Now before I launch into my tirade, please don’t be offended I’m not taking a pop at anyone who has done this. People who have are perfectly entitled too and no one forces any one to contribute this is just my personal opinion on it.
Publishing a book is a commercial exercise most do it with the hope of making some money. I know this isn’t the only reason we all want our stories heard, but let’s be honest we all hope to be best sellers even thou the odds make it unlikely.
So when you ask people to pay for your book to be published you are asking them to take the risk, to stump up the cost. Now I know this is in return for something, usually a signed book. That’s great but then you could easily get a signed book often for less than you had to pay for in the crowd funding site. So now the contributors have taken all the finical risk for the author and got a little reward. The real reward would be a share in the book sales but that goes to the author so the author has taken no finical risk but received all the reward.
The counter argument to this would be the person contributing has the pleasure of being part of it and perhaps would never write some book themselves, but by giving and feel part of the presses. I can see that and if that’s the case then carry on. You could all so say by crowd funding a book you are also contributing towards the arts. The contributor also gives the money of their own free will so how they wish to spend their money is up to them.
In my case I wouldn’t ask for crowd funning contribution without offering a share of potential profits, but that’s just me and I’m a miserable git.
What do you think is ok to crowdfund a book ok?