Yes, it’s true. I have taken the crowdsourcing plunge in an effort to make self-publishing work, spread the word about my books, and to bring both trilogies to a triumphant close.
I mean, sure, on the surface, it looks like publishing an e-book is simple. You don’t have to *technically* pay for editors, artwork, or publishing fees. You just feed your self-edited and self-formatted manuscript in along with some Photoshop art and BAM! Instant gratification.
The truth that any serious writer knows is that it is far from easy and it is far from free. E-books especially, but all books really, live or die on their cover art to catch people into shelling out the money in the first place. A writer is his/her own worst editor … the human mind is easy to cover gaps or unscramble typos when that mind knows what the intention is. Other than some moments of front page coverage on the various e-book sites as you come into stock, they themselves do little to no advertising for you. From genesis to publication, it all rests on the author’s shoulders.
What that means is that, while indie publication has certainly come a long way in accessibility and cost than it has in the past, it’s still a difficult, risky, and, at times, pricey proposition. Hence, Kickstarter.
I would ask all of you that follow this blog to check it out. If you have the ability to do so and like my work, please contribute what you can. If you like my work but can’t afford to contribute, please spread the word to those who might.