Thinking of Doing a Kickstarter Campaign Some Day?
Here are some things to study. And since we do not have a campaign going at the moment, I thought I would give some suggestions.
First off, you need to study ongoing Kickstarters. Say you are thinking of launching your next book with a Kickstarter, here are some basic steps. Plus what to look for when you are following other Kickstarter campaigns.
BASIC FIRST STEPS
1… Have the book done and going to be published out about six months. Up for pre-order when you can on each site. You want to do your campaign to give the book early to your fans, but you also want it up for preorder. (Never do a campaign for an unfinished book.)
2… Professional cover must be done and branded to genre with professional art. (Can find on any royalty-free site.) These are book covers, not gaming cards. Game art looks horrible on book covers for the most part, and on books on a Kickstarter campaign, just looks sad.
3… Have a list of your rewards already done. If you have other books or another series, include that as a reward. Study what kinds of awards others are doing (see below).
WHAT TO STUDY…
1… The campaign ask. Most single book campaigns for newer professionals ask is around $300 to $500. You want your campaign to fund quickly, that helps.
2… Total up their awards, see if the campaign has enough awards that are reasonable (not too cheap) to make the ask quickly. Does it have a couple really high awards?
3… Is their art and book covers professional?
4… Do they use section art between each section of the story.
5… Is the body of the story all text or lively with art and book covers?
6… Is all they talk about is plot? If so, watch that one, they will have trouble funding.
7… Do they mention audio and the costs as the reason they are doing the campaign. If so, they will almost never fund.
8… Watch the ones that tell you why they are doing the campaign. Often the reason like editing will turn off more backers. Just never say the reason. No one cares.
9… Watch the ones that have a lot of physical products that will cost money. I saw one last month that if it had funded, it would have cost more than the funding. Caution, watch for those when studying. “It seems like a good idea…” is often a thought that should worry you when studying these.
10… Back the campaigns you are really watching to get an idea of how it ends, what their survey is like, their updates, and so on. Back at least five other campaigns before you think of launching your first.
11… See a campaign you would like to do one similar, then also look that person up on Facebook and see what they are doing there and other social media sites. Go to their website.
12… Watch their video. Short and interesting? Should be slightly rough.
13… Study how they do add-ones. (Again, a reason to back a number of campaigns.)
14… Does the campaign feel like fun? Are the rewards clear?
HOW TO THINK…
1… Kickstarter campaigns are a great place to grow fans, get some cash before the book even publishes, and free advertising for your book (which is up on pre-order for those who like the looks of it, but don’t do crowd-funding.) But you have to keep that goal firmly in mind.
2… Don’t think you can make a lot. You might, but you might not. Set your funding low and hope to fund quickly. No lower than $300 for a single book.
3… Check all prices of any physical item and then only ship inside your own country. Make sure you are not undercharging for physical items or shipping.
4… Most importantly, have fun with this. The first one is a learning curve. Enjoy the stress. The next ones are easy.