Crowdfunding is a full time job

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If you’ve looked into starting your own crowdfunding campaign, whether it’s Kickstarter or Indiegogo, you’ve probably heard the phrase that running one is like “a full time job.”  What they usually don’t elaborate on is that your new full time job is marketing and PR.

Let’s talk specifics because I always find that more valuable than some broad sweeping statements.

Here’s what’s on my To Do list today:

  • Writing the new draft of a press release we’re sending out today, updated with the recent news of hitting our initial goal (Yay!).
  • Update the Voyage Trekkers website with the same press release so that it can be linked via twitter.
  • Listen to a podcast Kickstarter campaigns (Funding the Dream) to pick up any additional tips.
  • Give shout outs to today’s contributors on our Twitter.
  • Reach out to a friend to see if he has any press contacts he could possibly connect us with.
  • Respond to each new contributor via email after their donation, giving them thanks for their support.
  • Finish planning a new Exclusive Perk that the wonderful women of Educating [Geeks] are donating to the project and update the Indiegogo page.
  • Creating a graphic in Photoshop for the new perk that’s ideal for Facebook and Twitter.
New Perk-Educating Geeks

Educating [Geeks] was awesome to donate a exclusive perk to our campaign.

  • Announcing the new Perk across our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Creating an Update on our Indiegogo page to let exisitng fans know about the New Perk.
  • Remind some of the actors to attend the end-of-campaign Fundraiser Party that we’re having on June 29th.
  • Check in on the Facebook Ad campaign — we’re running a $50 ad throughout the week to bring in new fans (to “Like” the page).
  • Close-caption one of the episodes of Voyage Trekkers to test out YouTube’s process.  Maybe we can get the show posted by Caption Web TV and get some new audience members.
  • Post the campaign on Message Boards (Star Trek sites, Indie filmmaker sites) to spread the word.
  • Posting the next installment of our text-based Choose Your Own Path Adventure we’ve been running this week on our Facebook page, to keep up engagement.  Luckily I don’t have to write it!
  • Do the dishes (they really need to be done).
  • …and post this blog!

Whew.

So ideally you want a team of people helping you.  For me, I have my friend Shannon doing the press outreach and sending out the new press release to as many sites as she can manage … and co-creator and writer (and actor) on the show, Craig Curtis, writing the Choose Your Own Path story … but I’m doing the bulk of the heavy lifting.  And I’m able to do all this because I do freelance video work (so basically I’m unemployed right now, lol).

All this is to continue the momentum of the project going and to keep the word spreading before the end of your campaign.

Then you can sleep!

To check out our Indiegogo Campaign for ‘Voyage Trekkers: The Movie’ click here:  http://igg.me/at/voyagetrekkersmovie/x/364575

http://igg.me/at/voyagetrekkersmovie/x/364575

Voyage Trekkers The Movie – http://igg.me/at/voyagetrekkersmovie/x/364575

Voyage Trekkers: Live!

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Okay, so we did something a little nutty … but hey, that’s what life is for!  We joined forces with the National Comedy Theatre of Phoenix to create a live, half-hour, improvised episode of Voyage Trekkers with audience participation.

Commander Powell (Logan Blackwell) and Dr. Rena (Gabrielle Van Buren) visit an alien world, fraught with conflict, to complete their new mission … sell Galactic Union timeshares!

Voyage Trekkers – Season 2 Finale

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The Season 2 Finale is finally here! We really through the kitchen sink at this one, we wanted to make it as epic as possible. There’s literally four times more CGI ship effects in this single episode than in the entire season combined … we recorded the score with a live orchestra (the NAU Wind Symphony) … and we wanted to put the characters in a situation which they’ve never been in before, where they were genuinely in trouble with no way to escape (as they almost always do).

Voyage Trekkers Websitehttp://www.voyagetrekkers.com

Voyage Trekkers Novella – Gambit of Chance

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Voyage Trekkers – Gambit of Chance. Coming October 2012

We’re excited to finally announce that Craig Michael Curtis has secretly been crafting a Voyage Trekkers novella, entitled “Gambit of Chance”, due out this October as an e-book.  With this announcement I thought I’d answer some questions you may have about the book (and tease you a bit too).

How much will it cost?  Most likely the e-book will be “Pay what you like.”  Meaning that, yes, you can get the book for free.  And if you want to pay $5 or $10 that’s certainly fine as well.  All proceeds directly support the show.

– How long will it be?  We’re not 100% sure yet, but under 200 pages is probably where we’ll end up.

– What’s the story of “Gambit of Chance”?  The crew of the G.S.V. Remarkable are sent to a planet embroiled in political turmoil.  There, each hero will find their courage tested as they risk to restore the balance.  (but yes, hilarity ensues)

Who is Craig Michael Curtis?  He’s a novelist and a writer on Voyage Trekkers (he wrote the Voyage Trekkers Radio Play), but you may know him as General Kang from Episode 7 – “The Clutches of General Kang!”

Is this Craig Michael Curtis first novel?  But of course not!  He’s a published author that’s actually written four novels (or five???  errr, I’m a bad friend…).  You can check out his author blog and learn more about his other work right here:  http://craigmcurtis.blogspot.com/

Any hints or tidbits on what we might find in the book?  “Gambit of Chance” will be the first appearance of many new crew members created for Season 2 of the web series.  And because Craig is in the “inner circle” with the making of the show, he’s privy to a lot of details in the Voyage Trekkers universe that don’t always make the five minute episodes, but will help enrich the book.