SWMC/HBCS Budget

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We are in the earliest stages of planning the project budget for these anthologies.We expect to launch the crowdfunding campaign on Seed & Spark on June 15th, and while prices may yet change between now and then, this reflects our best estimates and current costs.

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Book Printing Budget

ItemNumber NeededTotal PriceSource/Notes
Front Cover Art2$460Friendly Pigeon
Manuscript Formatting2$400Hermit9
Fonts, Graphics, and other Manuscript-related Expensesn/a$100Funds set aside for buying specialty fonts or other elements we may need to produce a polished finished product.
Payments to Authors36$2,1601 cent per word US, for 36 authors (18 per anthology), writing stories up to 6,000 words.
Editing by Duck Prints Press staff$1,500
“She Wears the Midnight Crown” Book (Digest Size, 5.5″ x 8.5″)100$758Mixam
“He Bears the Cape of Stars” Books (Digest Size, 5.5″ x 8.5″) 100$758Mixam
Book shipping from Mixam to Us$167
ISBNs4n/aThese were paid for as part of a prior project
Protective Packaging for Mailing to Backers300$48Papermart
Total to Produce 200 Books$6,351
Price per Book (all)$15.88For estimated sales of 200 Print Books + and 200 E-Books
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Merchandise

We’ve only just begin to consider what extras and merchandise we might like to offer to our backers on Seed & Spark and what purchasing options we’ll give. Tentatively, we’re expecting to offer the following levels:

  • Level 1: She Wears the Midnight Crown e-book OR He Bears the Cape of Stars e-book
  • Level 2: She Wears the Midnight Crown e-book AND He Bears the Cape of Stars e-book
  • Level 3: She Wears the Midnight Crown trade paperback book OR He Bears the Cape of Stars trade paperback book
  • Level 4: She Wears the Midnight Crown trade paperback book AND He Bears the Cape of Stars trade paperback book
  • Level 5: She Wears the Midnight Crown trade paperback book plus associated flat merchandise (bookmark, art print, sticker, pin) OR He Bears the Cape of Stars trade paperback book plus associated flat merchandise (bookmark, art print, sticker, pin)
  • Level 6: She Wears the Midnight Crown trade paperback book AND He Bears the Cape of Stars trade paperback book plus ALL flat merchandise (2 bookmarks, 2 art prints, 2 stickers, 2 pins)
  • Level 7: She Wears the Midnight Crown trade paperback book, He Bears the Cape of Stars trade paperback book, ALL flat merchandise (2 bookmarks, 2 art prints, 2 stickers, 2 pins), AND special merchandise (rainbow-strap tote bag, patch, candle)
  • Level 8: the Treat Yo’self Package: everything in Level 7, plus a hand-made charm bracelet, chocolate from Uncle Sam’s Chocolates, deluxe rubber ducky, bath bomb, and a lace rainbow mask.
Type of MerchandiseNumber MadeTotal PriceSource
Prints of the Cover Art (8″ x 10″)100$94PrintKeg; we’ll make separate prints of each cover.
Die Cut Stickers (3″ x 3″)100$221Sticker Ninja; we’ll produce two different campaign dux stickers
Bookmarks (2″ by 7.25″) with Tassels100$197UPrinting (tassel from Etsy); we’ll produce two different bookmarks. This price includes paying for two art commisions.
Enamel Pins (1.5″ circle, approximately)100$650Alchemy; we’ll produce two different enamel pins. This price includes paying for two art commissions.
Embroidered Patches (approximately 3″ x 3″)100$330Alchemy; we’ll produce two different embroidered patches. This price includes paying for two art commissions.
Logo-Stamped Tote Bag48$730Anypromo; this price includes shipping to us
Custom-Made Campaign Candle50$200Speculative Wicktion
Charm Bracelet20$224Sourced from various Etsy providers.
Chocolate20$200Uncle Sam’s Chocolates and Candy
Rubber Ducky20$100(to be determined)
Bath Bombs24$39We’re considering something like this.
Rainbow Mask20$33We’re considering this one.
Estimated Shipping to Us$125Some of the above prices include shipping, some don’t.
Estimated Sales Tax$25Some of the above prices include sales tax; some vendors, we already have sales tax exemptions. We’ll apply for other exemptions as we’re able.
Total Cost to Produce Merchandise$3,168
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Packaging for Mailing Items to Campaign Backers

As this is our third project, we’ve managed to build a decent stash of shipping supplies that we can use for this project and won’t need to purchase again. Hence, things like tape and some box sizes are not on this list, because we already have them. We purchase most of our packaging from Papermart.com.

ItemNumberTotal Price
Bubble Wrap (Large Bubbles)1 roll @ 500 ft.$72
Box for Book Alone (9 1/2″ by 6 1/2″ by 1/2″ – 2″/variable)50$43
Box for Book + Flat Merchandise (11 1/8″ by 8 5/8″ by 1/2″ – 2″ variable)50$43
Box for Book + Bulky Merchandise (11 5/8″ by 9 1/8″ by 5 1/4″)50$41
Shipping from Papermart to Us (Estimate)$150
Total Packaging Costs$349
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Total Estimated Cost for the Proposed Seed & Spark Crowdfunding Campaign

Book Production$6,351
Merchandise Production$3,168
Shipping and Handling Materials$349
Shipping to Backers (estimated based on 200 backers ordering physical merchandise)$1,704
Estimated Processing Fees (approx. 4% of the total budget)$450
Sales Tax Owed for Backers in New York State$150
Total Estimated Cost for Everything$12,172

Based on the number of authors and creators involved in this project and our sales on our previous two projects, we don’t think that reaching a funding goal of $12,500 will be challenging. We’ve also planned several stretch goals, primarily aimed at enabling us to give our contributing authors a raise.