ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Use Crowdfunding to Publish Your Next Book

Updated on November 24, 2016

Crowdfunded writing projects coupled with self-publishing can produce a successful first start without the risk. Learn how to publish for free and get your book or manual to market faster.

Crowdfunding your first book or manual with the help of others just may be the jump start you need.
Crowdfunding your first book or manual with the help of others just may be the jump start you need. | Source

Crowdfunding: Worth Looking At

Crowdfunding is well worth considering when you feel the time has come to put to print your first book or manual. It is not necessarily the way to go in future publishing but it is, perhaps, a great way to ‘test’ the waters without risk or financial investment. So, done correctly, Crowdfunding coupled with self-publishing ends up being a profitable venture, right from the start.

For example, let’s say you have composed a collection of writings, whether it is a series of short stories, self help guides, a historical compilation, or an emotional composition piece worthy of publication and distribution to like-minded people. How can you take the next step? Crowdfunding may be worth pursuing or at least considering. This guide will give you an overview and the steps involved to venture out and ‘take the leap’.

What Is Crowdfunding?

If you are not already familiar with the term ‘Crowdfunding’, it is very simply a way in which to pitch your idea along with what you need to make it happen. The ‘need’ is usually a financial contribution from others who believe in your concept, want to see it come to fruition, and are willing to help in return for a payback or reward of some kind. In the case of publishing your writing, the reward may be a ‘first’ copy or other tangible or notable reward. In essence, you are pre selling your book and using the funds raised to publish it.

How Crowdfunding Flows

Four Basic Steps to Successfully Crowdfunding Your Project
Four Basic Steps to Successfully Crowdfunding Your Project

Kickstarter Crowdfunding is the leading Crowdfunding platform for writers is the leading Crowdfunding platform for writers | Source

Where to Start

There are a handful of internet sites that are solely dedicated to Crowdfunding. The biggest and most successful is In return for their services and by using their well established platform in which to present your venture, they get 5% of any money you successfully raise. For example, If you raise $5,000, they keep $250 and you get $4,750 to publish your book and fulfill the rewards you promised to your investors.

The key word here, of course, is “successfully”. If you don’t raise the amount of money you need, neither you, nor Kickstarter, or your investors make or loose any money.

World's Top Fundraising Platform

For a great experience visit Be warned, it is addictive...

Components of a Writing a Crowdfunding Presentation

Kickstarter provides a wide range of help including "getting started" support. After all, they want you to succeed...they don't make money if you don't. The most common components of your presentation and format to attract potential investors are:

  1. Make a simple video talking about your project
  2. Determine how much money you need to complete it and how you will spend the money
  3. Offer rewards for people who are willing to invest
  4. Present a sample of your work and describe what the final product will be

Does it Really Work?

Kickstarter provides the results of both successful projects and unsuccessful projects. It is good to explore both before formulating your approach. Evaluate the why and why nots. If you can figure out the reasons why some worked and can focus on their technique then follow suit. The same applies to the projects that were reverse. Again, I encourage you to explore for yourself but to get you started; here are two recently funded projects that have worked:

Two examples of successful projects
Two examples of successful projects

Two Examples

The two examples above are a screenshot of two current book projects as of this writing. Both esily will hit their goals. As soon as the deadline has passed, they will instanly receive their funding ( less the 5% fee Kickstarter charges) directly into their Paypal or Checking account and then are free to move on to the next phase--publishing and sending the rewards.

Success Rate

The success rate of writing projects on Kickstarter is just about 70% funded and about 30% not funded
The success rate of writing projects on Kickstarter is just about 70% funded and about 30% not funded | Source

After you get the funding

Once you have opened and explored some of the successes at Kickstarter, chances are, you won’t need to read this article much further. The object here is to simply expose you to the idea. But please, do read on…there are some other important things to consider.

The Suitcase Entrepenuer

The video below is one of the best! The "Suitcase Entrepreneur" discusses both using Crowdfunding to promote and finance your book and, self publishing. Well worth watching

Great Video about Crowdfunding

SUCCESS! You raised the what?

These days, self publishing has become better and easier then ever before. It is necessary to explore and know how much your book will cost before you publish. The great thing is, you can do everything online and get a quote within minutes. The things you will need to know are as follows:

  1. What dimensional size do you want your book to be?
  2. How many pages are there?
  3. Do you want a hard back with dust jacket or paperback or other binding?
  4. What quality of paper do you want?
  5. How many copies do you want for your first run?
  6. Do you need a ISBN number?
  7. Do you want a proof copy?

The online quote system will guide you through each of these steps and will allow you to try different options to get the final product you are looking for. Once you have this number, you want to consider shipping cost including packaging. After that, you're ready to determine your true cost and will have the goal amount needed to bring this project to fruition.

Here is one great source that has an easy to use automatic quote system:

Instant Publisher is just one of the many quality publishers. Shop around and test several before making your final decision.

Self Publishing...cheaper than you think

Self publishing requires you to be the author, the editor, and in some cases, the graphic artist. But, on the other hand, as a writer, you've already have done that! Self publishers have become expert at doing what they do best and provide the vehicle for you to do what you do best...write.

One of the most attractive reasons for self publishing is the fact that you can do "small" test runs and still achieve a professional very saleable result. The cost of self publishing has actually gone down making it even more attractive. Self publishing puts you in control. Couple self publishing with Crowdfunding and you've got a winner.

Five Star of the best

Crowdfunding Book Review

The Next Big Thing

Gary Spirer takes Crowdfunding to the next level. He reveals a wealth of secrets using Crowdfunding and goes into detail on how to make the most out of sites like Kickstarter. Gary delves deep into all of the aspects using a seven step process. His aim is to promote the "small guy" and works his magic by providing solutions to guaranteeing your success. He also expands the process by not only showing you how to use a Crowdfunding site, but how to push it even further by using social networking and driving your target market to your product. Great investment with easy to understand step by step how to format.

Is Crowdfunding Right for You?

Have you ever used or considered using Crowdfunding to promote your book?

See results

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)