Recently Etta Devine answered the following open-ended question on Quora: What are some tips for creating a successful Kickstarter project?
Her answer was great. Even future Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler gave it a thumbs up.
Devine raised over $30,000 on a goal of just $6,000 for a project that aimed to recreate the Mark Twain classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Famous writer Ernest Hemingway once hailed “Huck Finn” as being “the best book we’ve ever had.” We agree with him-even if he did drink too much.
But this classic novel has been banned from many schools and libraries ever since its first publication, originally because it portrayed the African American character Jim as being human and now because of the book’s use of the word “n-word” over two hundred times.
Publisher NewSouth Books is attempting to get the book back on library shelves and in classrooms by publishing a new version that removes the controversial word “n-word” and replaces it with the word “slave.”
Critics are calling this “censorship” and “whitewashing of history.” We call it “not far enough.”
As you can see, the campaign did a great job of explaining the why behind the raise in an easy-to-understand way. So what advice does a project creator that raised over 5 times her goal have to share? Read below.