Young adult (YA) author Kate Milford has become the latest author to use Kickstarter to help fund a publishing project. Milford is almost halfway to the $6,500 she needs for a novella that would tie together her book The Boneshaker with its upcoming sequel The Broken Lands.
Milford aims to make the novella available in three formats: as an Espresso Book Machine book; as a Google Play ebook; and as a special edition pay-what-you-want book illustrated by ten teen readers. The money she raises will help to pay those who are collaborating on the book with her. And with more than a month left to go with the Kickstarter project, Milford looks set to raise the $6,500 she needs and potentially even more.
While it’s cheap and easy to upload a book to Amazon and Smashwords, authors like Milford who want to try something a little different face a number of challenges. By using Kickstarter, it’s possible to crowdsource funding for new book ideas, and there are plenty of examples of authors doing just that, with considerable success.