Would you love to launch a Kickstarter, but you’re afraid to hit that green button because you’re worried your audience isn’t big enough? This episode will show you why a big audience is NOT a prerequisite to Kickstarter success.

Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Why you DO need an audience to successfully launch, but why that audience does NOT have to be huge.
  • Which audience metrics really matter.
  • The real reason you don’t have a big enough audience right now.
    Plus: An easy tip to boost your chances of funding significantly.

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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.
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Go get a firm commitment from someone ANYONE who will agree to be your first backer when you launch. Do that and you’re already ahead of 19% of people who fail… and put your chances of success at odds a lot better than Vegas.

Launching a Kickstarter for the second issue of a comic book series presents unique challenges and opportunities for creators. To break them all down this week, Tyler is joined by Travis Gibb (Broke Down and Four Dead Bodies) and Joel Rodriguez (Dusk County Chronicles.)

Highlights of This Session Include:

  • How to approach second issue launches to both bring back returning backers and attract new ones.
  • The importance of analyzing what worked and what didn’t from the first launch
  • Different approaches to incorporating products from the first launch into the new one
  • Plus: Will Tyler see YOU at New York Comic Con? Stop by ComixTribe Booth #1765!

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Today’s Featured Guests

Travis Gibb is a lover of indie comics and the writer of Broke Down and Four Dead Bodies.

Joel Rodriguez is the co-founder of Metal Ninja Studios (MNS), the home of “Indie Comics with an Edge.” He is the writer and letterer of the comic series “The Dusk County Chronicles,” which blurs the line between joyful nostalgia and surprising horror.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

Check out Joel’s The Dusk County Chronicles on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/metalninjastudios/created

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Find a second issue that’s live on Kickstarter, study it, and then give it a rating #1-5 on how well it appeals to brand new readers?

How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guests

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