“Aim For The Heart” Budget

This is a proposed draft of the budget for the Aim For The Heart crowdfunding campaign. Now that the campaign has ended, we will update this with our actual expenses once we have finished paying for the campaign.

All prices in this budget are in USD.

Book Printing Budget

ItemNumber NeededTotal PriceSource/Notes
Front Cover Art1$200Pallas Perilous
Manuscript Formatting1$200Hermit9
Payments to Authors21$1,030Flat rate of $50 per story, plus estimated transfer fees
Payments to Artists19$980Flat rate of $50 per artwork, plus estimated transfer fees
Editing by Duck Prints Press staff$1,500
“Aim For The Heart” Book (Digest Size, 5.5″ x 8.5″)100$1,045Booklogix
Book shipping from Mixam to Us$150
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$5,135


This is a tentative list of proposed merchandise; we may end up reducing how much merch we produce for this campaign. All prices are in USD, and include all associated costs (art commission, shipping, packaging, etc.).

ItemNumber NeededTotal PriceSource/Notes
Magnet of the Front Cover Art (2″ x 3″)100 (minimum order)$269Custom-Magnets
Bookmark (2″ x 9″)50$125Art by Jagoda Zirebiec; printed by Uprinting.
Dux Sticker (3″ x 3″)50$111Art by Alessa Riel; printed by Vograce.
Enamel Key Chain (2″ x 2″)50$365Art by Aceriee; manufactured by Alchemy.
Total to Produce Merchandise$870

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.

ItemNumber NeededTotal PriceSource/Notes
Bubble Wrap (Small Bubbles)1 roll$36(Source)
Adjustable Shipping Boxes100$118Papermart
Total to Purchase Packing Materials$154


ItemTotal Price
Book Production$5,135
Merchandise Production$870
Shipping Materials$154
Projected Hosting Platform Fees$618
Estimated New York State Sales Tax Owed$32
Estimated Shipping to Backers$975
Total to Produce Merchandise$7,784

We anticipate seeking funding with an initial goal of $8,000 for the crowdfunding campaign for Aim For The Heart: Queer Fanworks Inspired By Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers.”