How to Prepare Your Project for Kickstarter Review - dummies

How to Prepare Your Project for Kickstarter Review

By Aimee Cebulski

After all the elements of your campaign have been uploaded into your project page through the Kickstarter dashboard, it’s time to submit your project to Kickstarter for review and approval.

It’s important to note that not every campaign is approved; some are rejected and need to be modified if they violate the terms, conditions, or other regulations specified by Kickstarter.

How to double-check your Kickstarter campaign uploads

Before you move to the Kickstarter Review tab, be sure to check the following:

  • Take a moment to look at the seven tabs: Are any of them red or do they indicate an X? If so, click that tab and look to see what missing elements Kickstarter is asking for. Correct any errors.

  • Click the Story tab and make sure that your video has loaded properly: You should see a small thumbnail image from your video. If necessary, re-upload your video until this tab is green.

  • Click the About You tab and double-check your Biography to make sure that your profile photo is uploaded. (Adding a personal photo makes backers feel more connected to you and your project, even if they don’t know you personally.)

  • If you have a Facebook account, be sure to use the box on this page called Facebook Connect, where you can post updates from your project to your Facebook page and also let people find your Kickstarter campaign through your Facebook page.

How to conduct a final review and submit your Kickstarter campaign

The last tab in the sequence is Review. Click this tab to double-check the list of needs from Kickstarter; look for any elements flagged as red or with an X. The following steps walk you through this tab:

  1. Double-check your funding duration and funding goal one last time.

    Once your project is accepted, your funding duration and funding goal cannot be changed. You will be able to edit some details of the project and add more photos — even after it has launched — but you won’t be able to change your goal or duration.

  2. Click Preview Project to see what your Kickstarter campaign page will look like.

  3. If you’re happy with everything on your dashboard and how your preview looks, click Submit for Review.

    That’s it! Your project will now be reviewed by Kickstarter and will show up as Pending Review when you log in to your account — until you receive an e-mail indicating that the project has been accepted and you’re ready to launch. Your project will not be live until it is accepted and you launch it.