Book Country Creates ‘Curated’ Kickstarter Page for Indie Authors Seeking Funding

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PENGUIN GROUP’S BOOK COUNTRY LAUNCHES A CURATED KICKSTARTER PAGE

Book Country, the online writing and publishing community established by trade book publisher Penguin Group (USA) LLC, announced today that it created a curated page on Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowdfunding program, to help writers get their projects funded. Since its launch, there have been more than five million backers to fund over 50,000 creative projects on Kickstarter, including books, films, recorded music, performances, and visual art.

Book Country members apply to have their project featured on Book Country’s curated page on Kickstarter, providing exposure and community support that will help members to reach their funding goals. Kickstarter reports there have been more than 4,500 successfully funded book projects on the crowdfunding site, which translates into over $41 million in pledges. Successfully funded book projects on Kickstarter help authors block out time for writing and research, and cover the cost of editing, cover design, and marketing among other self-publishing costs.

Organizations that have worked with Kickstarter in similar ways are the Sundance Film Festival Institute, TED Fellows, the Rhode Island School of Design, Creative Capital, and Brooklyn Flea, among others.

Penguin Global Digital Director Molly Barton says, “Kickstarter is a natural fit with Book Country. We are the community where writers create the best book possible with feedback from other writers, and Kickstarter is where writers can earn crowdfunding to cover the costs of getting that book into the hands of readers.”

Book Country currently has a community of over 12,000 members, writing in over 60 different literary categories. Book Country members are now creating a wide variety of Kickstarter projects, seeking to fund everything from children’s books to fantasy novels.

“I’ve decided to launch a Kickstarter project so my work can flourish in the public eye,” said Book Country member Cynthia Neele. “Book Country and Kickstarter together are a powerful force connecting writers to their audiences, and marketing/promoting books that might otherwise fall by the wayside.”

To see the curated Book Country Kickstarter page, please visit this link: www.kickstarter.com/bookcountry.

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Penguin Group (USA) LLC is a Penguin Random House company, (http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/) the world’s first truly global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively. Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; Dorling Kindersley worldwide; and Random House’s companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.
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