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07 October 2011 @ 09:10 am
kickstarter tick!  

The Kickstarter campaign just ticked over $7300. I’m holding my breath to see if by some mad chance it reaches $8K by 1 week in, although that doesn’t seem enormously likely. However, if it does, I’ll do something else fun–maybe run a Q&A where people* submit questions to be answered in-character by the character of their choice. (No spoiler answers will be given, but up through SPIRIT DANCES is fair game!)

I was looking at the Rollover Rewards, and I’m seeing a kind of a long dark teatime of the soul between $8K and $12K, as far as reward levels go. Now, this made perfect sense while I was figuring out the Rollover Reward points, which I set at Goal ($4K), Half Again ($6K), Doubled ($8K) and Tripled ($12K). But it does look awfully gappy and large there between $8 and $12K, so I suspect I’ll end up offering a $10K Rollover of Another Story.

At that point, the $10 buy-in starts to be a real steal, with four short stories and one novella. Actually, possibly I need to bump that up, in fact: the $10K Rollover Story would perhaps be for everybody buying in at $25 or more. Hm.

On that note, in retrospect, I feel I’ve managed some of the scaling badly for the campaign. I think I should’ve set the calendar level at $50, skipped the $75, and set all the $75 rewards as part of the $100 reward. But heck, this is partly about figuring it out, right? :)

*anybody can ask, but you’ll have to be a KS patron to get the answer :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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Geek of Weird Shit: weldinggows on October 9th, 2011 09:19 am (UTC)
Actually, possibly I need to bump that up, in fact: the $10K Rollover Story would perhaps be for everybody buying in at $25 or more.

Agreed. I presume there's a function that allows people to upgrade their bids, yes? If so, I'd definitely start targeting the $25 level.

I mean, I'd aim there anyway, but being able to upgrade one's bid is a good motivating factor for all the people who have already bought in to give more money.
kitmizkit on October 9th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC)
Yep, you can just go in and set it higher. Easy to do.
Geek of Weird Shit: fireygows on October 9th, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)
Might want to mention that when you start doing higher-level rewards.

I know you don't want to flog this to death, but it's been really neat seeing your enthusiasm level as the money climbs. Once past the initial push, though, and your posts about it have decreased dramatically. Not that you don't have EIGHT BILLION OTHER THINGS to do, but the blog format allows others to vicariously participate in your excitement and receive their own little thrill because, y'know, you're excited because of something they had a hand in. It's like watching a little kid open presents at Christmas. :)
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on October 9th, 2011 09:28 am (UTC)
Also, personally, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for $12K. Having the option to buy a limited-edition chapbook would be really neat. :D
kitmizkit on October 9th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
yes, that would be SO AWESOME.
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on October 9th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
See? It's that kind of excitement that is so contagious and awesomely fun to see. :)

I think that should be the next goal, 'cause, know, HOW COOL WOULD THAT BE to make happen?
kitmizkit on October 9th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
See, I'm afraid people will just say OH FOR GOD'S SAKE SHUT UP ALREADY if I keep going on about it too much. I dunno where the balance is. :)
Geek of Weird Shit: fireygows on October 9th, 2011 11:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know you don't want to reach that point.

FWIW, I don't think you're nearly there yet. :D
Every other day (or even daily) would still be fine without reaching oversaturation, IMO.

(It helps immensely that when you write about it, it's all excitement, not just shilling. Not that there's anything wrong with shilling. People need reminders.)
kit: artmizkit on October 9th, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
Well, it's VERY EXCITING! *laughs* And just, I mean, *kermitflails*

Again and again, the thing that really hits home for me about crowdfunding is that essentially random strangers are coming together to help get art made. That sounds terribly snotty, I don't really think of my stories as art (I think of them as books or stories), but storytelling /is/ an art, the oldest art, and so: coming together to help get art made.

Even more specifically, to help get art that would not otherwise exist made. It's enormously unlikely that I would have written "Hot Time" or "Year of Miracles" or any of the ORSSP if I had not been supported, quite literally, by the kindness of strangers. I *wanted* to tell those stories, but I can't, as a rule, afford to tell stories for free, and novellas/short stories are a much harder sell in the fiction market than a full-length novel. But as it turns out, it seems that while I can get publishers to pay me for books, I can get--just people to pay me for novellas and short stories, and that means they're *totally* making a space where I can do things I would never otherwise be able to. And that's *amazing*.

I *love* that we're living in a time where instead of an artist requiring a single, extremely wealthy patron, it's possible to do something like a Kickstarter campaign and have hundreds of ordinary-income individuals become patrons instead.

*Kermitflails more* That's what art and patronage *should* be: complementary and broadly accessible. Art is not for the wealthy, it's for everyone. The joy of being able to help support it should not be reserved for the wealthy, either, nor should the rewards of patronage (projects dedicated to/named for/inclusive of you, etc) be solely for the rich. I've done a bunch of silly little things already to say thank you to individuals who have hit benchmarks within the "No Dominion" campaign, and that's part of what this is all about: all being in it together.

She said passionately. O.O
Geek of Weird Shit: fireygows on October 9th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
*grin* See, this is exactly the sort of stuff you should post when you're shilling/pimping out/raising awareness for the KS campaign. You give some specific "why"s behind it (can't give it away, market for short stories/novellas) and some more broad-based ones as well (patronage and the accessibility of art).

I suspect there's a large aspect of "they like me! they really like me!" with crowdfunded projects that you just don't get through traditional publishing routes. (Which I would totally be all over, squeeing my little heart out!) It's a much more intimate relationship with the people who read your work, which is why I think it works for the patrons, too. Not to mention that they know that they are directly supporting you, not a middleman who may take 90% of your earnings and leave you a pittance. :P

As for whether or not your stories are art, yes, totally. That was one of the greatest gifts Burning Man gave me--the redefinition of art. I always used to think that art was something other people did and hung on a wall--y'know, Ahrt. But now, I think art is anything creative that people put a piece of themselves into: traditional painting, music, dance, multimedia, writing, cooking, massage . . . the list just goes on and on. And what makes it good art is whether or not people respond to it.
kitmizkit on October 9th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
*grins8 about halfway through typing that, I thought "she's going to tell me to make this a blog post, isn't she." :)

And yeah, that's the thing, is Aahhht. I find it a little hard to take myself seriously if I say I'm making art, although I don't have a problem saying I'm an artist, because yeah: doing creative stuff makes you an artist. :)
Geek of Weird Shit: fireygows on October 9th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
*laugh* I figured you'd already thought of that, but a little nudging never hurt no one. ;)

So if making creative stuff makes you an artist, what's that creative stuff called? :P
kitmizkit on October 9th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
kitmizkit on October 9th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
(actually, in the past year or two I've become more comfortable with saying I Make Art. Dunno why, but I have.)
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on October 9th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
w00t! :)

You AHHHHtist, you. :P
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on October 9th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)

Geek of Weird Shit: fireygows on October 9th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
but storytelling /is/ an art, the oldest art

Indeed. And the oldest profession. People like to say that prostitution is, but it's not. The oldest profession is shaman, and part of that is telling stories.

It's so fascinating to watch crowdfunding turn what could easily be a disadvantage (easy reproduction and distribution of images, stories, and music) into a upside. What an amazing time we live in. :)