#THELEFTOVERBRIDE, kickstarter

Three reasons I’m running a Kickstarter campaign…

Three reasons I am giving Kickstarter a try for my upcoming audiobook…

Full disclosure: the campaign is still ongoing and is currently funded at 30% … So, not sure if I’ll be successful with it or not. And this post is both aimed to be informative and to maybe also spur a few of you to back this project.

Communication is key, right?

You can’t back a project you don’t know about. And transparency is important. Can you tell I used to work as a press officer?

If you don’t know, on Kickstarter, you can pledge amounts for rewards (or just because you want to support a project). The creator is the one coming up with the rewards. Your pledge is only debited if the full project is funded.

So, for this project, the rewards range from: a digital postcard, to talking to me about self-publishing, an early copy of the audiobook, your name in the credits, choosing a name in an upcoming novel/novella, signed copies and so much more… Backers support a creative process. You basically become a “patron of the arts”.

Here are the three reasons I am giving Kickstarter a try this time around.

  1. The Kickstarter can serve as a pre-order for the audiobook. All rewards backers can choose (except the $1 reward) include the audiobook. It’s a win-win for listeners since they receive the audiobook ahead of publication (all they have to do is download an app to listen to it) and it is cheaper than it will be after publication. For me, that means that I receive almost the entire price of the audiobook instead of a much lower royalty when a listener purchases it online and can then use the project funding to compensate my narrator…
  2. I want to distribute the audiobook to libraries. To do so, I cannot have the book exclusive to audible. That means I cannot do a so-called royalty-share plus agreement via ACX with my narrator. This also means I need to compensate my wonderful narrator a higher price per finished hour. Trust me, narrating, mastering and editing an audiobook is a very demanding job. You not only have to be a talented narrator; you also need to be tech savvy and have the needed software.
  3. Financing the project via Kickstarter enables me to not put money up-front—except to run a very low-budget ad. This allows me to use parts of my budget for other projects. Being a self-published author means I remunerate an editor, a copy editor for my books. I have software costs and marketing costs. I also have an ad budget and a translation budget. In addition, if you sell books on certain retailers, you only get paid for those sales about two months later. Financing the audiobook via Kickstarter might enable me to realize other projects during 2022, such as more bilingual books.

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Ep. 60 – Writing process, the writing craft and advice from TikTok (Thank you so much!)… A self-published author's diary

Today, I give you an update on my social media marketing, how writing for Kindle Vella is helping me not only keep a schedule but also going back to my Margie Lawson's lecture packet on deep editing. I also share writing advice writers would give someone who's just starting.  Mentioned in this episode: TikTok video asking writers for advice they would give someone who's just starting. Margie Lawson's lecture packets (Deep Editing, Rhetorical Devices, and More & Visceral Rules: Beyond Hammering Hearts) : https://www.margielawson.com/lecture-packets/ Save the Cat Writes A Novel by Jessica Brody: https://www.jessicabrody.com/books/non-fiction/save-cat-writes-novel/about/ Gwen Hayes Scrivener Template: http://gwenhayes.com/free-stuff/ – Jami Gold also has an excel template: https://jamigold.com/for-writers/worksheets-for-writers/#Romance-Beat-Sheet Libby Hawker's Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing. (Not mentioned but should have been :-)): Jami Gold – Calling all Scrivener using over achievers… https://jamigold.com/2018/01/calling-all-scrivener-using-over-achievers/ L. Penelope's podcast: https://lpenelope.com/podcast/ Ways to help Ukraine: A few ways to help Ukrainians:  https://snyder.substack.com/p/a-few-ways-to-help-ukrainians?utm_source=url&fbclid=IwAR1tRHYwpS0z9XOtaMafpVuequlTEuRKcs74bEEpeCUAXHtPOardfnQe15k     List of charities to support Ukraine by subject: https://www.reddit.com/r/ukraine/comments/s6g5un/want_to_support_ukraine_heres_a_list_of_charities/    If you're in Germany: https://zez.am/act.now.by.klitschko   If you're in France: https://parrainage.refugies.info/ Ukraine Media Crisis Center How To Help: https://uacrisis.org/en/help-ukraine As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)   Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary     Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com    I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support

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Kickstarter: Did you know that…

Keeping it short. 🙂 The Kickstarter is now at 18% funded. Yes, 18%! And we have 11 days to go. Let’s do this. (The Kickstarter only gets funded and funds only get debited if it’s fully funded).

