Few creators have written more about Kickstarter, had more success on Kickstarter, and helped more people achieve success on Kickstarter than Jamey Stegmaier, author of A Crowdfunder’s Strategy Guide: Build a Better Business by Building Community and CEO of Stonemaier games. So why did he decided to STOP launching on Kickstarter? And how has he managed to grow his business in the years since? All that and much more is discussed on this year-end episode of ComixLaunch!


Highlights of this Session include:

  • How Kickstarter has affected the board game industry.
  • Why and where Jamey decided to shift his focus away from Kickstarter after millions of dollars in funding?
  • How to build a community around the products you launch.
  • Plus: A brief look back on this year in ComixLaunch.

This Session’s Featured Resource is Bluehost.

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


Today’s Featured Guest

Jamey Stegmaier is the founder of Stonemaier Games, a St. Louis based board game company that has found incredible success on Kickstarter and beyond. He’s the designer of a number of hit games including Viticulture, Euphoria, Scythe, and Charterstone. And his 8 successful crowdfunding campaigns have raised over $3.2 million. Since the beginning of his crowdfunding journey, he’s shared his Kickstarter lessons learned on the Stonemaier games blog, one of the best Kickstarter resources on the net. He also authored the book A Crowdfunder’s Strategy Guide: Build a Better Business by Building Community which is a frequently recommended resource on this show.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

stonemaiergames.com 


More About Our Featured Resource

In a moment, I’m going to give you today’s ComixLauncher, but first, we need to thank our sponsor…

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Imagine your number 1 sales channel disappeared. What would you do to sell even more of your art to the world under these new circumstances.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

stonemaiergames.com 

Over the past year, Carmelo Chimera has worked hard at dialing in his audience building, email list growth, and Kickstarter launches. Now that he has a a successfully funded graphic novel to sell, he’s identified his sales page as not converting. In this session, the mastermind provides Carmelo with concrete steps to boost his online sales conversion rate.


Highlights of this Session include:

  • Elements of a effective sales funnel and how Carmelo knows it’s his sales page that needs work?
  • The kismet of a mastermind… you never know what skills will come to play.
  • Ways to quickly improve the conversion rate on your sales pages.
  • Plus: Tyler opens up about the struggle of doing something new.

This Session is Sponsored by

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


In the Mastermind Hot Seat:

Carmelo Chimera is a lawyer and comic shop owner by day, and a comic book creator by later in the day. He is the creator of the Kickstarter funded graphic novel, THE MAGNIFICENT and the recent sci-fi/ horror graphic novel anthology Cellar Door.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Sebastian Chow is the London-based writer and artist of the Kickstarter funded feline space race series, CATAPULTED.
  • Darryl Jones is a comic book creator, designer, and creator of the successful fantasy board game Dobbers.
  • Shaun Manning is a writer and creator of historical graphic novels such as MacBeth: The Red King, and has written short comics for for Star Wars Adventures, Dark Horse Presents, the Thought Bubble anthology, and more.
  • Ryan Summers is a Chicago-based director, designer, animator and educator… and soon to be podcaster.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

ComixLaunch.com/shopify
ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


More About Our Sponsor

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If you have something for sale on an online shop, get someone (maybe family or friend) to go through the process of buying from you in front of you. Ask them to talk aloud what they’re thinking, seeing? Make notes of ways to improve the experience based on seeing it through their eyes.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Hot Seat Creator:

chimerascomics.com
http://twitter.com/chimerascomics
https://facebook.com/groups/chimerascomicscommunity/
https://www.instagram.com/chimerascomics


Quote:

“Everything gets harder if you start going on and on about how hard it is.” – N.D. Wilson

How do you best launch a new podcast for artists and creators that will build community and make an impact? That’s the challenge Ryan Summers brings to a mastermind of his potential listeners for clarity and actionable suggestions about how to roll out his new show.


Highlights of this Session include:

  • How to go beyond creating content and actually create a real conversation with your audience?
  • Ways to roll out the red carpet for your podcast guests that make them authentically want to spread your message?
  • Launch strategies that work.
  • Plus: 5 Lessons Learned from Running MasterMinds for Year

This Session’s Sponsor:

The ComixLaunch MasterMind. If you would you like to meet once a month with a group of serious, like-minded creators to talk about your projects and creative business for mutual support and accountability in the new year, go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind and get on the interest list.
New Groups will be forming in December and start meeting in January!


