Crowdsourcing 101

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.

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.)