On Wednesday, October 1st, I begin my Pubslush campaign to raise money (I hope) to self-publish my first novel, THE CHANGELINGS. This is a first for me in every sense of the word, but I hope to do my best and learn from the experience.
What is Pubslush?
Pubslush is an online website that helps writers raise money for their projects. It works by crowdfunding: many friends and strangers pledge small donations that add up. In exchange, I offer prizes as small tokens of my appreciation.
When you pledge, you don't actually pay until my campaign has reached its minimum goal of $500. If I don't reach $500, you don't pay at all--because I don't get any money. :( Nor do you get prizes. Instead, we just shrug our shoulders, sigh, and go on with our lives.
Why do you need to fundraise?
I'm excited to be self-publishing my first novel, THE CHANGELINGS, which means I have more control over my work and get a higher percentage of royalties. Although technology has brought down the cost, it's still expensive. For example, did you know ISBNs (that little number/ barcode that identifies the book), cost either $125 for one or $300 for ten. It also cost money to register as your own press, pay for your own cover art and editing, and advertise the book. As a substitute teacher, money is tight, so I'm hoping fundraising will help offset some of the start-up costs to publishing.
What are the prizes and when do I get them?
For prizes I have signed bookmarks of THE CHANGELINGS ($5), a homemade hand-stamped card ($10), a Kindle version of my book ($25), set of 4 cards plus the Kindle version of the book ($50), and your name in the Acknowledgement Page of my book ($100). There may also be a bonus prize in the middle of the campaign--I'm still working it out.
Can I still help if I'm broke?
Yes. You can get the word out to anyone interested or become a fan of the project simply by clicking the orange flag. I'll be grateful for any and all support!
How to Contribute
Step 1: Create An Account
Go to pubslush.com and either sign in through Facebook or use your email and create a password. It should only take a minute. (Sidenote: Some browsers work better than others. Mozilla Firefox works well for me.)
Step 2: Find My Campaign
You can click on this link: https://pubslush.com/project/3347and it should pop up.
If that fails, hit the "Discover" button at the top of the page. You will see a magnifying glass icon and a search button. You can type in either my name: "Rebecca Lang" or my title: "THE CHANGELINGS" and it should pop up at the bottom of the screen. Press on it and you can go on your merry way.
Step 3: Pledge Your Support
You have two options here.
Option #1: You can hit the "Support this Project" button. Another screen will pop up. You can then hit the reward you want, pledging the amount listed, or type in a different amount you would like to donate. Please note, if you do not click on the reward button, you will not get the reward!
Option #2: You can scroll down and click on the reward you want. You will automatically pledge that amount and be registered for that reward.
Step 4: Send Me a Note
This is optional, but I'd love to hear from you.
Also, if there's a particular card you want (shown here), please let me know. Supplies are limited, but if you give me your top 3, I will do my best to accommodate you.
Step 5: Put in Credit Card Information
They'll ask you for name, card number, expiration, CVC, and billing zip code. Transactions are handled through a 3rd party and should be safe. You do have the option of canceling any time before the
Step 6: Tell Your Friends
Hopefully, together we can raise at least $500, so that I can keep the money and you can reap the rewards! :)
If you have any questions or run into any trouble, please email me at Reddragonfly1285@yahoo.com and let me know. I will do my best to answer them/ fix it.