Help me prove them wrong?

I’ve been told this is not possible… That this Kickstarter project of mine with (amazing) rewards will never get funded. It is “all or nothing”, meaning the project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tuesday, July 19th (8.30 EDT).

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And maybe they’re right. It’s at 30% funded now with 16 backers … 

But … Do you want to help me prove them wrong?

Back this project with $1 and you’ll also get #TheLeftoverBride ebook as well as a digital postcard! 

And of course, you could snag an early copy of #TheLeftoverBride audiobook or signed copies and so much more.

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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: Lifetime submitting script: Happy Self-Publishing Moments on TikTok: Leave me a voicemail: Ways to help Ukraine: A few ways to help Ukrainians:  List of charities to support Ukraine by subject:  If you're in Germany:  If you're in France:  Ukraine Media Crisis Center How To Help: As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT or by leaving me a voicemail:  Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram:  Visit my website:  I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary — Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

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) : Save the Cat Writes A Novel by Jessica Brody: Gwen Hayes Scrivener Template: – Jami Gold also has an excel template: 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… L. Penelope's podcast: Ways to help Ukraine: A few ways to help Ukrainians:     List of charities to support Ukraine by subject:    If you're in Germany:   If you're in France: Ukraine Media Crisis Center How To Help: As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT or by leaving me a voicemail:   Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram:     Visit my website:    I'm on TikTok: @elodienowodazkij and the podcast too: @aselfpubbedauthorsdiary — Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: