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$200Hermit9
Payments to Authorsn/a$8501 cent per word US, for 17 authors, writing stories up to 5,000 words.
Payments to Artistsn/a$1,030$50 per page, per artist; 16 artists are contributing, and 4 are doing two pieces; includes Paypal fees for paying artists outside the U.S.A.
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
Protective Packaging$198Papermart
Total to Produce 100 Books$4,928
Price per Book (all)$24.64For estimated sales of 125 Print Books + and 75 E-Books
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This is the merchandise we are producing for the Kickstarter. Everything is customized with graphics made in-house or by the listed artists. Additional merchandise will be offered as stretch goals; you can read more about those in the FAQ. 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. Prices include shipping to me, sales tax where applicable, and packaging necessary to safely distribute the merchandise without damaging it.

Type of MerchandiseNumber MadeTotal PriceSource
Bookmark (2″ x 9″, with a tassel)200$173Art by Alicia Matheson; printing by UPrinting
Tea Cup and Saucer (8 oz. deep, 3″ tall, 6″ saucer)36$442Art by Cris Alborja; china stamping by Maryland China
Teapot6$62Maryland China
Journal (6″ x 8 1/2″)50$548Art by Alessa Riel; printing by AnyPromo
Bookplates (3″ x 4″, self-adhesive, set of 20)1,000 (50 sets of 20)$479Art by Huaepiphany; printing by Bookplate Ink
Note Cards (3.5″ x 5″, blank interior, with envelopes, set of 10)500 (50 sets of 10)$390Art by Miss Aceriee; printing by UPrinting
Art Print (8″ x 10″)100$102Art by Gio Guimarães (front cover); printing by PrintKeg
Die Cut Sticker (approximately 3″ x 3″)20$133Art by Alessa Riel; printing by StickerMule
Enamel Pin (1.5″ circle)100$345Art by Meredith Pancake; metal stamping and enamel fill by Alchemy
Dux Plush Add On2$50Made by EmpowerFantasy Plush
Tea24$84The Whistling Kettle
Total Cost to Produce Merchandise$2,808
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Packing to Mail Items to Kickstarter Backers

We’re offering six backer tiers – e-book only, trade paperback only, e-book plus “items that ship flat”, trade paperback plus “items that ship flat” such as art prints, stickers, etc., trade paperback plus all the merchandise., and a “tea for four” backer with some fancy extras We buy all our packaging materials from Papermart.com. We also have some packing materials left from previous projects; those we’ll be using and this project won’t be “charged” for the expense of purchasing them; those savings are taken into account already in this budget.

ItemNumberTotal Price
Bubblewrap Envelope for Merchandise Only (9 1/2″ x 13″)100$24
Box for Book Only or Book + Flat Items (12 1/8″ x 9 1/8″ with a variable depth)200$195
Box for Book + Bulky Merchandise (12″ x 9″ x 6″)25$30
Bubble Wrap (in two sizes)3$108
Shipping to us$150
Total Packaging Costs$507
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Total Estimated Cost for the Proposed Kickstarter Campaign

Book Production$4,928
Merchandise Production$2,808
Shipping and Handling Materials$507
Estimated Shipping Costs to Backers$1,736
Estimated Kickstarter Fees$997
Total Estimated Costs$10,976

Based on this, our fundraising goal for this anthology is $11,000. And Seek (Not) to Alter Me has 36 contributors, and we can cover this budget by selling 200 copies – roughly 6 sales per contributor. We feel confident that we’ll be able to fund this, especially considering how well our first anthology did (our first Kickstarter, with a goal of $7,500, sold almost 800 copies and raised almost $26,000).