A curious meme is spreading through the world of books: crowdfunding.
Indie authors are flocking to sites that allow them to create fundraising pages for their book projects. It’s a beautiful and simple idea: have your readers fund your next book directly in exchange for intimate access to the process as well as exclusive goodies available at various pledge levels.
Kickstarter is the most recognizable platform.
Kickstarter’s premise is “a new way to fund and follow creativity.” According to them, “Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.”
Supporting indie authors isn’t their only mission. But it is a prominent inclusion, and authors are taking advantage of it. Frank Chimero is one such author. His book project, The Shape of Design, attracted 2,109 backers and earned $112,159 USD, crushing his pledge goal of $27,000 USD. Wow!