Aether Beyond the Binary Budget

This is a final budget for the Aether Beyond the Binary crowdfunding campaign. It reflects our actual expenses as calculated for the real campaign, which raised $23,789 from 506 backers and ended on January 25th 2024.

All prices are in USD and are rounded to the nearest dollar.

Funding and Related Expenses


These are people who backed but whose payments didn’t actually go through


This is the amount of money that Duck Prints Press actually received in our bank account when funds from Kickstarter cleared.

Book Printing Budget

ItemNumber NeededTotal PriceSource/Notes
Front Cover Art1$500Mar Spragge
Manuscript Formatting1$200Hermit
Payments to Authors17$7,489Final pay rate of $375 per story, plus $363.69 in royalties to authors who contributed to the Short Story Bundle add-on
Editing by Duck Prints Press Staff17$3,263
Money Transfer Fees$15Paypal fees for transferring funds to contributors outside the United States.
“Aether Beyond the Binary” Trade Paperback Book (Digest Size, 5.5″ x 8.5″)275$1,650BookLogix
“Aether Beyond the Binary” Hard Cover Book (Digest Size, 5.5″ x 8.5″)80$2,000BookLogix
Book Shipping from BookLogix to Us$485
ISBNs4n/aThese were paid for as part of a prior project
Total to Produce Books$15,602


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″)100$176Art by Pippin Peacock; printed by Uprinting.
Dux Sticker (3″ x 3″)120$101Art by Alessa Riel; printed by Vograce.
Holographic Sticker120$80Art by Mar Spragge; printed by Vograce.
Enamel Pin (2″ x 2″)150$870Art by Atomic Pixies; manufactured by Alchemy.
Patreon-Exclusive Extra: Key Chain (3″ x 1.5″)22$47Art by Mar Spragge; printed by Vograce.
Custom Dux Plushies4$125EmpowerFantasy Plush
Front Cover Art Print100$93Art by Mar Spragge; printed by PrintKeg.
Total to Produce Merchandise$1,492

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
Adjustable Shipping Boxes300$289Papermart
Total to Purchase Packing Materials$289


ItemTotal Price
Book Production$15,602
Merchandise Production$1,492
Shipping Materials$289
New York State and Massachusetts Sales Tax Owed$203
Shipping to Backers$2,565
Total to Fulfill Campaign$20,151
Net Profit$1,368