I rarely use this space to push anyone toward donations, but I just found out that PFP Publishing/AJAR Contemporaries will be publishing Lunch with Buddha, the sequel to author Roland Merullo's bestselling Breakfast with Buddha, and they have started a Kickstarter campaign to help raise marketing and printing costs.
Mr. Merullo explains why he's gone with a small, independent publisher on the Kickstarter page here.
It's hard to pick and choose which crowdsourcing campaigns to talk up; there's a lot going on out there, much of it worthwhile. Here's an opportunity, though, where an established author has chosen to travel the road less taken, striking a blow for author independence, and also giving a real legitimacy to a small, growing publisher navigating the murky waters of modern publishing.
And on a lighter note, if you're a bibliophile or a Merullo fan or both, the incentives for the various levels of donations are really worthwhile.
By way of full disclosure, I do have a relationship with PFP Publishing/AJAR Contemporaries, and I consider their founder, Peter Sarno, an old and dear friend, but regardless, a lot of Kickstarter campaigns cross my virtual desk every week and try to only spread the word about ones I feel strongly about. Take a look if you have the time, drop a dollar in the hat if you can... or if nothing else, pick up a copy of Breakfast With Buddha. You won't regret it.
Matthew Phillion is a full time writer, frequent actor, sometimes director, and occasional photographer. He can be reached here.