Kickstarter – for first time novelists?

There’s an author whom I noticed some time ago doing a kickstarter campaign to help fund their novel. Lots of authors do this and I’ve happily contributed to campaigns that have helped raise funds for copy editing, new cover art, what have you. This one caught my eye though because it was raising money for a book that hadn’t been completed yet. Or even started.

I read the description over and over, looking for the part I must have missed but nope, it wasn’t there. To be fair, they do have a lot of publishing credits, just never a novel. The part that really surprised the hell out of me is that they actually got their funding, though.

I’m not knocking them for it, I think it’s impressive that they were able to convince people to fund them. It is a heck of a lot more bold than I could be though. I can’t imagine the pressure I’d feel to produce after so many people invested in something I hadn’t made yet.

And yes, I’ve been deliberately vague about who this author is, I don’t want to embarrass them or make them feel like I’m singling them out. I’m more interested in the concept than the person behind it anyways. Ultimately, I don’t see this as being much different from a first-time business owner asking for crowdfunding. It seems like a bigger risk on the part of the investor but as long as they’re cool with that then more power to them.

Well, what do you think? Would you fund a first time author? If you are a first timer, would you risk asking people for money before you had anything to show them?