Is it cool to reach out to Kickstarter creators whose projects you’ve backed in the past to ask them to help you with your project? Tyler answers this ComixLaunch listener question and more in this “Ask ComixLaunch” Q&A style show.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Is it considered bad form to contact creators of projects that I have backed to see if they will mention my project once it launches?
  • What happens when you get more money pledged than the amount you set up initially?
  • All of this sounds good but before all of this, you also have to make sure that the project is 100% ready to be talked about and presented
  • Do I need to have a finished book before a launch or is it acceptable to try to get funding to get the time to complete the book?
  • Plus: Can I really do this if I’m cash strapped?

This session’s featured resource is Shopify. If you’re ready to launch a professional, mobile friendly, high-coverting online shop for your creative business, go to ComixLaunch.com/shopify for a 14-day free trial.


Show Updates

We have a date for the next ComixLaunch 5 Day Kickstarter Challenge!

The new free challenge begins September 18!

Register today at: ComixLaunch.com/fallchallenge


This Session’s ComixLaunch Listener Questions

1) Is it considered bad form to contact creators of projects that I have backed to see if they will mention my project once it launches? – Will

2) What happens when you get more money pledged than the amount you set up initially? – Ross

3) Do you have to make sure that your project is 100% ready to be talked about and presented before you start building an audience for it? – Joey

4) Do I need to have a finished book before a launch or is it acceptable to try to get funding to get the time to complete the book? – Solomon


This Session’s Featured Resource

Are you thinking about starting or upgrading your online shop so you can sell more of your art?

Are you tired wasting time and energy hacking together cheap, limited solutions that aren’t serving you or your potential customers very well?

Instead of spinning your wheels only looking at free or dirt-cheap store options, why not grab an affordable full-service online sales platform optimized for sales like Shopify?

With Shopify…

  • You don’t need Design skills. Shopify has dozens of beautiful, fully-customizable, mobile-friendly templates to get a perfectly branded look and an online stop you’ll be proud of.
  • You don’t Coding skills. With Shopify, setting up your store is simple, and you’ll be selling in no time at all, even if technology hates you.
  • And you don’t even need a Credit Card to get started. With this ComixLaunch offer, you can try Shopify free for 14 days. No risk, and no credit card required.

What you get with Shopify is a…

  • Fully customizable website, online store, and blog… your store can be your website!
  • Unlimited products!
  • Smooth integration to sell on channels like Facebook, Amazon and Pinterest.
  • 24-7 Customer support!

More than 500,000 creative businesses are powered by Shopify, including the CisforCthulhu.com store which I manage… and couldn’t be happier with it.

Stop messing around with subpar online shop solutions and try Shopify.

To start your 14-day free trial of Shopify, go to ComixLaunch.com/shopify


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

A ComixLauncher is a short, actionable activity you can do immediately after listening to the show. They’re all activities I’ve done myself, and will get you one step closer to a successful ComixLaunch. They’ll transform this Podcast from a passive, lean back activity centered around Tyler James, into an active, lean-forward activity centered around YOU and your projects.

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1.) Go through the list of projects that you’ve backed.

2.) Flag the ones whose audience would most enjoy your book.

After doing this exercise, you’ll either discover a number of creators who you should try to engage and build connections with. Or you’ll realize you need to be supporting more projects and creators who are serving a similar audience as you.


Quote

“Things may come those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

Tyler opens the ComixLaunch mailbag and answers listener’s biggest questions about launching an email list the right way.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • When you should start a list for your comic project… and when your list should be for YOU?
  • How to handle multiple different audiences on your list?
  • Comparing email list building tech tools.
  • Plus: What you should be doing even if you don’t have anything to promote right now.

Questions Answered in this ComixLaunch Mailbag Episode…

1.) Should I start my list for ME or my comic?

2.) What if I have multiple audiences I’m trying to serve?

3.) What websites should we try to gain an audience on that aren’t primarily artist based (like deviantart/tumblr)?

4.) What tech tools should I use? Can you tell me a better distinction between TinyLetter v Mailchimp?

5.) I live in Scotland. Is the list building advice the same for me?

6.) What if I might not be ready for this?

7.) What if I don’t have anything to promote right now?

8.) What if I don’t think it’ll work for me?

9.) Can you build my list for me?


Links Mentioned

ConvertKit – This is the email list service I use and recommend. Get a 30 Day Free Trial at ComixLaunch.com/convertkit


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why good projections are necessary to run an effective creative business?
  • How the type of project affects your Kickstarter funding potential?
  • The elements of your platform and which areas will convert the best for your next campaign?
  • Should you expect to reach a new audience by being on Kickstarter? It’ll depend on this…
  • Plus: Get an exact projection YOUR next Kickstarter project by using the new free ComixLaunch Comic Book Calculator Tool at ComixLaunch.com/calculator


Sponsor

Today’s session is proudly sponsored by “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows”, two epic sci-fi graphic novels by Shane W Smith, remastered and relaunched on Kickstarter.

Get all one thousand pages for just five dollars by searching Kickstarter for “Peaceful Tomorrows” or visiting shanewsmith.com/TLEPT/

When war rips apart your world and your family, what becomes of your life and your dreams?

