PRLog - Aug. 18, 2014 - ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Daniel Adorno, author of the fantasy novel The Blade Heir, published his first book thanks to a growing trend known as online crowdfunding. In recent years, websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have allowed start-up businesses to become viable by gaining financial backers online. Adorno says crowdfunding website, Pubslush, provides aspiring authors the same opportunity by targeting readers who can double as backers for literary projects like The Blade Heir.
The Blade Heir
“Pubslush allowed me to build a platform of supporters for my novel, who contributed financially so I could move forward with self-publishing and not worry about the expenses,” said Adorno.
Without the financial support of a large publisher, independent authors like Adorno struggle to pay the high costs associated with publishing a novel, namely editing, cover design, and marketing. Although crowdfunding provides would-be authors a lucrative alternative to saving money on their own, it’s still a gamble. Pubslush and other crowdfunding sites require a minimum funding goal to be reached before any money is disbursed to project creators.
“I didn’t meet my maximum goal for the project, but I met the minimum,” Adorno commented. When asked why he chose Pubslush over a more popular crowdfunding site like Kickstarter, Adorno states that Pubslush allows project creators to donate a portion of their funding to charities committed to reducing worldwide illiteracy rates for children around the world. An added benefit for authors who successfully meet their funding goal is a dedicated URL on the Pubslush site with a link to their novel’s page on Amazon. Adorno has already finalized his novel page on the site and hopes more new authors will take advantage of crowdfunding to build a readership.
The Blade Heir is an epic fantasy story of an orphan named Lucius Nostra, who is raised by elves and entrusted with the task of forging an ancient sword to stop an uprising of dragons. The Blade Heir is currently available in eBook format online for the Kindle and Nook. It is also available in print from Amazon.com.
About Daniel Adorno
Daniel Adorno is an author of fantasy and science fiction, and he occasionally dabbles in poetry. He was a finalist for My Faith Radio Writers Contest in 2013. Daniel lives in Farmington, Minnesota with his wife and 2 year-old son. Read more at http://danieladorno.com/