Monday, March 21, 2016

Almost done...

 Well, almost done. The "campaign" as indiegogo calls it will end Tuesday. I was hoping for $2,500 but it's not getting there. 

We should end at $1,680 which will cover the costs of the illustrator, the formatting expert and the front/back cover by another friend. This will cost $1,300 so you can see I'm not getting big money.

In fact, most of the balance is for perks of which I have to pay out as well as 3% for indieagogo, charge cards at a similar percentage and a few other things that I have to pay for. 

I should come out with a double-double at In 'n Out burger -- with fries.

But I am surprised that I got that much from mostly friends and a few others. Gotta give them a lot of credit. 

Now here's what happens:

On Tuesday, the campaign ends. Sort of.

This is the difference between kickstarter and indiegogo. If you don't raise your total on kickstarter you lose.

But indiegogo gives you more time, even if you didn't make your total.

This is important for any of you who are planning crowdfunding, of which kickstarter and indiegogo are the biggest, and of which you plan to make a movie or a short or anything.

But again, indiegogo, as mentioned lets you keep going. All you have to do is to tell them you wish to continue.

In all, it's a good deal, if you win you win and if you lose you still win.

The funding won't come pouring in however as it seems that the biggest amounts start and end pretty early. Of the $1,680, $1,000 happened in the first 3 days!

 I've learned that donors seem to slide backwards.

So once my campaign "ends", I have to wait for an audit which could take up to 15 days. And in that time I will contact the "perk" people, the ones who got a photograph or a book and prepare it for them.

When  I tried to fund Ghostkeeper 2 a few years ago, I was asking for $1.6 Million. In the first week of three, I got $500. I closed it as fast as I can. I learned my lesson. So now and then a few donors will show up now and then. 

But for now, when the audit is finished and the money is there, I pay it out.

I can't really be unhappy, I wish I could have cracked that $1,700 but -- C'est la vie. Or as Chuck Berry adds, "You never can tell."

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