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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)
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...)