In the Mastermind Hot Seat:

Ryan Summers is a Chicago director, designer, animator and educator, teaching at online schools like Mograph Mentor and the School of Motion. He loves hockey, root beer, and Hellboy – and he wants to help you make stuff, too.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Sebastian Chow is the London-based writer and artist of the Kickstarter funded feline space race series, CATAPULTED.
  • Darryl Jones is a comic book creator, designer, and creator of the successful fantasy board game Dobbers.
  • Shaun Manning is a writer and creator of historical graphic novels such as MacBeth: The Red King, and has written short comics for for Star Wars Adventures, Dark Horse Presents, the Thought Bubble anthology, and more.
  • Carmelo Chimera is a lawyer and comic shop owner by day, and a comic book creator by later in the day.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

ComixLaunch.com/MasterMind
http://comixlaunch.com/mm-apply


More About Our Sponsor:

Tough question time…

Right now, how many people are there on this planet who:

Know exactly what it is you’re trying to create this week, this month, this year, in the next five years, and in your lifetime.

Genuinely want you to succeed and regularly think about what they can do to help you on your mission.

You trust can offer good, knowledgeable support & advice and will always tell it to you straight, even if it’s not what you want to hear, but what you NEED to hear.

You meet with on a regular, consistent basis to talk about these things because the relationship is a PRIORITY in your life.

How many people do you have in your world right now who fit that full description?

Now Imagine…

There was a small group of high performers and achievers, creators you respect the hell out of and admire…

…and they constantly had YOU on their minds.

Imagine you were meeting regularly with this group of high achieving creators who could support you, include you, connect you and create with you?

WOULD THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS AND YOUR LIFE?

If you think it might, I’d like to invite you to learn more about the ComixLaunch MasterMind groups starting up in 2019.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind to get on the interest list and to sign up for one of two live info sessions taking place in December.


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How can you create premium experiences for the people you work with?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Hot Seat Creator:

All of Ryan’s social is under the name Oddernod.
His demo reel is here: https://vimeo.com/165309652


Quote:

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

One of the best parts about writing historical fiction graphic novels, is doing research into fascinating people, times and places in the past. However, it also represents a challenge of determining how to best incorporate that research into your work. In this mastermind session, writer Shaun Manning brainstorms systems and processes for weaving rich history into compelling historical fiction.


Highlights of this Session include:

  • Balancing getting the history right with telling an engaging tale.
  • The power of having beta readers with an expertise in your subject matter.
  • Showing vs. telling and how much a reader really needs to know.
  • Plus: Hear honest feedback from a creator mastermind group that Tyler assembled back in June who have been meeting regularly for support and accountability.

This Session’s Sponsor:

The ComixLaunch MasterMind. If you would you like to meet once a month with a group of serious, like-minded creators to talk about your projects and creative business for mutual support and accountability in the new year, go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind and get on the interest list.
New Groups will be forming in December and start meeting in January!


In the Mastermind Hot Seat:

Shaun Manning is the writer and co-creator of the historical graphic novel Macbeth: The Red King, which was recently funded through Kickstarter, as well as Hell, Nebraska and Interesting Drug. He has also written short comics for Star Wars Adventures, Dark Horse Presents, the Thought Bubble anthology, and more.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Sebastian Chow is the London-based writer and artist of the Kickstarter funded feline space race series, CATAPULTED.
  • Darryl Jones is a comic book creator, designer, and creator of the successful fantasy board game Dobbers.
  • Ryan Summers is a Chicago-based director, designer, animator and educator… and soon to be podcaster.
  • Carmelo Chimera is a lawyer and comic shop owner by day, and a comic book creator by later in the day.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Get on the ComixLaunch MasterMind Interest List –> ComixLaunch.com/mastermind

Patreon Special Offers Handbook –> https://docsend.com/view/kye8mxq
Running a Special Offer Video –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awpBJMli9Ps&feature=youtu.be


More About Our Sponsor:

Tough question time…

Right now, how many people are there on this planet who:

Know exactly what it is you’re trying to create this week, this month, this year, in the next five years, and in your lifetime.

