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Working with crowd-funder Unbound

13 September 2016

‘Crowd funding can be quite arduous and you have to be persistent - to the point of being very concerned that you are nauseating and repetitive! But if you stop, then the funding dries up pretty quickly. You have to keep going and you need to be of a mindset that you're happy to do that. If you're an author who's so involved in the creative process that you're not interested in getting involved with your readers, then it's probably not the route for you. But if you're someone who embraces every facet of putting a book together and selling it, then it's quite exciting!

Unbound are great to work with as a team. The author is in control as much as they would like to be within the process, which was attractive. With a book of children's poetry, I think the realistic expectation is that it will have a limited market, but that's fine with Unbound and crowdfunding because a limited market is all it needs to justify its publication. How Unbound's lists develop over the years will be really interesting to see. Will it be a random shotgun of potpourri or will it end up specialising in different areas? I don't know!

David Roche, Chair of the Board of Advisers of Bookbrunch, author of Just Where You Left it and Other Poems (How To Survive School, Parents and Everything Else That's Unfair In Life). It is being published by the relatively young crowd-funding publisher Unbound and is now fully funded, which means it will hit the shelves sometime next year.