Have you ever dreamed of launching an exciting creative project but couldn’t because you lacked the funding to get it off the ground?
If so, I’d like to introduce a book that has the potential to change your life. The Kickstarter Handbook – Real-Life Crowdfunding Success Stories by Don Steinberg describes everything you need to know about the Kickstarter project, which is one of the most amazing concepts I have ever read about!
The Kickstarter.com website was launched in 2009 as a funding platform for people with lots of creative ideas – but not an overflowing bank account. Through a process called crowdfunding, the Kickstarter website connects creative people with potential investors all around the world who might be interested in backing your project! In return, you offer a reward that is commensurate with the amount of money that they are pledging.
Sound crazy? Perhaps, but it works – if you approach the venture with the proper mindset and planning! As you might imagine, there are a number of stipulations that govern a website such as this. Asking for money does not mean you will automatically receive it. Likewise, receiving money does not mean that your project will automatically be a success. That’s where The Kickstarter Handbook kicks in.
There are a number of things you need to know before you venture into the Kickstarter universe – and The Kickstarter Handbook guides you through every step of the process. The book is both inspiring and cautionary (and rightfully so!)
You’ll read real life success stories – but you’ll also learn valuable lessons from those who failed. Because Kickstarter is an all or nothing proposition, you’ll find plenty of invaluable worksheets to help you plan your project. You’ll even find alternatives to Kickstarter in case you’re looking for funding of a different nature!
Although Kickstarter has only existed for a few years, it has impacted the world of creative arts in a major way. According to author Don Steinberg:
By 2011, Publishers Weekly magazine calculated that Kickstarter had become the No. 3 publisher of indie graphic novels in the United States, in terms of the number of book projects it funded.
The 2012 Sundance Film Festival, a major showcase for independent films, featured seventeen movies that had received Kickstarter funding, amounting to 10 percent of the festival’s lineup.
Early in 2012, Kickstarter announced that it expected to fund creative projects to the tune of $150 million for the year, a slightly larger sum than the 2012 fiscal budget for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Before I read this book, I had never heard of Kickstarter or crowdfunding. By the time I finished the book, I was inspired by the prospect that such a place exists – and that generous strangers are willing to invest in the dreams of creative visionaries and help bring their visions into fruition!
Whether you have a dream – or know someone who does – I highly recommend The Kickstarter Handbook as a gift for yourself or a friend. Through this book, you have the power to change a life – either your own or someone else’s!
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