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The Kindness of Strangers: How I Funded My Novel With Kickstarter

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By Harry Steinman

The best time to prepare a Kickstarter project is a few years ago. Your history of generosity creates a bank of goodwill from which you can draw. The second best time to prepare is right now.

On July 13, I launched a $2500 Kickstarter project that raised $3,027. Direct contributions raised an additional $1,185 for a total of $4,212

September 14, 2012 | Info

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What Smoki Bacon Taught Me About Staying Humble

Once I became a published author, my focus shifted from worrying about finding an agent to worrying about selling books. I remember reading about authors who moaned about how stressful this was and thinking, yeah yeah yeah, at least you have an agent! 

September 6, 2012 | Katrin Schumann

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Indie Success: Hold On To Your Dreams

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Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

-       Langston Hughes

 I’m ashamed to admit this: I self-published my debut novel, In Leah’s Wake, not out of a burning desire to be an indie author, but in the hope of attracting a “real” publisher for my novel-in-progress

August 16, 2012 | Terri Giuliano Long

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"Words From the Walk" features Grub poet Scott Challener

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This spring, the ICA came to Grub Street seeking a partner for its “Words from the Walk” program. Grub Street’s role was  to solicit our poetry instructors for poems that explored the broad theme of “Where You Are.” The ICA then selected one poem – Scott Challener’s “Leaving” – sent it to a designer, and mounted it on a glass plaque that was installed on the Harborwalk in July

August 7, 2012 | Info

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I Have a Confession to Make

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Ok, I have a confession to make. I hope my publisher isn't reading this because it does not make me sound like the sharpest tool in the shed.

When my first book came out, my co-authors and I hired an outside publicist. We did not tell our publisher. We were too embarrassed. Why? It made us feel like we didn't trust our house PR team. Did we trust our house PR team? No.

When my second book came out, we did not hire an outside team

August 6, 2012 | Katrin Schumann

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