In this short book I’d like to share a little of what I’ve learned over the last few years from crowd sourcing funding for my award winning ebook Digital Video - A Manual for Language Teachers to becoming a digital publisher and launching PeacheyPublications.com.
I’ll look at some of the key issues involved and try to help you decide whether crowd sourcing and or self publishing is for you and, if it is, how to avoid some of the mistakes I made along the way.
In the ebook I’ll cover:
If you are reading this, then like me, you may have been wanting and thinking about writing a book for years. A few times I put together proposals for books and expectantly sent them off to publishers only to be disappointed and even more times I started to write my book and then just lost momentum as other work took over and bills needed to be paid.
I finally decided to crowd source the funding to develop my book and launched my crowd sourcing campaign in January 2014. I managed to raise £5,000 in 3 months and used that money to produce - Digital Video - A Manual for Language Teachers. When I raised the money to create the book I thought it would take me around 3 months to produce. I finally finished and published the ebook in the summer of 2015 about a year over schedule.
In 2016 the ebook was shortlisted by the British Council for an ELTon - Innovations Award - in the Teacher Resources category and to my utter amazement, despite some really string competition from the established publishing houses, it won.
This may sound like a fairy tale success story, but it’s not, well at least not yet and it may well never be, but it is a story or a road map of how you can make your own book a reality.