Welcome! Whether you’re writing a book, sketching a zine, opening a bookstore, launching a podcast, publishing a magazine, or something totally original, Kickstarter Publishing is a place where you can find supporters to cheer you on along the way.
Here are some of the best resources and guides to help make your plan, tell your story, spread the word, and rally friends and fans (old and new!) around your project.
You can do this. We can’t wait to see what you’re working on.
- As a first step, make sure to check out our Publishing Resources page.
- Next, we recommend taking a look at our Creator Handbook.
- These writers and publishers share their tips on preparing for your project, creating a video, planning your rewards, anticipating hidden costs, engaging your community, and telling your story to the press.
- Check out this guide on how to write a book proposal by Joanna Ebenstein.
- Margot Atwell, our Head of Publishing, shares some advice for running a poetry project on Kickstarter. The Creative Independent also shares how to write a poem, and some tips for entering the poetry community.
- Writer and publisher, Stephanie LaCava, talks with our friends at TCI about starting your own small press.
- Check out this creator-to-creator conversation between the publisher of Niggli and the founder of Beehive Books.
- Simon Goode and Ira Yonemura of the London Centre for Book Arts discuss why they decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign after years of being entirely self-funded.
- Take a look at some of the most extravagantly imagined book projects on Kickstarter.
- Interested to learn how creators budget their project? Margot Atwell shares the costs behind her 2014 publishing project.
- Sesame Street launched their first project on Kickstarter with the aim of teaching parents and children about autism in an effort to prevent bullying in schools.
- Author David Katzman shares his 10 tips for running a project on Kickstarter.
- Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli used Kickstarter to build an empire that celebrates the stories of inspiring women in kid-friendly formats.
- In 2016, we reached the milestone of $100 million pledged to projects within the Publishing category.
- Don’t forget to check out our Publishing Blog for more great tips.
- And finally, I Am Hexed comic creator, Kirsten Thompson, shares the 10 emotional stages of launching a Kickstarter campaign.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, take a look at the Publishing Explore page. We’ve also shared some of our favorite projects below:
- Twenty Stories is LA’s first mobile bookstore, operated out of a renovated vintage van. It’s founders, writers Emory Harkins and Alexa Trembly, aim to grow the literary community in and around LA by showcasing literature in new spaces.
- Sabina Radeva took to Kickstarter to create a picture book adaptation of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, to help explain his theory in an engaging and accessible style.
- Brooklyn Deep is a digital journalism platform that, through a combination of civic journalism and community storytelling, empowers the people of Central Brooklyn to tell their own story.
- “Like poetry itself, Oceanic is a love song, to the earth and its inhabitants.” Copper Canyon Press helped bring Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s fourth collection of poetry to life.
- ìrìn journal is a bi-annual independent print magazine exploring African culture through travel, people and community. Each issue focuses on a different city in Africa, starting with Lagos, Team ìrìn’s home.
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