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Orson Scott Card
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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/5809748/a-year-of-snide-remarks

Columnist Eric Snider, who is both funny and smart, except when he disagrees with me, in which case he's funny and annoying, is using fundraising website KickStarter.com to raise $5,000 by the first of February to pay himself a hundred dollars a week to write his weekly column.

Of course, if he doesn't make it, he gets nada. But since my kids and I read him regularly and talk about his columns, it was a no-brainer for me to contribute.

I think the operative principle here is that he has already proven himself to be excellent and reliable. This isn't a pig-in-a-poke ("sponsor me to write my first novel"); it's signing on to support a continuing enterprise.

And a hundred a week isn't exactly huge. He's underpaying himself; but at least it's a way, potentially, to monetize his work on the web. I'll be interested to see if it works. He's more than halfway there already.

If you don't know his work, check out his website:
http://www.ericdsnider.com/

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BlackBlade
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Interesting concept, thanks for the link. Also, it's nice to see you around on this side of the forums again!
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I really love the idea of kickstarter. Another great site along those lines is Quirky, which is to products what kickstarter is to projects.
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El JT de Spang
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kickstarter has already come and died on the independent artist scene. A bunch of my musician friends used it to fund records and touring with varying degrees of success.

But I think that time has passed.

And I think there are much better way to monetize his website than this. But I wish him luck -- he's a talented and funny guy, no question.

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I've had several people tell me I should use Kickstarter to fund the ARG I've been trying to develop for over two years now.

A friend used it to fund his alternate reality game "Socks, Inc.", but admittedly he's much more zany than I am (watch the video; it's quite entertaining).

My problem has always been coming up with a price for what I do. If I were to put a price on doing this sort of thing, I'm afraid the price would be too high and an unrealistic goal in these sorts of thing.

But you never know...

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Generally, things start being truly useful just after the independent artists get tired of them. [Smile]
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El JT de Spang
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Oh, the artists aren't tired of them. The fans are.
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quote:
Originally posted by El JT de Spang:
kickstarter has already come and died on the independent artist scene. A bunch of my musician friends used it to fund records and touring with varying degrees of success.

But I think that time has passed.

I don't know about that. Debra Romer, who was recently on America's Got Talent, did a Kickstarter thing for $3K to do an EP. She was inundated with funds from fans, getting over $13K in the first week.

I was actually thinking about doing this to force myself to work on a book project that I have a number of people out in cyberspace complaining that I haven't done.

OSC, I hope you're feeling better. We were worried.

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I think the main problem with Kickstarter is, you need a good, novel set of rewards that are good compensation for the funding received.
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El JT de Spang
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quote:
Originally posted by Lisa:
quote:
Originally posted by El JT de Spang:
kickstarter has already come and died on the independent artist scene. A bunch of my musician friends used it to fund records and touring with varying degrees of success.

But I think that time has passed.

I don't know about that. Debra Romer, who was recently on America's Got Talent, did a Kickstarter thing for $3K to do an EP. She was inundated with funds from fans, getting over $13K in the first week.

I was actually thinking about doing this to force myself to work on a book project that I have a number of people out in cyberspace complaining that I haven't done.

OSC, I hope you're feeling better. We were worried.

Oh, I'm sure she did. I was more talking about artists like me, who aren't on TV, or youtube sensations. Who count their fans in the three or low four figures, and not the 5 or 6 figures.
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I noticed this on Snider's site the other day. I pledged some, but didn't get further than thinking of promoting it elsewhere.

I guess now I don't have to.

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I know a group using Kickstarter to fund making a CNC machine which will then make more CNC machines to sell to the people contributing funds (at certain levels). Hadn't heard of it before last week.

Cool!

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And he made his goal! One year of Snide Remarks!
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Psh... I'm on at least 5 years already.
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quote:
Originally posted by Orincoro:
Psh... I'm on at least 5 years already.

+1 [Smile]
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