Funding your writing can be tricky. But did you know you have options if you are willing to put in the work? In this episode, I talk with author Christiane Allison, who has received a combined total of about $16,000 through applying for grants and cr...
Funding your writing can be tricky. But did you know you have options if you are willing to put in the work? In this episode, I talk with author Christiane Allison, who has received a combined total of about $16,000 through applying for grants and crowdfunding with Kickstarter.
Christiane funded her children's books at a time when print on demand for pictures books was not a thing. In this episode, she shares the process for setting up a campaign on Kickstarter. She also shares her insights and tips for how you can apply for grants.Highlights
01:10 Christiane Allison's publishing journey
09:42 Definition of crowdfunding
10:36 Grants defined
11:16 Christiane's prior experience with grants and crowdfunding
12:53 What gave her the idea
14:07 Is this easy money?
15:36 A walk through setting up a Kickstarter campaign
18:16 Best practice for setting prices and choosing rewards
21:09 Encouragement for setting your prices
22:30 Factors for choosing a money goal
23:52 What happens if you don't meet your Kickstarter
25:06 Where do you find grants?
27:23 Genre-based grants
28:13 Grant amounts
29:40 Is there work to be done after you receive the money?
32:37 What to do when you are unable to complete your work in time?
34:43 Tips for a successful grant application
41:46 Where to get grant writing training
43:36 You can attend the Alaskan Writers Guild from anywhere
44:13 What is the timeline from submission to receiving the grant?
45:55 Mistakes to avoid
48:35 How the pandemic has affected the grant process
50:39 Author Action Point
52:28 Connect with Christiane Allison
52:56 Where to find her booksFunding Your Writing Action Point
Crowdfunding: Create an account on Kickstarter and start figuring out the information you need.
Grants: Search for grant resources online and make a list including the name of the grant and the deadline.Resources Mentioned