Go on Facebook and make a public page that describes what you want to do, asking for donations, and a link to the kickstarter. Post anything you have, make updates, etc. Ask everyone you know to spread the page around as much as possible.
Find any site you can post on and do the same.
Open blogs on free sites. Same thing. Description, any graphics etc you have, and a link to kickstarter.
Not kickstarter-ish. Actually use Kickstarter. It's the SITE in this case, not the service. It's the difference between having an account on some random social networking site and having it on Facebook.
It's REALLY big, everybody knows about it, we're going to make one to fix our studio and even we, who have almost no money, have donated to people there. There are users who browse kickstarter.
Thank you. But the thing is is that Kickstarter is really hard to set up for me because in the process you have to set up an Amazon.com Small Business account and you have to fill out some special tax paperwork in the process to set yourself up as a small business. Because I am still a dependent on my mother and stepfather's taxes, I don't know how this could happen. It will also change how I do income taxes in April and I might have to owe some money to the IRS. I could be all wrong about this, but I use GoFundMe because although I want to fund my project and its resources so that way I can still progress through it and still be on a budget I do not have to change how I do taxes in April.
However, if worst comes to worst, I will actually use Kickstarter if that is okay with whoever assists me in budgeting my money while I am on social security and in my county's assisted living/FamilyCare program and this way I can still do it even when salary is tight. However, I will have to wait until I am on my own to do this, but thank you very much.
Ah, that makes sense, I can understand that. In that case, then I'd suggest really advertising as much as you can, and trying to get onto pages and groups that are geared toward kids.
Being a parent, if you can pull off an alternative to JumpStart that would be really cool. My daughter used to use it, but it always seemed to run super slow and she'd get frustrated.
At some point, you may want to look into setting yourself up as a business. I don't know how it is where you are, but I know there are places where all you have to do is pay a fairly small fee and you get the license.
Another thing you can consider is mocking it up really good and pitching it to companies. There is (or used to be) at least one website where parents get rewarded to go look at ideas for new kids games and decide whether they seem good or not. If you can get it on a site like that, you may be able to get approval and funding without having to do all that work.
Thank you for your suggestions. I will try some of your suggestions once I get out on my own because since I will be off my mother and stepfather's taxes and will therefore be no longer a dependent I will have more freedom to try these. However, since I am using my programming software that I got from college and the Microsoft DreamSpark license agreement says that I cannot use them in commercial ventures, I will kind of veer away from the starting my own business part since it will knock me off my social security and the FamilyCare program.
And yes, it would be really cool because not only will it attempt to be better but the characters are freely usable by anyone since I am not allowed to profit from anything I program due to the DreamSpark agreement!