I am doing a talk at Carclew on Crowdfunding and because I am an information hoarder I have a lot of resources to share.
So here is a list of articles, websites, and podcasts I've found useful so far on my Crowdfunding journey as well as some Kickstarter and Patreon campaigns for inspiration and reference.
But firstly, here is a stripped back, basic Kickstarter budget spreadsheet to get you started loosely based on my Lonely Giant campaign
View the Google Sheets - Use save-as to grab for yourself
Informative resources on starting a mailing list
Writing Excuses Podcast Seasion 18, Episode 18 - Launching a newsletter
I no longer recommend Mailchimp for newsletters. It’s neither the cheapest or the best service anymore. The services I suggest checking out:
Some Newsletter examples
I was disappointed to realise that I can't really think of too many newsletters that I recommend as inspiration for someone, from prose authors in particular but here are a couple that I think are great.
Obvs, I you could sign up for mine tho. 😅 You'll get a free ebook!
These website are based on publicly available information, and for Graphtreon in particular the data it needs isn't always available but it's still very informative guide even if imperfect.
Kicktraq - Kickstarter campaign statistics
Graphtreon - Patreon campaign stats
Informative podcasts that discuss the intersection between writing and business
Crowdfunding for writers, artists and self publishers on Kickstarter and beyond.
The podcast about making comics — and making a living from comics!
The podcast about illustration, how to do it, how to make a living at it and how to make an impact in the world with your art.
Writing Excuses is a fast-paced, educational podcast for writers, by writers. Our goal is to help our listeners become better at their craft. Whether they write for fun or for profit, whether they’re new to the domain or old hands, Writing Excuses has something to offer. We love to write, and our listeners do, too.
Informative interviews and articles on Kickstarter for Prose Authors:
Kickstarter for Authors - Includes a great 2 chapter preview that’s definitely worth a read.
General crowdfunding for author articles
Interesting Example Kickstarter campaigns:
List of some big and small successful kickstarter campaigns and campaign profiles
Welcome to Our Hell: Issue 1 - Generally a good example of a simple starter campaign
Some Patreon Pages