They say everyone has a book in them and these days it’s easier than ever to get it out. You can make your own book, write your own story or publish photos books with an array of online choices. Choosing to use the opportunity to create original books is also a unique way to create fund raising opportunities for your business, organization, club or non-profit charity. Online fundraising can be accomplished anytime and anywhere through companies like WePay where you can create a site, take orders and sell products. Your one-of -a kind book would be a perfect product choice. It will be something your friends and supporters will want and an item not available anywhere else.
Regardless of the popularity of electronic book platforms and all the numerous e-readers available, people still like physical books. Photos books are still best sellers. Experienced chefs and novice cooks like cookbooks, they are both useful and inspirational. Cookbooks and photo books are good choices for fundraising no matter what kind of group you represent. Parents or boosters can supply recipes for sports team books, cultural clubs can write their own text, almost anyone can supply good high quality digital photos.
Just because you have a backgammon club or water polo team doesn’t mean you can’t publish a cookbook. Consider gathering recipes from the families of your team , favorites of famous chefs or the best-loved dishes from local restaurants. From Bar-B-Que to Cordon Bleu, your book should be unique to you and reflect your taste and style.
The Down Low on Uploads
Online book creation has been made simple by the advent of book creation software. Books are easy to make by following simple instructions. Memory book websites include pre-made templates and ideas or options to create your own pages. All the books are totally customizable with colors, fonts and photo uploading. Many online sources let multiple creators log in and contribute to the book easing the responsibility for committee members.
Plan of Attack
With any fundraising effort the key is to plan ahead. Take some time to explore different sites for pricing and options. Memory books come in hard cover and paperback, black and white or color and any choice of size.
- Decide on the content and number of pages
- Look for an online company that will give you great pricing on a quantity purchase
- Ask your committee members to contribute writing, photos or recipes
- Set a timeline and deadline
You can also collect game photos, quotes, and scores over an entire season for your team and publish the book as a year-end product.
- Set Up Sales
Once you have a plan for your book you can start taking orders online. As people contribute to the book you can release some teasers of the content – a great photo or a Holiday recipe. Since your book is going to be a unique and limited edition product you can ask a premium price.
Pre-selling the book will give you a better idea of the demand and the quantity you should order. Keep in mind that online publishing sites will allow you to go back and order more books if you sell out, but the cost will most likely be higher per unit.
Proof and Double Proof!
Once you have your book ready for publishing there is no going back. The company that produces your books will take no responsibility for the mistakes you might make.
- Have several people proof the book
- Have people outside of your organization or club help proof the content. Fresh eyes can see what people on the inside might miss.
Online publishing companies offer high quality short run books that will be a treasured keepsake for your fans. Whether your book has prize-winning photography or kindergarten kids’ artwork on the pages, those who support your team or cause will love them. Books are forever.