I launched a project to fund my research on a historical novel with a crowdfunding site and it failed. Specifically, what lured me into trying crowdfunding on the site I chose was a podcast interview with one of the founders where she stated that artists are finding backers for their creative projects on their platform, and that 60% of the backers come from within the crowdfunding community itself. Hence, with the thought that I might find a community of like-minded artists, trying to fund projects, who would back the research for my next novel, I gave it a try. Nothing is failure if it is a learning experience and hopefully you can take away some tidbits of advice before you spend a lot of time and effort on your own crowdfunding campaign.
I’ll start with the positive aspects of my experience.
Now the Negatives:
In the end, I decided to scale back my research project. Instead of heading out west, my setting will be in the Smoky Mountains National Park where the Civilian Conservation Corps set up some of the first camps. I plan to travel there in a few weeks when the wildflowers are blooming and forget about any failures. I’m writing my novel.
If you’ve had an experience with a crowdfunding site for your publication project, I’d love to hear about it! Contact me.
Sheila Myers is an Associate Professor at a small college in Upstate NY. She enjoys writing, swimming in lakes, and walking in nature. Not always in that order.