It’s been awhile since my last post. Maybe five months…The nice thing I have seemingly accomplished, is that I have let go of the need to control a timetable for my writing. When life gets in the way…let it! When you get a chance to come back to something, it’ll be right there waiting…and I find I might just have more to say. Of course, I never seem to be at a loss for words; you may know what I mean…especially if you’re a fellow blogger.
So to the point! Kickstarter! Awesome concept, wonderfully organized, and best of all – it works!
I did notice when I began my campaign back in November, for the recommended thirty-day run, that it has indeed become a fairly crowded playing field. Lots of entries, even in my category, which was a children’s picture book.
I paid close attention to rules, suggestions, and was very lucky to have had an editor who not only is brilliant, but has, as part of her marketing team, a wonderful boyfriend who is quite the magician when it comes to filming. In addition to that, she had successfully masterminded another writing project on Kickstarter, shortly before I began mine.
So the secret to finding success on Kickstarter? I will offer up what may seem redundant, but you just can’t cut corners. The process itself, from a fundraising aspect, is an arduous one. It’s not easy hitting up all of your friends, family, relatives and any stranger you pass on the street…constantly, for a whole 30 days…it’s very draining…
So be prepared!
One: Please have an actual product! I could not believe the number of people who actually just asked for money, so they could THEN go write a book, or go take pictures on a trip that you finance for them. Amazing. Really, go check out your given field, and look at the competition. See what they have submitted as both a project/offering, video, etc.
Two: Your product/project should be complete! And as flawless, prototyped, edited and vetted by your peers, before hitting the internet, where you are seeking crowd-funded monies.
Three: Yes, you really need a video. Not overly produced, but a great angle never hurts.
Four: If you can already have a copy or prototype already produced, this is the best option, as people can actually see this idea of yours isn’t just a pipe-dream. In working in the Real Estate Industry, I was consulted on several large-scale developments. It never ceased to amaze me that some builder/developers only wanted to use other people’s money to bring their projects to life…and had so little faith, or did not want to take the risk, in their own projects that not a lot was done to show, and give proof, that they were all in…on that particular project, first and foremost! Please be all in…show the world your passion, time, energy, and own money that has already been spent in trying to bring your baby to complete fruition. Then everyone else will see it, feel it, believe it…and…hopefully – go all out on it with you!
Five: Involve as many people who have helped you get to where you are at, in your video, and marketing. So that the rest of the world sees that you already have other people helping and believing in you.
Six: Be rested, healthy and ready to hit it – as soon as your campaign is posted!
Seven: Do not despair early, or continuously check for results…as this is maddening! Just relax, try not to have expectations, try not to be overly aggressive in your requests for attention, and of course…Don’t set too high a marker to realistically be able to meet your goal in the first place! In my campaign, I asked for just the bare necessities to enable us to reproduce our high quality book, which had already been published by Ingram Spark, but which we could not sell independently, as the cost of publishing in the U.S. was just too prohibitive to be able to ever turn a profit. We requested assistance in raising $7,800 and accomplished that with a bit left over…something like $8100 or so…
Eight: Have worthy items to offer in exchange for the money you will be receiving. People do expect to receive the actual product with the money they give you to bring it to market, and even those just wanting to donate something to help in whatever way they can, should be adequately thanked with the best you can offer! We printed high quality U.S. printed calendars, and offered those, along with expertly reproduced giclees (prints) of our art work, the books themselves, and a variety of the above-mentioned, as package deals.
Nine: Ask for help from your peers to share your crowd-funding campaign on their social sites. This is not a time to be shy! We also threw a small dinner party for early donors, and for some bigger fish we still had not landed! Remember, it always costs money to make money – and this scenario is no different!
Ten: Of course, be in love with what you are doing and with what you are trying to bring to life to share with the world. Demonstrate that love as passionately as you can!
Good luck! Anyone interested in our beautiful little book we brought into the world with the help of many generous and lovely people that we wish to thank, even this once more – our website for ordering is at http://www.thetreehousetreasury.com and our first book we were able to print at the same time as well, http://www.thespoiledpinkbook.com