All the Cranky Ladies!

Cranky Ladies logoWe’re only into day 3 of our campaign and we’re over a third of the way towards funding – can you see my happy dance?! Tansy and I are so excited about the support and signal-boosting we’ve been lucky enough to receive, and want to publicly thank everyone who has already pledged, and also every single person who has posted, tweeted, blogged, Facebooked and so on about the campaign, because we know how much of a difference it makes. THANK YOU!

We’re starting to see fantastic posts about cranky ladies popping up as Women’s History Month gets underway, and we’re linking to them on the Cranky Ladies Blog Tour page – one of my favourite things about this book has been learning about historical figures I had not come across, so this blog tour is just excellent!

With the marvellous support we’ve already received, we’re adding some new rewards tiers – take a look at the Pozible site and see if anything new takes your fancy over the next couple of days! The first new tier is already up, with more to come – more cranky lady goodness!

Cranky Ladies of History: the crowd-funding campaign

Cranky Ladies logoDuring March, FableCroft Publishing is running the Cranky Ladies of History crowd-funding campaign on the Pozible platform. The campaign goes live on March 1 and will close on March 31, running for the duration of Women’s History Month. Our goal is to raise enough to pay our wonderful contributors the professional rates they so rightly deserve, and to create the very best book we can.

It’s our very great pleasure to also announce that we have been successful in securing a brand new Arts Tasmania grant associated with our campaign. The Crowbar funding is ONLY awarded to successful campaigns, but is assessed in advance – we will receive an extra $2,000 for our project if the Pozible campaign fully funds, which is is extremely exciting. We were Crowbar’s very first applicants, so we’re absolutely stoked to be approved for this! The funding is linked directly to the success of the campaign, and although we are approved by Arts Tas as eligible, they are only able to award the funds to successful campaigns, which is a bit scary, but extra incentive to do a brilliant job on our campaign trail 🙂

We are so grateful to so many people who have already offered support to the campaign by way of commitment to the project, and to those people who are already planning to participate in our Cranky Ladies of History blog tour. During the month, people from all over the world will be posting about THEIR favourite Cranky Ladies, and we will be linking to those from the FableCroft blog, Twitter and Facebook, as well as rounding up all the links on our dedicated Cranky Ladies page. It should be loads of fun, and also a fantastic way to learn about all those wonderful, irascible, eccentric, CRANKY women of history who pushed the boundaries of the societal norms of their time and place, and deserve to be remembered.

We will have more information about the Cranky Ladies project and the creators who are on board over the next few days – hope you’ll join us for the ride!

If you would like to host, post or guest blog about one (or more!) of YOUR favourite Cranky Ladies, please let me know! We want to plaster the internet with cranky women, and the more the merrier!

Notes from Pozible information session

pozible-for-web-jpg_800x600fitBack in November last year I attended a really interesting Pozible crowdfunding information session in Launceston. I tweeted and made notes, but completely neglected to collate my notes, which I’m doing now for my own reference (and anyone who is interested!). While the session was specific to Pozible (and very well presented by the friendly, approachable and knowledgeable Reuben), much is also relevant for other crowdfunding platforms. So here it is (reminder, this is in reverse order of tweets – perhaps read from the bottom up!):

 

  • Undelivered rewards are surprisingly uncommon. #crowdfunding
  • Pozible charges 5% service fee on total raised IF project funds – no charge if it doesn’t. #crowdfunding
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    Pozible subscription #crowdfunding model now available – could be of interest in publishing!
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    As creative people, your traction is in how you tell stories; you have the advantage to involve people at a personal level. #crowdfunding
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    Success rate goes through the roof just by attending a Pozible information session. #crowdfunding
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    When the campaign is over, thank your supporters – a lot! #crowdfunding 
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    Hee! @reubenacciano played the @KaleidoscopeTPP Pozible video because I asked a related question – he said nice things! #crowdfunding

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    Research several projects similar to yours – 8-10 including a couple of unsuccessful ones (to consider what NOT to do). #crowdfunding
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    <br /> </div><br /> ” data-you-follow=”false” data-you-block=”false”>RT: @Krasnostein: interesting – lots of this stuff not true for my Pozible campaign – Twitter the best platform for publishing #crowdfunding

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    <br /> </div><br /> ” data-mentions=”Krasnostein” data-you-follow=”false” data-you-block=”false”>90% of campaigns that reach 25-30% in the first week will fund – the “sheep” effect. #crowdfunding

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    <br /> </div><br /> ” data-you-follow=”false” data-you-block=”false”>Significantly more Pozible traffic via Facebook than from Twitter! #crowdfunding

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    <br /> </div><br /> ” data-you-follow=”false” data-you-block=”false”>Offline engagement: talk about project in the real world. Plan a live event halfway through. Have iPad there to demo Pozible! #crowdfunding

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    <br /> </div><br /> ” data-you-follow=”false” data-you-block=”false”>Reinvigorate campaign by adding special rewards AFTER target has been reached – stimulate interest again. #crowdfunding

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    <br /> </div><br /> ” data-you-follow=”false” data-you-block=”false”>Heh. “I’m special” is a really popular narrative in social media. Unique rewards can be very effective, even at high price. #crowdfunding

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    <br /> </div><br /> ” data-you-follow=”false” data-you-block=”false”>90% of successful Pozible #crowdfunding projects have a video as part of the project page, and these raise more money.

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    <br /> </div><br /> ” data-you-follow=”false” data-you-block=”false”>… Creative rewards; strategic planning; offline engagement. #crowdfunding

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    <br /> </div><br /> ” data-you-follow=”false” data-you-block=”false”>Most common pledge on Pozible is $100, then $25, then $50. #crowdfunding

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