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I was bopping along this morning, taking care of administrative stuff, plus handling some personal details when I saw this question on a writer’s message board: 

Where is the best place to let readers know about your book’s Kickstarter?*

Okay, I cannot tell a lie. My hackles immediately went on full alert. 

I’m not a fan of Patreon. I made my opinion known here. Kickstarter is the first cousin of Patreon. It’s like: hey, reader, you pay me to write this book, okay? If I get enough money, I’ll write it. 

Uh, no. That’s not how this works. 

Even if you have a fan base, you owe them a delivered product. It is my humble opinion that you shouldn’t beg them for money with the promise that you’ll produce. 

And if you’re a brand new writer why should anyone take a chance on you? It’s like throwing money out the window. 

What do you think? Would you contribute to a writer who’d never produced a book? Or, if the author is well known, would you give money on the premise that the book might be written?

*Kickstarter is a funding website where you list a project and people contribute to it. www.kickstarter.com