Aether Beyond the Binary Budget

This is a tentative proposed draft of the budget for the Aether Beyond the Binary crowdfunding campaign. As we finalize decisions and get closer to actual launch (currently projected for fall/winter of 2023), we’ll reprice, reassess, and update this accordingly.

All prices are in USD.

Book Printing Budget

ItemNumber NeededTotal PriceSource/Notes
Front Cover Art1$500Mar Spragge
Manuscript Formatting1$200Hermit9
Payments to Authors20$3,000Flat rate of $150 per story, plus estimated transfer fees. Officially, these stories are budgeted at $75 each until we reach stretch goals, but we’re experimenting with increasing the budget to pay the authors more.
Editing by Duck Prints Press Staff20$3,000
“Aether Beyond the Binary” Book (Digest Size, 5.5″ x 8.5″)100$710BookLogix
Book Shipping from BookLogix to Us$150(estimated)
ISBNs3n/aThese were paid for as part of a prior project
Protective Packaging for Mailing to Backers$30Papermart; estimated, as precise packaging hasn’t been decided on yet.
Total to Produce Books$7,620


This is a tentative list of proposed merchandise; we may end up reducing or increasing how much merch we produce for this campaign. All prices include associated costs (such as commissioning art, shipping of the merch to us, packaging for distribution, etc.).

ItemNumber NeededTotal PriceSource/Notes
Bookmark (2″ x 7.25″)50$135Artist to be determined; printed by Uprinting.
Dux Sticker (3″ x 3″)50$111Art by Alessa Riel; printed by Vograce.
Holographic Sticker50$84Artist to be determined; printed by Vograce.
Glitter-Filled Key Chain (2″ x 2″) or Light-Up Key Chain (cost approximately the same amount, we haven’t decided yet)50$261Artist to be determined; manufactured by Vograce.
Enamel Pin (1.75″ x 1.75″)50$450Artist to be determined; manufactured by Alchemy.
Total to Produce Merchandise$1,041

Shipping Materials

Because we anticipate having only more-or-less “flat” merchandise for this campaign, we will not need as much variety of shipping materials, and we have extra of a lot of packaging material we’ve used in previous campaigns.

ItemNumber NeededTotal PriceSource/Notes
Bubble Wrap (Small Bubbles)1 roll$35(Source)
Adjustable Shipping Boxes100$103Papermart
Total to Purchase Packing Materials$138


ItemTotal Price
Book Production$7,620
Merchandise Production$1,041
Shipping Materials$138
Estimating Processing and Platform Fees$750
Estimated New York State Sales Tax Owed$50
Estimated Shipping to Backers$1,200
Total to Produce Merchandise$10,799