Being a hipster is fairly expensive. Between all the single-origin, iced coffees and ethically sourced clothing, costs add up. Turns out, self-publishing a hipster book is no exception. This is why I’ve decided to crowd-fund Hipsters Having a Bad Day.
Let’s break this thang on down.
Crowdfunding: The practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.
It’s pretty cut and dry — I have an idea I want to share, and it put it blankly, I need help…financially (Words of encouragement are also appreciated.).
Here’s a (rough) cost of making this idea, a reality:
- Printing $3,000 to $5,000 (Depending on what kind of cover — soft cover or hardcover — is selected)
- Legal Fees $1,500
- ISBN # $150
- Copyright Fees $100
- Editing Free (Thank you, friends!)
- Shipping $2,200
- Merchandise Costs $1,000
- Miscellaneous costs that I have no idea that will surely pop up $1,000
Total Cost $8,950
Kickstarter is all or nothing fundraising, I.E., if the goal is $1,000 and I raise $999, the Kickstarter receives nothing, and I lay on the floor in sorrow. So, honestly, anything helps.
I would not do this without offering some RAD incentives! Here are the different levels of what you will receive for donating*:
The Thrift Shop Hero | $15
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind thank you, handwritten with the finest fountain ink pen a millennial can buy.
The Classic Hipster | $25
With this neat-o lens cloth, your vintage, tortoise-shell glasses will never be smudged again.
The Supporter of the Arts | $65
Dip your toes in the lagoon of hipster culture by studying 96-pages of satire. Don’t forget your cup of oolong tea, and to sit by a wood-burning fireplace, while you contemplate the complexities of kale chips. Includes thank you card, lens cloth, and a printed copy of Hipsters Having a Bad Day.
The Craft-Brew Connoisseur | $100
You are ready to graduate to Hipster Connoisseur. Now, go to your favorite brewery with a book from your local library and sip on the same drink for three hours. Includes thank you card, lens cloth, and a printed and digital copy of Hipsters Having a Bad Day, and 16″ x 20″ print of “The Anatomy of a Hipster.”
The Lumbersexual | $250
Double the Hipster, double the fun. Recieve two copies of each item in “The Craft Brew Connoisseur” pack and grow a beard*!
*Beard not included. That’s on you
The InstaHipster| $500
By the power vested in me, by the grand city of Portland, I decree you a bonafide HIPSTER. Be transformed into your very own Hipster illustration and receive a digital copy of that illustration for your personal use. Includes thank you card, lens cloth, and a printed and digital copy of Hipsters Having a Bad Day, and 16″ x 20″ print of “The Anatomy of a Hipster,” and a digital copy of a personalized Hipster illustration.
The Most Hip Hipster | $1,000
Have you been with Hipsters Having a Bad Day since day one? Do you see these goofy illustrations and smile from ear to ear? Join the most hip hipsters in town and not only receive a unqiue Hipster illustration, but have that illustration, and personalized quip, be a part of this book. Includes thank you card, lens cloth, and a printed and digital copy of Hipsters Having a Bad Day, and 16″ x 20″ print of “The Anatomy of a Hipster,” and a digital copy of a personalized Hipster illustration, and that illustration and personalized quip, published in the book
My goal is $10,000. Honestly, it seems incredibly daunting, but it gives me a solid base to finish it (the right way), print, and distribute the book. Anything raised above the initial goal will go to the following: Hardback copies, more copies of Hipsters Having a Bad Day, a variety enameled pins, reusable grocery bags, socks (Ooooh, how fun!), and other merchandise.
Getting to this point has taken a considerable amount of work, but it feels great to know that Hipsters is moving forward. This book started as a dinky studio project but has grown into something that genuinely makes people laugh and smile. So, please, donate to the Kickstarter in any way you can. Thank you.