How A Failed Kickstarter Led to A Successful Kickstarter

This entry is a personal one, but it makes me realize how far I’ve come.

The Jan. 2017 Kickstarter to fund the Sunnyville Super Special #1 was a success.  Even I’m amazed at how it performed.  I’m already planning a second Kickstarter to be announced this weekend.

As some of you may know, my very first Kickstarter back in early 2014 failed completely.  It brought my crowdfunding efforts of a screeching halt and made me look away from crowdfunding for awhile.  (It also gave strength to my detractors and served as confirmation bias that Sunnyville was lousy – it’s not.)  But some good came out of that failure.

It forced me to slam on the brakes and bring things to a stop.  The whole failed Kickstarter served as a wake-up call.  Yes, I was on the right track but I was trying to do too much too fast.

That’s why I spent time building more fans and working to promote the Sunnyville property.  I had to go back over the mistakes I made with that first Kickstarter.  I had to study crowdfunding more, review others that had succeeded and learn everything I could about the Kickstarter platform.

This Kickstarter succeeded and it was because I learned from a failure.

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About Max West

I am a freelance artist and the creator of Sunnyville Stories, an independent slice-of-life comics series.
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