Great Escapes – Kickstarter

Today, I’d like to welcome Chrissey Harrison to my blog. Chrissey is a writer and editor and has put together an incredible list of talent in one anthology, which she’s here to talk to everyone about. The floor is all yours, Chrissey.

Hi Steve, thanks for the warm welcome.

Crowdfunding is the hot topic at the moment. Rather than relying on a single investor, a bank loan or tapping out your savings to produce your book, comic, film or whatever, why not get your fans to fund you? The idea is really taking off and at The Great Escape , we decided to give it a go by raising funds on Kickstarter for our first anthology: Great Escapes | Volume 1

About Great Escapes | Volume 1

A collection of fiction, of all shapes and sizes, with the power to transport you to another time and place. From creepy horror to sweet romance, this first anthology of Great Escapes is just the thing to help you escape reality for a few moments at a time.

The book brings together all of the fiction showcased on The Great Escape during our first year, along with new contributions from new authors, gorgeous illustrations by artist Kat Wilson and cover photography by Jeff Waye.

This is going to be the first of many yearly anthologies, or fiction annuals as I like to think of them.

A piece of the very talented Kat Wilson's art

A piece of the very talented Kat Wilson’s art

Why Raise Funds?

Self-publishing in eBook form has truly revolutionised the publishing industry because of the lack of overheads; you don’t have to invest large sums up front and you don’t end up with your investment tied up in stock waiting to be sold. However, we wanted to do more than release an eBook, we wanted to offer the contributors the chance to appear in a printed book, and to do that we needed a certain number of pre-orders to finance a print run. Kickstarter provided us with a platform for gathering those pre-orders.

What About Print on Demand?

It’s true that print on demand has enabled a lot of self-published authors to offer print versions. However, even compared to a short digital print run of 100 copies, the cost per unit is significantly higher. I wanted the opportunity to offer the contributors royalties from the book profits, and the high production cost of POD wouldn’t have allowed for that. By going for a print run, I can split approximately half of the book’s cover price between the contributors.

Our Kickstarter Project

Initially we wanted to keep the Kickstarter project simple, but we had such a positive initial response that we decided to add further rewards including numbered limited edition hardbacks, original artwork from illustrator Kat and my personal favourite, the “Round the World Book Tour” (which is still up for grabs as I write this).

While we’ve already hit our funding target, the more pre-orders we receive, the more we can do to ensure the book is a success, and some of the rewards will only be available through Kickstarter. The campaign ends on 5th December, so there’s still time to make a pledge and pre-order a copy. Make sure you check out the Kickstarter Project page  and the project updates.

An Invitation to Writers

Would you like your work to be part of Great Escapes | Volume 2 in 2013? We’d love to hear from you! Check out our submissions page  or contact us with any questions.

Thanks again to Steve for hosting this post. I hope you’ll check out the book and, if anyone would like to ask questions or share their opinions on crowdfunding for publishing projects, feel free to drop me an email at The Great Escape. We also have a discussion thread on our forum or you can find us on Twitter or Facebook.

Posted on December 3, 2012, in Annoucement, Writing and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Kickstarter is the first publishing fundraising project I’ve heard of. It makes total sense. Congratulations on the project and best of luck with the annuals.

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