Your Kickstarter project image is the single most important image on your page and one of the most important decisions of your launch. And yet, so many creators treat it as an after thought. In this session, you’ll learn how to avoid the most common image mistakes and learn how to craft a compelling image for your next launch.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • 9 Quick-fire Kickstarter Image Tips
  • 3 Don’ts and 2 Dos when creating your image
  • Where to look for inspiration for you project images other than Kickstarter
  • Plus: A Simple, easy to follow 5 step plan to nail your Kickstarter image every launch

This Session is Sponsored by

Today’s session is brought to you by CrowdOx, software that helps you take control of your crowdfunding campaign, save time and raise more funding. ComixLaunch listeners get 10% off per backer pricing at Crowdox.com


Links Mentioned in this Episode

http://www.comixlaunch.com/workshop
https://pro.comixlaunch.com/blog/jerry-willoughby
http://comixlaunch.com/session006


More About Our Sponsor

On this podcast back in 2017, I told you all I was shooting for a six-figure launch for the Sweet Dreams Cthulhu Kickstarter campaign.

Well, we came up a little short on Kickstarter…

But thanks to CrowdOx, we were able to shoot way past the six figure mark…

And it was the easiest funding to raise in the entire campaign.

See, CrowdOx helps crowdfunding project creators increase funding, manage their campaigns, and save time.

How does it work?

Well, CrowdOx helps creators take a successful campaign and keep the funds coming in by:

Selling Upgrades, Add-ons & Extras during the survey process with just a couple clicks.

Accepting pre-orders on a beautiful CrowdOx store to keep the funding coming in.

Collecting funding that Kickstarter couldn’t from backers unable to fix their CC in time.

Accepting Paypal! (HUGE!)

CrowdOx Customers are raising on average an extra 12% of funding after their original campaign is over…

My first CrowdOx turbocharged launch, we raised an extra 18% and enabled us to hit that six figure goal.

CrowdOx is an alternative to BackerKit, and while I’ve used and recommended both companies, I prefer CrowdOx because it offers:

A per BACKER pricing model vs. a per Funds Raised, which usually works out better for creators.

An easier interface for creators and survey/checkout experience for backers.

Faster funding… Backers are charged immediately for their pledges, so there’s no risk that credit cards won’t clear when its time to fulfill.

And now, as a ComixLaunch sponsor, CrowdOx is offering creators an additional 10% off their per backer pricing at Crowdox.com.

So check them out and raise more funding after your next successful launch with CrowdOx at Crowdox.com.


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Start a Kickstarter project image look-book of compelling project images in your genre.

When you look up to the clouds what do you see? In this session, we’ll look at how humans are meaning making machines, and how the stories we tell ourselves determine what’s possible for us on Kickstarter, in our careers, and in our lives.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why Tyler is trying to give less advice and what I’m trying to do more of instead.
  • Robert Kirkman’s “Beyonce Album Drop” Moment
  • The problem with “There’s No Money in Comics” mentality
  • Plus: The action one creator took after listening to the Quickstarter Session 155.

This Session’s Featured Resource is Bluehost.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/bluehost for a special discount on domain registration and website hosting.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

http://www.comixlaunch.com/bluehost

http://www.comixlaunch.com/session155/


More About Our Featured Resource

Let me ask you a question… are you master of your own domain?

No, this isn’t a dated Seinfeld reference… I’m talking about your web domain.

And Bluehost is an all in one web hosting solution that will help you master your domain.

I own the domains for ComixTribe.com, ComixLaunch.com and many more… but I know many of you are trying to save a few pennies a day by NOT paying for domains you’re trying to build brands around.

That’s a mistake.

Owning your own domain provides better branding

  • More professional.
  • More credible.
  • More memorable.

When you own the dot com for your brand, it’ll help you protect it.

If you’re building your empire on someone else land, your comic @facebook or @tumblr or remember @myspace God forbid… you don’t control those platforms.

Own your own domain…

You can use the ComixLaunch affiliate link to get a special introductory offer and 30-day money back guarantee at Bluehost by going to Comixlaunch.com/bluehost today.

Bluehost powers more than 2 million websites world wide and makes it super simple to get a WordPress hosted website up in just one click.

Master Your Domain, go to ComixLaunch.com/bluehost and lock it in today.


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  • What is a negative story or belief you’re telling yourself that’s holding you back?
  • Can you find a single piece of evidence that contradicts that story?
  • What’s the new story you could tell yourself that will make hitting your goals easier?

QUOTE

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.”
-Socrates

Australian Graphic novelist Shane W Smith (Triumviratus) shares lessons from recent Kickstarters and an opportunity he had to modify his comic series Un-Dad into a television series and pitch it to a number of broadcasters.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Shane’s lessons learned from the ups and downs of Kickstarter.
  • How Shane saved thousands on printing costs for his latest graphic novel with a few simple actions.
  • Shane’s major takeaways from pitching his series Un-Dad to television studios and broadcasters.

