Would you pre-pay extra to get a favorite title added to JNC?
@thomask The number of prospective sales for a title to be potentially profitable would vary from title to title, since factors like the license asking price and length of the series would vary.
And I think OP is suggesting individual fundraisers for each title, not one fundraiser for a bunch of titles.
Do we know how many prospective sales JNC has to know they’d make before it becomes worth while in licensing something?
Nope, and it's probably going to vary from title to tile depending on how much money the Japanese publisher wants for the license. I'd expect the translation cost to also go up a bit for longer novels.
Base cost = $x per license + $y to translate (translator, editor, management) + $z for any retailer listing/misc setup costs
Digital version break-even = (base cost / gross profit per sale) books sold <=== 7.95 * 70%? for Amazon, etc.
My problem with it is how would they make the choice? I mean I’d toss in extra for probably a dozen series, while wanting say Legendary moonlight Scultpor and Magi Grandson be at the top and others to be at the bottom, hows that fair from the others who have a list that are opposite to mine and how does JNC decide?
Perhaps they are offered in small enough batches like 1-3 titles at a time, that if they all succeed then they all get worked on.
As mentioned by others this kind of project probably won't happen because a publisher won't want the embarrassment of having the attempt fail, so it's more of a "wouldn't this be nice" thread.