With patience and commitment, you can find funding for your book. This post has advice on how to pursue grants, crowdfund, enter contests, and freelance your way to funding your book.

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For a self-published author, a business plan begins with a mission statement that will help direct your decision making at every stage of the book writing, book promotion, and book selling processes.

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By now, you're probably familiar with the concept of crowdfunding. Seeking pre-orders and offering the community you've already built – or are endeavoring to build – the opportunity to get in on the ground level to help fund your project-in-the-making is not exactly a new idea; now the tools to make it happen are now accessible to everyone via the Internet. But there's more to the process than simply extending a virtual hand.

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For the June edition of our #BBchat Twitter chat, we asked a few of our authors and literary friends from around the world, including Miral Sattar (CEO of Bibliocrunch) for thoughts on self-publishing budget strategies, as well as tips for trading services and finding freelance help. We frequently hear our author friends asking how to build a budget for their book, and Miral has penned two articles for PBS MediaShift on the subject, one detailing “The Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Book” and another explaining “How to Self-Publish Your Book on a Budget."

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Crowdfunding for Authors

Crowdfunding tips for writers

[This article was written by guest contributor Justine Schofield of Pubslush, a crowdfunding publishing platform.] Crowdfunding is the next big thing in the publishing world. Crowdfunding platforms offer artists a way to mitigate financial risk and gauge initial market viability for creative projects. In an age where even established authors are choosing to self-publish, crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly prominent facet to the publication landscape. So, as an author, what do you need to know?

1. More than half the work of crowdfunding happens pre-campaign.

By the time you launch your campaign, you should have already built your network and developed a clear and proactive marketing strategy. At Pubslush, we suggest our authors develop a week-by-week plan prior to the launch of their campaign. You can’t expect to throw your book up on a crowdfunding site and have people financially back you. Networking and planning are the keys to success.

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BookRiot Volume 2

Crowd-funding for authors and publishers: an interview with Clinton Kabler of BookRiot.com

The folks at Book Riot raised enough funds to put together Volume 1 of their Start Here: Read Your Way Into Amazing Authors series through a Kickstarter campaign. Now they're launching a Kickstarter campaign for Volume 2, letting financial backers direct the contests of the book itself — and we thought it'd be the perfect time to ask them about the intersection of crowdfunding and book publishing. Here's an interview with Clinton Kabler, COO of Riot New Media Group, the folks behind the "Read Your Way..." series: What/Who is Book Riot? Launched in October 2011, Book Riot is a community dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as...

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