I interviewed author, Lauren Darnell (@tryhardwriter on Instagram and TikTok), about her recent successful Kickstarter campaign for self publishing her children's picture book, The Day It Rained Iguanas. If you've been thinking about doing this for your next book, watch this before you launch!
YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/r0Cwlp_PMBI
Timestamped show notes for YouTube (click timestamp to view segment):
0:20 Welcoming author Lauren Darnell to the show
1:36 Lauren Darnell's writing and publishing experience
2:35 Lauren's crowdfunding campaign and why she choose to self publish that way
2:57 Challenges of writing children's picture books
4:51 Why Lauren chose self publishing and Kickstarter
7:27 Tips for crowdfunding with Kickstarter
11:53 Evaluating your author platform and fan base
13:41 Planning a timeline for Kickstarter
17:12 Handling Kickstarter campaign logistics, taxes, shipping, etc.
22:16 Challenges of working with educational and children's markets
26:00 Lessons Lauren learned from the campaign
26:35 How did the coronavirus pandemic impact campaign launch?
30:07 How to reach Lauren Darnell