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The Kickstarter Handbook: Real-Life Success Stories of Artists, Inventors, and Entrepreneurs by [Steinberg, Don]
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...a quick-to-read reference that will help any reader gain a fairly deep understanding of the world of crowdfunding. --Desert News, August, 2012

Don Steinberg covers every step you need to know about creating and running a Kickstarter campaign. His discussions include what you should set your target funding at, what you should include in your video, and even how to set your pledge options. With the book s guidance you will be equipped with the knowledge to draw in potential backers eager to pledge cash for your next venture. The book has been crafted to help it s readers in learning the mechanics of crowd funding and preparing to start their own Kickstarter project. Don Steinberg created a fantastic reference book to help any reader gain an understanding of the world of crowd funding. The book is realistic and contains useful case studies about a variety of Kickstarter projects that have successfully raised enough funds to become a business. What this book delivers is a convenient and coherent guide to Kickstarter and crowd funding --Startup magazine, November, 2012

Business journalist Steinberg takes readers through the in s and out s of succeeding with Kickstarter.com (launched in 2009): from the emotional investment through to the creation of a Kickstarter video. Numerous case studies highlight what could go wrong in this new world of crowdfunding. Steinberg, who interviewed artists and inventors, doesn t sugarcoat the difficulties. As he notes, Kickstarter isn t a magical honey pot. With an extended discussion about pledges and rewards and calculating an appropriate number as a fund-raising goal, Steinberg details possible pitfalls. For many budding entrepreneurs who are often in the dark, it comes as a great relief to find a book that explains impending dangers. Kickstarter is playing an ever-larger role in the business world, and Steinberg s book meets a growing need --Publishing Weekly, August, 2012

About the Author

DON STEINBERG has written for The New Yorker, GQ, Harper's, The Wall Street Journal, and a host of other national publications. He has also worked as senior editor for Inc. Magazine and a staff writer for the business section of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in the Philadelphia area.

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  • Publisher: Quirk Books; Original edition (14 Aug. 2012)
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I've been hearing about Kickstarter for years, and I love the idea of a decentralized, grassroots, bottom-up way of funding projects. The fact that Kickstarter actually works is the testament to the viability of such funding models, and it's another step into the much more democratized and granular economy of the future. However, from a practical point of view, I have never really looked into the Kickstarter as either a source of funding or a place where I can find some interesting and unique products. That is until I came across this book. It has definitely opened my eyes to all the possibilities and the excitement of crowdfunding websites.

This book is primarily aimed at people who are thinking about having a crowdfunded project for the first time. It's filled with the stories of great Kickstarted success - and some equally big failures - and it definitely helps you get the general idea of what the Kickstarter experience might look like. All the stories and the interviews are very informative and to the point. They focus on some of the more popular Kickstarter funding categories: films, gadgets, accessories, and art. The book also goes into some detail on the mechanics of interacting with Kicksarter website, setting up your project there, and managing your expectations during the fundraising effort. It gives a lot of useful, and sometimes nonobvious, tips. It also explains what kinds of projects are allowed on Kickstarter and what the site doesn't support. If you have never done anything like this kind of funding effort before, then this book is a necessary read.

The book lists many external resources, including blogs and sites where you could get some publicity, as well as some alternatives to Kickstarter.
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If you're not familiar with the site and the concept of Kickstarter, like I was three months ago, and if you're an artist and/or entrepreneur, this book can be an invaluable guide and offer proper guidance.

What makes Kickstarter's concept unique is that it is a platform for a person with a dream to be able to appeal for and secure seed money- capital. The financial incentive is primarily to fund innovation and spur ingenuity.

If the initial goal is met or surpassed by the appointed deadline, the total amount pledged will be disbursed. Now, it's not as simple as asking for money and presto...the money rolls in, but, it is a validation of one's dreams.


THE KICKSTARTER HANDBOOK is an insightful look at how Kickstarter (dot) com works and a look at several successful strategies used to get more than the initial, stated goal.

This is a 200-page softcover about the size of an mass-market novel and many of the spotlighted cases budgeting and marketing advice.

Highlighted chapters:

Ch. 1--Are you ready for this?
Ch. 2--Choosing the magic number
Ch. 3--Pledges and Rewards
Ch. 4--Who Gives?
Ch. 5--How long Will This Be Going On?
Ch. 6--Lights, Camera, Actions
Ch. 7--The Kickoff!
Ch. 8--Build The Buzz
Ch. 9--The Finishing Kick
Ch. 10--After The Loving!
Ch. 11--Learning From Failure
Ch. 12--Resources and Kickstarter Alternatives.

For about $10, this book will pay for itself within a matter of minutes.
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Ok ok, it does have kickstarter in the name, however it also had real life crowdfunding success stories, so I figured it would have a little bit about Kickstarter the company and then a lot about success stories.

However It was all about kickstarter. So I just paid kickstarter money for them to advertise to me, wow.

Honestly if you genuinely want to be successful at crowdfunding and you want substantial tips and advice then this book REALLY isn't right for you.

I'm usually smarter with my book choices than this but I really missed the mark with this one.

An absolutely rubbish book, well unless you want to read a whole bunch of advertisements about Kickstarter the company
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This book is an easy reference for starting a Crowdfunding campaign, it provides a step by step guide to your own campaign with stories of successes and failures throughout. The narrative is quite entertaining as well as informative.
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