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29 May 2013 @ 08:48 pm
A quick look at Kickstarter novels  

Matt Forbeck, who ran a couple Kickstarters last year, has done an in-depth analysis of gauging your chances of succeeding with a Kickstarter novel.

If you’re at all interested in this kind of thing (as I obviously am), it’s pretty, er, interesting. :) I did a kind of mock “aw!” when I saw NO DOMINION hadn’t made it into his top ten list, although SPIRIT OF THE CENTURY, for which I shall shortly be writing a novel, did, so, y’know, that salved the pain.

But wait, true believers! NO DOMINION *did* make it into his refined list–and by the end of his refinements, is nestled nicely at #4 in successful Kickstarter novels (and my friend Tim Pratt’s recent successful Marla Mason novel lands solidly at #6!), which is pretty awesome.

Someday I’ll be in a position to run another one. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
dancinghorsedancinghorse on May 29th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
I agree. I think a smart project aims between $5 and 6K. Then the overage looks better than if you aimed at $10K and barely made it.

The first comment mentions my two and he says he's pleased with them. Main criterion: fulfilled on time and with quality he'd hoped for.

So that's another thing to be aware of. (As you know, of course. But readers coming by may not.)
M. C. A. Hogarth: presenthaikujaguar on May 29th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
I am beginning to think that many smaller Kickstarters are an easier road to keeping money flowing in than only a few large ones. Granting the time to do any of the administration, of course. I am still taking notes. :)
kitmizkit on May 30th, 2013 07:37 am (UTC)
I think you might well be right about that, though Evil Hat has been doing rather spectacularly well with many large ones. OTOH, they're a gaming company, not novelists. :)
M. C. A. Hogarth: presenthaikujaguar on May 30th, 2013 11:53 am (UTC)
*peers at Evil Hat* I can't tell, but it looks like that's at least two people? Running these things with only one person is a bit more painful. As I'm sure you're aware! :)
Chrysoulachrysoula on May 30th, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
Yes. For Jenna-related reasons I applied this technique roughly to RPGs yesterday. They have a much higher cap and range than novels ever get. It's interesting speculating on why.