We used Kickstarter.com to help us fund the printing costs of "Chasing Watermelons". It was an interesting experience. We had to try twice. The first time, our video focused on giving the whole first part of the book, so people could see that the writing and illustrations were both good. They didn't care, and the project did not succeed. The second time, we talked more about ourselves and our plans, and only gave a snippet from the book, and the project was successfully funded (with some help). We'll use Kickstarter again in the future, and continue to experiment with how to influence people to support quality books for children.
Now it's time to send copies to reviewers, find holiday sale opportunities, promote for school presentations, register with the Library of Congress, etc..
I'd like people's opinion...
I'm considering making the books available as eBooks. Cheap. A dollar or less. I'm hoping that people who enjoy the book in that format may buy the hard cover as well. At the least, I hope it will grow our name recognition. Considering that an eBook costs nothing to produce (if I can figure it our myself), is this a good idea?