I am waiting for my follow number to go down, because of my response to crowdfunding. Normally I just read and watch, waiting to see how this works. I find it interesting. When a fellow writer asked for crowdfunding, because a real job interfered with his writing, I got a little snarky, probably because I don’t feel well to begin with. I read a long time ago that if your goal was to write, the first thing you should do is get a real job.
Get a real job, because writing is so solitary, it takes so much time to get something published, plus you need to be involved in all of life to become a writer, and that means being out in the world interacting with people on a regular basis. Some of the worlds greatest books were written by people while they were employed, for example Melville’s Moby Dick.
After doing a little reading on what Forbs, Ernst and Young, and Money says about crowdfunding I understand it is a legitimate way of raising money for a project. Your return on investment can range from a public acknowledgement of some kind, thank you merchandise, or simply a warm feeling that you have done something good.
I looked into self publishing a book about a year ago. An Alphabet book, and publisher would provide illustrations. I figured out how many books I would need to sell to just break even. The value of having an illustrated tangible book is very appealing, but I decided to write a blog and see what kind of response I got from people. I think about introducing my alphabet book here in the hopes that an illustrator might take notice. Together, we could maybe do a nice little book.
I would certainly be willing to take a little money from people to get the job done. You would get a thank you, and if you donated enough I could arrange for an autographed book. Either way, think of the warm feeling you would be left with by helping this writer get her book published.