Kickstarter for Books

If you’re familiar with Kickstarter, then you know exactly what I’m about to describe to you even before I do. Kickstarter is a crowdfunding site that allows people to pitch their project to potential backers who then decide if it’s worthy of backing. There are a number of similar sites out there.

Now there’s also Inkshares. Which is exactly the same concept, but exclusively for books. As an author you post snippets from your book on the site in an attempt to build up a following. Then ask them to help fund the project.

Two things immediately popped into my head when I read this. First, there are already so many crowdfunding sites out there that this is likely to get lost in the mix. Second, there are crowdpublishing sites run by major publishers that publish books based on ratings and reviews by readers. Readers don’t pay anything, they simply read a sample and leave feedback.

This site will likely be touted as a nice mix of traditional and self-publishing, but it isn’t. The editorial board will only edit the book if it reaches 750 backers or minimally if it reaches 250. I don’t see anything traditional about that.

I think authors would be better suited to try different platforms before this one. It just doesn’t sound like a winner to me.

Would you use Inkshares to potentially publish your book?

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Indies, Read This!

I normally don’t even say indie for self published authors because it seems like they’re trying to legitimize their work by avoiding “self published” author. Which is ridiculous because if you self publish then you self publish.

Anyway, now to the point of the post. One thing I was looking to do when I first self published two years ago was book signings. And I know the thought has crossed your mind if you’ve self published recently or are planning to.

I’m here to tell you that there is a place that has a nice customer base and will be happy to help you host an event. Obviously different locations are going to have their own guidelines and rules, but let me tell you about my Half Price Books. We have author signings most Saturdays. The authors set up near the door so everyone can see them. And the author leaves with 100 percent of what they make during their time in the store. There’s no fee or percentage taken by the store. AND most authors stay for three hours and the manager makes announcements every half hour or so telling customers who is at the front of the store and why.

How cool is that!? Half Price Books of course isn’t in every city or town. But there are more than 200 locations spread across the country, and I bet most have signings and guidelines similar to mine. So give your local store a call and see if you can get yourself in front of plenty of people who are already looking for books!