Originally Posted by Steven Lake
Has anyone done, or heard of someone who's done a kickstarter project for an upcoming book or novel? Any success, or is it really one of those things that's more trouble than it's worth?
I know of one succesful one. MeiLin Miranda did a Kickstarter for her next book
and got rather more than she had asked for.
Possible factors to keep in mind for why she was successful include things like
- A lot (but I don't think all) of the contributions came from existing fans - that whole 1000 true fans thing, only with 100 instead of 1000.
- She had already asked her fans to do something similar for book one (that was pre-Kickstarter, only done via pre-sales) when she needed funding to turn the thing into a proper book (editor, type setting, cover art, ...), so both she and her fans were already familiar with the idea.
- It was for the second book in a series, and the whole first book was available for people to read for free on her web site, so they could find out whether she's worth it.
- She had a lot of reward levels starting small and going way up. (Also notice that there were backers even for the highest levels, but the project would have funded even without the "crazies" in the top three reward levels.)