There’s no denying that crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have brought resources to artists and causes that wouldn’t have found support a decade ago. However, according to Emma Hoffman at WIRED, a dark side is emerging. Everything—from academic research projects, to elementary school classes, to parks and recreation departments—is seen as crowdfundable, meaning that institutions now have an excuse to opt out of granting reliable support....more
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Of all possible women characters, how did I ever end up writing about an actress? Having spent two decades making films and art about women’s experiences from a feminist perspective, I realized that actresses are the ultimate representation of women—they tell our culture who and what a woman is, what she wants and feels.
If you love Rumpus contributor Jon Adams‘s webcomic Chief O’Brien at Work but hate the hassle of using the Internet, you can now get the tales of Chief O’Brien’s workplace angst (including never-before-seen strips!) in a big book. Support Adams’s efforts on Kickstarter and get cool rewards like original art work, t-shirts, guest appearances—and the satisfaction of knowing you helped out a hard-working artist....more
Welcome back to the blog mini-series where I write about my experience running a Kickstarter campaign to help release an album.
As much preparation as I have done for this beast, which I managed to drag out over six long months of dread, procrastination, and ambivalence about the entire concept of crowdfunding, I immediately discovered just how unprepared I was the moment I hit “launch” and saw the typo in the very title of my project....more
From small presses to literary journals, crowdfunding has grown into a major source of money for publishing. Authors are even turning to services like Kickstarter to fund their booktours, like Sarah Gerard, author of Binary Star. Her successful campaign raised more than $9,000 for her book tour....more
The 18-year-old independent publisher McSweeney’s is looking to raise some money for a new wave of projects. The publisher of Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Believer, The Organist podcast, and more has launched a Kickstarter campaign, with plenty of rewards (including book recommendations from or conversation with Rumpus founder Stephen Elliott)....more
A library is rarely ever just a library, often evolving alongside the community it serves. The Lacuna Project is taking this idea literally by building a library made entirely of books for this year’s Bay Area Book Festival. Festival-goers will be able to remove (and keep) books without damaging the structure, whose lighting and acoustics will change in response to their collective impact....more
We like to think of Joan Didion as glamorous, the sunglasses-wearing, VOGUE-working, New York loving-and-leaving writer that we all could have been if only life had turned out a little differently. We imagine her sitting down to edit with a cocktail at the end of the day (her actual practice), writing screenplays with her handsome husband, cooking large meals for famous family and friends.
Vela Magazine is hoping to raise $25,000 to pay its women writers and editors. With less than a week left, they have $7,059 to pry from your gender-netural credit cards....more
Writing a novel requires plenty of time, and Irish author Julian Gough is hoping to fund that time with a Kickstarter campaign he has dubbed Litcoin. For small amounts of money, Gough will send contributors postcards stained with whiskey, coffee, lipstick, bullet holes, or, for a mere $500, a postcard written in his blood....more
Yony Leyser, director of the documentary about William S. Burroughs, is making a feature film about Berlin’s queer community, and he needs your help to crowdfund it. Over at Indiewire, Leyser explains his desire to deglamorize the city’s dark underground scene and explore what it means to be a member of a community whose definition is constantly in flux:
I go back and forth from being firmly committed to the “queer community” to being totally and completely disillusioned with the concept and diametrically opposed to it.
They describe it as “an anthology of radical science and speculative fiction written by organizers and activists,” and they only need around $8000 for it....more
Here’s an interesting way to consume new short fiction: Connu, a sort of cross between an app and a litmag, will send you one short story every weekday.
The stories are brand new and written by established authors and their protégés, including Joyce Carol Oates, Sam Lipsyte, Aimee Bender, and Lydia Davis....more
Thinking about launching your book on Kickstarter?
Writer Seth Godin has chronicled his experience with his own book project on Kickstarter and calls it an “experiment in publishing.” Godin says:
Kickstarter seems custom made to solve the 10,000 copy problem. The author with a tribe can reach out to her readers, activate them and make an offer: if enough of you agree to buy this book today, I’ll write it and send it to you just before a publisher puts it on sale…
What began as a digital platform to aid underfunded artists in finding a wider audience and financial backing is now weeding out amateurs.
The business of managing and consulting kickstarter initiatives is on its way up. In fact, managing a successful kickstarter campaign almost requires external aid, and it’s this fact that is changing the game of online fundraising and its blossoming subeconomies....more
CanTeens, a literary and arts magazine, gives Harlem seventh graders an opportunity to discover and foster a love of reading, writing, and art through classes and a chance to see their name and writing in print.
Unfortunately, CanTeens doesn’t have the funds to publish this year’s anthology without some help....more
Project Dad follows filmmaker Sharon Shattuck’s “quest to understand her LGBT family through a two-way dialogue with her dad,” who is transgender.
The film, which is in the production phase, seeks to answer the question, “What is a healthy family?” Here’s the Kickstarter to help turn the project into a feature-length documentary....more