Have you ever utilized a fundraising site to raise money for a project (e.g. self-published book)?
If so, did you use Go Fund Me or Kickstarter? Where they effective in reaching your goal(s)?
Before reading your question I'd never heard of these sites so in answer to your original question, no.... however some thoughts. These may seem contridictory but they're just my initial thoughts.
First, this reminds me of the Help Karen site back in the early 90s where this woman set up a website asking for donations to help her pay her credit card debt. If memory serves I believe that she helped a few other people in the same way after paying off her own debt.
Second... You give the example of a self-published book. I have to ask the question, why raise money for this project? Why not just write the book and publish it? If you publish your book as an ebook through a company like Smashwords, Amazon, or Scribed then it wont cost you anything to publish it. I plan to have my first novel published by the end of March, most likely through Smashwords. The only thing that it has cost me up to this point is time in writing the damned thing which I enjoyed anyway. The only other reason that I would feel a NEED to raise money first is if you needed cash for research purposes or for paying a professional editor. My book is a novel so there has been no expenses. If yours is non-fiction or if your looking for money to use to promote the book I can kind of understand. Or if it absolutely needs to be a physical book...
Third... having said that... Both of these sites look cool and I can see how they would be helpful in many different endebors. If it doesn't cost anything to set up the accounts then I feel that you SHOULD do it. There is no sense in turning down free money. If it doesn't work, you've lost nothing. If it does, awesome. I have about 30k in student loans... I may do this myself.
I believed you are referring to the crowdfunding platform like Kickstarter? I never been involved in any of such but it seems to be gaining huge attention recently...
All the best in your venture (project).
If you want to write a book--write the book. If you want to find someone to sponsor your efforts so you can take time off from work, with the understanding that he will be paid back if you book is a success, then go ahead. Just asking the general public through a fundraising site to give you money to write a book, just does not sound right to me. If people have money to give, there are many worthwhile causes they can give too.
I want to write a book, but have not done so yet. When I do, I will write it. If I chose traditional publishing that will be great. If I am unsuccessful at that I will try self-publishing or e-book. However, I will not ask for donations and no I am not rich. Not poor, but certainly not rich.
Larry, I have written a poetry book and it has been published. I am trying to find out info about fundraising to possibly create a publishing company not just writing a book which is a big difference. Appreciate your response, have a great one!
If you are seeking investors, that is a very different venture. If you are going to try to establish a profitable business, then the investors are entitled to a return on their investment. I wish you well
Actually, I have used GoFundMe and I would say it was fairly effective. It started out really great, I was amazed at the initial response. I didn't reach the goal, but the funds I raised were very helpful in getting started.
by Jackie S 3 years ago
What is the strangest way to raise money for college, that you've either done or heard of?
by philli 3 years ago
Has anyone ever used Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) to self-publish your work? Was is easy to use?Has anyone ever used Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) to self-publish your work? If so, was it any easy process, did it sell and how did you promote? What kind of book? I want to publish a children's...
by Julio E Olmo Sr 6 years ago
Michael Jordan & NBA players to raise money for Obama?I can not remember Michael Jordan ever being politically involved...Is this the first time?
by phoenixelliot 5 years ago
What are some good ways to raise money for medical expenses such as dental bills?I am working hard to raise money to get some long neglected dental work done. I need just over $2,600.00 for extractions, and an upper denture, and don't have insurance. Any ideas?
by Haunty 8 years ago
How to raise money to start or expand your business?
by Dorsi Diaz 4 years ago
I would like to invite anyone here to participate in my upcoming project called The Art of Climate Change. I will be having a show/exhibit from June 19 - July 27, 2013. The Kickstarter campaign will start this month after I finish my promotional video for Kickstarter. I also wrote a hub about it if...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|