Don’t ask me, of course. I’m tapped, man. No spare change. I only carry plastic. But here’s a potential source of funding for that book you’ve had in mind.
Posted by Rick. Originally posted at Utne.com

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Need Money for an Amazing Project? Just Ask.
10/9/2009 9:00:44 AM

There’s a rather inspiring look at Kickstarter over at Poynter:

As journalists face pay cuts and are asked to do more with fewer resources, it has become increasingly difficult for them to find the time and money to pursue large-scale enterprise stories or personal projects.

But some journalists are finding a way to make it work. In recent months, they have raised thousands of dollars on Kickstarter, the crowd-funding journalism site, but it isn’t limited to journalists.

Launching projects on the site, journalists say, has given them the opportunity to pursue passions, think entrepreneurially about their work and find new ways of interacting with audiences, not only after completing a
project, but while they’re working on it.

“The truth is, you can get better results if you tap the collective brain power of a big group of people” on the front end, said Robin Sloan, who has raised about $7,000 more than the $3,500 he set out to raise since launching his book project on the site at the end of August.

There is hope, friends. Now get out there and ask for some money!