Sunday, 10 February 2013

Kickstarter.com...GULP...

Eating always helps to calm one's nerves
Today I did something that took me way out of my comfort zone; I submitted my book project (Sipping Chai in Chennai)  to a website called Kickstarter.com. It's a website that helps artists and authors raise funds for projects they believe in.

The project I believe in is my book called Sipping Chai in Chennai. I have a first draft of my manuscript and hope to have it published within the next year. However, and this is the big HOWEVER, I am going to self publish my book with Balboa Press (www.balboapress.com) and this takes some funding up front. www.Kickstarter.com is a way for authors to accept donations towards their various projects.

People interested in supporting the arts can scroll through a list of projects that need funding and make small or large donations to the costs of publishing a book or funding a documentary, for instance. The number of projects listed on Kickstarter.com is inspiring; all of these are wonderfully creative projects that people have spent hours of their lives developing. What is also a bit intimidating is that Kickstarter is an ALL or NOTHING endeavor. If you ask for $2,000 to self publish your book and raise only $1,000... then you get nothing... and the donors get their money back. So it is risky, but very fair to the donors.

But how much do you ask for? It cannot just be an arbitrary amount. I did a lot of research and tried to find the best company to assist me with self publishing my book based on my key topics - India, spirituality, and women. I spoke for the past six months with representatives from Balbao Press (a subsidiary of Hay House Publishing) and was impressed with what their self publishing packages included for $5,000. So, that is the amount I am trying to fund raise - $5,000.

It took me nearly three weeks to just complete the submission process to Kickstarter; there is the video they suggest you upload that is just you (me) talking about my book and why I feel it is important for the world to read it. Yikes. Talk about self promotion! It's not something I am terribly comfortable with, but I do feel that I have a story to tell. I spent this past weekend recording and re-recording myself alone in the back part of our house. I wouldn't even let my husband watch as he might have been shocked by some of the profanity uttered by his wife after getting a sentence wrong for the umpteenth time.

I will find out if Kickstarter.com thinks my book project is a worthy one in a few days.

In the meantime, here is a link to my youtube video where I talk about my book called Sipping Chai in Chennai. Thanks for checking it out!

Namaste~ Elizabeth

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