This campaign has everything necessary for a successful project and then some. The images look professional, the video is personal, and it has a charming backstory about how the story came into creation. Above all, I really like how human and vulnerable he is in his creator video. It only works because it's real.
2. Sasha Tech Savvy Loves to Code
This book project gets me on two levels -- it encourages women to get interested in coding, and it tells the story of a super-smart D.C. girl who loves to code. The creator's backstory is compelling and it access the part of me who believes that Kickstarter projects can create a more diverse representation of young people in children's literature. It's perfect for the Kickstarter crowd: Smart people who believe in change.
It's looking good for this campaign about a "backwards friend." Kickstarter abounds with books about bullying and usually they, well, suck. They suck because they are super pedantic and the messaging is not fun enough. This is just zany enough to appeal to kids' sense of silliness, and the message is the takeaway, not the story.
4. 1,2,3 Dogs in Hawaii
In my journalism classes we do a lesson where we talk about what readers like. Dogs are #1 on the list. Hawaii is probably up there, too. Dogs and Hawaii? It's an easy sell. I'm not surprised this one has met its backer goal.
5. Ellia and Sunrise
This campaign for a book based on a child's story is interesting. Generally the "I wrote it with my kid" trope isn't enough for me. But in this case, the campaign is put together professionally. You get to meet the people behind the campaign, and you definitely fall in love with the daddy/daughter relationship these two have. It brings the feels.
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Most people walk through life with a certain number of fears. My number one fear is that I will die without having produced anything of value.
That fear was quashed for me last spring when I published my first children's book thanks to a community of backers in Kickstarter. I made The Thing, the people liked The Thing, and everything was awesome.
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