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Since I heard from you all that you want a workbook to go with the E-book I just finished writing, I've been working like a crazy person to put it together. Right now I have about 47 pages of workbook, and have everything in a PDF document ready to go out to my beta readers.
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The workbook will have sections and worksheets to help you brainstorm how to get your campaign out there in the marketplace of creative ideas. It has sections like:
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Last week, I polled some of the subscribers of my email list to see what kind of bonus content to include with the guide I'm writing. (Not on the list? Subscribe in the right-hand corner!). The winner was clear. For those of you interested in Kickstarting a children's book, you want a workbook to go along with it.
I'm really stoked to make it. In fact, I got up early last Saturday and started the thing, and I'm already at p. 44.
This first version will just be a PDF file. I am sending it to everyone who signs up for the newsletter, along with the book I'm writing, The Ultimate Guide to Kickstarting Children's books. My goal is to get at least 100 beta testers for this system, or at least, people who are interested in reading, commenting, or just telling me if it's just plain awful :)
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This campaign has everything necessary for a successful project and then some. The images look professional, the video is personal, and it has a charming backstory about how the story came into creation. Above all, I really like how human and vulnerable he is in his creator video. It only works because it's real.
2. Sasha Tech Savvy Loves to Code
This book project gets me on two levels -- it encourages women to get interested in coding, and it tells the story of a super-smart D.C. girl who loves to code. The creator's backstory is compelling and it access the part of me who believes that Kickstarter projects can create a more diverse representation of young people in children's literature. It's perfect for the Kickstarter crowd: Smart people who believe in change.
It's looking good for this campaign about a "backwards friend." Kickstarter abounds with books about bullying and usually they, well, suck. They suck because they are super pedantic and the messaging is not fun enough. This is just zany enough to appeal to kids' sense of silliness, and the message is the takeaway, not the story.
4. 1,2,3 Dogs in Hawaii
In my journalism classes we do a lesson where we talk about what readers like. Dogs are #1 on the list. Hawaii is probably up there, too. Dogs and Hawaii? It's an easy sell. I'm not surprised this one has met its backer goal.
5. Ellia and Sunrise
This campaign for a book based on a child's story is interesting. Generally the "I wrote it with my kid" trope isn't enough for me. But in this case, the campaign is put together professionally. You get to meet the people behind the campaign, and you definitely fall in love with the daddy/daughter relationship these two have. It brings the feels.
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Do you have a children's picture book you'd like to self-publish? Are you interested in using Kickstarter.com to fund a children's book?
Kickstarting is not for the faint of heart. But you're writing a children's book, so I know you're not, either!
I just created a new, 12-page checklist that will help you plan your Kickstarter launch. It begins month-by-month until the last month before your launch, at which point it moves to week-by-week. It also includes a list of everything you should be doing each day your campaign is live on Kickstarter.
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