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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)
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.