By Michele Brittany, West Coast Bleeding Cool Correspondent
You have come up with a fantastic comic book idea (or some other product equally cool), but you have tapped out your bank account, your family and your friends. Thanks to a number of funding opportunities that exist on the internet nowadays, there are now more ways to bring an idea to fruition. However, if you have not tried crowdfunding and do not know anyone that has, it can be a very overwhelming experience, leaving a person to wonder where to start. The success or failure of a project being funded is dependent on a well thought out plan.
Pulp Fiction Books and Comics has added Kickstarter Class for Independent Creators to their repertoire of art and writing classes offered at their Culver City, California location. The class will be held on Saturday, January 31 at 2 PM and will be targeted to creators looking to fund their project with a goal of less than $10,000. “I had wanted to expand our course offerings for a quite awhile, but we were waiting for the right person to come along,” said Mike Lerner, owner and operator of the Southern California comic book store. “When I met Madeleine Holly-Rosing, I knew I’d found the right person.
Holly-Rosing is the writer/creator of the Geekie Awards nominated steampunk series Boston Metaphysical Society. She has completed three Kickstarter projects with the last two being successfully funded. “After my experiences, I saw that many indie creators not only needed help organizing and focusing their time more efficiently, but they were not fully prepared to launch a campaign,” Holly-Rosing said.
“Having a couple a couple of successful campaigns under my belt, I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t,” Holly-Rosing stated. “And this is the best way of passing that information along.” The two-and-half-hour class will cover from strategy to fulfillment. Holly-Rosing will include using social media efficiently to get the most out of your PR efforts, how to develop your Kickstarter page which includes your product video and reward tiers, keeping momentum for your product throughout the funding period, and the best packaging and mailing options when you fulfill your funding commitments.
The cost is $40 and participants will need to bring a laptop with wifi capability since you’ll need to download a pdf document from Dropbox and be able to read it. Space is limited. Call Mike Lerner at (310) 572-6170. Details on this class can be found on their website and to keep in the know of other upcoming events, check out Pulp Fiction Books and Comics on their Facebook page or via Twitter.
Michele Brittany is an independent popular culture scholar and semi-professional photographer and editor of James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy (McFarland & Company). She regularly posts reviews and analysis on the spy/espionage genre on her blog, Spyfi & Superspies and can be followed at Twitter @mcbrittany2014.