Get in the know about some of the latest software updates relevant to crowdfunders, including recent developments at Dropbox, Kickbooster, Backerkit and Crowdox.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why a change at Dropbox has Tyler scrambling to replace broken links all over his online presence. {Grrrr…}
  • Changes at Kickbooster that add power and a monthly recurring fee to that crowdfunding affiliate management tool.
  • What’s new at Backerkit and when survey management and add-on support tools make sense for Kickstarter creators.
  • Plus: An early report on my experience with CrowdOx, a lower-cost alternative to BackerKit.

This session’s featured resource is Bluehost.

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


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


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show


Bonus Video Tutorial -The Dropbox Change and Instant Download Trick


Sponsor Mid-Roll

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

BLUEHOST

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.


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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What one new tool will you invest in to help you crush the last third of 2017?

  • Protip: Every successful KS… invest in one new tool.
  • Invite to share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

Quote

“I don’t look to jump over seven-foot bars; I look around for one-foot bars that I can step over.” – Warren Buffet

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]

Building a large and engaged email list is the key to launching successfully on Kickstarter and beyond. So why are so many creators still procrastinating on starting or growing their list? This mini-training episode will break down the myths and mistakes that are keeping you from a bigger fan list and a better relationship with your audience.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why an email list beats social media when it comes to funding your projects?
  • If you don’t have a big email list, it’s probably one of these three reasons…
  • Three big mindset mistakes that paralyze creators from starting and growing their email lists… and how to crush them.
  • Do This Today! An easy email you can and should send right away to get you engaging with your list, no matter how big or small.
  • Plus: A special anniversary invitation to join ListLaunch!

Links Mentioned

ComixLaunch.com/listlaunch1


Sponsor

The Wild Cosmos is a sci-fi adventure comic. Issue 1 is live on kickstarter now until August 10th. Check it out at THEWILDCOSMOS.COM

The Wild Cosmos is a 6 issue Sci-Fi adventure comic series.

Think Firefly meets Avatar.

Set in a ‘wild west like’ version of space.

You’ll explore derelict space stations to lush alien rainforests with Captain Cooper and his crew of five scavengers.

Every decision Cooper makes carries weight, when it comes down to keeping his crew safe versus risking their lives to retrieve supplies that are essential for survival as he and his crew travel through the galaxy.

The book is 8×12 and softcover bound.

It’s live on kickstarter now until August 10th.

You can check it out at THEWILDCOSMOS.COM

While most listeners of ComixLaunch are willing to blaze their own paths to independently plan, launch, fund and fulfill their creative projects, that doesn’t mean they aren’t also open to the idea of working with publishers to reach a broader audience. In this session, comics lawyer Dirk Vanover returns with some sage advice on some things creators should consider before signing a contract with publishers.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Something that’s been popping up more and more in comic publisher’s contacts that Dirk HATES!
  • When it’s time to pull in legal help to review a contract.
  • Tips for entering into contracts you won’t regret in the future.

Today’s Session is brought to you by Fight of the Century a biopunk, MMA OGN. The project is now live on Kickstarter through August 11. Follow them at facebook.com/FotcComic/


Today’s Guest

My guest today is the founder of Vanover Legal, LLC, a company committed to delivering legal advice and guidance to clients quickly and effectively, and without unnecessary expense.  He’s also an avid comic book fan, and loves diving deep into trademark, copyright, and right of publicity issues, which we all know pop up often in the world of comics.  He also blogs about business and legal issues affecting the comics and entertainment industries at ComicsLawyer.com

Welcome to ComixLauch, Mr. Dirk Vanover


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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Read your contracts!

‘Nuff said.

 

How do we get press coverage for our projects, especially if we’re not a big name in the industry or have the backing of large publishers or PR teams? In this session, writer and comics journalist Forrest Helvie (Newsarama, Marvel.com) shares actionable tips and strategies for getting more reviews, interviews and press coverage for your projects.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Step inside the shoes of a comic book journalist and learn how they think about who and what gets published?
  • Big NO NOs when it comes to reaching out to comics
  • Examples of creators who knocked their press outreach out of the park, and how you can model what worked for them with your projects.
  • Plus: ComixLaunch celebrates it’s 2 year anniversary! Look how far we’ve come!

ComixLaunch Turns 2!

This week, the ComixLaunch podcast is celebrating its 2-Year Anniversary

The success rate for the Comics Category in Kickstarter was 49.95% when we started.

