Bruce Baugh, Writer of Fortune
Several things.Y'know, I keep seeing this take floating around, that Kickstarter success is in some way false, and I just don't get it. Are we saying there's a material (greater than 10%) portion of the Kobold Press Kickstarter that's fake?
@Whizbang Dustyboots was talking about one Kickstarter with all those qualities.
Very few things guarantee by themselves that a Kickstarter are doomed. Several things are common causes of failure and raise the risks, often not because of any failure of goodwill or willingness to work hard on creators’ part. It’s just that they’re known by copious experience to make it harder to find an audience or to complete projects that succeed in the first part.
There’s a saying that every safety regulation in blood - that is, they started as a response to some actual disaster. These rules of thumb aren’t written in blood, but they are written in money and sweat waited and lost. People don’t recommend them because they’re abstractly nice or something, but because they e been found in experience to make the difference between success and failure. One can follow them all and still blow it, or blow off several and still failure, but they’re both increasingly unlikely.
So this isn’t about celebrating or criticizing success, but about people setting themselves up for failure. A bunch of us read the OP and winced and thought something like “Oh honey no.”