We have big dreams and so do the authors we support. These are writers who have dedicated their lives to writing their novels, short story collections and poetry collections. These are phenomenal stories published by small presses that need to breathe and be released to the greatest amount of readers possible.
Crowd the Book will give these authors the exposure they deserve and readers a chance to get their books and join a community, a crowd, dedicated to experiencing the dreams of the author together.
Our readers will be supporting the literary presses that work non-stop to save modern literature, while getting an intimate, backstage pass to a new, inspiring author’s life and writing process. They’ll get direct access to each author through chat, video, intimate interviews and other new media throughout the author’s featured month. Then, they’ll get to experience a new dream and a new author the next and every month.
Help us support independent literature and small presses – one author, one press, one dream at a time.
We’ll use the funds you share with us to start this project by releasing our first books. We already have the presses and authors lined up. We just need a kickstart.
Who Will Be the First Author?
We’ll be announcing the first author on Kickstarter at the mid-point of this campaign. All we can tell you now is that the author is well-respected in literary circles and his/her book will blow you away!
Why Start Crowd the Book?
We’re writers and we know the challenges other writers face. The face of the publishing industry has changed drastically in the past two years and getting published by a big literary house is nearly impossible. It is probably not the best strategy for a new author anyways. The support system that once existed for emerging authors just doesn’t exist anymore at the big houses.
But it does at the small houses, the presses dedicated to taking risks and nurturing today’s great new voices. Small presses, however, face one great challenge – exposure. They do their best, but, ultimately, the sizes of their print runs are never as big as they should be and, in most cases, their authors don’t get the exposure they deserve.
Crowd the Book will give these authors access to more readers than they could ever otherwise imagine – overnight. Their presses will be able to comfortably order larger print runs, giving them discounts from their printers and revenue to afford to sign on more authors and more books.
The model of Crowd the Book is simple. The results will echo throughout the independent literary press community. Your support will help make this dream a reality.
Who Is Crowd the Book?
Crowd the Book is the brainchild of Vishal Khanna, a writer and entrepreneur based in Winston-Salem, NC. Vishal is a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and has published fiction and nonfiction across the web. He is currently developing for release his first novel and a collection of essays. Learn more at www.vishalkhanna.com.
Supporting Vishal is Christopher Luna, also a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School. Chris is a poet, artist, editor, publisher, and teacher. He is the host of Ghost Town Poetry, a popular open mic poetry series at Cover to Cover Books in Vancouver, WA. He is co-founder of Printed Matter Vancouver, a small press that also provides editing and coaching services to writers. He is also the editor of "The Work," a monthly poetry newsletter created to inform poets about events in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. Learn more at http://christopherluna-poetry.blogspot.com/.
Heading business development is Balint Gaspar, a seasoned small business veteran. Balint holds a Masters in Business Administration from Wake Forest University and has played an instrumental role in the successful launch and management of numerous web ventures.
Risks and challenges
Our greatest challenge is building up our subscriber base. The more subscribers we have, the greater the exposure we can provide to our authors. We have already set up the first few books and have buy-in from small presses throughout the country. Establishing a substantial subscriber base will help us sign on more presses and more authors. Your support will help us succeed!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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