Thanks for asking! Here's more than you even thought you wanted to know:
- Approximately $2,000 will go towards printing 3,000 copies on FSC certified, recycled content paper at a book printer in Illinois. This estimate includes freight to my home office in Portland, Oregon. [UPDATE: Paper prices are going up; the total printer and freight bill will be more like $2,800. This will not affect the rest of the budget as outlined here, just sharing for your interest.]
- Postage for shipping rewards to backers -- this really depends on the number of backers, and the number of you who live outside the US. I typically spend between $300 and $1,000.
- Kickstarter and Amazon fees are 10% of the total amount the project earns; in this case $350 if the project is funded at its minimum.
- About $100 to $200 on envelopes and tape. (I buy these from a major office supply distributor, though this time I will not go with the one I've been using since it recently came out that they've been funding homophobic initiatives.)
- Other rewards: This varies wildly. In the case of this project, where other rewards are mostly things I've already published, the cost matters more on paper than in dollar amounts in the project.
- Paying contributors! I have about $700 budgeted in to make sure everyone is paid for their work. Any amount raised over the $3,500 goal will be split among contributors.
As you can see, this all adds up to possibly a bit less but probably quite a bit more than the actual project cost. That's ok. These are estimates. Up front expenses not covered by the project should be taken care of by initial wholesale orders of the book when it's released, and its sales on my website in the first few months. Publishing is a long game, and I'm deeply thankful to all of you for making it possible to do it this way.