Today, it’s 53.14%. That’s an increase of + 3.19%!

In that same time, the overall Kickstarter success rate has dropped from 38.02 to 35.83%.

Our community is making an impact and getting it done!  

That’s not me… THAT’S YOU!

Thank you for helping share the show. Our monthly downloads are up 220% since this time last year.

And since April 2017, the ComixLaunch Podcast’s costs have been 100% covered by Club ComixLaunch Patrons!

Whether you’re a $1, $4, $10, or $70 Club ComixLaunch Patron, thank you so much for keeping this show weekly. 


Today’s Guest: Forrest Helvie

My guest today is a CT based author and creator of Whiz Bang the Boy Robot and Amelia the Adventure Bear.

He is an English professor at Norwalk Community College and regularly writes for Marvel.com and Newsarama as a comics journalist in addition to serving as an academic editor and reviewer for various journals and publications.

He has also stacked up writing credits for indie publishers such as GrayHaven Comics, Red Stylo, and TPub, and is a contributor to the Eric Palicki-helmed project This Nightmare Kills Fascists – A Comics Anthology on Kickstarter as of this recording.


Guiding Discussion Questions

1) Put us in the shoes of a comics press journalist. What’s it like? What’s the best part? What’s the worst part?

2) What are some strategies creators can use to get the attention and interest of a comic or pop or geek culture journalist?

3) What are some big DO NOTs or common mistakes you see creators making?

4) What’s one or two examples of pitches that came your way, or that you’ve seen that really knocked it out of the park?

5) You were in the pilot version of the ComixLaunch Course… but you’ve also stayed very active in the community (which is awesome).  What’s been the biggest ahas or breakthroughs for you since joining the ComixLaunch Pro community?


Sponsor: Club ComixLaunch

ComixLaunch listeners, are you ready to take your crowdfunding game to the next level?

If so, I’d love for you to join me and your fellow creators inside Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

I’ve opened Club ComixLaunch to help continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission of increasing the number of creators equipped to harness the power of the Kickstarter platform to bring amazing independent projects to life.
As a Club ComixLaunch member, you’ll have access to a number of exclusive perks and privileges, such as:

  • A shout out on the ComixLaunch Podcast for you and your project.
  • Access to the ComixLaunch Club exclusive Patreon feed for even more mindset, strategies and tactics to get your project funded.
  • The ComixLaunch Club Insider Monthly Kickstarter Resource which might be a guide, checklist, cheat sheet, template, or bonus training video designed to help you launch.
  • Priority enrollment in ComixLaunch Courses
  • Discounts on Courses, Books and Upcoming Premium Products
  • You can even sponsor an episode of the ComixLaunch podcast through Patreon.

And as the Club Grows, so do the perks…

See, there is a direct correlation between listener support and the value ComixLaunch can provide, and as the club expands, we hope to offer:

  • Monthly Kickstarter Page Critiques
  • Club Exclusive Chats and Q&As
  • Bonus Sessions of the ComixLaunch Podcast.
  • Full podcast transcripts for every episode.
  • And much more!

For as little as a dollar a month, you can access Club ComixLaunch today, help keep the podcast going and improving, and take your crowdfunding game to the next level.

Membership has its privileges, and to get a taste of them absolutely free, please go to ComixLaunch.com/club and download a free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus resources today.

Let’s get you ready for your best launch yet!

I’ll see you inside the Club!


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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Reach out to someone in the comic book press using some of the tips in this episode to get coverage for your project.

I invite to share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email to me at [email protected]

Friend of the podcast and author of Kickstarter for the Independent Creator Madeliene Holly-Rosing returns to the show to talk about what’s new in the updated addition of her crowdfunding book and lessons learned from recent campaigns.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How quickly the crowdfunding environment changes and how Madeleine knew it was time to update her popular book.
  • A new crowdfunding platform that filmmakers are very excited about.
  • The top lessons Madeleine learned AFTER writing her first book.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

Ready for Launch Workshop

Want to launch a comic book Kickstarter project? Wondering if your audience is big enough to succeed?

Then join me for my upcoming FREE online Kickstarter workshop and I’ll teach you how to get your project funded, even if you don’t have a large audience or a huge social media following.

CLAIM YOUR SPOT –> ComixLaunch.com/ready

On this FREE workshop, I’m going to teach you…

🚀 Why a big social media following is NOT a prerequisite to Kickstarter success… but what definitely is.

