So what is Kickstarter?
From their webpage:
What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.We’re a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Since our launch in 2009, more than 4 million people have pledged over $608 million, funding more than 41,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now.
Each project is independently created.The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control over and responsibility for their projects. Kickstarter is a platform and a resource; we’re not involved in the development of the projects themselves. Anyone can launch a project on Kickstarter as long as it meets our guidelines.
Together, creators and backers make projects happen.Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. All-or-nothing funding might seem scary, but it’s amazingly effective in creating momentum and rallying people around an idea. To date, an impressive 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.
Kickstarter to me is a way to crowdsource new and interesting ideas, to get the funding ahead of time before you start spending thousands of dollars on it.
We have ideas we want to see made, we ask for you help and in doing so if if funds you get the item but usually more as well.
In our resent campaign: The Awakened you get the opportunity to get a signed bookplate (sticker) with all sixteen authors names on it with every physical copy purchased, the hardcovers will be signed and numbered by the publisher and no other hardcovers will be made, all backers of $5 or more get the eBook as well. So you get cool exclusive stuff and we get the funds to make it and possibly more books depending on how far the funding goes, that is what the stretch goals are for, yes we made enough to make it BUT do you want more stories, art in the book, and an audio version of said book???
If you have not been there go check it out here: Kickstarter