The basic idea is that creators can put together a project, a video describing their vision, a bunch of reward tiers, and a funding goal.
People like you and me then browse the projects, or hear about them on Twitter or Google+, and if you like what you see enough, you support the project by pledging money toward it.
What happens after that depends on the site. If funding is met, the project creator gets the money. If the funding isn’t met, on Kickstarter, that’s it, nothing happens. On Indiegogo, creators can do something called flexible funding, where they’ll get whatever is pledged.
There are pros and cons to each approach, but the jist of it is that it’s a fantastic means for people to raise some money to get an awesome project done.
It sounds pretty ideal for a site like this one, except that writing projects don’t really seem to have a strong appeal on these things. It’s especially tough for a digital writer like myself. I’ve never really imagined my work appearing in printed form. I’m a huge eBook proponent. I don’t actually object to the idea of printed versions, but it’s not really my plan, either.
Which means if I were to eventually go down this route, those reward tiers that I mentioned are tough to do. A lot of rewards are things like copies of the book, author signatures and so on. It’s easy enough to give out digital copies of an ebook, but all my work is already available for free, and I’ve been planning free eBook formats for a while now. So that doesn’t mean a whole lot.
It’s really difficult to sign an eBook. (Though I’ve heard there actually are projects underway to make this happen. I don’t know the details. I am really curious.) I have to imagine that wouldn’t be a great reward though, seeing as how my name isn’t worth anything yet.
This whole question of digital rewards has been on my mind for a while now, not as a focus, but as something rattling around in the back of my head. It’s an interesting problem to tackle. I still need to come up with a solution to it.
Thanks to some bad headaches (weather-induced, I think,) my mind is not in a fictional place. This means no update on The Ship of the Unforgotten today.