If you haven’t heard of crowdfunding, maybe you’re heard of Kickstarter. Or Indiegogo, Pledgemusic, Posibile and others. Crowdfunding isn’t exactly a new idea. If you can trust Wikipedia on the subject
In 1884, the American Committee for the Statue of Liberty ran out of funds for the Statue’s pedestal. Newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer urged the American public to donate money toward the pedestal in his newspaperNew York World. Pulitzer raised over $100,000 in six months. More than 125,000 people contributed to the cause with most donations being $1 or less.
I’ve supported 15 crowdfunding projects. This is not my inner rebel, speaking out against the musical industrial complex, but a way for all of us as authors, writers, musicians, and producers to reach out and support the projects of our fellow creative souls. Those brave voices who step up to the microphone or word processor, cut open their hearts, and bleed.
It takes money to make art. And the big publishing houses and large recording labels only have so much, so they make choices. I don’t blame them. I make choices every day when I decide what to buy or not buy at Two Mile Ranch. We all get it, no harm, no foul.
Crowdfunding gives the artist another financial route. It’s not necessarily easier, or faster, or more successful, it’s just another route.
I’m doing a crowdfunding of my own over at Kickstarter. My second novel, Kolby Rae, is due in April, I’m very excited for you to meet the characters. When you visit the Kickstarter page, there is a silly promo video we shot on location at Two Mile, too. It lets you have a look around and see what mid-January looks like here.
The earrings on the cover
About the earrings: no they aren’t mine, but they can be yours. Part of a crowdfunding campaign is to give a reward to the awesome people who support your work. The Kolby Rae Kickstarter has some fun rewards:
- You can stay at Two Mile for a few days or a week
- You can get the e-book before it’s available to buy,
- You can name a character
- You can be in the book yourself. Yes, I will write you into the story.
- And the earrings, you can own the actual earrings we used to shoot the cover photo.
I hope you will check out the Kickstarter campaign and if you can support Kolby Rae, you got both my thank you and some cool rewards. And if you don’t mind, please share, retweet and tell your friends about this project.