Just saying hi and asking advice for my Launch Pad entry

Created about 1 year ago by M. P. Sturrock with 10 comments
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Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · added about 1 year ago
This is full of good advice, could you check out my samples and DM me some feedback?
Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · added about 1 year ago
Thanks Liz -- you’re clearly doing something right as you’ve zoomed up the ranks. :-) Appreciate you sharing!
Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · added about 1 year ago

Hi M. P. Thanks for the answer -- I would have to agree with you on that advice.  I have gotten a much better response from individual messages. It has certainly illuminated for me how much I don’t know about crowd funding, but you learn a little more every day! 

Ni svmyv Liz Kerin · Author · edited about 1 year ago · 2 likes
Hey everyone! Sorry I didn’t see this thread till a few days ago, happy to give any small bit of advice I might have. Something that started working for me was offering up anything I could to fellow creatives in my community in exchange for their support - mostly saying I’d read their work in progress and give notes or match a contribution to their Kickstarter. Seemed to help beyond just getting close friends and family to do pre-orders! 
Mpsturrock   small bio M. P. Sturrock · Author · edited about 1 year ago · 2 likes
Hi Susan. It’s good to hear from a fellow Launchpader - I was really hoping others from the competition would pop in and say hi.

I know we’re all technically competing with one another, but I was in a similar contest last year and one of the best things the shortlisters did was exchange emails so we could all share our experiences and learn from one another. Made the process a whole lot less stressful :)

As for what I’ve learnt from the folks on Inkshares: the main thing seems to be that a generalised call to action never works. I tested this by sending out a few broad Facebook and Twitter messages asking for help promoting or just for feedback, but I didn’t get a single new follower/sale.

You’d think being in the top 75 of a competition involving thousands was enough reason for people to try your manuscript, but there’s just so much other stuff out there to read. If you want follows/feedback/reviews etc. you need to go direct to people who you think will like your particular story; make it personal, and tell them exactly what you would ideally like them to do.

Hope this helps, although I wouldn’t think you need my help much when you’ve already got like ten times as many preorders as me, hehe. Good luck with the campaign; your story sounds very interesting!
Imgp6683 Susan K. Hamilton · Author · added about 1 year ago
Hi M.P., I am also a Launchpad participant and feel like I’ve hit a bit of a wall -- I’d love to get feedback/recommendations/reviews on my book, but so far have not. Any advice you’ve received on how to encourage that?
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · added about 1 year ago
Good luck with your campaign, and congratulations on the newborn! I hope you make it.
Mpsturrock   small bio M. P. Sturrock · Author · edited about 1 year ago · 1 like

Could have sworn I responded to this already. Anyway, big thanks to those that messaged me, and to you, Luke, for your advice; I’ll be sure to check out your book in the next couple of days.

I’m going to give it a good try, but I have practically zero free time at the moment - newborn on the way, etc - so I’m also not going to be too upset if I don’t make the target. I won’t be wasting my time, as I’ll be watching and learning from all you amazing Inkshares authors, and then at least I’ll be better prepared for future ventures.

Thanks again for the advice, and I hope to see you around the site.

Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited about 1 year ago · 2 likes
I’d advise asking friends and family to help push for your book. Also reach out to people with a large following, contact blogs, instagram accounts, and though it’s not been used as a good advertising place, if you use iFunny accounts tend to be helpful and there’s one for just about anything.

Good luck and welcome to the community! If you have the time I’d appreciate if you could check out my western The Burned.
Mpsturrock   small bio M. P. Sturrock · Author · edited about 1 year ago · 1 like

Hi guys. I’ve been a fan of the site and it’s concept since I heard about it on the Nerdist podcast a year or so back. Kept popping in every now and again, intending to enter some of my manuscripts in the various contests, but I always got cold feet. Now I’m here as one of the Launch Pad top 75.

I’ve put my excerpt up; created my page and a temporary cover; and set it for pre-orders as part of the competition, but now I only have 90 days to sell my 250 copies, and I feel like I’m totally unprepared. Anyone else from the contest having similar thoughts?

I can make maybe twenty sales from friends and family, but having spent the last few years pouring all my free time into writing, I don’t have much in the way of a social media/online presence.

Do you think I should let this pre-order session run its course and use it as a test run, while concentrating on building a bit of an online name for myself? Or should I try and sell my book at the same time, knowing I probably won’t come close to hitting the goal this time around?

I feel like I might get sales, but not nearly enough, and wouldn’t I then lose their confidence if I didn’t succeed? Also, some people who buy-in the first time around might have lost interest by the time I’m ready for a second attempt.

Anyway, hello again, and cheers for any advice.