Friday, October 25, 2013

A Little Explanation of Kickstarter

Okay, I've announced our new Ripples Effect Romance series that's coming out in March. 

I posted the fabulous covers and blurbs.

But I've been pretty quiet on one other aspect of this project. Kickstarter.

(Go here to learn  more about Kickstarter.*)

I hadn't had any exposure to Kickstarter before starting this project,and was really nervous about signing up and putting our books out there for people to fund. Isn't that what sales are for? I asked in one of our many back and forth emails with the other authors in the Ripples Effect series. I've never been a part of a project this big, and honestly didn't know how much money would go into covers, editing, marketing, fonts, etc. for six books. Nor did I understand the purpose of kickstarter.
 Rachael Anderson wrote a fantastic post about it here, and I'm going to quote a huge chunk of it because she's the one who helped me understand what a great tool Kickstarter is, and took me from being nervous about it to excited. 

"When it comes to releasing a professional book, it’s not cheap process. Not only do we authors invest a ton of time writing these stories, but we have to pay for things like cover design, editing, typesetting, marketing, etc. And because these are novellas, they will be priced low, which means an even lower royalty rate for us. We’re all entering into this project knowing we probably won’t make much money from it, and because of that, we'd love to be able to offset some of our initial costs. Kickstarter is such a great tool used by so many people in various professions (photographers, writers, artists, chefs, videographers, musicians, etc) for the purpose of raising funds to help with various projects that they feel strongly about but can't afford to do on their own.

The bottom line is this: All six of us authors don’t like how difficult it is to find clean, well written romances in the world today. It's frustrating how so many books contain sex and more sex, not to mention strong language. As a mother and person, I hate that and don't want to read books like that. I don't want those kinds of thoughts, images or words in my mind and definitely not in the minds of one of my children. Because of that, we'd like to keep contributing our small portion of fun and uplifting romances and this series is one of the ways we're trying to do that. But we also can’t afford to pour all this money and time into a project like this that we might not recoup.

That's where Kickstarter comes to play. We're hoping that there are others that feel as strongly about getting cleaner books out there as we do and wouldn't mind supporting our efforts. But at the same time, we don't want anyone to feel obligated in any way.

So, for those of you who are interested, if you would like to donate to our project (and get some free advanced copies of the books in return), wonderful. If you can't afford to donate but would still like to support us by posting about our project on your blog or FB or Twitter or wherever, we'd love that too. If you'd prefer not to do either, no worries--really! This project will come to fruition regardless of whether or not we raise the money. We feel that strongly about this series of books and the potential good it will do."

If you'd like to read more about this project, see what incentives we're offering, or find out how Kickstarter works, feel free to check out our Ripples Effects Romance page by clicking on the picture below:

So, I guess the point of this post is that I wanted to show you a little of my journey on how I came to really appreciate Kickstarter and see the value of it for creative projects which are needed, but have to have funding to come to fruition. If you have any questions about it (believe me, I did) just drop me at email at kayleebaldwin at gmail. If you get a chance, check out the link. For donating money, we're giving you e-copies, paperbook copies, signed copies, etc and going to work hard to get them to you before anyone else.
THANK YOU for everyone who has been excited about this project and has supported us through emails, tweets, blog posts, and kickstarter.

 We're all very excited for these novellas to come out and your enthusiasm has been amazing!

*Here's an explanation of Kickstarter from Wikipedia."Kickstarter is an American-based private for-profit company founded in 2009 that provides tools to raise funds for creative projects via crowd funding through its website.Kickstarter has funded a diverse array of endeavors, such as filmsmusicstage showscomicsjournalismvideo games, and food-related projects. People cannot invest in Kickstarter projects to make money. They can only back projects in exchange for a tangible reward or one-of-a-kind experience, like a personal note of thanks, custom T-shirts, dinner with an author, or initial production run of a new product.There are thirteen categories that are included (with many more subcategories). They are: Art, Comics, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film and Video, Food, Games, Music, Photography, Publishing, Technology and Theater."