Hey guys I'm really sorry to not update Immortal Space for you today (I'll update tomorrow!) but something so important came up that I had to do it today even if barely anyone would see it. Plus the best ideas guy I have following me is Fang and he always reads on Saturdays to see Immortal Space, or learn why it's not up (sorry Fang).
Basically I got the phone call from the publicist yesterday and he informed that publicity campaigns are...expensive to say the least. The cheapest thing they offer is £400 for a press release, going up to £2000, plus VAT (which is 20% I believe) for a full eight week campaign. I want to do this, I really do. So I have decided to start a Kickstarter.
I've not started the project yet, full details on that are coming on Monday, but I am a bit stuck on ideas for what to offer as rewards. For those of you who don't know on Kickstarter you offer people rewards for their money. I've funded two books on there and the reward I chose was of course the book itself. This is where my problem lies: All I can really offer is the book. This is how I see my Kickstarter;
$1 minimum pledge
$3 you get a copy of the book before it's released
$5 you get a copy of the book and a thank you on my blog
$8 you get all of the above and a copy of my first book "Tulips And Other Stories"
$15 you get all of the above and, an acknowledgement in the book
$20 you get all of the above as well as a personal thank you from me in an email
$25 you get all of the above and a hand written thank you letter delivered in the post (and five dollars for non-UK users
$45 you get all of the above and all the fiction I've written, including all original drafts, emailed to you. This is quite a few things and the drafts and early versions are NOT on my blog. Once again add five dollars for the hand written thank you for international users.
I'm also considering offering the chance to become a character in a book which I'll price at 50 dollars.
I feel like I should be offering more. There should be something huge for a really big donation I might be lucky to get, say a $100 bracket. If I'm all for mailing things then maybe I can consider writing out my old stories by hand and sending that in the post.
So that's where you come in. If you have any suggestions for things I can actually offer to people through the Kickstarter then feel free to let me know. I think for the project itself I'm going to ask for a minimum of £1000 which I'm likely to get, which will pay for a press release and a website, and then have stretch goals of up to 2.5k for the full campaign. If you have any ideas then feel free to suggest them.
Jessica thinks I should offer sexual favours. I don't think you can do that through Kickstarter. Although after that she came up with the good idea of adding Tulips as a reward.