Thursday, September 20, 2012

As so often happens toward the end of the week these days...

. . . we've run out of queries and openings. One of your fellow minions has suggested we fill such voids by offering our opinion/advice/expertise on Kickstarter projects. Starting with hers.

"I can't seem to muster a novel but I am getting ready to post my first Kickstarter project, which is 'storyteller's kit.' The material is primarily graphic, the text is minor.

Here is a link to the Kickstarter preview page. The Preview page will exist for about another week, and then the project will go live."

Editorial suggestions may be made as comments to this post.


AlaskaRavenclaw said...

Susan, interesting idea, a la The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. The product looks like something I wouldn't buy for myself but might buy as a gift.

EE, out of a bunch of writing blogs I used to read regularly, I swear yours is just about the last one standing. I'd hate to see blogs as a medium go by the board and be replaced by Twitter... which will last until 140 characters starts to seem like too much for our shrinking attention spans, I guess.

Evil Editor said...

Under "The Inspiration," the last paragraph is missing the word "in."

Under "WHAT IS THE KICKSTARTER PROJECT FOR?" in paragraph 1, should "Kit" be "the Kit"?

Paragraph 2, should "kit" be "kits"?

The pictures are cool, though none of the "Characters in Peril" seems to be in any peril.

The point of a Kickstarter project is to help get a business off the ground. I'm not sure you've made it clear what your business is. Are you starting a business to help others make their own pictures, or to sell your own pictures in some format? If the business is selling kits the word "kit" suggests an assortment of materials, so you need to make it clear what will be in a kit. Does the kit include everything I need to make my own pictures, or just some sample pictures you made?

Maybe a storytelling game rather than a storytelling kit is the way to go. At least that would suggest that you have a clear vision. Right now it sounds kind of wishy-washy. I've made some cards with pictures of characters, and you can do whatever you want with them. Make it clear that your game will spur the imaginations of children.

You don't want to give the impression that making character cards is your hobby and you need contributions so that you can upgrade your computer equipment because it's taking too long to make your cards. We all need to upgrade our computers and printers every few years; is there some specific item/program most computers don't have that would improve the quality of your cards so that your game or whatever would be of higher quality?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the feedback. I'll be revising on Sunday.


khazar-khum said...

Like EE, I have no idea what you are trying to do. If you want to make a series of, say, magnetic images that are cut up so they can be recombined into something new, that could be interesting. Ie, a collection of heads, limbs, bodies, etc. It might even be best as a 'paper doll' program sold as an inspirational tool for writers.

Second, you need look no further than BibliOdyssey for resources.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the feedback and for pointing out the confusing parts. The page got a total overhaul. I hope the revised version is more clear. It will go live this Wednesday [Sept 26].