I did this near the end of 2013 for a novel on Indiegogo. I’ll talk more about that novel in another post. I’ll have to do it again at some point. I didn’t achieve my full funding goal then… in part because many people didn’t really understand what I was trying to do, so I’ll attempt to correct that.
English: The crowdsourcing process in eight steps. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Foremost: Crowdsourcing is not begging
Crowdsourcing is like a telethon, but not like the Jerry Lewis one, but more like a PBS one.
If it was just a matter of begging I wouldn’t have done it. I would find that distasteful to do.
Instead — the PBS model — those who pledge do so for perks. That’s why I’ve chipped in to many over the years.
What are ‘perks’?
They are benefits for the level that you donate at.
Here are examples from other projects that I’ve backed:
I’ve backed other books and comic books. In return for my backing level I got several Kindle– and EPUB-format books and PDF/CBR-format ones for comic books.
Two of the largest concepts that I backed and received were an 8 port (via USB) charger, and a device that makes my Internet a hotspot.
In the case of my novel perks included EPUB, Kindle and POD versions of the novel, and higher pledges got to be in the book.
(This is becoming too huge for just one post. I’ll continue in the next one.)
To my day job, blogging and writing.
I’ve been at home for 2 weeks due to my holiday break. I also took time off from writing to recharge my creativity.
Even though my Indiegogo campaign didn’t make funding, I still intend to finish the novel. Most of the people who did pledge I know in person.
Updating here also fell by the wayside. Another thing that I want to change. It bothers me that I haven’t updated in over a month. I’ll change that.
I now have a novel project on Indiegogo:
Kickstarter now accepts projects from Canada, but it only has an all-or-nothing plan: you make your funding goal or you get nothing.
I’ve already got over 100 notes in my mind map for this. Hope it goes well!
It goes without saying that I’ll be using all of my writing chops for this.
Indiegogo, that is.
I’ve talked about my plans for Kindle (then later Createspace) publishing in 2013.
I’ve researched crowd funding options, and made a very easy to make choice.
Kickstarter has been a big deal of late. I’ve backed several projects on this service. I can’t put a project on it however for a very simple reason: only residents of the USA can pitch on it.
As I’m a Canadian (in Montreal, Quebec) I can’t use it.
That leaves me the option of Indiegogo. It does the same things, but it’s international… so, soon as I’m ready (I’ll talk about my books then. Better to let the anticipation build <g>).