I have been researching CreateSpace https://www.createspace.com/ so that I can fulfill the rewards for my proposed KickStarter Grant.
So you know some background, I wrote Happily After Ever between 2003 and 2004 when I was laid off from EDS (because they eliminated my position – that’s code for: “We gave your job to someone who could work for half of what we paid you because they live in a country where VOIP is subsidized by their government and the cost of living is cheaper “) my wife asked me what I wanted to do. I said write. So she thought that I would get it out of my system with the severance that they gave me for seven years of service by spending a few months writing. But instead I began writing 2000 words a day and got started on a novel. It took about a year.
Then after editing and rewriting it a couple of times, I put it away. Got another job, worked at that for two years, got my position eliminated again (This was due to the crash of 08) went to Goddard College, got my undergraduate degree (used the novel as APL [applied prior learning – see http://goddard.edu for more info] – receiving credit hours for my work), got another job, graduated, started my MFA and now I have lost that job. I am pulling the novel out of the drawer and polishing it up.
Kickstarter seems like a great way to fund this sort of project. Check them out if you haven’t already: http://www.kickstarter.com/.
Yes, CreateSpace is Amazon and yes, I understand what Amazon means to the book business – we can rant about that later. They were the ones that answered my questions first and fastest and since I am hoping NOT to self-publish this book, then they will do for now for what I need: Print on Demand and a way to create quick digital reader versions of the book.
Why am I doing all of this work if I do not want to self-publish?
Well, the way I look at it is that my KickStarter project is a promise. I promise to edit the book up to professional quality, and get it published and my backers promise to give me the money I need to accomplish this task (in return for certain rewards).
I can guarantee that I will do everything necessary to publish right up to the point where someone else makes the decision to take it on and actually publish it. Since I can’t guarantee someone else will go for it, then I need to have a contingency plan. Self publishing is plan B. I can make the hard cover and paperback copies I need for the limited edition rewards without a publishing agreement. This means that I will be able to fulfill my promise without someone elses ok. I feel confident about that.
Anyway, I have been reading all the support documentation from CreateSpace and KickStarter. I recommend it highly.
One article I found by digging on CreateSpace is Guide to Targeting an Audience By Maria Murnane. You can access it here: https://www.createspace.com/en/community/docs/DOC-1553 I opened an account, I do not know if you will need to, but it’s free.
After reading this I made a list and it was helpful for me. I suggest you do it too – even if you have not finished your novel. It can’t hurt to understand who you are writing for. I encourage comments. You can also “like” the Equalibrium Press Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/equalibriumpress – and keep in touch that way.
Are you someone who:
Enjoys magical realism?
Is looking for imaginative solutions?
Likes quirky characters?
Liked The Secret?
Liked What the Bleep do we know?
Wants to know the secret of manifesting your deepest dreams?
Is open to change?
Is open to seeing the world a little differently?
Enjoys urban fantasy?
Reads new age fiction?
Believes in miracles?
Likes dogs, even talking dogs?
Can accept that voices in your head don’t necessarily mean you are sick?
Can appreciate the writer’s life?
Appreciates creating an extended family?
Is a Baby boomer?
Believes that Invisible forces are at work?
Believes in wishes?
Believes in Empowerment?
Is interested in Intuition as a guiding force?
Sees spirit at work in common life?
Likes Wayne Dyer, Louse Hay or Deepak Chopra?
Believes in Healing?
Believes in the Ability to change your own life?
Is not afraid of a little course language?
Wants to be real?
Can handle a little sex?
Finds the humor in difficult situations?
Then you will love Happily After Ever