Aether Beyond the Binary Budget

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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.

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Book Printing Budget

ItemNumber NeededTotal PriceSource/Notes
Front Cover Art1$250Artist to be determined
Manuscript Formatting1$200Hermit9
Payments to Authors20$1,500Flat rate of $75 per story, plus estimated transfer fees
Editing by Duck Prints Press Staff$1,000
“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$3,840
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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$134Artist to be determined; printed by Uprinting.
Dux Sticker (3″ x 3″)50$106Art by Alessa Riel; printed by Vograce.
Holographic Sticker50$82Artist to be determined; printed by Vograce.
Glitter-Filled Key Chain (3″ x 3″) or Light-Up Key Chain (cost approximately the same amount, we haven’t decided yet)50$362Artist to be determined; manufactured by Vograce.
Enamel Pin (1.75″ x 1.75″)50$355Artist to be determined; manufactured by Alchemy.
Total to Produce Merchandise$1,039
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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$37(Source)
Adjustable Shipping Boxes100$113Papermart
Total to Purchase Packing Materials$150
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ItemTotal Price
Book Production$3,840
Merchandise Production$1,039
Shipping Materials$150
Estimating Processing and Platform Fees$750
Estimated New York State Sales Tax Owed$50
Estimated Shipping to Backers$1,200
Total to Produce Merchandise$7,029
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We anticipate seeking funding with an initial goal of $7,500 for the crowdfunding campaign for Aether Beyond the Binary. Given the number of authors participating in the project, and that we’ve raised at least $10,000 for every book launch we’ve done, we don’t expect raising this quantity of funding through crowdsourcing will be an issue.