Since 2010, I've become interested in writing. As the years went by, writing was both a catharsis and an art for me to express the things going on in my mind and across the world. For a long time, I kept a lot of these to myself. There weren't many opportunities to share, but when I did, people were highly interested. Because of this, I longed to have a physical collection to be able to distribute or pull out of my back pack to give when someone wants to read.
This is why I looked into self-publishing my own works here at my school's Service Bureau. They have the resources for me to put together an official soft-covered, perfect bound book. I never imagined wanting this, but it just feels right.
If I could, I would print out as many copies as I could and give them away to everyone, but this isn't the case. I need funds in order to print out any copies in the first place. I need to be able to print out at least 10 copies so that the average price would be $17 per book. But in order to do this, this would mean buying 10 copies myself, which equals to $170, and that's not even considering if more than 10 people would like a copy. I can't afford to do this by myself. With your help in donations, if we meet the current goal, I will have enough money to print at least ten books. Should we surpass this goal, I will be able to print more copies, pay for shipping (if necessary), and even laminate the book for a nice, finished cover. There are other things that I might look into if I get enough funding such as ISBN numbers (for library purposes).
Currently, the book consists of 23 poems, 6 journal entries,11 prose pieces, and 10 stories (one of which is multigenre and includes elements of poetry, story, and play.) This is subject to change as I am in the process of curating and creating a cover. I will update when updates come (or if I realized I forgot to include something.)
Risks and challenges
There's a possibility I did my math wrong as I may have misinterpreted the Service Bureau's prices or may have just miscalculated, but I upped the goal slightly to make sure no one ends up without a copy just in case.
The Service Bureau has a rule where students can only print 50 books per run, so if more than 50 people decide they would like a physical copy, I would have to talk to the Service Bureau, or even have a second printing.
Shipping might get a bit expensive. I'll cover any fees that aren't covered by the funding (somehow.)
There is a possibility that I'll save my files incorrectly whether on InDesign or something else and it may delay the printing, or an unexpected error might occur at the Service Bureau. It normally takes one week to print after I make the request, but things happen.
If someone does donate $100 for the reading/performance perk, it might be difficult to schedule a date. I also cannot travel far on my own because I do not have a car, yet in Chicago, I do have public transportation. Of course, if anyone is generous enough to donate this much, there is no doubt that we can negotiate.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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