I was approached by a family member who thought I might be interested in Kickstarter. If you’ve never heard of this project, they basically give authors, film makers, entrepreneurs and anyone else who has an idea or dream, an opportunity to promote their project and ask for money to fund it. It’s an excellent idea and provides lots of support for anyone who would like to generate a following which encompasses not only financial support but just support in regards to like minded individuals who may share the same idea.
Over at Litreactor, lots of reasons why Kickstarter can be good for writers. They’ve listed prime examples of how it could be a benefit and also a few that show why it may not work for everyone. If you have had an experience with Kickstarter or are considering it, I would love to hear all about it.
It used to be that if you wanted to record an album or write a book, you had to beg your parents for money or get a job flipping burgers, just to keep the lights on and the booze flowing while you toiled at your art.
That paradigm has shifted, thanks to crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter, where you can post a work-in-progress, request funding by enticing people with exclusives and rewards, and ultimately fund your dream without the indignity of filing out an application at the local Starbucks.
It’s like a public endowment for the arts. It democratizes the process; the people choose what they want to hear or see or read. Sounds cool, right?
But the site and the process aren’t without criticisms. Some people regard it as little more than digital panhandling, and Kickstarter has been accused of not policing its own back yard; allowing projects that never come to fruition, and not protecting customers when money disappears.
Quick aside: Last night, on my commute home, I sat on the subway next a couple in their mid-30s. The guy was telling the girl about Kickstarter, and said they should figure out some way to get people to give them $10,000. Read more here.