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I just wanted to say THANK YOU for being the mastermind behind Kickstarter for Dummies. I just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign of my own, due in large part to the suggestions YOU wrote about in your book. It was a TON of work to complete successfully - but you made it just a bit easier by sharing your wisdom - THANK YOU!
Erin Albert

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Learn to:

  • Develop a campaign page that inspires contributors
  • Establish rewards for your backers
  • Estimate how much money you need to raise
  • Use social media to enhance awareness

Find backers and bring your dream project to life with Kickstarter

Do you have the next blockbuster movie, award-winning game, or bestselling graphic novel in your head? Just need funding to make it happen? Learn how to use Kickstarter with help from this handy little book, and connect with backers who want to fund your project. See how to make your idea irresistible, develop your campaign, and bring your dream to life!

  • Join the crowd — learn how crowdfunding works and the advantages Kickstarter offers
  • Kickstart your campaign — profile your project and showcase its uniqueness in a compelling video
  • Dollars and sense — examine all the cost factors and make a detailed, realistic estimate of your fundraising goal
  • Build your base — determine likely backers and grow community support for your project
  • Everybody wins — create rewards for your backers at different dollar levels
  • Drop the flag — kick off your campaign, track your backers, and monitor expenses
  • Spread the word — promote your campaign with press releases, online ads, events, and social media

Open the book and find:

  • Case studies of successful campaigns
  • Tips for delivering your project on time
  • Why your video is so important
  • Hints for estimating donations
  • What to include in your project description
  • Ways to communicate with your backers
  • How to use Kickstarter on your iPhone
  • Ten creative reward ideas
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118505433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118505434
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a very good starting point. I have since read some other publications on Kickstarter that were a little more in depth, but as it is one of the "For Dummies" books, it is what I expected.

Definitely helps make the decision early on if Kickstarter is right for you, as it point out all the things that someone starting their first one may tend to forget. I read this while on a train, so I wasn't interacting with Kickstarter at the time, and that may have been the biggest help as I read it all the way through before even starting, then had it open on my Kindle as I worked on it.

Definitely a worthwhile read if you're thinking about doing your first Kickstarter campaign, or if you've failed at one before.
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This basic primer takes you through the steps of setting up, promoting and following through on a Kickstarter campaign. While it covers all the basics, it would benefit from stronger examples, more legible screen shots, and a tighter presentation. Perhaps it is in line with the Dummies format (I am unfamiliar), but I was hoping for more. It will get the job done.
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Most of this info you can get online and it was more for artists (like entirely) not inventors, however it still was a good quick read of the whole kickstarter process without digging around on the net. It wasn't too expensive, so if you like books to get some of your info from, this isn't a terrible one since you will get at least some good insight into the whole process.
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Very informative and great examples. Thanks from Crowd101.com
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Whenever I want to learn a new skill, I've found it is important to learn from people who have detailed experience in this area. Aimee Cebulski is one of these people. She not only writes about Kickstarter but has used it successfully to fund her book, THE FINDING 40 PROJECT.

In the introduction for KICKSTARTER FOR DUMMIES, Cebulski writes "Kickstarter has quickly become a mainstream way to get a creative project made." Most people have no idea how to raise funds for their creative project, Kickstarter gives anyone the ability to raise funds--but it does take strategic planning and thinking to pull off successfully. This book will help you understand the details and creative possibilities.

The Kickstarter model is working. Page 6 says, "As of March 2013, individuals using Kickstarter have:

* Launched 89,400 projects
* Funded 37,300 projects - a success rate of 43%
* Raised $434 million"

"Kickstarter uses an all-or-nothing approach to fundraising. This means, if you don't hit your fundraising goal within a certain timeframe (about 30 to 60 days), you get nothing. As a result, you need to be very strategic in your planning, your goal-setting, and backer solicitation, all of which I cover in depth in this book." (Page 7)

The illustrations, step-by-step instructions and depth of this book make it a "must-have" for anyone who is going to use Kickstarter effectively. I recommend you get this book, study it carefully then launch your own creative endeavor. Aimee Cebulski has shown readers the path for their own success and opportunity with KICKSTARTER FOR DUMMIES.
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