If you are planning to purchase #TheLeftoverBride audiobook:

  1. It will be cheaper to pledge the $10 reward than to purchase it later;
  2. You will be one of the first listeners to receive it;
  3. It will be delivered electronically;
  4. You can pledge from anywhere and receive it in your inbox.

Thank you!!!

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Ep. 62 – The ups and downs of self-publishing (including the words every romance author wants to hear…) A self-published author's diary

Within a few days, I had a few self-publishing ups and downs, including: hearing the words every romance wants to hear (during a pretty stressful day), losing a crown on one of my Vella stories, fangirling over Eloisa James and regaining a crown on said Vella story. Today I also talk about my dream of having Fear Me, Fear Me Not adapated for Lifetime or Netflix… And I have my first voicemail!!!!  Mentioned in this episode: Los Angeles Times – Meet 8 industry players behind Hollywood’s book adaptation boom: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2021-02-11/meet-8-players-connecting-amanda-gorman-other-writers-to-hollywood Lifetime submitting script: https://support.mylifetime.com/hc/en-us/articles/216240478-Where-can-I-send-a-script-or-story-idea-that-I-would-like-to-submit- Happy Self-Publishing Moments on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@aselfpubbedauthorsdiary/video/7093148769214172462?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1&lang=en Leave me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Ways to help Ukraine: A few ways to help Ukrainians:  https://snyder.substack.com/p/a-few-ways-to-help-ukrainians?utm_source=url&fbclid=IwAR1tRHYwpS0z9XOtaMafpVuequlTEuRKcs74bEEpeCUAXHtPOardfnQe15k  List of charities to support Ukraine by subject: https://www.reddit.com/r/ukraine/comments/s6g5un/want_to_support_ukraine_heres_a_list_of_charities/  If you're in Germany: https://zez.am/act.now.by.klitschko  If you're in France: https://parrainage.refugies.info/  Ukraine Media Crisis Center How To Help: https://uacrisis.org/en/help-ukraine As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)  Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary  Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com  I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
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Help me fund my kickstarter and become a patron of the arts :-)

The short story in three sentences:

  1. I launched a kickstarter for the production of #TheLeftoverBride audiobook.
  2. And I offer rewards in exchange for your pledge to fund said-production (rewards include: an early electronic copy of the audiobook, your name in the credits, pick a name for a character, more audiobooks, chat with me about self-publishing and so so much more…).
  3. The project will only be funded if it reaches its goal and you can choose your reward (they start at $1 or even pledge whatever you’d like without a reward here).

The longer story:

“Patron of the arts” does sound good and this is basically what you’ll be doing by helping me fund my kickstarter for #TheLeftoverBride audiobook.

As per Wikipedia:

People who back Kickstarter projects are offered tangible rewards or experiences in exchange for their pledges. This model traces its roots to subscription model of arts patronage, where artists would go directly to their audiences to fund their work.

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Closed caption:  My story? I was born in 1981 … Oh no, not my story but the story of this project…Oh, okay, Keep reading…

There we go. 

#TheLeftoverBride is a book I wrote not long after my autologous stem cell transplant as I needed a novel I could concentrate on that would make me smile. And a book that I hoped would make people smile.

This is the dedication of the book:

#The Leftover Bride book dedication

It seems it worked for many readers. 

Those are some reviews the book has received: 

  • “This book is so much fun! The perfect combination of romance, angst, and humor, it’s your favorite Hallmark movie’s sassier, steamier cousin.”
  • “Sweet, sassy and fun!”

