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26 August 2011 @ 07:10 am
Kickstarter thoughts, part 2  

Okay, so incentive levels for a KS campaign:

A number of KS campaigns have lately been running “unlocked rewards”, where if you donate a certain dollar amount it turns out you get something extra spiffy as a surprise. At least, I think that’s how it’s working. What kinds of things do you guys think would qualify as extra spiffy?

There are also frequently limited rewards at higher donation amounts. Aside from my general silly ones ($5000: I will hand-deliver your special-edition signed chapbook to you, $7500: …and sing “You Are The Wind Beneath My Wings”, $10K+: …in public), realistically, what are good rewards for high donation amounts? I mean, really, if somebody donated $10K I’d write them a damned book of their own (or I suppose if several people formed a coalition I’d write the collective them a book if their own), but a book doesn’t have the interior artwork to shuffle off that a comic or game might, so I start reaching for “and I’ll write another short story!” pretty fast…

Speaking of which, at Fred’s suggestion: one of the things that makes KS fun is instant gratification. So I’m thinking the bonus Moment The Campaign Ends thing would be a Gary short story landing in donators’ mail boxes to tide them over a bit for the interminable wait until April 15. Yes/No?

Buying in: I’ve noticed that on many KS campaigns if you donate, say, just $1, you get acknowledged but nothing more. I’d probably set a $5 buy-in level for the novella (based on an eventual Kindle price of $2.99 and two Gary short stories at $.99 each. Yes/No?

*Assuming* we reach heady heights and get to the chapbook level of donations–how do I handle this one? It’s got to be a higher minimum buy-in than just the novella, and I’ve got to always consider international postage for shipping them out. So do I set one of the rewards at “& If We Hit $N, At This Buy-In Price You Get The Chapbook Too”? Or does that just screw people if we don’t hit the chapbook level?

Baby’s awake so I must go, but please, give me thoughts!

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Jenindiana_j on August 26th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
Or does that just screw people if we don’t hit the chapbook level?

I think anyone that donates at a higher level through KickStart, especially if they've participated in it before, understand that there's some kind of risk with the higher levels/nifty stuff. It's never fun if they don't hit the levels but generally I'd say they would understand.
rhenarhena on August 26th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
"So do I set one of the rewards at “& If We Hit $N, At This Buy-In Price You Get The Chapbook Too”? Or does that just screw people if we don’t hit the chapbook level?"

I'm for setting one of the rewards to this. If we donate we realize we're taking a chance. It's an incentive after all not a promise:)

As other incentives why not use some of the things you've already written? I bought into the Old Race stories at the very beginning but there are some who might have missed out on it. Why not offer that in small chunks at different levels up to getting them all for a higher donation? Same thing with any other projects already written so there's less stress on you to write tons for incentives.

High donations could be something completely unwritten (one of your calenders, a pound of "REAL" Irish coffee, chocolate, a copy of some of your favorite recipes, something) autographed by our favorite writer(you:).

As one of your devoted readers I'd be pleased with just about anything you decide to offer. I'll donate as much as I can afford as often as I can.
kitmizkit on August 26th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
Most of the stuff I've already written is intended for one sort of publication or another already, so I don't feel I can use 'em as incentives. The calendar etc idea, though, I /love/ that and ridiculously, never would have thought of it myself. <3!
Rachie: Nice is goodrachie203 on August 26th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
I'm digging the calendar idea. Perhaps even (signed?) kitsnaps print.
kitmizkit on August 26th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm really digging it too. I simply would not have thought of using my photography as a reward, so that's wonderful. (It also reminds me I should get busy on a 2012 calendar. And perhaps if I'm going to use a calendar as a reward, I should do an April-April one, Special Edition like, just for the KS campaign...)
mikaela_lmikaela_l on August 26th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
I have no idea if you have any, but how about signed cover flats?

Or use pictures from Kitsnaps and make postcards?
kitmizkit on August 26th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
I think I got rid of all the billions of cover flats, but the Kitsnaps postcards are a good idea!
Geek of Weird Shit: weldinggows on August 26th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
For everyone who donates, perhaps an immediate link with their receipt that takes them to a page where they can download Kitsnaps wallpaper? Add in a short story at $5, a novella at $10, a 5x7 signed print at $15, an 8x10 signed print at $20, signed calendar at $30, etc. For an extra $2-3, add a dedication of the donator's choice (within reason).

I'm not a fan of putting up any of the Old Race stories, personally--one of the intangible rewards in buying in early on was the exclusivity aspect.
kitmizkit on August 27th, 2011 08:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, no, the Old Races stories are not an option. Also it'd be crossing universes, which, no. :)

The instamatic Kitsnaps wallpaper link is a grand idea!
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on August 27th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Also it'd be crossing universes, which, no. :)

*laugh* Y'know, you have so many Potential Project Ideas that I can't remember which you're looking at KSing. However--do I care? Not a whit. I love everything you've turned out, and crossing universes is Just Fine By Me.

(Also, doing so could potentially broaden your audience--people who love Jo but weren't familiar with OR could find themselves wanting more and then buying the OR books.)

Glad you like the linkies idea. I also think a Kit-and-Ted pdf cookbook would not exactly be a horrible idea, either.
Bryantbryant on September 6th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Now that I've seen the cover, poster prints of it would be kind of keen for some level of Kickstarter. Assuming Kyle's OK with that, of course, and assuming the cost works out.