From packaging to shipping, the costs of distributing your print project can build quickly, depending on quantity and location. If you need help getting your project successfully funded, there are several DIY-style alternatives to consider, such as crowdfunding. While Kickstarter is a popular choice for crowdfunding campaigns, several other platforms are specifically tailored to book, print, and arts-related projects.

Below, you'll discover a list of alternative crowdfunding sites that creators can explore for their "Kickstarter" distribution campaign.

  1. Indiegogo: Indiegogo offers a flexible funding model, allowing creators to keep all funds raised, even if they don't reach their goal. It's a versatile platform suitable for various creative projects, including books, prints, and art installations.

  2. Publishizer: Designed specifically for authors, Publishizer helps writers crowdfund book projects by connecting them with literary agents and publishers. It's an excellent option for authors looking to build an audience and secure publishing deals.

  3. Patreon: Patreon is a membership platform that enables creators to earn recurring revenue from their fans and supporters. Artists, writers, and other creatives can offer exclusive content, behind-the-scenes access, and other perks to their patrons in exchange for monthly subscriptions.

  4. Unbound: Unbound is a book-focused crowdfunding platform that allows authors to raise funds for publishing projects. Backers can pledge support in exchange for rewards, such as signed copies, limited editions, or personal acknowledgments in the book.

  5. Crowd Supply: Crowd Supply specializes in hardware and product development projects but also welcomes creative endeavors like art installations, print publications, and other artistic ventures. It provides support for manufacturing, fulfillment, and distribution.

  6. Rockethub: Rockethub is an inclusive crowdfunding platform that supports various projects, including art, photography, literature, and design. Creators can set funding goals and offer rewards to backers in exchange for their support.

  7. Seed&Spark: Seed&Spark focuses on crowdfunding for independent film and media projects and supports creators in the publishing industry. Authors can fund book adaptations, audiobooks, and multimedia storytelling ventures.

  8. GoFundMe: While GoFundMe is often associated with personal fundraising campaigns, it can also be used for creative projects, including self-publishing books, funding art exhibitions, or supporting community arts initiatives.

  9. Kickstarter for the Arts: Kickstarter offers a dedicated category for arts-related projects, including books, prints, and visual arts. Creators can launch campaigns to fund publishing projects, art installations, gallery exhibitions, and more.

These alternative crowdfunding platforms offer diverse opportunities for creators in the book, print, and arts industries to fund their projects and engage with their communities.

Whether you're an author seeking to publish your first book, an artist looking to fund an exhibition, or a zine creator seeking support for your next project, these platforms provide valuable resources and support to bring your creative vision to life.

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