Kickstarter Success

Proud to report that TaleSpins Books reached 100% funded yesterday afternoon. The money raised will go toward publishing a printed compilation of 3 TaleSpins stories: 8, The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny and Jack’d. Thanks to all the backers and to anyone who helped spread the word!

There are still 2 weeks left. The more money the project receives, the better it will be! Here’s the link:

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Audio Interview on The Bookcast

It’s official. I don’t like the sound of my own voice. Regardless, I did a fun interview/chat with Bill Thompson, a radio vet who now runs The Bookcast, a blog of interviews with Indie authors. We discussed The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny and TaleSpins in general.

Check it out, and while you’re there, click around. You might find an indie read you’d otherwise never know about.

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Putting the FUN in Funding

Wow. Kickstarter is a wild ride, and I’ve only been at it for 4 days (29 left). I’m very happy to say TaleSpins Books is already 79% funded. Things look good for the little hardcover that doesn’t exist yet. The 3rd story, Jack’d, (whose intro can be read here) is really taking shape. There’s a lot of work ahead, but the support has been inspiring to say the least.

If you haven’t checked out the project page yet, please give it a look. And be sure to spread the word so that TaleSpins can come to life in print and hopefully be sold to a real publisher. If you have checked it out – backing the project or not – I thank you. Everyone’s busy, and I appreciate your interest at whatever level.

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You’ll Get a Kick Out of This

After months of planning, revising, number crunching and revising some more, I am finally ready to launch my Kickstarter™ campaign for TaleSpins Books. The project objective is to move TaleSpins beyond the eBook format and publish a print compilation volume of the three stories: 8, The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny and Jack’d. The decision to design and run a campaign was a no-brainer. The work I’m doing and the brand I’m trying to build seems well suited for Kickstarter. But as I quickly learned, that was pretty much the only easy decision I faced.

For those unfamiliar, Kickstarter (KS) is the #1 crowd funding site, on which people donate via their Amazon™ accounts toward a creative project’s preset financial goal. If the goal is reached in the time allotted for the campaign, the project creator gets the money to use toward making the idea into a reality. But if the goal is not reached by the deadline, the creator gets nothing and donors (or “backers” in KS lingo) are not charged. A project can, of course, exceed its funding goal – and some have to amazing degrees – but the set goal is all or nothing.

So setting my goal and the scope of my project was challenge #1. Believe it or not, my first project idea was producing an animated short of 8. However, when the budget grew beyond my asking/begging comfort zone, I knew I had to reevaluate my approach. TaleSpins is a publishing venture, and moving into film at this time would be premature, spreading my wisp of a brand even thinner across the potential audience. That realization brought into focus the best project objective for me: I had to make and sell books.

For a while I considered finishing and publishing the 8 comic book along with the story compilation as a larger project goal, but again, the higher budget made it a less attractive out-of-the-gate option. So I studied some more and finally modeled my campaign after successful ones I’d seen and backed, creating a goal/stretch goal structure so backers would see just how any extra money would be spent on TaleSpins. This dynamic also keeps the funding goal attainably low while sustaining excitement beyond the original pitch.

Kickstarter is a fascinating phenomenon that is clearly only in its infancy. Participating as a creator and a backer has been truly rewarding. I would highly recommend checking out the site and seeing if any projects spark your interest. But hey! Today is a holiday. Why not wait until tomorrow, Tuesday … when the TaleSpins Books project launches?

Just an idea. Thanks.

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