This Session is Sponsored by

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


Today’s Featured Guest

Shane W Smith is a graphic novelist based in Australia. His creator-owned books have been shortlisted for awards a total of five times, including the fan-favourite “Undad”. Shane has a Bachelor degree in Creative Writing, and might be the only person in the world to get a comic published in a refereed academic journal. He lives in Australia with his wife and four young children, and they are his best work.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

Shane’s Kickstarter campaign for Triumviratus: http://shanewsmith.com/kickstarter/


More About Our Sponsor

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!
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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


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Download and study the Stranger Things Pitch Bible – https://s3.amazonaws.com/comixlaunch/Stranger_Things_-_Bible.pdf


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

Website: http://shanewsmith.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/ShaneWSmith.Author
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shane_W_Smith

Have you been putting off your Kickstarter project because you’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of work involved? Imagine all of those complications and objections you have were taken away, could you launch then? In this session, Tyler breaks down what Kickstarter’s new Quickstarter initiative is, and how it just might help you overcome those obstacles holding you back from launching.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why changing the “rules” for your Kickstarter may be just what you need to get funded.
  • The 9 Official Rules for launching a Quickstarter project on Kickstarter
  • 3 Quickstarter campaign ideas you’re welcome to steal.

This Session is Sponsored by

Gemini Comic Supply. Use discount code “ComixLaunch” at checkout and get 10% off COMIC FLASH MAILERS at geminicomicsupply.com

Hey, are you getting ready to ship rewards to all your awesome backers?

With more than a decade of publishing under my belt, I’ve shipped my fair share of comics and graphic novels over the years… so you bet I was SHOCKED to realize I’d been doing it all wrong!

One of the most overlooked aspects of the Kickstarter process is your shipping materials, which is a shame, because how your package arrives is often the last impression your campaign will make on a backer, and will be a big factor in whether they choose to support you again.

And yet, I can’t tell you how many creators out there are disappointing their backers by shipping comics and graphic novels in shoddy packaging.
For the longest time, I was using and recommending rigid stayflat mailers for comics shipping… only to hear back from upset fans that their packages were decimated by a mail carrier who must hate them.

No more though.

I now use COMIC FLASH MAILERS from Gemini Comic Supply and the shipping complaints have all gone away.

COMIC FLASH MAILERS are engineered specifically to secure your comics and graphic novels.

They are constructed with high quality durable corrugated paper, while still being lightweight to reduce shipping costs.

Each mailer has a flexible capacity and is perfect for shipping single bagged and boarded issues or up to 12 comics or a few graphic novels in a single package.

And here’s a pro-tip: COMIC FLASH MAILERS slip comfortably into a FLAT RATE LEGAL envelope, which can save you 50% or more on the cost of shipping domestically, depending on the weight.

I reached out to Bryan Kelly at Gemini, told him I was a huge fan of his company, and secured a special deal for ComixLaunch listeners looking to upgrade their shipping game.

Just use COUPON CODE “ComixLaunch” at checkout at geminicomicsupply.com for 10% off your very first order at Gemini and treat your books and backers with the care they deserve.


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How happily productive are you?

1: List all the projects you’re currently working on or spending mental energy thinking about.
2: Circle the projects you can reasonably complete in the next 90 days.
3: Divide the number of projects you’ll complete by the number of projects you’re working on.

The closer to 1, the more happily productive you’ll be in the next 90 days.

If you want to be more happily productive… prioritize your list of projects, and move everything by your top 3 projects off your “Working on List.”
Focus on less projects, and you’ll get more done.


QUOTE

“What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance?”
― Greg McKeown, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

ComixLaunch gets back to basics as Tyler opens up the Kickstarter Q&A mailbag to answer vexing Kickstarter questions from the ComixLaunch community. Getting backers to answer their surveys, tips for visualizing reward tiers and the pros and cons of backer thank you pages are covered in this session!


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How to handle premium backers who won’t fill out their surveys?
  • Tips for visualizing your reward tiers.
  • Is a backer thank you page a must?
  • Plus: What’s the Kickstarter success rate for ComixLaunch Course Alumni?

This Session is Sponsored by

Today’s session is brought to you by CrowdOx, software that helps you take control of your crowdfunding campaign, save time and raise more funding. ComixLaunch listeners get 10% off per backer pricing at Crowdox.com

On this podcast back in 2017, I told you all I was shooting for a six-figure launch for the Sweet Dreams Cthulhu Kickstarter campaign.

Well, we came up a little short on Kickstarter…

But thanks to CrowdOx, we were able to shoot way past the six figure mark…

And it was the easiest funding to raise in the entire campaign.

See, CrowdOx helps crowdfunding project creators increase funding, manage their campaigns, and save time.

How does it work?

Well, CrowdOx helps creators take a successful campaign and keep the funds coming in by:

Selling Upgrades, Add-ons & Extras during the survey process with just a couple clicks.

Accepting pre-orders on a beautiful CrowdOx store to keep the funding coming in.

Collecting funding that Kickstarter couldn’t from backers unable to fix their CC in time.

Accepting Paypal! (HUGE!)

CrowdOx Customers are raising on average an extra 12% of funding after their original campaign is over…

My first CrowdOx turbocharged launch, we raised an extra 18% and enabled us to hit that six figure goal.

CrowdOx is an alternative to BackerKit, and while I’ve used and recommended both companies, I prefer CrowdOx because it offers:

A per BACKER pricing model vs. a per Funds Raised, which usually works out better for creators.

An easier interface for creators and survey/checkout experience for backers.

Faster funding… Backers are charged immediately for their pledges, so there’s no risk that credit cards won’t clear when its time to fulfill.

And now, as a ComixLaunch sponsor, CrowdOx is offering creators an additional 10% off their per backer pricing at Crowdox.com.

So check them out and raise more funding after your next successful launch with CrowdOx at Crowdox.com.


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What’s something you bought recently that you would have happily paid a lot more for?


QUOTE

“Often must remind myself that the # of projects I’m juggling isn’t a success metric, but the # of worthwhile projects I COMPLETE is.” – Tyler James