Bookmobile works with many Kickstarter creators, and we just finished up conversion AND printing on a Kickstarter eBook and print book for Brooke Dierkhising called Many Ways to See the Sun. In addition to using Bookmobile for the book printing and eBook conversion, Brooke also used our distribution arm, Itasca Books, for print distribution to the trade.
There is so much that I liked about working with Bookmobile. As a first time self-publisher, I had a lot of questions, and the people at Bookmobile were great! Communication was open, questions answered, and deadlines kept. I appreciated the detailed proofing process. Prices were good. And most of all, my book is beautiful, I just love how it turned out!
Brooke’s Kickstarter Project
Many Ways to See the Sun: Nature Mediations for Children and the Adults Who Love Them was written, and published, by Brooke Dierkhising.
Many Ways to See the Sun is a project sharing the love of nature through story. The book includes nature stories, drawings , and activity ideas. Written with the child’s perspective in mind, these stories are for anyone, but they are especially for children, and the adults who care for them. Similar to guided meditation, each story transports us from our busy surroundings and grounds us in our our imagination where we can experience the beautiful simplicity of nature, and be still.
Brooke worked on the book for four years, launched her Kickstarter in the Summer of 2015, and was successful! Brooke’s Kickstarter budget was carefully researched and broken out for her funders. Brooke laid out the costs for design, ISBN registration, copyright, LOC, a print run of 500 copies, eBook conversion, print distribution, fundraising, and shipping.
Brooke’s Blog was an important piece of her Kickstarter campaign. She launched her Blog a month before her Kickstarter campaign, to let all her personal contacts know what she was working on. Brooke describes:
My experience with Kickstarter, both my own campaign and others, is that campaigns are funded completely by personal contacts. I imagine some of the really big campaigns get strangers to fund, but for smaller projects, it is all about who we know. I like it that way, anyway. One stat that I found interesting was my 9% funding rate—so out of about the 500 emails I sent to, I gained 38 backers.
Want to know more about running a successful Kickstarter campaign? The Kickstarter Campus has tips from successful and unsuccessful creators on how to run the best campaign, and what to look for when working with vendors.
Kickstarter Book Printing at Bookmobile
Like many other Kickstarter creators, Brooke chose Bookmobile to print her project. Bookmobile is a perfect fit for Kickstarter books: Our short-run print quality is excellent, our pricing is affordable, and we offer many options, like square trim sizes, translucent vellum inserts, foil stamping on paperback covers, and more. Browse our Gallery to see the full breadth of what we offer! And with a minimum run quantity of just 25 copies, Kickstarter creators can print short runs and order reprints as needed—which means no worries about storing inventory or cash flow complications. Get a printing quote here!
Kickstarter Book Distribution and Fulfillment with Itasca Books
Brooke worked with our distribution arm Itasca Books to set up print distribution to retailers like Amazon, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble and hundreds of independent bookstores. Itasca is right next door to Bookmobile, operating its own processing, warehousing, and shipping services to hundreds of publishers. Itasca helps small and large publishers reach their market, and they’re available by email or phone to take orders, answer questions, and solve any logistical problems.
Kickstarter eBook Conversion at Bookmobile
Brooke also used Bookmobile for the eBook conversion of Many Ways to See the Sun. We bring our 34 years of design and typesetting know-how to eBook conversion. Our eBook conversion is competitively priced, and all eBook conversions go through a rigorous Comprehensive Quality Check after the base conversion. We test conversions on the most frequently used eBook devices, then provide you with proofs. Interested in an eBook conversion estimate? Contact us!
Bookmobile and Kickstarter
Interested in any of the services above? Please contact me! Keep in mind too that you don’t have to use all of Bookmobile’s services—we offer each a la carte.