It turns out that women who are crowdfunding are seen in a negative light compared to men. Why does that not surprise me at all?
Amanda had to go through a lot of negative press by the media about how she is a money grubbing individual. Compare this to Neil Gaiman's public perception where he is a good old thing, offering his services for free. Amanda is very honest about this.
In her talk, she mentions why she opts for crowdfunding and how she does it. She makes it sound like exactly what it is. A thrill. A headache. A great leap into the unknown. (cue singing nuns).
It doesn't quite fit my children's picture book publishing credentials because I am a meek (emphasise that word) author and she is a giant icon of the stage.
Because I had not written about her when I intended to, I tweeted her to tell her how inspiring she was - and she wished me well :)
So, with its almost 6 million views, here is her TED talk, there is a slight NSFW bit towards the middle.