I ran a kickstarter for Shadow Decade, my upcoming near-future science-fiction book series. Not to write it… it’s written… but to afford quality cover art.
Covers are important
Platitudes to the contrary, people judge books by their covers. That’s why covers exist… to attract readers looking for what you’ve got to offer. Buying a good cover is investing in your business.
I don’t have a lot of capital to invest — while I’ve been successful, I’m coming from nothing, so most of my income goes into basic living expenses… food, rent, bills. Whatever’s left goes right back into my books, but a good editor and quality covers can cost hundreds to thousands.
I’ve run cover-art kickstarters twice in the past, first for Bartleby and James, then for Iron Horses Can’t Be Broken. They did well, with Iron Horses funding to over 1000%. In exchange for their donations, readers can get advance copies, signed books, and other exclusives.
With Shadow Decade, I’m funding covers for the first three books in the series. How well did we do?
We funded all the way to the first stretch goal, which is impressive considering the series doesn’t have any fans yet. Our funding level buys a commissioned cover for book 1 and stock art compositions for books 2 and 3. We’ll also be adapting the first book, Shadow Decade, for Burning Brigid Media’s Synesthesia Theatre audio drama podcast.
Thanks so much
Thanks to those who have enough faith in my writing to support my foray into a new genre. For those of you who missed the funding window but want to check out the books, you can either sign up for my mailing list and get a heads up when the books go on sale over the next few months, or donate to my Patreon to get a free copy upon release.