Have you heard of Kickstarter? This is the description from their site:
"Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others.
Since our launch on April 28, 2009, over $500 million has been pledged by more than 3 million people, funding more than 35,000 creative projects."
I think it's a phenomenal idea. I love the idea of helping people get projects up and going that otherwise might not make it. The project I am backing right now is for a children's book written and illustrated by Dennis McGregor. It's entitled Dream Again, and is about a young girl, a quilt, and the Oregon Trail. Click below and Dennis will tell you about the project.
There are different incentives depending on the amount of money pledged. For my $25 pledge, I will get a signed copy of the book when and if it is printed. The payment goes through Amazon if the project is able to get enough funding. If you'd like to find out more about the project and see some examples of previous work by McGregor, you can visit kickstarter at:
Even if you are not interested in pledging, it's worth a visit just to see the author's amazing artwork.
UPDATE: The pledge amount exceeded the goal! My copy of the book is due to arrive in July. I shall post about it as soon as it arrives.