You may be familiar with my Kickstarter project. It was fully funded back then, but of course, like when we built our house, I made changes to the project, added more to it, and let the expenses rise more than I imagined. However, it’s time to celebrate, because I think I’ve finally broken even-not counting the countless days and years that went into the creation of this project, of course! I’d be thrilled whether I got to this point or not, because my real “payment” has been all the feedback I’ve received. Would I do it again? Yes. And if you’re thinking of doing the same, read on…
Here’s where it all started…
A young woman who had an unsuccessful attempt at a Kickstarter project asked me for tips. Those struggling to get successful funding on this platform may want to consider others; GoFundMe is a popular alternative used as an effective form of fundraising around the globe to get people’s projects and dreams off the ground. It may be worth giving it a go if you haven’t already.
Here’s what I said to her:
I believe my success was because I’ve used my card deck in my conference presentations, classes, and workshops. I’m connected in my writing community. Most of the people who supported me know and believe in my cards. I haven’t done anything special except let them know that I was doing this. It helps that the participants in my presentations wanted the deck of cards and were ready to sign up as soon as the project started. However, it didn’t stop there. Maybe it was their connections, or just that Kickstarter is good at getting projects in the eyes of people who might be interested in supporting them, but I’ve been blown away by all the well-known authors who pledged to get the cards.
I couldn’t have done this without my community of friends and followers all over the world…
Friends like Anne Belov, who has had many successful Kickstarter projects, and who kickedstarted me whenever I needed it.
Friends like Tara Lazar, who wrote this amazing post about my project. Tara is the creator of Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). It’s now called Storystorm, and you don’t want to miss it.
And Darcy Pattison, who asked me to write a guest blog post about my experience with Kickstarter. Darcy generously shares her knowledge with other writers in her blog and workshops.
It helps to live on Whidbey Island, where we can walk among the most creative, supportive people in the world. And I got to talk to them at Whidbey Life Magazine about the common characteristics of whitewater kayaking and Kickstarter. Whidbey people live and breathe the arts and though many are struggling artists themselves, they reach out and pull each other up. Perhaps this type of community isn’t as unique as I think it is, but I wouldn’t exchange my life here for anything in the world.
And there were those who contributed without asking for anything in return… It’s humbling.
If what I’ve heard back from writers around the world, the cards have provided more support than even I could have imagined. And to the young woman who stepped out and tried a Kickstarter project, congratulations. Don’t assign judgement on your “failure.” It’s like the creative process itself. There is no failure. Just keep going…
I know… You were hoping for all the details. Kickstarter will help you with that. I’m just a cheerleader.
And to claim your own deck of Fiction Magic cards, visit me HERE!