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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)

 
 
 
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.