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Self-Publishing Through Crowd Funding

Self-Publishing Through Crowd Funding

[actionbox color="blue" icon="info"]Today, I welcome guest blogger Chery Anderson.  Chery is a Storyteller at heart, and as part of her quest to carry on the oral tradition of storytelling, she produces the Open Mic for the Spoken Word in Auburn, California.  Chery is also an active member of the Gold Country Writer’s a group with whom I recently had the honor of spending my morning.[/actionbox]

 

The Gold Country Writers of Auburn CaliforniaLet’s talk about money.  We’re all searching for that book How to Get Rich by Writing a Book about How to Get Rich.  Sometimes, it just comes down to asking for a little help from friends.

The Gold Country Writers, based in Auburn, California, have taken on a project to produce an anthology of members’ writing.  To realize our dream, we are fundraising using a social media campaign called Crowd Funding.

The Crowd Funding process has been standardized on dozens of Web Sites.  It allowed us to set up a project, interact with potential backers, and process donations.  It’s long been known that most giving is local.  In the last few years, the online funding for artistic pursuits accounts for more capitol raised than the money granted by the National Endowment for the Arts.

We are using a funding platform called Indiegogo.  We’ve set our goal at $1849 and wrote our pitch: Curl Up with a Good Dog and Read.  We’ve added perks for donations – contribute $49 and get a book titled Publish It Yourself, and a first edition signed copy of our anthology.  All contributors receive a color post card from the Gold Country of California with a note expressing our sincere thanks.

People are funding the project as a way to support local authors.  They will be rewarded when the project reaches the goal, and they each receive a book they believed in enough to invest their money.

We are not afraid to ask for help, and we are hoping every donor will spread the word to their friends about our project.  To learn more about The Gold Country Writer’s Anthology Project:

  • Go to http://www.indiegogo.com
  • Use the Search Box in the upper, right corner
  • Type in “Books are a man’s best friend”
  • Look for the cartoon of Groucho Marx

2 Comments

  1. I love the bookmark/share buttons at the end of your posts. Where can I get this for my wordpress.org site? And can I just put this on my blog without it showing up on all my website pages?
    Margaret Duarte recently posted..The BetweenMy Profile

  2. Hi Margaret!

    I’m glad you like those buttons! They add to the visual presentations while remaining functional.

    The plugin is called Shareaholic, and it’s free. You can, indeed, control the pages and posts the buttons show up on. (There is a global setting, and then each page and post will give you the option to enable or disable the sharing buttons.) You can also choose which buttons show–and there are a LOT of options.

    You can add this to your self-hosted Site via your dashboard and the “plugins” area. Just search for Sharaholic, and add it. (There will be two results. I use the one without the asterisk, but I don’t know that it matters.)

    I use the “SexyBookmarks” option, but there are several from which to choose.

    Happy Writing!
    Shawn

    Shawn Hansen recently posted..Write What You Know – NO!My Profile

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