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What is crowd funding?

Unknown-1It’s getting easier all the time to publish your work thanks to digital technology. Not so long ago, if you wanted to publish a book you needed lots of cash to pay typesetters and printers. Now it’s possible to publish your book using word and print on demand.

If you want your book to be a little more professional though, it’s advisable to pay for a good editor and designer to make your book  worthy of being in a bookshop.

I see you throwing your hands in the air saying, ‘I have no time to write my book and now you’re telling me I need money to publish it?’

Yes, if you want people to respect your book you need to put some thought into it. The no time excuse is not valid. It’s a matter of prioritising it. But the money aspect can be a barrier. This is where crowd funding comes in.

Crowd funding is a fantastic way to raise small amounts of money for a project from a group of people. This is usually done via the internet. There are many crowd funding companies out there where you can set up your project and ask for different amounts of money (pledges) in exchange for different products. The beauty of this is that you are not just straight out asking for money. That would be more like a charity. You are in fact pre-selling something in a way and giving your supporters some ownership of it through fostering awareness of what you are doing.

People have funded so many different types of things from books, to inventions, music videos or even products. About a year ago a father and son set up a project with Indiegogo to fund their invention, asking for only $70,000 and raised $12,488,218 USD! Check out this link:


This is of course an extreme example. Most people are just wanting to raise a few thousand dollars and this is quite achievable if you are wanting help to publish your book. There are so few grants available these days thanks to cuts in the Arts sectors and even then your project might not fit those criteria anyway.

We have successfully funded three books recently, using Pozible. There are many other platforms out there but I chose Pozible because it was started by Australians and I found the platform very user friendly.

In my next blog, I will talk about what you need to create a successful campaign to reach the target needed to make your book a reality.


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Fear and Writing

Even the most seasoned writer can sit in front of a blank page paralysed by fear.

Can I match the success of my last book?

Who wants to read what I have to say?

I’m not that good a writer, my spelling and grammar are atrocious (that’s what editors are for).

Rational or not, this fear is real and can stop people from creating a story that they need to get out. It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a novel or a self-help book. Most don’t recognise the fear because it presents itself as excuses.

I don’t have time.

It’s a waste of my energy.

I don’t have the money.

It’s not a real occupation and is indulgent.

Then procrastination sets in.

The dishes need to be done.

Wow, look at my backyard, I’ll go mow the lawn.

I’ll just have a quick look at Facebook or Twitter, then get back to it.

I have writer’s block.

I don’t believe that writer’s block is a real thing. It’s an excuse because the writer is blocking him/herself because of these unacknowledged fears. You know how to fix that? Sit down and write!

The problem is that the writer wants to write the perfect thing straight away. They don’t want to have to write it then go over it again to make it good. Perfection is rare if not impossible with a first draft, no matter how much experience you have. And because perfection takes a lot of work, the excuses edge in again.

Fear is what stops so many people from writing anything at all, meaning that only a very small percentage of people who say they want to write a book actually do so. If you want to be in that small percentage it takes work. Here’s what you have to do:

  • Avoid procrastination
  • Don’t just talk about writing, actually do it.
  • Hang out with other writers
  • Be persistent
  • Don’t let the little voice in your head get loud
  • Have writing goals
  • Keep writing

seth-on-creative-fearFear is a normal human condition needed for survival. But writing a good or bad book isn’t going to affect our survival in the long-term. What’s the worst that can happen? You could write an average book with average acclaim. Or you could write a great book that is successful. Only the work you put in will determine the success. Even writing a bad book that no one really reads is not the end of the world (literally) but at least you’ve given it your best shot!


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