February 13th, 2012


Crowdfunding: Commentary from the Crowd

I’ve got at least one more crowdfunding post to do, I think–one that’s more about future projects for me rather than probably being wildly useful in general–but this one is comments from the crowd: things people have said/asked in comments on these posts. I’m not attributing them, but they will perhaps give you (the general “you”) an idea of what other things to think about when launching a crowdfund campaign.

I will add more questions and commentary to this if people have more to say. :)

On excitement/saturation levels, if the question is “So people don’t get frustrated if you keep mentioning a project that’s not available yet? They do this with ebooks, so one learns to not mention them until they can be ordered.

The answer appears to be:
“Having frequent, excited mentions of it helped, because even if I forgot about the open kickstarter tab after first checking it out, it would have reminded me to poke at it again.”


I think the biggest reason why you got funded in the first 24 hours is the whole you were way excited before kicking it off and were mentioning it for *ages* here and on twitter. Yes, getting excited before it is even launched is very contagious.

And a piece of advice on that topic, from the person who kept encouraging me to talk about it even when I thought I was probably being really, really obnoxious:

If you are unsure if you are oversaturating your audience with the “All Kickstarter, All The Time” channel, ask. Ask them, ask a friend, ask a neutral party, etc.

From someone who’s supported others of my crowdfunded projects: I’m wondering how No Dominion stacks up to your other crowd funded projects from outside Kick Starter. This time was more exciting [for us] because of that feedback loop of being able to track how excited other readers were by the comments and pledges…

The words “blown out of the water” barely begin to apply. In my first post I talked about the dollar amounts I’d been paid for novellas in the past. The $4K was for “Banshee Cries”, the one ‘official’ novella I’ve done for Luna. The $3K and $3500 novellas were both Old Races stories done via crowdfunding. My Old Races Short Story Project took in about $4K over the entire course of 2011. So we’re talking orders of magnitude here, in terms of comparative successes.

I actually need to do a poll about that, because I’d *really like* to know what made ND get a response on such a phenomenal level. Was it because:

- it was Walker Papers instead of Old Races
- it was *Gary*
- it was Kickstarter
- you didn’t even know I’d ever run any other crowdfunded projects
- of where you heard about it
- because I wouldn’t shut up about it

and probably some other things I should add to that but can’t think of right now (suggestions welcome).

(x-posted from the essential kit)


speaking of crowdfunding…

I’m up for a crowdfunding award this year, for “No Dominion”. My lovely patrons said it was okay for me to post one of the short stories I’ve written as proof of fiction committed for “No Dominion”, so “Forgotten But By A Few is” available here, and the first couple chapters of URBAN SHAMAN, from Gary’s point of view, are here.

The voting page is located here. I’ve been nominated a few years running now, and, well, I’d really kinda like to win, actually, so if the spirit moves you, you can probably figure out where to click. :)

I also nominated my friend Bryant () for a Patron award, because literally none of this would have happened without him. Bryant is the one who suggested I try crowdfunding a few years ago, and directed me first at Fundable.com, and ultimately at Kickstarter. He’s the guy who put “No Dominion” over $20K. He’s been an unflagging supporter, an endless enthusiast, and utterly determined that I should somehow build on what I’ve done through crowdfunding in terms of wider publicity (which I have totally failed at because I just don’t know how). He’s been amazing. I would like it if he won too.

My friend Ellen Million () is also up for awards, actually in more than one category, but I’ll link to her Sketchfest nomination, because it’s possibly the craziest and coolest (IMO) of her projects: for 24 hours, once a month, people all over the world get together to recieve art idea “prompts”, and then go forth and make art. I think it’s awesome. Perhaps you will too, and will go vote for her. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)