Monday, 25 February 2013

33% of Goal Reached on Kickstarter!

Young woman laborer carrying tiles
Just a quick entry to let you all know that I am at 33% of my goal for self-publishing my book Sipping Chai in Chennai. Thank you to all of my readers that are supporting me in this endeavor to tell the stories of single working mothers I have met while I have been working and living in South India for the past eighteen months.

Please click here to see a detailed description of my Kickstarter project.

If you are not familiar with Kickstarter, please read the information below and go to the URL listed below. It's a great way to become involved in many creative and helpful projects worldwide!

  1. What's Kickstarter?(

    Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others.
    Since our launch on April 28, 2009, over $450 million has been pledged by more than 3 million people, funding more than 35,000 creative projects. If you like stats, there's lots more here.
  2. How does Kickstarter work?

    Thousands of creative projects are funding on Kickstarter at any given moment. Each project is independently created and crafted by the person behind it. The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control and responsibility over their projects. They spend weeks building their project pages, shooting their videos, and brainstorming what rewards to offer backers. When they're ready, creators launch their project and share it with their community.
    Every project creator sets their project's funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.
  3. Why is funding all-or-nothing?

    All-or-nothing funding is a core part of Kickstarter and it has a number of advantages:
    It's less risk for everyone. If you need $5,000, it's tough having $1,000 and a bunch of people expecting you to complete a $5,000 project. 
    It motivates. If people want to see a project come to life, they're going to spread the word.   
    It works. Of the projects that have reached 20% of their funding goal, 82% were successfully funded. Of the projects that have reached 60% of their funding goal, 98% were successfully funded. Projects either make their goal or find little support. There's little in-between.
    To date, an incredible 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.