An audiobook allows me to reach out to so many more people around the world. Maybe making them smile, too. 

And by funding this project, you ensure that it can be made available to libraries as well as retailers. In addition, I can make the book available at a lower price around the world if this project is fully funded, than if it was made exclusive to only one distributor.

This book has characters who have been through a lot. Sorcha has OCD (wonder where I got the inspiration for that?). Ryan dealt with a tough childhood (that I’m lucky I had to research a lot as my experience differs from his) and thinking his career defines him (hmmm).

And an audiobook production requires investment up front for my wonderful and amazingly talented audiobook narrator.

Do you know the amount of work for one hour of finished audio (narrated, edited and mastered)?

It takes about 6 hours to produce one hour of finished audio: about two hours of narration and going through the audio to edit it (take away possible repetitions, mistakes, extraneous noises, clicks) and master it (ensuring the noise level is to the requirements. One also needs to re-listen to the finished file for quality control.

So, when you’re listening to an audiobook of about eight hours, it may have taken the narrator/producer about 48 hours to produce, not counting the breaks when you’re recording for your voice or for the way you sit or stand.

That also doesn’t take into consideration the pre-work that might be needed like reading the entire book before you record, making notes to make sure you keep the characters’ voice the same throughout and so much more…

When you hire a narrator/producer, you hire someone who can not only act and perform, you also hire someone who knows the intricacies of audiobook narration and production.

Once the audiobook is distributed, I receive between 10% and 40% of the price of audiobook (depending on the royalty share agreement, on the way a listener buys or borrows the audiobook, on the retailer).

With this payment structure, I might decide to put the audiobook available in places where my return on investment might be higher. It not only means the audiobook wouldn’t be available everywhere, but recouping said investment can still take quite a long time.

In addition, the narrator may also take a risk when they agree to a part of their return being royalty-share because what if the audiobook doesn’t do as well on the retailers? Not from any fault of their own, but maybe the marketing or advertising plan doesn’t work the way it could/should?

So… this would be how the project funding would be used:

  • First, the audiobook will be made available on a larger distribution platform, which would include libraries. Libraries can then purchase the audiobook at a much lower price;
  • $2000 for the audiobook narrator/producer: this would be an actual remuneration of $40 per hour for the work done. (This is the median hourly rate for an experienced audiobook narrator). This narrator has gone above and beyond for previous audiobooks which she had agreed to do via royalty-share (where she had reduced her rate per finished hour but, like me, ended up making a loss);
  • About $130 for Kickstarter fees;
  • About $130 in processing fees;
  • About $200 for shipping (including some international shipping);
  • About $70 in taxes;
  • About $20 for the platform enabling distribution of audiobooks electronically;
  • About $250 for ads once the audiobook is available worldwide;
  • And because I can dream, right? Anything above the goal would be split this way: half for the narrator and half for me.

By funding this project, you not only will help me make more people smile. It will make it easier for me to have the audiobook possibly available in libraries and in more countries around the world where people speak or learn English. But you will also enable me to accomplish other projects (such as more bilingual books and more actual writing…)

So, thank you, thank you, thank you SO MUCH! It means the world to me.

Risks and challenges

All the rewards are either already in production or will be as soon as the project is successfully funded. The only one is the short story reward. That reward might take me a bit more time to get more to, which is why the delivery is longer. When it comes to the short story, you’ll be able to give me names, tropes or story idea. There will be a survey to fill out. If the story idea is out of my competencies or a topic I do not write about, I will deliver a short story that might be slightly different but will still be exclusive.