Genuinely want you to succeed and regularly think about what they can do to help you on your mission.

You trust can offer good, knowledgeable support & advice and will always tell it to you straight, even if it’s not what you want to hear, but what you NEED to hear.

You meet with on a regular, consistent basis to talk about these things because the relationship is a PRIORITY in your life.

How many people do you have in your world right now who fit that full description?

Now Imagine…

There was a small group of high performers and achievers, creators you respect the hell out of and admire…

…and they constantly had YOU on their minds.

Imagine you were meeting regularly with this group of high achieving creators who could support you, include you, connect you and create with you?

WOULD THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS AND YOUR LIFE?

If you think it might, I’d like to invite you to learn more about the ComixLaunch MasterMind groups starting up in 2019.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind to get on the interest list and to sign up for one of two live info sessions taking place in December.


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Do you have BETA readers? What if you assembled a small group of BETA readers for 2019?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Hot Seat Creator:

Twitter and Instagram: @FasterthanShaun
Website: shaunmanning.com


Quote:

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein

The best thing about creative people is that they have lots of great project ideas. But when our time and resources are limited, that also poses a challenge. In this podcast, Dobbers creator Darryl Jones solicits feedback from a mastermind of creator peers on which of several promising projects to launch next.


Highlights of this Session include:

  • How the stakes are raised on the what to create question when you become a full-time creator.
  • Balancing audience and market interest and expectations with your own creative desires.
  • The importance of momentum in your creative business and how to harness it.
  • Plus: Kickstarter’s Make100 is back in January… Are you on board?

This Session’s Sponsor:

The ComixLaunch MasterMind. If you would you like to meet once a month with a group of serious, like-minded creators to talk about your projects and creative business for mutual support and accountability in the new year, go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind and get on the interest list.
New Groups will be forming in December and start meeting in January!


In the Mastermind Hot Seat:

Darryl Jones, is a lifelong artist and gamer with a degree in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He’s created The Dobbers, which is both a graphic novel and popular board game successfull funded on Kickstarter. His work has been featured in other nerdy worlds such as, True Dungeon, Dwarven Forge, Nerd Fitness, Green Couch Games and Bellwether Games.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Sebastian Chow is the London-based writer and artist of the Kickstarter funded feline space race series, CATAPULTED.
  • Shaun Manning is a writer and creator of historical graphic novels such as MacBeth: The Red King, and has written short comics for for Star Wars Adventures, Dark Horse Presents, the Thought Bubble anthology, and more.
  • Ryan Summers is a Chicago-based director, designer, animator and educator… and soon to be podcaster.
  • Carmelo Chimera is a lawyer and comic shop owner by day, and a comic book creator by later in the day.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:


More About Our Sponsor:

Tough question time…

Right now, how many people are there on this planet who:

Know exactly what it is you’re trying to create this week, this month, this year, in the next five years, and in your lifetime.

Genuinely want you to succeed and regularly think about what they can do to help you on your mission.

You trust can offer good, knowledgeable support & advice and will always tell it to you straight, even if it’s not what you want to hear, but what you NEED to hear.

You meet with on a regular, consistent basis to talk about these things because the relationship is a PRIORITY in your life.

How many people do you have in your world right now who fit that full description?

Now Imagine…

There was a small group of high performers and achievers, creators you respect the hell out of and admire…

…and they constantly had YOU on their minds.

Imagine you were meeting regularly with this group of high achieving creators who could support you, include you, connect you and create with you?

WOULD THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS AND YOUR LIFE?

If you think it might, I’d like to invite you to learn more about the ComixLaunch MasterMind groups starting up in 2019.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind to get on the interest list and to sign up for one of two live info sessions taking place in December.


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On a sheet of paper, draw a set of dominoes lined up in a row. Now, label each domino with projects you’d like to complete in the next year, in an order where completing one “domino” makes the next one easier.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Hot Seat Creator:

Follow Darryl Jones @splatteredink on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up with all of his upcoming projects!


Quote:

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” – Bill Gates