Well, at least a very courteous reply from Kickstarter about both a ‘raffle‘ and mooted charity element I put in the project, Dragon In The Post, and the OK to launch too. Tomorrow, April 23rd, so be there, or be square! 18 are already coming to the Facebook chat too on Saturday, 6pm London time, and 10 Maybes, but do come.
I still don’t quite agree that five specially illustrated ‘Invitations‘ hidden in books sent out, like that ‘Golden Ticket‘ in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory can be perceived as a raffle. It was for magic and excitement and offering a reader a chance to work with me or an illustrator on something, after I took out the monetary element of up to £150 of books. There we are. Kickstarter have to abide by Amazon guidelines themselves, which shows why big business is so obsessed with dominating the platforms, and projects can be denied funding even if they hit their targets, if it is considered they have or had breached guidelines. I agree with anti gambling and raffle rules, it’s just I don’t think five special invites and thus unique rewards constitute the Barclay’s Bank libor-rate fixing scandal! It was about art, communication and creativity.
As for the charity element they were sympathetic to the spirit of it, though it was always couched purely in terms of holding a conversation about the future of Phoenix Ark Press, if there is one, but it is something they watch on projects across the board. To quote “Kickstarter is meant as a home for creative projects, and while we definitely understand the desire to be charitable, unfortunately that’s outside of our scope for projects that fund through our site.” That conversation can easily be had elsewhere but it does seem we create a system where the first and sometimes only criteria is money, as the great machine rolls on, mind you it could embroil any crowd funder in all sorts of disputes later.
Also wonderful news yesterday though about reaching potentially 1500 on Deviant Art, via a bookselling friend! Great stuff and even more chance to make a project soar, especially engaging what Sheila Ruth at Imaginator pointed out is often called a Kickstarter ‘Street Team‘. I love that idea, if we are really to crack one book project but also begin to build a grass roots publisher, or if that is even possible, and hope all those who backed Light of The White Bear are part of The Dragon In The Post Street team. Especially some younger backers, who know who they are, and have been so supportive and important.
So let’s kick arse!