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Self-publishing reflection: planning and goals (Vella, novellas, marketing and more…) A self-published author's diary

I almost titled this episode: "How to achieve your self-publishing goals without feeling overwhelmed." But dear Diary that would have been false advertisement as while I'm trying to adapt my systems and plans to fit my goals, I'm still in the process and it does feel overwhelming from times to times. Do I have coping mechanisms when it does so thatI can nmake sure that it also doesn't take away from my plan?. Yes, I do but still… I'm not yet at the "achieve your goals without feeling overwhelmed" stage. I am trying to get there. First steps: planning and goals… Mentioned in this episode: Facebook Ads Library: https://www.facebook.com/ads/library/?active_status=all&ad_type=political_and_issue_ads&country=US&media_type=all Facebook Vella Author Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1769498126557594 Becca Syme website: https://betterfasteracademy.com/podcast/ When Inspiration Meets Smart Marketing With Ines Johnson on the Author Like a Boss Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0F0t3nIf7jzoglMneFGzsB Bryan Cohen's free webinarThe 5 Myths of Email Marketing: How to Use Email Effectively to Get Better Launches and Sell More Books: https://bryancohen.lpages.co/5-myths-of-email-marketing/ As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message) Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary   Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com   I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary Ways to help Ukraine: A few ways to help Ukrainians:  https://snyder.substack.com/p/a-few-ways-to-help-ukrainians?utm_source=url&fbclid=IwAR1tRHYwpS0z9XOtaMafpVuequlTEuRKcs74bEEpeCUAXHtPOardfnQe15k   List of charities to support Ukraine by subject: https://www.reddit.com/r/ukraine/comments/s6g5un/want_to_support_ukraine_heres_a_list_of_charities/   If you're in Germany: https://zez.am/act.now.by.klitschko If you're in France: https://parrainage.refugies.info/   Ukraine Media Crisis Center How To Help: https://uacrisis.org/en/help-ukraine — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support

BONUS – Three Black Friday Deals For Writers (2022) A self-published author's diary

There are a lot of sites listing Black Friday deals for writers such as Kindlepreneur Black Friday Deals For Writers 2022. The list below is made up of three Black Friday Deals I’m either going to use or am thinking about using. One Stop For Writers (40% for 6 month plan with BF2022): I’ve been using One Stop Writers for more than a year, I think, and it has helped me so much. I don’t use all the features (yet) but I always turn to it when I’m revising. The emotion thesaurus, emotions amplifier, colors and patterns and so much more have been so so helpful to me. I have also used The Character Builder to help me craft Alessandro. So, if you’ve enjoyed #SweetsForLove and the grumpy yet charming bodyguard, part of his characteristics came from using One Stop For Writers. Inkers Con 2021 on Demand (currently 50% off): I really learned a lot during the 2022 Mini-Con (it had four classes, including one with Becca Syme and another on budgeting which has helped me making profits this year – so yay!). There are 27 presentations in Inkers Con and so many I’d like to listen to from the 2021 Inkers Con. 2021 Inkers Con classes on sale for HALF OFF this weekend only (ends Monday at midnight ET). The normal price is $245 but use coupon code HALF21 and pay only $122.50 (or break it into two payments). Access is for 6 years with 100% money-back guarantee. ProWritingAid: : ProWritingAid is a grammar checker, style editor, proofreader, and writing coach all in one. I’ve been using ProWritingAid since August 2022. And I personally like it more than Grammarly. The one thing holding me back from the lifetime deal is that my current yearly subscription is ending in August 2023 and I don’t get a pro-rated discount for the other months… so I might wait until then to see if they have another discount. Or I’ll wait until next November. Buuuuut if you’re currently looking to use ProWritingAid, they’re currently running a 50% off for selected plans. Okay, I know I said three … but here’s another one… 100 photo/vector downloads from Depositphotos (lifetime) for $39 – it’s great for promo or covers… I won’t be using – but only because I use Canva Pro and still have pictures available on Depositphotos from a past deal. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. BONUS – Three Black Friday Deals For Writers (2022)
  2. Defining "success" as a self-published author …
  3. Kickstarter for Authors: What To Do When Your Kickstarter Does Not Get Funded … (and what I would do differently)
  4. Ten days after my latest book release (sold copies, reviews and what comes next) and a peek inside this author's day on release day.
  5. Trying out a new book review strategy and SO MANY emotions about the release of #SweetsForLove
#THELEFTOVERBRIDE, kickstarter

I have an announcement: Kickstarter Project…

I may have spent ten minutes trying to come up with the perfect headline for this blog post. How to grab your attention within a minute and make sure you either click on the link or read this post in your email…

Oh, and I think I’m supposed to exude absolute confidence – DOH.

