I’m going to go back to doing the monthly incentives since they’re so much easier to do using Kickstarter. I always felt bad when people would donate and I’d be a little short of what I needed to actually buy the incentive. I often ended up buying the item anyway – I did that quite often before I finally stopped doing them. I felt obligated to do so. This way, I may not get that money, but I also don’t feel obligated to purchase the actual item.
Now, can you guys give me some suggestions on what you’d like? I know that you guys LIKE keychain/necklaces/acrylic things, but I don’t just want to offer them. I have a LOT Of printing companies near me that do custom printing on shirts/bags, etc, but I need a good idea of what people would actually purchase. Buttons, bookmarks, metal charms, pens, stationary? Print collections themed after a specific character? Print story collections in a small size based on a specific character? A plush toy?
I’m about to do a plush toy Kickstarter for Swiftpaw. It’s 9K to get 500 toys including taxes, shipping, fees, etc. For the Kickstarter, they will be $15 plus shipping. Afterward, $20 plus shipping. I’m not sure the chances of it actually being funded, but I’m going to do it anyway, because I won’t know if I don’t try and it doesn’t take any money out of my pocket. I wish I had the $500 so I could have a physical prototype to show off, but I’ll note, I get unlimited revisions and it WILL look a lot like the design. It is a LARGE goal and one I would not run frequently if successful. Next I would do a Stealth.
If it succeeds, I will get quotes for the print collections, which I would give myself a deadline of six months to run so there would be a gap between a big kickstarter and smaller ones. I WILL prepare two 8 x 10 books, as in.. real books printed on offset printers with 150+ pages each through big printers. If it fails, I will still prepare those books, but do it through Createspace.
I’m loving Kickstarter, it makes it SO MUCH EASIER to keep track of these projects and make sure everyone sees every update they need to see!
Please let me know what you like! (And who. IF anyone hasn’t noticed… I’m horrible with marketing products. Too much inability to decide.)