Self-Publishing Through Crowd Funding
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