Budget Transparency

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We are still working on the budget for And Seek (Not) to Alter Me, and will post more when we know more. If you’ve reviewed this before, you’ll notice it’s changed substantially – that’s because we’ve decided to completely overhaul our budget for this project – especially as regards author and artist pay – based on our experiences with Add Magic to Taste, our first Kickstarter.

The current version of the budget (updated September 12th, 2021) will involve running the Kickstarter with a minimum goal of $10,000, and selling 200 copies (125 in print). We think, based on our experiences this far, this is entirely achievable.

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Book Printing Budget

ItemNumber NeededTotal PriceSource/Notes
Front Cover Artn/a$250Gio Guimarães (Facebook (giovannabcg) | Facebook (giosdoodlesandartworks) | Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter)
Manuscript Formattingn/a$300Hermit9
Manuscript Resources$50Funds set aside for fonts and other resources we may need.
Payments to Authorsn/a$9501 cent per word US, for 19 authors, writing stories up to 5,000 words. (One author is not being paid – it’s me, the business owner)
Payments to Artistsn/a$1,000$50 per page, per artist; 16 artists are contributing, and 4 are doing two pieces.
Book Printing (A4 size – 8/3″ x 11.7″, full color)125$2,400Mixam; this price includes shipping to us
ISBNs4n/aThese were paid for as part of a prior project
Total to Produce 100 Books$4,950
Price per Book (all)$24.75For 200 Print Books + E-Books
Price per Book (print only)$39.60If all the above is only averaged by the projected number of print books (125).
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Merchandise

This is the merchandise we are currently planning to offer as part of the “base” Kickstarter packages. Everything will be customized with graphics made in-house or by recruited artists. Additional merchandise may be offered as stretch goals. These vendors are either ones we’ve worked with before, ones that have been recommended to us, or ones that we’ve selected based on online reviews, price, samples, and other factors.

Type of MerchandiseNumber MadeTotal PriceSource
Bookmark (2″ x 9″, with a tassel)100$86UPrinting
Tea Cup and Saucer (8 oz. deep, 3″ tall, 6″ saucer)36$354Maryland China
Teapot6$62Maryland China
Journal (5 5/8″ x 8 3/8″)50$443AnyPromo
Bookplates (3″ x 4″, self-adhesive, set of 20)1,000 (50 sets of 20)$340Bookplate Ink
Note Cards (3.5″ x 5″, blank interior, with envelopes, set of 10)500 (50 sets of 10)$324UPrinting
Art Print (8″ x 10″)50$54PrintKeg
Die Cut Sticker (approximately 3″ x 3″)50$70StickerMule
Enamel Pin (1.5″ circle, approximately)50$235Alchemy
Sales Tax on Merchandise (we’ll apply for an exemption)n/a$91
Shipping for Merchandise (estimated)n/a$100
Secret Special Add On!2$50
Tea4$53The Whistling Kettle
Total Cost to Produce Merchandise$2,262
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Packing to Mail Items to Kickstarter Backers

We’re currently thinking we’ll offer four basic tiers for backers – e-book only, trade paperback only, trade paperback plus “items that ship flat” such as art prints, stickers, etc., and trade paperback plus all the merchandise. We’ll share more information about our backer levels and proposed purchase price when we’re closer to production. We expect to buy all our packaging materials from Papermart.com. Some packaging, we expect to have extra from our first Kickstarter; those savings have already been taken into account here.

ItemNumberTotal Price
Decorative boxes for bookplates100 (minimum order)$45
Decorative boxes for note cards100 (minimum order)$43
Box for Book Only or Book + Flat Items (12 1/8″ x 9 1/8″ with a variable depth)200$184
Box for Book + Bulky Merchandise (12″ x 9″ x 6″)25$19
Priority Mail 2 Day Regional Box B (free from the USPS)25+$0
Shipping to us$100
Total Packaging Costs$391
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Total Estimated Cost for the Proposed Kickstarter Campaign

Book Production$4,950
Merchandise Production$2,262
Shipping and Handling Materials$391
Shipping Costs to Backers$1,155
Estimated Kickstarter Fees$971
Total Estimated Costs$9,729

This anthology has 37 contributors, and we can cover this budget by selling 250 copies – roughly 7 sales per contributor. We feel fairly confident that we’ll be able to fund this, especially considering how well our first anthology did.