The way it works is, come up with a project & write up a description of it (and make a video to promote it if you want to), you choose a fund-raising goal and a date by which you will try to meet the goal. People "pledge" to the goal using a credit card. If you make your goal, the cards are charged, Kickstarter & Amazon (which acts as the clearing house) take a cut, and you get the rest. If you don't make your goal, nobody gets charged. Any money above your goal you keep; there's no upper limit. You can provide "rewards" for pledges, just like on a National Public Radio fund drive.
So, I chose a goal of $5,000 and a duration of 30 days, ending on November 17, my birthday. My current pledged amount is $5,327, so it seems I've made the goad with 12 days still to go. That's very gratifying. But of course I can't live very long on $5k, I have debts, and I'm having a hell of a time finding other work. So I'm hoping to pick up a lot more backing in the next 12 days.
I've got 80 backers so far, which means that the average amount pledged is about $67. I would guess that the median amount is $20. In other words, I had a bunch of people, more than a dozen, back me for amounts of above $100. That makes me feel very special and very committed to writing a great book to reward the people who have put such faith in me.
However, of the 80 people who have pledged, there are only about a dozen names I don't recognize. Everybody else is either a friend or somebody who's bought a book from me before. I'm still wondering how to garner support from the great unwashed masses that will allow me to become Novelist Laureate to the Pagan Geeks.
Anyway, that's the update.
Now back to hustling, and seeing what the abuse level is at K5. The story has been there for half an hour now. How many times do you suppose "horsecock" has appeared in the comments so far?
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