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A Place for Indie Authors at the Tucson Festival of Books
A Place for Indie Authors at the Tucson Festival of Books
A Place for Indie Authors at the Tucson Festival of Books
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The Indie Chicks Project: Let's Get Independent Authors Some Festival Booth Time!

We're Lisa Caskey and Melissa Koberlein...and we're the Indie Chicks!

We believe in Indie Publishing...and helping Authors achieve Self-Publishing Success!

Lisa: We met at the Indie Author Pavilion at the Tucson Festival of Books in 2016; our 2-hour book-selling time-slots were back to back. 

Melissa approached me, we exchanged information, and briefly discussed sharing a booth at the festival the following year. 

Little did I know, it would be the first stepping stone to a flourishing partnership and friendship. 

Melissa: Aww, that's sweet. :)

A few months later we connected and decided to carry out our plan! We registered for a booth (I  🖤 YA), and began making our plans. 

We were so excited! The Indie Author Pavilion was a good start, but with an entire booth to ourselves for two whole days, we knew we could sell a lot more books and meet so many more fans!

Lisa: Fast-forward to the festival...

Boy were we spot on! Not only did the overall foot traffic and exposure to our books increase, our sales did too...by a whopping 400%.

Sounds great, right?

The problem is that these booth spaces are expensive and most Independent Authors simply can't afford them. When you add marketing and travel costs into the mix, it's hard to be profitable.

Melissa: It's difficult for independent, self-published authors to get adequate representation at book festivals. Most of these events are influenced and organized by traditional publishing houses, traditionally published authors, and/or bookstores stocking traditionally published books. 

The Tucson Festival of Books has done a wonderful job of helping Self-Published Authors get started. The Independent Author Pavilion is an incredible way for Indie Authors to get their feet wet experiencing a festival.

Lisa: But it simply isn't enough. The Pavilion only provides Indie Authors with booth space for 2 hours. How many books can you possibly sell in such a small amount of time?

Melissa: Introducing the Indie Chicks Project, an opportunity for Indies to sell more of their books and meet more of their fans at this year's upcoming Tucson Festival of Books.

Lisa: We are hoping to raise money to buy a bigger booth at this year's festival...and we want to share it, free of charge, with Self-Published Authors who want a little more than the Indie Author Pavilion (but who aren't quite ready to branch out on their own).

Melissa: Your support will directly help jumpstart the careers of Independent Authors! A bigger booth will allow us to give 16-32 authors an additional 2-4 hours of book selling and fan "face time".

Lisa: Our mission is to help Indie Authors achieve Publishing success! Your donation will give these authors the chance they need!

Melissa: Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to consider our Kickstarter Campaign! We, and Independent Authors everywhere, thank you!

Risks and challenges

Scheduling and space pose the biggest challenges - we want to ensure the Indie Authors we support receive adequate booth time! Lisa has experience with Operations and Logistics and will hone those skills to maximize the space and perfect the schedule.

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    Weekly Marketing Schedule

    Pledge $10 and receive a Weekly Marketing Schedule. This schedule will keep you organized and give you social media marketing and post ideas!

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    “Confessions of an Indie Author”

    “Confessions of an Indie Author”
    We love self-publishing! We’re currently writing a new book, and we want to give YOU a chance to read it before anyone else! The book is full of top-secret indie publishing tips we want our supporters to have access to first. We will send you an eBook copy as well as a signed, Advanced Reader Copy of “Confessions of an Indie Author”.
    Prize Includes: eBook and signed paperback Advanced Reader Copy of “Confessions of an Indie Author” (a $25 value)

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    eBooks, eBooks, eBooks!

    eBooks, eBooks, eBooks!
    Are you a fan of Young Adult Science Fiction? Do you know someone who is? We’ll send eBook copies of our books, The Farmed Trilogy and Fireflies Trilogy, to an email address of our choice.
    Prize Includes: eBook copies of The Farmed Trilogy (3 books) by Lisa Caskey AND Fireflies Trilogy (3 books) by Melissa Koberlein (a $40 value)

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    2-Hour Time Slot at the Tucson Festival

    2-Hour Indie Chicks Project Time Slot at the Tucson Festival of Books
    LIMITED: Do you want to guarantee you’ll have extra booth time at the Tucson Festival of Books? The majority of our Indie Chicks Project booth space will be given to Indie Authors on a first-come, first-serve basis. Select this prize to secure 2-hours of booth space. Space includes author signage and Indie Chicks Project marketing to promote your presence at the festival.
    Prize Includes: 1, 2-hour time slot in the Indie Chicks Project booth at the 2019 Tucson Festival of Books (a $50-dollar value)

