It has been done but far more people fail than succeed. What does not work is simply opening up a funding page and then waiting for strangers to give you money. Find out why people dislike adventure crowdfunders and what kind of projects they will support.
You can’t find a traditional publisher because no one will take the time to appreciate that readers want to buy your story. You can’t self-publish because you don’t have the time, skill or money to undertake and underwrite the process.The British publisher Unbound have stepped into this space with an innovative business model where traditional publishing builds off crowdfunding.
Having completed the first source-to-mouth expedition along Angola's longest river, Oscar Scafidi had to work out how to get the story into print. He would eventually decide to publish with Unbound, a full-service publishing house that uses an innovative crowdfunding model and offers a 50/50 royalty deal. This is the story of Oscar's (ongoing) journey to publication.
British rower and adventurer Sarah Outen took five years to circle globe under her own power. She returned home with epic stories to tell and many hours of video footage. Now she is raising money via crowdfunding to make the film of her journey. This is the story behind the planning of her Kickstarter.