Wednesday, January 22, 2014

To Crowdfund or Not to Crowdfund?

When I decided to self-publish my book I knew that I would have expenses to pay upfront. Things like paying an editor, cover art, promotional items etc. I originally considered doing a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money. But then I thought about it. If people are going to give me money, I'd rather it be because they bought my book instead of donating to help me get it published. That means I'll be paying for everything myself. And that means no more shopping for me so I can work all those expenses into my budget. Well, no more shopping until it's time for Wrestlemania. Then I'm going hog wild on merch and t-shirts that I have absolutely no use for but desperately have to have.

What do you think? Did I make the right decision not to crowdfund?

1 comment:

  1. I saw your tweet on this and jumped on in - crowdfunding is a topic that somewhat fascinates me. I think you made the right decision. I imagine it would be really tough to market your book to your fans when you have just hit them up for cash to get it edited, ha. I know these days it's tough to work those expenses into the book price without losing some sales, but your fans might prefer a one-hit cost rather than two. What an interesting world we live in where we have to jump through these hoops without monetary help from a publisher - but at least there are fewer barriers to getting your writing to readers!