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05 December 2021

Open Book: Alternative Funding Methods - Kickstarter

15 June 2021


When: 4pm on Tuesday 15 June 2021

Format: Zoom


This Open Book Session for Publishing Scotland members was held on Tuesday 15 June. 

With the advent of crowdfunding, it is now possible to generate an audience and finance publishing projects using the digital space. Publishing Scotland hosted a Zoom session with Oriana Leckert, the Director of Publishing & Comics Outreach at Kickstarter, who who told us more about how to set up a successful crowdfunding campaign. We also heard from Rebecca Wojturska (Haunt Publishing) and Heather McDaid (404 Ink) on their experiences of crowdfunding. 

Oriana Leckert is the Director of Publishing & Comics Outreach at Kickstarter, where she helps creators bring a marvelous array of literary projects to life. She's written and edited for Vice, MTV News, Slate, Hyperallergic, Gothamist, Atlas Obscura, and many more. Her first book, Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity (Monacelli, 2015), grew out of a multi-year project chronicling the rise and fall of under-the-radar creative places across New York City.

Rebecca Wojturska is a librarian who specialises in academic publishing. She is also the founder and director of Haunt, a publisher dedicated to uplifting underrepresented voices of Gothic and horror fiction. Haunts first book, Haunted Voices, was successfully Kickstarted in 2019 and Where Decay Sleeps, the debut poetry collection by Anna Cheung, will be crowdfunded then published in September 2021, along with two other titles (to be revealed!). Rebecca is also a writer and, when not writing or publishing, can be found reading, crushing her enemies at board games, or snuggling her pooch.

Heather McDaid is co-founder and publishing director of award-winning independent publisher 404 Ink. She is also Books Editor at The Skinny magazine, and a freelancer working across the book industry. As a publisher, she's run several successful crowdfunding campaigns across Kickstarter, Crowdfunder and Patreon, and consults on crowdfunding projects for smaller organisations. 404 Ink have crowdfunded their essay anthology Nasty Women, graphic novel with BHP Comics We Shall Fight Until We Win, literary magazines, and - most recently - the launch of a new non-fiction series Inklings. @heathermmcd