Hello there Scribblers! J Monkeys here, happy Saturday to you and yours. Whaddja think about my title there? Are you singing? You should be. I have discovered an awesome website for the starving artist. Okay, well, I didn’t discover it, so much as someone sent me a link saying, “Have you checked this out?” Well, I did and now I want to pass the information on to you.
Kickstarter.com is place where artists of all kinds can post a project and look for backers to help them fund it. There are all kinds of projects out there. From movies that people are trying to make to albums being produced, to books, to the development of men’s underwear. Some of the projects have big budgets, $100,000 or more and many have small budgets, $1,000 or less. The band Midiboy’s newest album project just got funded at $680 and the Flint and Tinder Premium Men’s Underwear project just got funded at $167,000.
Once the project is up there, people can back the project using Amazon’s version of PayPal. The backers aren’t charged unless the project is fully funded (meaning the $ goal is reached). Each of the projects have a variety of backer rewards at different pledge levels. Some rewards are thanks and acknowledgement as a contributor and some rewards are a copy of the project when it’s complete, if that appropriate.
Kickstarter is a cool site that’s raising a lot of money to help artists make their projects a reality. Check it out. You can pledge as little as a $1 and often $10-$15 get’s you a backer reward.
As you all know, I’m working on getting 6 books out this year. One of them, Dixie & Taco Go To The Beach (D&T3), is on hold at the moment because I can’t afford to pay the illustrator. I’ve just launched a Kickstarter project to help me get D&T3 back on track. If you have any interest in helping a writer bring a product to market, I’d love to have you as one of my backers. And even if you aren’t interested in backing me, feel free to pass the link on to others. Help me go viral! 🙂
Today’s Secret: There is a place where starving artists can find MONEY to make their dreams come true.
Today’s Question: Don’t you want to help an artist out? Check out Kickstarter.com and see if there are any projects that appeal to you.