That’s the question facing the main characters of “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows”, two epic sci-fi graphic novels by Shane W Smith.

These books, opening a series twice shortlisted in the Aurealis Awards, have been remastered and are launching on Kickstarter until August 24.

Pick up “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows” – a total of a thousand pages – for just five dollars.

All backers will also receive a 30 page preview of Shane’s forthcoming work, “The Winds of Change”, years ahead of its publication.

This preview is Kickstarter-exclusive, and will not be available anywhere else.

Pre-order your copies of “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows” today by searching Kickstarter for “Peaceful Tomorrows” or visiting shanewsmith.com/TLEPT/


ComixLauncher

Take a minute and think about what creative projects you were working on 1 year ago? 3 years ago? And 5 years ago?

Check your journal, blog, Facebook, Twitter, or email to jog your memory.

What’s changed about your creative projects? What’s stayed the same?

Invite to share insights @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]


 

Every year, creators are raising hundreds, thousands, even tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars for their dream projects.

But who cares what’s possible for them… how much funding are YOU likely to raise for your crowdfunding campaign?

In this session, Tyler will share how to predict with “scary” accuracy, how much funding you’re likely to raise on Kickstarter and will give you access to a new free ComixLaunch tool to predict the funding potential of your next Kickstarter.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why good projections are necessary to run an effective creative business?
  • How the type of project affects your Kickstarter funding potential?
  • The elements of your platform and which areas will convert the best for your next campaign?
  • Should you expect to reach a new audience by being on Kickstarter? It’ll depend on this…
  • Plus: Get an exact projection YOUR next Kickstarter project by using the new free ComixLaunch Comic Book Calculator Tool at ComixLaunch.com/calculator


Sponsor

Today’s session is proudly sponsored by “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows”, two epic sci-fi graphic novels by Shane W Smith, remastered and relaunched on Kickstarter.

Get all one thousand pages for just five dollars by searching Kickstarter for “Peaceful Tomorrows” or visiting shanewsmith.com/TLEPT/

When war rips apart your world and your family, what becomes of your life and your dreams?

That’s the question facing the main characters of “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows”, two epic sci-fi graphic novels by Shane W Smith.

These books, opening a series twice shortlisted in the Aurealis Awards, have been remastered and are launching on Kickstarter until August 24.

Pick up “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows” – a total of a thousand pages – for just five dollars.

All backers will also receive a 30 page preview of Shane’s forthcoming work, “The Winds of Change”, years ahead of its publication.

This preview is Kickstarter-exclusive, and will not be available anywhere else.

Pre-order your copies of “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows” today by searching Kickstarter for “Peaceful Tomorrows” or visiting shanewsmith.com/TLEPT/


ComixLauncher

Get an exact projection YOUR next Kickstarter project by using the new free ComixLaunch Comic Book Calculator Tool at ComixLaunch.com/calculator

Let me know what you think!

Behind every successful project is a great idea. And yet, many creators who launch on Kickstarter quickly discover that a great idea alone isn’t enough to get funded. In this session, Robots vs. Princesses creator Todd Matthy shares lessons learned after an unsuccessful first Kickstarter, and the action steps he’s taken to help make his relaunch a success.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • The unlikely origin of Todd’s graphic novel project.
  • What Todd didn’t know he didn’t know when he launched his first Kickstarter.
  • The road to relaunch: What Todd did to come back stronger the second time around.
  • Plus: ComixLaunch listener feedback!

Links Mentioned in This Session

Robots vs. Princesses Kickstarter

Comixlaunch.com/listlaunch

ComixLaunch.com/2017guide

ComixLaunch.com/course


Sponsor

Fight of the Century Is a 120 page biopunk, Mixed Martial Arts original graphic novel.

FOTC is a fist-flying, biopunk sports story on steroids.

Literally.

In a futuristic Brazil, performance-enhancing drugs have gone from behind-the-scenes banned substances to front-and-center game changers. The sports world as we know it has been revolutionized!

Nowhere is that more on display than inside Neo-Rio, a mega-city that serves as the home to the Fighters Ultimate Exhibition League (FUEL).

Men are becoming monsters in minutes as fighters are putting their lives on the line in the octagon.

FOTC is an action-packed drama that examines humanity’s desire to become bigger, faster and stronger; while exploring the price we’re willing to pay to reach our maximum potential.

With influences from ROCKY to AKIRA to FRANKENSTEIN, it’s a comeback story about a man whose unlikely return will inspire a nation.

If you’re looking for a book with Evil Pharmaceutical companies! An uphill battle for redemption! The future of Brazilian MMA on the line! You’re looking for the FIGHT OF THE CENTURY.

The project is now live on Kickstarter through August 11!

You can also follow their posts at facebook.com/FotCComic


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Minute Mash-Up

  • Fold paper in half
  • Take 20 Seconds Write Down As Many MASCULINE Words as you can think of… GO!
  • Flip to the other half of the paper.
  • Take 20 Seconds and Write down as many FEMININE words as you can think of… Go!
  • Now, open it up so you can see both lists, and for 20 seconds, make connections between any words from each list that combine in an interesting way.
  • Any novel concepts or spark of an idea?

Activities like this “train the brain” and work the creativity muscule. Invite to share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

You’re invited to share results or great ideas @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]