Kickstarter lab for writers: getting feedback

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So now you’ve figured out your rewards, backer levels, and page design for the Kickstarter campaign for your novel. Are you ready to hit that button? Not so fast!

Most writers know it’s a fool’s errand to put a book on the market without first having shown it to friends and/or editors. The same goes for your Kickstarter project. Aside from finding those spell-check ninjas that seem to slip in and place typos into paragraphs you already read six times, a fresh set of eyes can find new ideas and new avenues.

I previewed my project to several people and each of them had something different and valuable to say. I made sure to ask a mix of Kickstarter project veterans, experienced backers, and also crowdfunding noobs just to make sure I would get all possible perspectives.

Usually, the people you ask will have something specific to say, but it’s always good to prompt them for best results. Here are some questions I suggest you ask:

  • What’s the first thing that catches your eye?
  • What looks bad?
  • If you were going to back it now, what level would you pick?
  • What is confusing or unclear?

My project for GHOST STORM certainly would not be what it is without some very valuable feedback. In particular, I’d like to thank Jeff Combos,  Jim Cook, Andy Gill, Eloy Lasanta, Katie Tower, and Tom Tullis for their insight!

About Sechin Tower

Sechin Tower is a teacher, game developer, and author of MAD SCIENCE INSTITUTE, a novel of creatures, calamities, and college matriculation. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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