Friday, February 14, 2014

Kickstarter - A New Way for Authors to Raise Resources for Books

Kimberley Payne



I had never heard of Kickstarter until I read an email from Kimberley Payne about using it for her latest picture book. I know from experience, having written a children's picture book, if the author doesn't do her own artwork, the costs can be expensive. So I was interested in the idea and agreed to post a piece about how it works. Read more to find out if this is something that might work for you.

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Kickstarter is a way to bring a creative project to life with the direct support of friends, colleagues and family.  Kimberley Payne's project, “Adam’s Animals,” is one of the endeavours found on Kickstarter.

“Adam’s Animals” is a children’s activity book that features more than 40 animals mentioned in the Bible and little-known facts about each. It’s ideal for 6 to 9 year olds, for home or school use and classroom sharing in grades 1-3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Animal Life. It is the second book in the Science and Faith Matters series. The first book, “Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation”, is a colourful introduction to trees, leaves and their corresponding Bible stories.

Says Kimberley Payne, "As the book creator, I have set a funding goal of $3500, with a deadline of February 28th, 2014. If you like my book idea, you can pledge any amount of money to make it happen."

"As the book backer, you choose from a number of rewards based on the amount of financial support you pledge." 

"For example, backers who pledge a minimum of $5, will receive a choice of one of two of my e-books: 1) 'Fit for Faith' - 7 weeks to improved spiritual and physical health, OR 2) 'Women of Strength' - a devotional to improve spiritual and physical health. Backers who pledge a minimum of $15 will receive an autographed copy of 'Adam’s Animals'. Backers who pledge a minimum of $175 will be listed on the 'Dedication' page at the back of the book PLUS will receive an autographed copy of 'Adam’s Animals'."

"Backing 'Adam’s Animals' is more than just giving money. Writers need encouragement and you would be supporting my dream of creating a valuable resource for children and parents."

To support the creation of “Adam’s Animals” please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamsanimals/adams-animals-a-childrens-activity-book

Short url for easy sharing: http://kck.st/19NBYR6







 Q&A with Kimberley Payne

1.     Tell us about yourself

I am an award-winning author and a member of The Word Guild, Inscribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship, and John 3:16 Marketing Network.
I combine my teaching experience and love of writing to create educational materials for mothers and children about family, fitness, science and faith.

2.     Tell us about the book
My latest project is “Adam’s Animals,” a children’s activity book that features more than 40 animals mentioned in the Bible and little-known facts about each. It is the second book in the Science and Faith Matters series. The first book, “Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation,” is a colourful introduction to trees, leaves and their corresponding Bible stories.

3.     Who is this book written for?
“Adam’s Animals” is ideal for 6 to 9 year olds, for home or school use and classroom sharing in grades 1-3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Animal Life.

4.     What was your inspiration for this book?

Years ago, my daughter wrote a little book called, “Did you know...fascinating and fun facts about animals around the world” as a fundraiser to go to camp. I helped her with it and loved discovering new things about God’s creation.

5.     Do you have a favorite animal and why that one?

I loved learning about the leopard. This big cat can climb trees, run fast, and swim. He’s powerful and smart. My kind of creature!

6.      Did you find anything particularly difficult in writing this book?
There was a ton of research. Not only did I have to dig through the Bible to discover the animals mentioned, but then I had to research each individually to uncover five unusual facts.

7.     What do you hope this book accomplishes?
I hope that “Adam’s Animals” will fuel the desire for children to read the Bible and to also learn more about the animals that God created.

8.     Where can we find you?




Kickstarter Campaign:
Short url for easy sharing: http://kck.st/19NBYR6

9.     Where can we find the book?
This is the exciting part! The book is still in manuscript form. I am hoping to bring the project to life with the direct support of friends, colleagues and family.

As the book creator, I have set a funding goal of $3500, with a deadline of February 28th, 2014. If you like my book idea, you can pledge any amount of money to make it happen.

As the book backer, you choose from a number of rewards based on the amount of financial support you pledge. For example, backers who pledge a minimum of $5, will receive a choice of one of two of my e-books: 1) "Fit for Faith" - 7 weeks to improved spiritual and physical health, OR 2) "Women of Strength" - a devotional to improve spiritual and physical health. Backers who pledge a minimum of $15 will receive an autographed copy of “Adam’s Animals”. Backers who pledge a minimum of $175 will be listed on the “Dedication” page at the back of the book PLUS will receive an autographed copy of “Adam’s Animals”.

Backing “Adam’s Animals” is more than just giving money. Writers need encouragement and you would be supporting my dream of creating a valuable resource for children and parents.


To support the creation of “Adam’s Animals” please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamsanimals/adams-animals-a-childrens-activity-book

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