A few weeks ago my step father came home from Gen-Con and plopped two books on my desk. "Here, these are two self published books that made it big by using Kickstarter," he said. Oh, well that's interesting. So I sat and thought about it. You put your book up on Kickstarter with title, synopsis, and an excerpt to prove your writing is on par. You need money for self publishing (advertising, printing, etc.). Why not put it on Kickstarter or something like it? Put up various rewards like having your name in the back of the book for $10, maybe for $100 you can name a character (within reason). It'd quickly cover the cost, and your book would gain exposure before it's even released. The two books he gave me were: Steampunk World: a collection of short stories by nineteen different authors in the Steampunk genre. Athena's Daughters: a collection of Science Fiction/Fantasy short stories written by women (and about women). Of course these are short story compilations, but could this work for a full novel? I personally don't intend to do this as of yet but I'm interested in everyone's opinions. For those who don't know what Gen-Con is (where he got these books, which is important because these were at a stall apparently) a gaming convention for tabletop gaming, role playing games, etc. It had 56,000 UNIQUE visitors in 2014.