Today is the final installment in my five-part series on why I decided to crowdfund my next picture book through Kickstarter with a HYBRID (not self, not traditional) publishing model. Today’s topic is demonstrating demand.

Crowdfunding gives an author a chance to determine whether or not there is enough demand for his/her book (and/or whether or not they have a large enough platform to support it). Here is a short video with my thoughts on why this is a good thing (in spite of my grimace!).

Thank you so much to everyone who followed along with me this week!

I expect to launch the actual fundraising part of this experiment in early November. Stay tuned for that and make sure you sign up for my mailing list if you want to keep up with my progress from now on. You’ll even get a free ebook on Submissions if you do! 🙂

Also, don’t miss the previous posts in this series!

Monday, Why Crowdfunding Part I

Tuesday: Why Crowdfunding Part II: Creative Control

Wednesday, Why Crowdfunding Part III: Experiment with New Publishing Models, Teach and Share with Fellow Writers

Thursday, Why Crowdfunding Part IV: Timing

Friday, Why Crowdfunding Part V: Demonstrating Demand PRIOR TO Publication  (This Post!)

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  1. oops! just realized you aren’t launching on kickstarter yet. I’ll stay tuned!

  2. Good luck with your project, Julie. I’m sure that with your high visibility you already have a leg up on getting the support you need. From what I’ve seen of the artwork, it’s going to be beautiful. I don’t know about the story yet, but I love the title and I’m sure you will give everyone a good idea about it in your trailer. I’ll look forward to seeing that and the progress you make toward your goal.

  3. Julie, I have enjoyed your posts this week. Yesterday I reviewed a PPBF book “The Invisible Boy,” by Trudy Ludwig. She’s published more than 7 picture books dealing with bullying. Last summer I received an e-mail from her about a new book she was publishing and she referrenced “Kickstarter.” I sent her an e-mail and asked her about her experience, and was it crowdfunding. I mentioned I had a friend (didn’t mention your name) who was crowdfunding her next book. She wrote me a lengthy e-mail about her experience I would be happy to share it with you. She also said that she’d be happy to speak with you by phone, if you were interested. She gave me her number. Let me know if you have an interest (you should see my e-mail address) and I’ll forward her e-mail to you. Her book is due out in April. Just thought I’d let you know. — Pat

  4. Julie, this is very exciting, clearly presented and planned, and courageous! I’ll be watching with great interest and cheering you on! You go, girl.

  5. What an end. I like your brave face. 🙂 GO YOU! 😀

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