Hello, and welcome to our Kickstarter campaign to fund the Raging Platypus Magazine N° 3!
What is the Raging Platypus Magazine?
The Raging Platypus is a collaborative magazine where people from around the world can publish their short stories, photos, recipes, comics and other creative content. The idea of making such a magazine was born in 2015, when we realized we were surrounded by passionate and creative friends! Initially, we wanted to collect our creativity in a nice book, but it quickly became more than that. It became an opportunity to offer a wider community the chance to display their creations and see them printed within a collection with other like-minded people!
In the summer of 2015 we published Raging Platypus N° 1, the very first prototype of our collective mash up. It had 50 pages and contributions from around a dozen people. We featured amazing pictures from Ethiopia, a love story to the local neighborhood, kitchen and cocktail recipes, music content and more!
We got great feedback and decided to pursue the adventure in the Ragin Platypus N° 2, which we published at the end of 2015. This time we expanded; we introduced short stories, more comics, more photo reportages and opinion articles! The second issue was the product of more than twenty people in a beautiful 100 page softcover magazine.
We learnt a lot from our first two editions; both editing and attention to detail, but most importantly that people want to keep contributing to the Raging Platypus! Our little community keeps expanding, and we've been hearing a constant whisper for a new edition! And we love it! The third edition is ready to go!
The contributors – past, present and future
Here are just a few of the contributors of the past issues of the Raging Platypus and others who will be contributing to the third edition.
Why would you want to support us?
Do you want to read something different, enjoy other people's creativity and read about their adventures and last but not least get some fresh perspectives? This magazine is exactly what you've been looking for!
We've gathered our core participants from the previous two issues, but have also added new names to the list of contributors. And we are expecting some awesome content!
In this issue, like the previous ones, we offered one to ten pages to people to be their creative sandbox! We will have some amazing photo stories, comics, illustrations, paintings, cooking recipes, opinion articles, new music content and other surprises!
Wait, can others be part of it?
Yes, of course! However, because this is our first big project that we are advertising to the world, we wanted to have a strong core of articles before announcing the Kickstarter campaign! We do have 20 extra pages available for creative minds to be part of this issue! See the rewards section for more details.
What is the funding for?
Our aim for this Kickstarter is to fund the printing and shipping of the magazine. All contributors have sent in their content without receiving a fee. Our target is to print 50 copies of the Raging Platypus N° 3. The rewards include costs of printing, packaging and shipping as well as the maintenance of the Raging Playtpus website and of course the Kickstarter fees. We've also included a small buffer in the budget calculation, which is intended for covering costs we didn't see coming. If there are none, then it will be used to improve either the printing quality of the book or provide extra goodies.
When will it be ready?
We are aiming for a delivery date end of January. We already have half of the content and expect the rest by the end of the campaign. We will need a month to prepare the final layout of the magazine and then another month to get it printed. If all goes to plan we should be ready to send out the magazine to backers in January. Of course, we'll keep all of you posted on progress via the Kickstarter page, but also via email and on our Raging Platypus website.
What are the rewards?
We've kept our rewards as simple as possible, because our aim is to get the books printed and we tried to not go overboard. All backers of the Kickstarter campaign will get a Raging Platypus postcard and be mentioned on the 'Thank you!' page in the Raging Platypus N° 3.
Postcard reward - First, if you want to be part of the project, but not actually buy the magazine, then we have a nice option. This is the 5€ pledge with which you will earn our eternal love and we'll also send you a postcard to prove it!
Standard reward - The magazine as we intended it. A softcover book with economy paper, just like the second edition. It's a nice product of around 100 pages that will cost you 17€.
Deluxe Hardover Edition reward - The collector's hardcover version of the magazine that will stand out from the mainstream "standard". This reward costs 22€.
Contributor's reward - Like we mentioned above, we have some extra pages available for people to contribute. This reward costs 25€ and you will receive a softcover version of the magazine. We will accept 1-2 pages of any creative content you can think of! However, we reserve the right to refuse a contribution we do not feel is in line with the spirit of the Raging Platypus. We do not accept offensive, racist or pornographic content. If you chose this reward please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you want to order more than one copy of either the soft or hardcover magazine, just add the extra amount to the pledge of your choice. To make your life easier we’ve included a table with some calculations. Send us a message at email@example.com to specify you want more than one copy!
Update #1: We got funded!
We were super happy to have our project funded and we wanted to show it to all our backers, present AND future! We looked for a way to give back the love we got and found one!
Every backer will now receive a few limited edition Raging Platypus stickers along with their chosen Reward!
Risks and challenges
This is our first Kickstarter campaign; we are making a jump into the wild world-wide-web and hope we anticipated everything before getting eaten alive!
More seriously though, this is our first project and on a Kickstarter scale this might be small but for us it's already a big adventure! We tried to take account of all the different parameters: printing cost, packaging, shipping, goodies!
For us one of the main concerns is: What happens if we get too many pledges? We've seen so many other Kickstarter campaigns get delayed, because suddenly from 50 copies people have to produce over a thousand. For this we planned a buffer budget that is a small percentage of the final unit price. This money would then be used to finance the scaling up of the packaging and distribution of each pledge.
This buffer money would also be used in the case of unforeseeable costs. BUT! If this money is not used, it will be re-injected into the project either to improve the print quality or adding goodies to each pledge (don't worry we have some ideas).
But what if we are not funded? That would be a bummer; clearly we were not ready, but that wouldn't mean giving up! We would simply scale everything down to something more manageable, like with the previous two issues. We have a plan B and if it comes to it we will share the details on the Raging Platypus website.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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