🚀 Where Kickstarter backers REALLY come from… and a step-by-step process to get them to support you on Day One.

🚀 The #1 mistake that 90% of most failed Kickstarters make… and what successful project creators do differently.

🚀 How to figure out how big your audience needs to be to have success on Kickstarter… and exactly what to do to energize them before you launch.

PLUS: I’ll give you my Top Tech Tool recommendations for building and engaging with your growing audience in preparation for your launch.

This online workshop is absolutely free and is packed with actionable tips from host Tyler James’ experience launching campaigns that have collectively raised over $325,000.00 in funding on Kickstarter, as well the best strategies from the top minds in comics and crowdfunding that he’s interviewed on ComixLaunch, the #1 crowdfunding podcast for writers, artists & publishers.

Stay for the full training and receive two special bonus resources to help you fund your dream project!

The next workshop is starting soon.

Reserve your seat now at ComixLaunch.com/ready


Kickstarter for the Independent Creator


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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What’s the area of running a Kickstarter campaign that you could level up?

Invite you to share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email tyler.james @ comixtribe.com

Tyler picks the brain of Khierstyn Ross, host of the top podcast Crowdfunding Uncut, who shares lessons learned about building a winning Kickstarter launch team from successful projects that have raised over 2 million dollars in funding.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How to building the right launch team to get your project funded.
  • The importance of the validating process before you launch.
  • Where creators go wrong with crowdfunding.
  • Plus: One book Khierstyn is obsessed with right now.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show


Have You Signed Up for the Beyond Kickstarter Master Class

Sell More Books and Reach More Readers After Your Campaign is Over!

Kickstarter is the #1 platform for funding creative projects in the world and should be a part of every independent creator’s business plan. But Kickstarter alone is not enough…

Are you ready to amplify your comics crowdfunding success BEYOND KICKSTARTER?

Learn how to leverage success on Kickstarter into increased sales on other channels and platforms, such as the direct market, online, conventions, Amazon, Patreon, and more so that you can reach a broader audience and sell more of your art during the 92% of the year when you aren’t launching a Kickstarter.

http://comixlaunch.com/beyond

Will eventually be its own full stand-alone course for sale…

But, because it’s the first time I’m presenting this material, and to celebrate you all who have kept me going for 100 episodes, I’m making the live session of the master class FREE to anyone who attends live.

Live Master Class | Thursday, June 29 7:30 PM EDT

Here’s Some of What You’ll Learn from This Master Class…

  • Where to start when it comes to building upon your Kickstarter success in other channels?
  • How to pick the right next channel to focus on for your creative business?
  • Why most creators online stores fail and what to do differently to see steady book sales in e-commerce?
  • What it takes to get your Kickstarter funded books into brick & mortar stores and the best plan to make that happen?
  • The pros, cons, common mistakes, and best practices for sales growth on channels outside of Kickstarter.
  • The exact next steps you should be taking to expand your sales and grow your audience in channels Beyond Kickstarter.

Now, if you can’t attend live, or know you’ll want access to this material, after the fact, there is a GOLD option that you can purchase that will give you access to the recordings, plus a number of bonus trainings that won’t fit into the 2-2.5 hour master class session.

http://comixlaunch.com/beyond

 


Sponsor Mid-Roll

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

Last year, ComixTribe spent nearly $85,000 on printing.

While we rely on a number of printers to get our books to market, one printer I can strongly recommend is KrakenPrint

Our friends Jacob Way and Sam Amborn at Kraken Print offer:

  • Competitive pricing.
  • Great customer service, especially for your first offset print run.
  • Monthly storage if you do not want to store hundreds or thousands of books at home.
  • Distribution options, including breaking down orders and shipping direct to Diamond or comic stores at their specially negotiated discounted rates on shipping.
  • And NOW they even offer Kickstarter fulfillment!
  • Kraken will pick, pack, and ship out orders for your backers.

If you want to unleash the Kraken, go to comixlaunch.com/kraken, mention the ComixLaunch podcast, and they’re going to knock 5% off your first print run…and they’re going to hook us up with a 5% credit.

It’s a classic win/win/win/win – You get a great price on printing, your backers get a beautiful offset printed book, you help the podcast out, and Kraken gets your business.

That’s comixlaunch.com/kraken for 5% off your entire first print run.


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  • Who do you need on your launch team?