I've been learning a lot about crowd-funding lately. I'm going to go with the Kickstarter platform to raise funds to publish my Bruce Finds a Home children's book, but there are plenty of great platforms out there, including two (that I know of) in New Zealand - PledgeMe and Boosted.
Today I had the opportunity to speak to Dudley Benson, musician and Boosted Ambassador, about the Boosted platform. Two things set Boosted apart from other platforms. Firstly, it's a donation-only platform, meaning makers don't have to create rewards for backers (but backers can claim tax back on their donations). But most amazingly - if you run a Boosted campaign you get one-on-one support from Boosted Ambassadors. This probably contributes to Boosted's extremely high project success rate.
I was very excited to learn more about Boosted because I have another couple of projects up my sleeve which I think will be just perfect for the platform (all in good time, though!).
While I was checking out the site I took the opportunity to support Lisa Scott's new book project. I heard Lisa speak at Port Chalmers recently and she was fabulous. All the best for your crowd-funding campaign Lisa!
2023 Burns fellow Kathryn van Beek has an MA from Victoria University Wellington - Te Herenga Waka’s International Institute of Modern Letters. She is a winner of the Mindfood Short Story Competition and the Headland Prize. Her collection of short stories, Pet, is available as a podcast, and her work has also appeared in Overland, takahē, Newsroom, and the Sunday Star-Times. She lives in UNESCO City of Literature Ōtepoti Dunedin with her two rescue cats.