Ok, I'm going to write about the elephant in the room: Money. Is it worth it to self-publish a children's book, or any children's book, through Kickstarter?
If you read this site often, you know that I had really modest plans for my own Kickstarter book. In the first place, it wasn't going to be a book, and it wasn't going to be on Kickstarter. I just wanted to publish an e-book, get it out in the world in a digital form and get on with my life. Some Kickstarter backers encouraged me to go on the site, and well, here I am, completely changed and with a book that is selling.
Money and creativity are a weird thing. When I wrote the Ultimate Guide I got some kickback from one Kickstarter creator who absolutely did not want me to mention her book anywhere ever, with this project. The idea was that you shouldn't make money off of creative projects.
But here's the truth. Money is part of impact. I am a professional writer working on professional projects. I seek to have an impact on readers and change their lives through my work and to do that, I'd like to sell a few books, sure.
Time is also money. I probably spent six months preparing my Kickstarter launch, time I could have spent contacting influencers or doing other paid work. It's an opportunity cost. So I wrote my guide so that no one else would have to waste the time that I did researching all of this stuff every second of the day. I hope to save people time in this process.
How is my book doing after nine months? I've sold about 700 copies, gotten my first royalty check, connected with people all over the world, got listed in a math stories compendium, taught a TON of people about tessellations, the subject of my book, and will probably have to go into a second printing because I have an order for a math subscription service for a couple hundred books.
Not bad for a little self-published math picture book.
So to answer the question: Can you make money through Kickstarter? I'd say, don't go into it thinking about that. Think about what you're willing to give your project, the best birth into the world possible. If you do that, then yes, there might be rewards down the line that are even more powerful, but can also include, getting paid for your work.
Final judgment: Can you make money through a Kickstarter book? Yes, yes you can. But your project won't work if that's your primary goal. The goal for every creator should be to make the super awesome thing for the people who need the thing and will be changed by it. If you do that, you will probably make money in the process.
Do you have any questions about this process? Post in the comments!