The Dominic & Claire Fun-Size Kickstarter is one-third of the way finished. At the time of this writing, we are around 46% funding and not far from being halfway funded. That is a strong position to be in at this point. Still though, we must get to 50% funding and beyond to have a chance at getting this spin-off comic completely funded.
As a reminder, we have some rewards that offer you a chance for original art.
The $49 pledge tier offers you a chance to own one of the four milestone bonus comics I am releasing during the campaign to BACKERS ONLY as an added extra for making certain funding milestones. Only 4 slots are available on that and two have been taken already. If you want both cool comics and original art, you’d better act now!
We also have a $149 pledge that is still available. This bundle gets you a ton of rewards. Anyone pledging this level will get a load of comics! In addition to both Dominic and Claire comics, you’ll also get all three volumes of Sunnyville Stories, containing the adventures of Dominic’s cousin Rusty! But I am also throwing in something extra.
Pledging at that level will get you a cameo inside the Dominic & Claire Fun-Size comic. That’s right! I will draw you or your character on the very pages of Dominic & Claire Fun-Size interacting with the main cast!
Just a reminder though – only TWO slots for this reward exist so you’d better act now!
Whoa…these last few days have been a wild ride for both me as well as the Dominic & Claire Fun-Size Kickstarter. For three whole days, my Kickstarter was stuck at 35% funding.
I started having doubts in spite of a concrete strategy and investing in Kickstarter coaching. Already I could hear people out there reacting with “told you so” about failing. In spite of this, the drive to keep going overrode my fear.
I stuck with my plan of aggressively using social media and my email list (sign up if you didn’t do so yet). I also found myself needing to sweeten the deal. Besides outreach to a number of contacts, I added more rewards in the form of milestone bonuses; those are extra rewards for backers when we hit a certain milestone. In this case, I was offering extra comics to backers when we hit 25, 50, 75 and 100% funding. I have since added two more rewards – one at 40% funding and another at 90%.
Yesterday on Friday, September 13, we inched closer to the $300 mark. For nearly all of the day, we teetered just $2 away from the $300 mark. I emphasized the rewards and used my mailing list just as I had been trained to. That night, I started cooking dinner – a very tasty pot of chicken soup with matzo balls – and I checked my Kickstarter.
Yes, I got to 40% funding! I was elated! But it got better…
About five minutes after hitting that milestone, we hit 46% funding. Yes…as this blog post goes live, we are just TWENTY EIGHT DOLLARS AWAY FROM BEING 50% OR HALFWAY FUNDED!!
I do not plan to rest on my laurels. I know for a fact that once a Kickstarter hits 50% and gets into the 50-90% funded range, the chances of successful funding (100%+) go up dramatically. But that is NOT guaranteed. Yes, there are projects who got into the 90% funded range and ran out of time, not making their goal.
I do NOT aim to be one of those. From here on, the real challenge begins of getting to 50% and then fully funded. That is why I need your help.
Make sure you back Dominic & Claire Fun-Size on Kickstarter today. Tell others about it too. If you know of a blog, podcast or publication covering crowdfunding or independent comics, have them contact me at maxwestart(at)gmail(dot)com.
Thanks again for your time, everyone! Stay tuned for more updates and back my Kickstarter today!
We are now well into the Kickstarter campaign to fund Dominic & Claire Fun-Size. We are so close to 30% funding which is a good position for me at this stage. However now is not the time to get arrogant. It will be all for nothing if this Kickstarter doesn’t hit its US$800 goal by Friday night October 4, 2019.
To that end, I’m preparing some more tactics to pull in more traffic and backers to the Kickstarter page. More contacts will be notified to encourage them to back me and to spread the word. I am also going to reach out to my mailing list on Tuesday about the Kickstarter – be sure to join my email list if you haven’t yet.
On another note, something strange happened. Does anyone remember my Etsy store? I had completely forgotten about it as I NEVER once had a single sale. Then this weekend, I got a big shock when I saw that I had not one BUT THREE PURCHASES!
Among those items are one of my last copies of the Sunnyville Stories Super Special #1, which was funded by my first successful Kickstarter. These items will be going out to a lucky buyer first thing tomorrow morning.
Speaking of the Super Special #1, I have ONLY ONE COPY LEFT FOR SALE. When that is gone, that is the last copy of that limited edition signed & numbered print run and it will NEVER be available again. Anyone who wants it had better act now and buy that one last copy.
We are live! Early this morning, the Kickstarter for Dominic & Claire Fun-Size went live.
As of this writing, we are around 18% funding. That is not bad but we have to get 100% funding to make my comic a reality.
You are probably wondering why this blog was not updated immediately after launch. For some strange reason, my computer completely went on the warpath. After the launch, I could not do any Facebook ads, update my blog or even send out emails. Why? First, my Gmail account would not work; it crashed about 20 times any time I tried to access it. Second, my computer went berserk. It crashed 10 times!
Tomorrow on Wednesday September 4, 2019, the Dominic & Claire Fun-Size Kickstarter will launch. It will start around 6:30AM Central Time. The Kickstarter will run about 30 days and is set to end in the late night hours of Friday October 4, 2019.
The goal will be a modest sum of US$800 to cover a print run, shipping and distribution of Dominic & Claire Fun-Size, a digest size comic that is a spin-off of Sunnyville.
I am excited. I feel confident that this Kickstarter will succeed as I’ve got a concrete promotion plan, a stronger design and a good image to pull backers in for pledges.
No matter what happens, I will know that I gave this Kickstarter my best effort.
I also have an announcement directed at everyone who backed my past Kickstarters, both successful and unsuccessful. You are eligible to get an EXTRA REWARD if you meet two conditions with this upcoming Kickstarter. The first condition is that you must pledge at any level. The second condition is that you must comment on my Kickstarter after backing it that you have backed my previous Kickstarters. Once that is done, you will get an extra reward that will start getting distributed on Saturday September 7.
The goal is US$800. By Friday night on September 6, I aim to get to at least 10% funding and within 7 days, I aim to get to at least 25% funding. If I can get to that milestone, I am confident that we will succeed.
Well, that’s it for now. I need to complete the final check, finish preparations and get a good night’s sleep. See you tomorrow!!
In about one week from now, Dominic & Claire Fun-Size launches on Kickstarter.
A major hurdle is done – the Kickstarter people have approved Dominic & Claire Fun-Size as a project! That is out of the way. Now comes the plan to get my promotion strategy together.
While I will be using a number of strategies from before – blog updates, Twitter, Facebook, etc. – it is important to write them down and formalize what is to be used and when. I can’t leave anything to chance and it’s better to have a concrete plan rather than a scattershot effort like last time.
The email list will be a big tool for me; I am already prepping emails to go out just before the Kickstarter launch and the day of the launch. Make sure you go sign up for it if you didn’t already.
Watch for another update tomorrow! And get ready as we launch Dominic & Claire Fun-Size on September 4!
As this blog post goes live, I am away in New York visiting family.
This is a short blog post so I’ll make it quick. The Dominic & Claire Fun-Size Kickstarter is still scheduled for September 4. When I return, the Kickstarter itself will be submitted for approval and then we should be all set to go.
I’m also going to be updating the rewards for the Kickstarter here on the blog. I’ll share the update when it goes live.