Keeping it short:

  1. I have a kickstarter project for #TheLeftoverBride audiobook.
  2. You can already save the project TODAY.
  3. Why “TODAY” in all caps? Well, because by saving it today, you’ll be the first to know when it launches and can grab some of the very limited reward items. Plus, if you click on “notify me” before Monday, June 27th, send me an email and I’ll send you an exclusive short preview of #SweetsForLove (authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail DOT com)…And last but not least, seeing that number climbs does give me endorphins.
  4. How can you save the project?: You need to create a kickstarter account and click “Notify Me On Launch” – that’s it.

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BONUS – Three Black Friday Deals For Writers (2022) A self-published author's diary

There are a lot of sites listing Black Friday deals for writers such as Kindlepreneur Black Friday Deals For Writers 2022. The list below is made up of three Black Friday Deals I’m either going to use or am thinking about using. One Stop For Writers (40% for 6 month plan with BF2022): I’ve been using One Stop Writers for more than a year, I think, and it has helped me so much. I don’t use all the features (yet) but I always turn to it when I’m revising. The emotion thesaurus, emotions amplifier, colors and patterns and so much more have been so so helpful to me. I have also used The Character Builder to help me craft Alessandro. So, if you’ve enjoyed #SweetsForLove and the grumpy yet charming bodyguard, part of his characteristics came from using One Stop For Writers. Inkers Con 2021 on Demand (currently 50% off): I really learned a lot during the 2022 Mini-Con (it had four classes, including one with Becca Syme and another on budgeting which has helped me making profits this year – so yay!). There are 27 presentations in Inkers Con and so many I’d like to listen to from the 2021 Inkers Con. 2021 Inkers Con classes on sale for HALF OFF this weekend only (ends Monday at midnight ET). The normal price is $245 but use coupon code HALF21 and pay only $122.50 (or break it into two payments). Access is for 6 years with 100% money-back guarantee. ProWritingAid: : ProWritingAid is a grammar checker, style editor, proofreader, and writing coach all in one. I’ve been using ProWritingAid since August 2022. And I personally like it more than Grammarly. The one thing holding me back from the lifetime deal is that my current yearly subscription is ending in August 2023 and I don’t get a pro-rated discount for the other months… so I might wait until then to see if they have another discount. Or I’ll wait until next November. Buuuuut if you’re currently looking to use ProWritingAid, they’re currently running a 50% off for selected plans. Okay, I know I said three … but here’s another one… 100 photo/vector downloads from Depositphotos (lifetime) for $39 – it’s great for promo or covers… I won’t be using – but only because I use Canva Pro and still have pictures available on Depositphotos from a past deal. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. BONUS – Three Black Friday Deals For Writers (2022)
  2. Defining "success" as a self-published author …
  3. Kickstarter for Authors: What To Do When Your Kickstarter Does Not Get Funded … (and what I would do differently)
  4. Ten days after my latest book release (sold copies, reviews and what comes next) and a peek inside this author's day on release day.
  5. Trying out a new book review strategy and SO MANY emotions about the release of #SweetsForLove
  6. Announcements: Summer Break and Self-Publishing/Writing Ask Me Anything
  7. Self-publishing reflection: planning and goals (Vella, novellas, marketing and more…)
  8. REPLAY – How my self-published book A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER became a success…
  9. Ep. 62 – The ups and downs of self-publishing (including the words every romance author wants to hear…)
  10. Ep. 61 – My BargainBooksy and AudioThicket recap, the "need" to write and more…