My Kickstarter has officially ended.
It was a failure.
I’m not pleased with the results. However, I’m not throwing in the towel. I’m probably going to fund the next printing of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 some other way.
There’ll also be another crowdfunding drive for my books in the future. It won’t be at least until the spring or we may hold off until the summer.
I used Kickstarter this time. Next time, IndieGoGo may be used. In contrast to Kickstarter’s all-or-nothing approach, Indiegogo lets you keep whatever funds are raised. That may work better for me.
I’ll also be hanging around the crowdfunding forums to learn whatever I can about projects, promoting them, and how to make them successful.
Believe me – crowdfunding drives are not over for me. They are just beginning.
Stay tuned for more updates. In the meantime, we are looking for more public libraries to carry copies of the Sunnyville books. If you are a library (or vendor), both volumes of Sunnyville Stories are available wholesale through Ingram and Baker & Taylor via BCH Distribution and through Brodart Books.
Sunnyville Stories Vol. 1 (ISBN 9780615653921) is still for sale on Amazon too.
Last but not least, I welcome your fan letters and commentary. You can email me at maxwestart(at)gmail.com or you can write to:
Different Mousetrap Press LLC
PO Box 1321
Greensboro, NC 27402
Why do you think it failed?
It wasn’t promoted enough. I was reviewing my analytics…in spite of use of social media and word-of-mouth, it just wasn’t enough. That’s why I’ll be hitting the crowdfunding community between now and next time. I need advice and want to see how others succeeded.
How good are the analytics? Does Kickstarter tell you how many people looked at your project?