Kickstarter advice with Spike and Paul Roman Martinez

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Are you among the four or five people who haven’t done a Kickstarter yet but are just thinking about it?

C. Spike Trotman has run several Kickstartes herself, and is working on a mini comic (if you call 30 pages a mini comic) with some advice. Four more pages in the link.

Hi, folks. Here’s a five-page preview of a mini I hope to have on sale next week. (People ask me for advice on a weekly basis, anyway; might as well consolidate it all into one handy package.) Stuff I plan to include:
What to ask the printer
How to calculate your goal properly
How to price and sell your books
Good backer bonus ideas
Your Frenemy The Post Office
Self-promotion


Along the same lines, Paul Roman Martinez offers 11 Things All Failed Kickstarter Projects Do Wrong

In putting my projects together, I’ve done research into hundreds of campaigns, following them from start to finish, trying to analyze what works and what doesn’t so I can implement those strategies into my own projects. Here are a few of most common mistakes I see people make that hopefully you can avoid. I’ve seen amazing projects fail because they missed a few of the simple things listed here. While no one can guarantee success, I can promise a better chance of reaching your funding goal if you fix these issues in your next project!


If you’re thinking of coing crowdfunding, better bookmark these.

Must read: Spike’s Everything I Know

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Cartoonist C. Spike Trotman is one of the most self-assured creators we’ve ever met. Whether it’s her long running webcomic Templar, AZ or her guide to living on a little money, Poorcraft, or her mastery of crowdfunding or anything else, she has one of the sharpest business senses around. She just posted a new 24 Hour Comic (which only got to 12 pages) called Everything I Know which sums up everything about the current career trajectory of the cartoonist better than anything I’ve read, from the wonderful array of options available, to the terrifying array of options available. Tying together the “!000 true rans” theorem with the need for working, hustling and networking, it’s a tidy summation, and if the 10,000 notes it’s already racked up on Tumblr are any proof, it’s already struck a chord with a lot of people.

BTW if you think about that a little, that 10,000 “likes” on Tumblr indicates to me that the “comics establishment” whatever that is, hasn’t really dealt with Tumblr culture yet.

Spotted via Johanna because I don’t get on Tumblr enough.