Friday, January 30, 2015

On Unbound

I'm a big fan of crowdfunding, and I've helped fund films and the new album from my favorite band, American Aquarium. As much as I enjoy films and music, however, I'm much more devoted to books, which is why I love Unbound, a British crowdfunding publisher. The first book I pledged to support, Dead Babies and Seaside Towns, is now fully funded. I pledged £10, and my reward is an ebook of it when it's published. I also get my name in the back of the book, as do all those who pledge. It's a memoir, and its author, Alice Jolly, is a published novelist and playwright. In 2007, she wrote an editorial about her stillborn baby. To me, this book shouldn't need a platform like Unbound, and I was glad to support it. I look forward to reading it later this year.

So far, it's the only book I've supported, but I've certainly been tempted to pledge my support for other titles. In time, I will. Unbound lets you browse or search by category. I was first drawn to the Women in Print category, which features both fiction and nonfiction from female authors. Like other crowdfunding sites, there are options to get more in return for larger pledges, and some authors get quite creative with the options. It is one of my life's goals to have the opportunity to name a character in a book, and Unbound makes that so much more likely to happen. Unbound's biggest success story to date is The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth, which was longlisted for the 2014 Booker Prize. I hope future success stories continue to bring awareness to the site, as it is a wonderful avenue for authors and readers.

Want to know more? This video explains how Unbound works:

Convinced? Visit Unbound to see what titles are available and make a pledge.

This post is not sponsored. I just happen to think Unbound is awesome and wanted to spread the word about it. But if anyone wants to pay me to write about things I think are awesome, I'm happy to listen to your pitch.


  1. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing this, definitely something I'd like to invest in as well.

  2. I love the idea of Unbound. Thanks for sharing.


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