Crowdfunding Half Way: Coaches and Crowdfunder and Friends

The best thing about is that they assign a coach to help you manage your campaign. So every week, even before the campaign started, she has been phoning me and making sure that I know what I'm doing and that everything is on track.

Thanks coach!!

Also, I know I've said this before, but I can't say it enough really. I knew that my friends were great, but I didn't know just how great til now.

Even if everyone cannot pledge their support, people have been retweeting me, and sharing the links around. I didn't even have to ask or say whole sentences. You are great and thank you! You know who you are!

About the campaign:
42% funded 11 days left to pledge

Crowdfunding Half Way:Mid-campaign Lull

Well, I've told everyone I know at least twice. (They'd probably say 'ad nauseam').
I've told people I've just met and also had at least one conversation about it with a total stranger.

And today I was reading about this: The mid-campaign lull.

Apparently all of these types of campaign have a big bang at the start, then it tapers off in the middle, and, if you're lucky, it picks up in the final few days. (Let's hope!)

So, I've been trying to keep the energy going, but frankly, it leaves you feeling like this:


Also, it is very tempting to move on. Apart from anything, thinking about your crowdfunding campaign takes up so much of your brain space!

Almost every question I am asked is answered with feverish mumblings along the lines of : "42% funded, not bad, what next?"

So it is incredibly tempting to start working on my next book, which is going to be called 'Hijab', or lock myself in a dark room, or anything but this!

And slowly, ever so creepingly, other thoughts start to wander over, along the lines of:
"Well, that wasn't too bad for a first attempt, now for the next one..."

So, to end the day off today, I have tried to keep my spirits up by trawling through closed campaigns.

Now, if I put the words, 'endangered gorillas', 'rainforest' and 'Sir David Attenborough' together, what immediately springs to mind?

Is it this?


So, not this then?
David Attenborough's Crowdfunding Campaign

Oh well.

Crowdfunding: Half Way: Rewards

I was having a very interesting chat with Bob Whitely - who was part of a very successful Kickstarter campaign based around an RPG called Cosmothea.

He pointed out that my very first reward is a signed copy of the picture book : Robot Dragons Come From Mars (as if you didn't know!). I was very keen to listen to his advice because he has been through it himself.

As he said, most people who run these types of campaign have a lower reward which is quite important. So, say someone did not actually want to buy the book, but they really want to show their support for me. They need a reward which allows for this.

If you click on the link now, (here it is again, you will see a first reward of £3 which offers a very sincere and heart-felt thanks!

Bob also pointed out that the cost of publication and shipping will be high, especially for those people who have bid from overseas. It is going to be far higher than the £5 I have set for some of the pledges.

Even though my payment gateway is UK only, I do have pledges from overseas - these are people who have given me their support verbally and I have entered the amount myself.

Well, I was hoping that it would average out. As a great man once wrote: All's Well That Even's Out In The End!

Crowdfunding: Half way through - Friends in High Places, Or, What I've learned about women.

I've been looking at other campaigns over the weekend and finding out how other crowdfunders manage their projects. It has been very interesting! Not only how others go about it, but how they are perceived by their target audience and beyond.

It turns out that women who are crowdfunding are seen in a negative light compared to men. Why does that not surprise me at all?

This post is a little late because I've been contemplating whether to blog about a wonderful TED talk that I came across by Amanda Palmer - The Art of Asking.

Amanda had to go through a lot of negative press by the media about how she is a money grubbing individual. Compare this to Neil Gaiman's public perception where he is a good old thing, offering his services for free. Amanda is very honest about this.

In her talk, she mentions why she opts for crowdfunding and how she does it. She makes it sound like exactly what it is. A thrill. A headache. A great leap into the unknown. (cue singing nuns).

It doesn't quite fit my children's picture book publishing credentials because I am a meek (emphasise that word) author and she is a giant icon of the stage.

But then,

But then!

Because I had not written about her when I intended to, I tweeted her to tell her how inspiring she was - and she wished me well :)

So, with its almost 6 million views, here is her TED talk, there is a slight NSFW bit towards the middle.

Crowdfunding Day 10: Say Hi to the neighbours

The best thing about crowdfunding is visiting the website and seeing all the other projects which are being advertised.

It is a little bit like doing a car boot sale and going off to browse the other stalls - but only a little!

I'm already going to be sent a sample of luxury tea because the lovely posttea-goes-global campaign was funded.

I've bought another children's book and I'm in at the start of an amazing new website for children where established artists give help and advice to new young creative talent (OK, that one was not purchased just for me) - and I mean really established!

I thought I'd write today to promote a young scientist who needs funds to attend a scientific conference in the States. As I've been in this position myself, of looking for funds to attend conferences etc., I know how difficult the whole process can be - and also how important it is to attend the conference to get your research talked about.

This is the link:

There's only 5 days left to her campaign, so it would be good to see it succeed.