out what Ryan Hanley offered.
Hardcovers, signed copies, etc are a no-brainer. Get creative. Your goodies don’t need to be brilliant. You might acknowledge major contributors in the book itself, or on your website. Or offer an audio version of the book.
You could offer “insider” information, if your book lends itself to that. Or a consultation, if that would be appropriate.
Brainstorm goodies for your loyal contributors.
Take the first step…
Crowdfunding a book is a project. Take it step by step. Get advice if you need it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, sight? 😉
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