Hello, I am really sorry to bother you but I am starting a crowdfunding project and I was wondering if you could give me any pointers in that area. I think that I am not going to get a lot of contributions because a) my comic is just starting and b) I am female. I am not an artist so I have to pay a friend of mine to create the pages for me and thus I am starting this crowdfunding project. I would really appreciate any help you could give me. Thank you.
Here are a few of my own personal pieces of advice:
Reach out to your advocates before launching the campaign. Let them know it’s coming so they can help spread the word. Also, have a press release handy to send them so they have the same talking points as you.
Make sure the message coming from all of your social media channels is consistent.
Script and/or storyboard your video. Make sure it’s a narrative your audience can follow and has a personal touch to it. Help your potential backers identify with you.
As you get closer to your goal I recommend updates to your backers that share something unique about your project. Get them engaged and excited so they continue to spread the word with you. They’re a community.
If you have one big ticket reward for backers, hold onto it until the middle of the campaign. There’s inevitably a slump and this can help rebuild momentum.
Running a campaign is a LOT of work. Be prepared to feel like you’re working a 40 hour a week job if you want to be successful. It takes up a lot of time and energy, so you might not get anything creative done during your campaign period.
If you weren’t aware of it before the past few weeks, even a passing interest in the recent Internet comics community likely informed you of the medical-expense-related plight a high-profile pair of comic book creators have been experiencing . First, there was Stan Sakai, the creator of Usagi Yojimbo, in dire straits because of an extended hospital stay for his wife, Sharon. Then there’s Bill Mantlo, the co-creator of Rocket Raccoon, who was severely injured in a skating accident 22 years ago and has required full-time care ever since. (He’s been under care for two decades, but Rocket’s appearance in the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie has brought him back into the public eye.)
Both of these men have had to turn to donations from fans and colleagues to help with their considerable expenses, and those people have made admirable efforts to help these creative artists whose work has brightened their lives. Generosity is a good thing. But it shouldn’t have to be this way.
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