Sunday, March 18, 2012

How to use Kickstarter to fund your Indie Book Project

Guestpost on Indie Author News from Author Kahlen Aymes about "How to use Kickstarter to fund your Indie Book Project." Kahlen Aymes has set up her own Kickstarter Project to fund her book project: "The Future of Our Past" (Book 1 of The Remembrance Trilogy)



There is a wonderful new way to gain exposure and help fund your indie writing projects! Kickstarter is a web site that is set up for writers, film makers, artists, musicians, publishing platforms, etc... to garner funding in the form of pledges so that you can launch your career in the arts!

I'm releasing my debut novel, The Future of Our Past in the next couple of weeks and my sister suggested this site to me after she pledged for a cookbook author in the St. Louis area.  It's a brilliant concept that makes it possible to reach your goals and dreams!  


The site encourages people to pledge in return for a series of "rewards".  You determine the amount of the pledges, what reward to assign each of them, the time line of your project and the goal amount. Rewards can and should be the actual thing you want to launch!  In my case, I've offered signed copies of my book, ePub versions, merchandise, and personal interaction with me via telephone and Skype! 

Kickstarter does keep a small percentage of the total and Amazon charges a very small fee to process the credit card pledges, so when you set up your rewards, make sure to include any money you'll need to fulfill the rewards, plus shipping and these fees!

Make it compelling!  Add a video about your project, your personal bio and what you're going to use the funds to accomplish. Give potential backers a taste of what makes you and your project special!  

The greatest thing about this is that there is no risk to the people backing your project!  If your funding goal isn't met by the deadline you set, then none of your backers are charged for their pledge. It's an all or nothing proposition.

This is an incredible platform and opportunity, so take a flying leap and trust!  I did!

- Kahlen Aymes


About Kahlen Aymes' Kickstarter Project


By March 18, so far 56 Backers have pledged an amount of $3,907 towards the project goal of  $5,000. //
Now 57 Backers - $4,000 (03/18) //
Now 59 Backers - $4,100 (03/18) //  
Now 60 Backers - $4,115 (03/18) //
Now 61 Backers - $4,175 (03/19) //
Now 62 Backers - $4,200 (03/19) //
Now 65 Backers - $4,310 (03/20) //
Now 66 Backers - $4,335 (03/21) //
Now 69 Backers - $5,085 (03/22) // GOAL REACHED ! - Project will be funded.
Now 70 Backers - $5,100 (03/22) //
Now 71 Backers - $5,130 (03/22) //
Now 72 Backers - $5,135 (03/22) //
Now 73 Backers - $5,210 (03/22) //
Now 75 Backers - $5,320 (03/23) //
Now 76 Backers - $5,495 (03/23) //  Final Project funding - Pledge Time ended.


Thank you to all Backers !

Pledges can be made as low as $1 and as high as $750 in 10 different amounts. The Project will only be funded if the goal has been reached by the end of the defined "pledge-timeframe" which ends on Friday, March 23 - 6:58pm EDT

Have a look at Kahlen's Kickstarter Project here >>> Kickstarter Project for The Future of Our Past



About the Book

Julia Abbot and Ryan Matthews had been inseparable best friends since the moment they met.  Each of them fight an internal battle, unwilling to risk their incredible friendship, yet unable to quell their deep longing for the other.  On the verge of Ryan’s departure to Harvard Medical School and Julia’s for her new job on the opposite coast, they are forced to face the undeniable truth of their deeper feelings and find themselves enthralled in a passion like neither has ever known.


The lovers are faced with forced separation, great distances and other people who try to sabotage their relationship as both of them work to build the shared future they both dream of.  When their lives begin to finally gel, Julia is offered a opportunity that will jettison her career to new heights.  Ryan is left angry and bereft as it will only postpone their reunion for another year.  In light the sacrifices she has made for him, he can hardly deny her, but something happens to completely change the course of their future.  Will Julia choose the chance of a lifetime or the love of her life?

Kahlen Aymes about Kahlen Aymes

"I'm a single mother who grew up and was educated in the Midwestern United States and began writing to network for a business venture. Imagine my shock when I fell in love with my characters and they wouldn't shut up in my head! When readers began accumulating on my writing blog and leaving breathtaking reviews, it became a driving force and focus in my life.

My rock-star daughter is currently writing a YA book of her own! I'm extremely eclectic when it comes to the fine arts...I love literature, theater, film, dance, art. I adore cooking and entertaining for my friends and family....oh, and did I mention I stay up all night, putting words on a page?"



Links to the Author and the Project

Link to Kahlen Aymes Kickstarter Project for The Future of Our Past

Connect with Kahlen Ayres via Twitter: @Oliviamk1218

Link to Kahlen Aymes Blog-Site



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