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19 May 2014 @ 09:54 pm
Setbacks and such.  
First off, thank you so much to the following people who backed the Starflyer John Jackson Kickstarter Campaign: lunalovepotter, major_dallas, geezer_also, elka78, lewlinx, hedwig5221, star54kar, lnalvgd, yaaronet, pili204 and other friends and family on Facebook (whose LJ handles either elude me or do not exist). I am so truly touched by your outpouring of support.

I regret to say that the first iteration of the campaign had to be cancelled before it failed to make its minimum donation goal, so naturally, everyone's contributions were immediately refunded. But it means that Steve now has an opportunity to review his approach and streamline the expenses to match the amount that he DID receive, so that the next attempt is sure to succeed.

So the good news is that he's going to give the project another go on Kickstarter in fairly short order. And that gives me a second chance at an opportunity to illustrate a truly fun story. I promise to update as soon as the campaign is relaunched, and I hope those who contributed the first time around will be willing to give it another go when the time comes.

Thank you guys again for cheerleading and donating! I promise to keep you guys posted!
LewlinX: LifeCanvaslewlinx on May 20th, 2014 02:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for the update! I was thinking about this over the weekend and kept forgetting to ask if there were any news! :)
Red Monsterredmonster on May 20th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
Has Steve considered using another funding platform? IndieGogo allows the option of flexible funding, which means the campaign can get whatever amount is donated, rather than having to meet a minimum funding threshold.
hedwig5221hedwig5221 on May 20th, 2014 12:39 pm (UTC)
I will definitely fund this project again. It looks like such a fun book and I know that my grandsons would absolutely love it. I'll be watching for the next opportunity!

I also want to see your amazing illustrations!
mrs_bombadil on May 20th, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
I did not make a commitment but might with the re-launch.

If you don't mind, I have some other suggestions as well, based entirely on my own opinion.

1) I have another friend who attempted a Kickstarter for expenses for his self-published book. It too was unsuccessful. In both cases the minimum contribution amount did not include a copy (hard or electronic) of the finished product and I believe this is a mistake. Make sure every backer will be able to see the finished product.

2) "Streamline" is a good word, not just for what to do with the expenses but in the campaign. I think fewer options would be better.

3) I don't think "signed copy of" carries a ton of weight for unknown names and should be part of any package that includes a hard copy of the book.

4) Video might have worked better without the blooper reel at the beginning. Put at end or save it as an extra that backers are sent during the process. Obviously if new goal is to essentially recapture the backers already committed, this does not really matter. But maybe it can be exceeded this time (and, new campaign should probably be sure to share what would be done if funding does manage to grow beyond the goal).

5) A nice benefit that could also help to spread the word about the book is that certain funding levels could include extra copies that could be given as gifts. One twist would be to have backers in certain levels name a local or school library that could get a copy as a gift.

Edited at 2014-05-20 01:32 pm (UTC)
Why be normal?: books - reading is lovelunalovepotter on May 20th, 2014 02:23 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear it didn't work out the first time around, but I will absolutely be there for the second one. Sounds like a fun project!
Rodgeezer_also on May 20th, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
I was wondering if you had received my PM. Now I understand why I didn't hear back from you. It's still waiting for the next time :D Good luck!!!
katieaykatieay on May 21st, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
When I tried to donate, all of the possibilities for outside of the US were taken. Just something to keep in mind :)