Challenge,  publishing

Kickstarter Full Workshop

Finally Going to Do It!

Kris and I have been talking about this for some time, but it just never seemed like a right time to launch it. And we have the Best Practices on Teachable already that is free, but without a workshop structure, that can only cover so many details.

But today, as we were talking about different aspects of what Brandon is doing and why over the years more writers don’t use Kickstarter and other sites like it, the reason became clear.

The details. Writers are overwhelmed by the details.

What do you do first, what do you do next, how do you set stuff up, how much to ask for, how do you fulfill, what kinds of rewards do you do, how do you figure costs of rewards so you don’t lose money, shipping, updates, and on and on and on. And even more importantly, what kind of project, which one of your projects could work for you, how do you get the word out, what are the patterns of a campaign, how long to set it for.

Details! Lots and lots of Details!

Six weeks worth of step-by-step details. That is what this new workshop will be about, so that when you are finished with the workshop, you will know exactly how to launch a kickstarter project when you want to. Fear of the details will no longer stop you.

So we are going to start the workshop in August. I do not have it up with the August workshops yet, (maybe tomorrow), but we hope that with the free best practices and the six week workshop covering every detail, you can feel confident in making extra money using Kickstarter, and other platforms just like it.

Six weeks of details. Could be great fun, actually.


  • Maree

    I know for me the big barrier is the video. I don’t have AV skills. I have nothing to say in audio visual format.

    • dwsmith

      Oh, we’ll show you how to simply do one. Very simply. That will be in the workshop. And Loren gave you a way in a comment on the Kickstarter Best Practices I think. But at WMG we never pay for videos. At the level we are doing, people want to feel like they are getting a glimpse of the author. Too slick is actually a drawback on many kickstarter videos.

  • E. R. Paskey

    I am so excited to hear this it isn’t even funny. Your response to my comment earlier on your last post in addition to me getting a chance to watch the four videos you did on Brandon’s Kickstarter combined to make my head explode this evening with the vistas and possibilities that opened up. (Half of it involves writing more and finishing certain projects so that there’s something to do more than one Kickstarter on. *grin*

    Very much looking forward to exploring the nuts and bolts of how to make this work. Thank you!

  • Denise Gaskins

    Cool! I’ve been following the current course and studying all your past campaigns (and others, of course). I’ll look forward to more tips — especially about the fulfillment and follow-up since my first Kickstarter project will be in full swing (I hope!) in August.

    Which reminds me: On the Best Practices course, do you want to hear about members’ projects if they aren’t fiction? Mine is publishing, so hopefully it helps encourage readers to think of Kickstarter as a source for new books, but it’s nonfic.

  • Topaz

    Wonderful. I’m looking forward to that workshop. Especially the video section.
    Thank you very much for doing this workshop.

  • Wayne Key

    I am a new writer with five novels written out of a projected nine novel series. Planning to start releasing this fall and to use Kickstarter as a part of that whole process. My tentative plan is to publish one or two and then to do a Kickstarter to help promote and fund the next few. I am almost through the free Kickstarter course and looking forward to the “details” course. Thanks for helping us newbies navigate the crazy world of Indie publishing!