Crowdfunding: Half Way: Rewards

I was having a very interesting chat with Bob Whitely - who was part of a very successful Kickstarter campaign based around an RPG called Cosmothea.

He pointed out that my very first reward is a signed copy of the picture book : Robot Dragons Come From Mars (as if you didn't know!). I was very keen to listen to his advice because he has been through it himself.

As he said, most people who run these types of campaign have a lower reward which is quite important. So, say someone did not actually want to buy the book, but they really want to show their support for me. They need a reward which allows for this.

If you click on the link now, (here it is again, you will see a first reward of £3 which offers a very sincere and heart-felt thanks!

Bob also pointed out that the cost of publication and shipping will be high, especially for those people who have bid from overseas. It is going to be far higher than the £5 I have set for some of the pledges.

Even though my payment gateway is UK only, I do have pledges from overseas - these are people who have given me their support verbally and I have entered the amount myself.

Well, I was hoping that it would average out. As a great man once wrote: All's Well That Even's Out In The End!

Crowdfunding: Half way through - Friends in High Places, Or, What I've learned about women.

I've been looking at other campaigns over the weekend and finding out how other crowdfunders manage their projects. It has been very interesting! Not only how others go about it, but how they are perceived by their target audience and beyond.

It turns out that women who are crowdfunding are seen in a negative light compared to men. Why does that not surprise me at all?

This post is a little late because I've been contemplating whether to blog about a wonderful TED talk that I came across by Amanda Palmer - The Art of Asking.

Amanda had to go through a lot of negative press by the media about how she is a money grubbing individual. Compare this to Neil Gaiman's public perception where he is a good old thing, offering his services for free. Amanda is very honest about this.

In her talk, she mentions why she opts for crowdfunding and how she does it. She makes it sound like exactly what it is. A thrill. A headache. A great leap into the unknown. (cue singing nuns).

It doesn't quite fit my children's picture book publishing credentials because I am a meek (emphasise that word) author and she is a giant icon of the stage.

But then,

But then!

Because I had not written about her when I intended to, I tweeted her to tell her how inspiring she was - and she wished me well :)

So, with its almost 6 million views, here is her TED talk, there is a slight NSFW bit towards the middle.

Crowdfunding Day 10: Say Hi to the neighbours

The best thing about crowdfunding is visiting the website and seeing all the other projects which are being advertised.

It is a little bit like doing a car boot sale and going off to browse the other stalls - but only a little!

I'm already going to be sent a sample of luxury tea because the lovely posttea-goes-global campaign was funded.

I've bought another children's book and I'm in at the start of an amazing new website for children where established artists give help and advice to new young creative talent (OK, that one was not purchased just for me) - and I mean really established!

I thought I'd write today to promote a young scientist who needs funds to attend a scientific conference in the States. As I've been in this position myself, of looking for funds to attend conferences etc., I know how difficult the whole process can be - and also how important it is to attend the conference to get your research talked about.

This is the link:

There's only 5 days left to her campaign, so it would be good to see it succeed.

Crowdfunding Day 8: I have a QR code!

Getting the QR code was extremely easy!
I used the website called: and entered the url of my campaign:

and Bob is your uncle!

Now I only have to display this in prominent places and anyone can go straight to my website using their phone.

Crowdfunding Day 6: How many backers, how many pledges?

Someone asked me today how I could have only 4 backers but have so much more pledged.

Did 4 backers pledge nearly £100 each?

Well, the answer is that there are off-line backers. There are a few people who don't want to use internet banking, for whatever reason but who still want to support me in my hare-brained endeavours.

They tell me how much they would like to pledge and I add it onto the campaign with my own account.

Then there are people who are outside the UK and who are not able to use the GoCardless feature.

Once again, they tell me if they want to pledge and I add it.

It's an international operation now, you know.

Oh yes,

500 points if you can name the cartoon.

My crowdfunding campaign can be found here:

If you are from international climes or from non-internet banking roots, then let me know if you are still interested in backing me. Anything's possible these days.