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    4-Hour Time Slot at Tucson Festival

    4-Hour Indie Chicks Project Time Slot at the Tucson Festival of Books
    LIMITED: Do you want to guarantee you’ll have extra booth time at the Tucson Festival of Books? The majority of our Indie Chicks Project booth space will be given to Indie Authors on a first-come, first-serve basis. Select this prize to secure 4-hours of booth space. Space includes author signage and Indie Chicks Project marketing to promote your presence at the festival.
    Prize Includes: 1, 2-hour time slot in the Indie Chicks Project booth at the 2019 Tucson Festival of Books + Indie Chicks Marketing for festival (a $100-dollar value)

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    Signed Copies-The Farmed and Fireflies

    Signed Copies of The Farmed and Fireflies
    eBooks aren’t for everyone...we get that. We love our physical books just as much as their digital companions. If you’re a fan of Young Adult Science Fiction AND turning actual, physical pages (or know someone who does), this is the prize for you. We will send you signed paperback copies of The Farmed Trilogy (3 books) and Fireflies Trilogy (3 books).
    Prize Includes: Signed paperback copies of The Farmed Trilogy (3 books) and Fireflies Trilogy (3 books) (a $125 value)

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    Discounted Coaching w/The Indie Chicks

    Discounted Coaching with The Indie Chicks!
    Do you have a manuscript you want to publish? Or maybe you have an idea for a book and need a little help flushing it out? We will give you a discounted coaching session with BOTH The Indie Chicks, and help you achieve your writing and publishing goals.
    Prize Includes: One, 1-hour coaching session with BOTH The Indie Chicks (a $250 value)

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    Coffee w/The Indie Chicks!

    Coffee w/The Indie Chicks!
    EXTREMELY LIMITED: Do you want to pick our brain about your new book idea? Or do you need some help with self-publishing your written manuscript? We can help! Join us for coffee for a coffee date at the University of Arizona on Friday, March 1st, and we’ll help you achieve your publishing dreams!
    Prize Includes: Coffee + 60-minute Coaching Session with BOTH the Indie Chicks (a $300 value).

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    Guest Spot on The Indie Chicks Podcast

    Guest Spot on The Indie Chicks Podcast
    LIMITED: Want to be a guest on our self-publishing podcast? Tell us what’s on your publishing mind! If you have a book you’ve published, we’ll review it. If you have a book you want to publish, we’ll walk you through it.
    Prize Includes: Guest host on The Indie Chicks Podcast + 2 Amazon book reviews (one from Lisa and one from Melissa) OR 1 Indie Chicks Checklist (a $500 value)

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    Dinner and Coaching w/ The Indie Chicks

    Dinner and Coaching with the Indie Chicks
    EXTREMELY LIMITED: Want to join us for dinner? We cordially invite you to dinner on Friday, March 1st, in Downtown Tucson. Over our 2-hour dinner, we will discuss your self-publishing goals and challenges...and help you overcome your obstacles. We will also give you an Indie Chicks Checklist AND 2 Amazon Reviews, when your book is published.
    Prize Includes: Dinner + 2-hour coaching session with BOTH the Indie Chicks + Indie Chicks Checklist + 2 Amazon Reviews (a $1000 value)

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    Do-It-Yourself Publishing w/Indie Chicks

    Do-It-Yourself Publishing with the Indie Chicks!
    LIMITED: This is a PERFECT prize for new authors who want to learn the self-publishing process! We will give you 20 hours of hands-on coaching sessions and walk you through each step of the publication process, from start to finish. We will help you find and manage editors and designers and help you get your book published. We will also include an Indie Chicks Checklist and 2 Amazon Reviews when your book is published.
    Prize Includes: 20 hours of coaching with the Indie Chicks + Indie Chicks Checklist + 2 Amazon Reviews (a $2,500 value)

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    Hands-Free Publishing w/The Indie Chicks

    Hands-Free Publishing with the Indie Chicks!
    EXTREMELY LIMITED: Be an Angel Donor AND get your book published at the same time! We want to provide authors with the tools to publish books themselves, but we understand that some of you would rather ask someone else to publish the book for you. We will take your manuscript and get it published. We will manage 1 developmental and/or copy edit, 1 proofread, 2 cover design options, ISBN/Barcode management, and your Amazon eBook and paperback listings. Give us your completed manuscript, you’ll keep all the rights, and we’ll get it published in as little as 3-months. We’ll also include 2 Amazon Reviews.
    Prize Includes: 1 Professionally Published eBook + 1 Professionally Published Paperback + 2 Amazon Reviews (a $7,500 value)

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