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Sep 13

How to Crowdfund a Project

September 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

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In 2015 and 2016, I used Patreon to crowdfund the process that would yield my debut novel, The Biographies of Ordinary People. Over the 18 months it took me to draft the novel, I earned $6,909 in Patreon support — which was more than enough to fund the time it took to complete the work (and more than I might have earned had I queried the novel with a traditional publisher and received an advance).

A lot has changed in the crowdfunding world since 2016 — but the basic principles are still the same. You need the crowd before you can ask for funding, for example. You also need a project that is compelling enough to fund — and you need a plan that will allow you to do both the work of finishing the project and the work of connecting with the people who have chosen to support you.

If you’ve been curious about crowdfunding, whether you’re interested in launching a Patreon, running a Kickstarter or publishing a serialized novel on Substack, we’ll use this hour-long course to discuss what you need to do before you get started — and what you can do to ensure that your patrons, supporters, and subscribers feel like they’re getting the right amount of value for their contributions.

This course is for:

  • People who have a project that needs funding before it can be taken to completion
  • People who have built an audience and want to invite their readers to help fund their work
  • People who don’t yet have an audience or a project — but are still interested in learning more about crowdfunding

About Nicole:

Nicole Dieker is a writer, teacher, and musician. She began her writing career as a full-time freelancer with a focus on personal finance and habit formation; she launched her fiction career with The Biographies of Ordinary People, a definitely-not-autobiographical novel that follows three sisters from 1989 to 2016.

Currently, Dieker writes the Larkin Day Mysteries and the perzine WHAT IT IS and WHAT TO DO NEXT, both of which are published through Shortwave Media. She also maintains an active freelance career; her work has appeared in Vox, Morning Brew, Lifehacker, Bankrate, Haven Life, Popular Science, and more. Dieker spent five years as writer and editor for The Billfold, a personal finance blog where people had honest conversations about money.


September 13
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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