mytroJohn Biggs, East Coast Editor of TechCrunch, is using Indiegogo to raise money to publish his first novel.

He is hoping to raise $8,000, which he explains is about the price of an advance for a first novel. Though he admits that maybe he should have asked for less. Donations vary in price and will buy a supporter either a print or eBook edition of the work. The novel is called MyTro. It is a YA novel about a secret subway system, and the kids that discover it.

Rather than go through a traditional publisher, Biggs choose crowd funding because  he has “been an avid supporter of both crowdfunding and new publishing paradigms for years but I’ve never put my money where my mouth is,” he explained in a blog post on TechCrunch. Read more