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Jakub Stastka from Czech republic is reading The Necromancer August 13, 2012 - 12:47pm

Hello,

I want to crowdfund a book and was thinking about doing so using Kickstarter.

The thing is, Kickstarter wants me to be an US resident, which I am not.

I could hypothetically ask a family member who lives in the USA to lead the project and have it in his own name...

Or I could use Indiegogo and do the whole thing in my name and not bother anyone.

 

So I want to ask someone with experience:

Which is better, considering user base & fees? Which service should I use to have more money for the project (that is, by not paying so many fees) and attracting larger audience?

 

Thanks for any piece of advice.

James

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books August 13, 2012 - 1:09pm

I would follow the rules. If you don't you can end up not getting your money and damaging your reputation with the people who funded you.

Kickstarter is more mainstream, but with a project I am looking at crowdsourcing I decided to look into Indiegogo, because it isn't worth the mess if they figure out that you're bending the rules.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books August 13, 2012 - 1:10pm

Also, and Indiegogo you can choose to set it up so that if your project is partially funded, you still get the money that was pledged. You can't do that at Kickstarter.

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Jakub Stastka from Czech republic is reading The Necromancer August 13, 2012 - 1:23pm

Thanks, SparrowStark. Obviously, I don't want to get into shady business and rules bending, I am aware of that danger. However, I am not sure about the audience of Indiegogo. As you noted, Kickstarter is more mainstream.

But then, I act like I have a choice. :)

I guess I go with Indiegogo and take a leap of faith.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books August 13, 2012 - 1:38pm

Indiegogo is gaining momentum recently. Especially after the whole The Oatmeal thing...(if you don't know what I am talking about go to theoatmeal.com and check it out...it was uite beautiful).

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Jakub Stastka from Czech republic is reading The Necromancer August 13, 2012 - 11:12pm

I knew about the affair, didn't know he was using Indiegogo. Thanks again.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books August 14, 2012 - 11:40am

I can't find the picture of him sitting in this F U and flipping the bird, so this photo will have to do:

Just because the whole ordeal makes me happy whenever I think about it.

Good luck with the fundraising!