So what’s a Kickstarter anyway?

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For the last week, I’ve been asking everyone to “support my Kickstarter” or “back my Kickstarter campaign.” It occurs to me that not everyone is married to a walking Help Desk, and may not know what it actually IS. In any case, let me explain. Or rather, let me sum up

From the Kickstarter website:

1. Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.

We’re a home for everything from films, books, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you.

2. Each project is independently created.

The filmmakers, writers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control over and responsibility for their projects.

3. Together, creators and backers make projects happen.

Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. All-or-nothing funding might seem scary, but it’s amazingly effective in creating momentum and rallying people around an idea. To date, an impressive 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.”

There’s more, but that’s the idea. My project is my latest book: “Astray and the Shelter Dogs,” and I’m hoping to raise enough money to pay the various people who’ve helped me create it, order the bookmarks and copies of the book I’m offering as rewards, and promote the book on a number of “mommy blogs” and animal rescue sites.

Almost every Kickstarter project page has a video describing it – well, I’m a writer, not an on-camera performer, so that part was a challenge! In addition to being a walking Help Desk, my husband is also a trainer for a big telecom company – he speaks in front of audiences all the time. He directed and filmed my video. No pressure, right?

“Try it again, but slower.”

“Pick up the pace on this next take, okay?”

“Fewer filler words this time.”

“Just be natural. You sound too scripted.”

We also have a very inquisitive and barky dog, Bailey, who ruined many a take. Jack’s actually going to make a special blooper reel just for backers to see (and if that’s not a reason to back the campaign, I don’t know what is!)

You can help me get “Astray and the Shelter Dogs” published. Just go here and choose your support level. And thank you very much!



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Writer of whodunits, blog posts, humor essays, children's books, and medical copy. Either flexible or indecisive. Your choice. :)

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