We've all seen how successful Kickstarter can be for indie and self publishing. Here's a project I thoroughly recommend supporting: Ripley Patton's Young Adult fantasy novel "Ghost Hand".
Ripley is a friend of mine from her time living here in Christchurch, and as the former president of SpecFicNZ. She has always been super supportive of me, and I'd like to give something back to her.
Ripley wants to raise $US2500 in order to self publish her book. These monies will include a professional edit, ISBN numbers, file conversions, printing, and fees. $2500 might not seem a lot in the grander scheme of the publishing industry, but when you're going it alone with nothing but the support of your family and/or day job, that's a lot of money to scrape up out of thin air!
If you want a teaser of what the book will be about, there's a link to the first chapters on the Kickstarter page.
So let's give Ripley the push she deserves! She's a great fantasy writer, and it would be awesome to see the power of social media and word of mouth get behind her. Tweet it, Facebook it, email it, tell people you know who love YA fantasy. Let's get "Ghost Hand" out there in the world!