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Crowdsourcing 201

To begin, there are two pledge levels that I forgot to mention before, but I’ve seen them for nearly every project I’ve joined, so they’re deserving of mention:

Pledge (song)

Pledge (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“$1”: you want to help out, but you just want to “get your feet wet”. For that you can pledge a single buck. It brings no perks with it, but it still helps the project move forward a bit. Dozens of such a pledge still add up.

“$5”: a larger bid with a sole perk: mention of your name in the Thanks, whether it’s a special page in a  book or comic book, or on a page on a Website (I’m listed on all 3 on different projects) …or whatever form it takes.

One thing: the Thanks are a part of every Perk level above $5 as well.

Where a project really gets cool is when it raises more than the target amount. Why?

Stretch Goals

After that amount, the folks who made the project add new features to their projects.

Take for example Grimtooth’s Ultimate Traps Collection.  These were a set of books that I read years ago in my game life…. traps in fantasy gaming of a darkly humorous bent. For this project all the out-of-print volumes  will be collected in a single hardcover volume. [I backed this]

Stretch goals included new books in this series, extra cloth bookmarks sewn in, even new backer-submitted traps.

Another example: a book that I backed made an audiobook version.

If the projects are the meat-and-potatoes then stretch goals are the neat desserts.

Crowdsourcing Sites

Indiegogo Website

This is the site that I used for my novel, but I think that I’ll use another one next time. I used it because of the flexible funding option available.

Flexible funding means that you get the funds collected — minus their fees — immediately, so even if you don’t make your target you still have something to start to work with.

Traditional thought is that if you don’t make your goal you don’t have to produce your  project — but in my case I don’t agree with that philosophy. Some people did back me, and I’ll finish my book as that’s what they paid for. Even though it’s taking me much longer than I’d like, I’ll get it done.

Kickstarter Website

You may have heard this mentioned a lot lately. Several films and TV shows were funded through this, as were many other projects. Two of my friends got funding for comic books through this, and many, many other projects.

Unlike Indiegogo, pledges collected here are only charged if the project funding target is made. As a result, if the funding goal isn’t achieved the amount collected is an even $0.

There are other crowdsourcing services, but for my needs they aren’t suited: Fundrazr is Canadian which suits me, but it’s better-suited to more altruistic projects than mine. Patreon  is, as the name suggests, a way to become a patron-crowdsourcer ongoing to an artist. I’m not *that* prolific. That wouldn’t be fair to my contributors.

One thing is for sure: whatever service that you go with you have a lot of promotion to do.

 

Back to Work!

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.

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NaNoWriMo 2013: My First Post

I haven’t updated here for some time for several reasons.

First was the Indiegogo campaign that I mentioned here. I asked many people that I know to get it funded. A few did, many didn’t. Some of those who didn’t seem a bit miffed. I’m hoping that some if not most of them will talk to me again.

In the end I didn’t achieve my campaign. However that hasn’t stopped me…

NaNoWriMo 13: I’m attempting the first draft of this novel as my NaNo this year. As my progress widget shows I’m further behind than I’d like but I’ve at least started it!

I’ve Talked the Talk, Now I’m Walking the Walk

I now have a novel project on Indiegogo:

http://igg.me/at/rmsb/x/1608027

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.

 

Re-doing my Mind Map

As I’ve said before, I’m writing fiction for the Kindle platform. Right now I’m trying to get my artist lined up…  but I want to start the novel before  the Indiegogo project gets underway.

To get started I’m trying to get my  mind map for the first book done on a new tool:

Scrivener (software)

Scrivener (software) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I began to use Scrivener last October before NaNoWriMo. I’m on the Windows version, which isn’t as feature-rich as the Mac one.

Image representing Windows as depicted in Crun...

Image via CrunchBase

That has changed thanks to its native mind-mapping tool in Beta for Windows, a utility called Scapple.

I used Xmind before and even recommended it here. It’s a great program, but too structured for  the ideas that come to you for writing. The ideas for prose don’t often come in structured ways.

As a result I’m starting my map over, and also getting new ideas for the plot and characters as I go.

When People Write for Free, Who Pays?

Article on Gawker

I write articles  for the newsletter at work. I don’t get paid any extra for it,  You could say that I’m writing for free.

Is this bad? I don’t think so. This month I’ll be launching my first Kindle novels through Indiegogo (trust me, you’ll hear about it here among other sources), and I have a few other projects too… the newsletter for me is pure non-fiction though; I always benefit from further practice in that area. The more that I write, the better that I get in it, and the more confident I grow.

Those I’d see as reasons that while I don’t get cash for it it’s not really free. Plus for other magazines it will be for money.

Going to a GoGo…

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>).

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