Today is National High Five Day (who knew?)
After a bit of research I discovered that National High Five Day was started in 2002 at the University of Virginia. A group of students organized a fundraiser, giving out high-fives and lemonade. The idea spread and over the years peoples of all ages and backgrounds have celebrated National High Five Day every third Thursday in April by giving high-fives all day to friends, co-workers and strangers.
Well, this is perfect timing! The Kickstarter campaign to help publish Walt Disney World with Autism: A Special Needs Guide is in full swing: one week down, three weeks to go! I’m so very grateful to everyone who has already pledged their support. HIGH FIVE!
I have to admit, however, that I’m feeling a myriad of emotions today. Excitement, apprehension, gratitude and anxiety top the list. Apprehension? Anxiety? Yes! Running a crowdfunding campaign can be rather stressful!
It occurs to me that some of my listeners, readers, friends, supporters — “you guys” — may not be familiar with crowdfunding in general and Kickstarter in particular. (I get the impression that a lot of people are clicking on the Kickstarter link expecting to purchase the book, get confused and just leave.) So, here’s a quick little tutorial from their website:
What are the basics?
A project is a finite work with a clear goal that you’d like to bring to life. Think albums, books, or films.
The funding goal is the amount of money that a creator needs to complete their project.
Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. No one will be charged for a pledge towards a project unless it reaches its funding goal. This way, creators always have the budget they scoped out before moving forward.
A creator is the person or team behind the project idea, working to bring it to life.
Backers are folks who pledge money to join creators in bringing projects to life.
Rewards are a creator’s chance to share a piece of their project with their backer community. Typically, these are one-of-a-kind experiences, limited editions, or copies of the creative work being produced. (The book!)
How does Kickstarter work?
Every project creator sets their project’s funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.
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Funding is all or nothing. That’s where the stress comes in!
I am so very committed to this book. There are hundreds, if not thousands of families out there who want to share in the magic of Walt Disney World but are afraid that their children with autism will not be able to tolerate the experience. I know that I can help them; I just don’t have the money to publish my book.
One week down, three weeks to go.
Please help me to help you! Pledge to back this book project today! Walt Disney World with Autism: A Special Needs Guide