Frequently Asked Questions
Then let's break it down by what you're willing to spend:
Under $50: The ebook and paperback tiers ($10, $25, $45) are approximately market price, but they help this Kickstarter, get you the new digital desktops, and put your name in the magazine. A simple, fun way to help fund Year 5!
Over $50, and you want the most content for the best price: The two $185 tiers ("ebook" version and "magazine" version) are significantly discounted and probably the best value--it's YEARS of content sent to you in downloadable, DRM-free format for much less than buying it separately. Upgrading the $185 magazine tier to the $200 tier (VIP) stacks yet another discounted service on top of that, to get even more content (including our Cherry Bomb line) in more convenient packages during Year 5. So the $185 tiers and the $200 tier are probably the most bang for your buck.
Over $50, and you want something one-of-a-kind: The specialty tiers at $190 (coming later in this Kickstarter) will get you all the Year 5 VIP content (valued at $100), plus something special--like an original art/story commission, an original comic page, or getting yourself drawn/written into the background of one of our series. These tiers are especially fun. :)Last updated:
Absolutely! All of these items--from the memberships to the ebooks/paperbacks to the commissions--can be shipped or transferred digitally to whomever you want, since our own editors fulfill these Kickstarters and they're happy to help you with whatever you need.
All of that can be specified in the survey and/or via email after the Kickstarter is complete.Last updated:
Yes! If, for example, you want one of the creator specialty tiers and the $25 ebook + paperback tier, just do the following:
1.) Choose one of the two tiers. (If that includes a tier with limited slots, pick that one to ensure you get it!)
2.) When choosing your pledge amount, pledge the COMBINED cost of the two tiers, and IF that extra tier has added shipping then please include that as well.
3.) When the Kickstarter is over, mention the extra tier you bought in the "special notes" section in the backer survey. We'll remind you of this on the survey itself.
If you have any questions or need help, just message us or email firstname.lastname@example.orgLast updated:
What's the difference between "magazine back issue" tiers and "ebook" tiers? Is it the same content, just in different formats?
It's MOSTLY the same content in different formats, although there are different bonuses in each.
Magazine back issues: We have a bunch of Member Exclusives that come free with any membership to the magazine, and anything already released will come with the back issue download tiers. Some of the stuff isn't available anywhere else, and you can see a list of it here: http://sparklermonthly.com/shop/free-chapter-download/subscriber-exclusives/
Ebooks: When magazine chapters are bundled for an ebook, we often pack in a little MORE bonus content specific to that series--like extra illustrations or a mini comic. So you won't get every Member Exclusive, but you WILL get any Member Exclusive that gets added to the book, plus any ADDITIONAL bonus material exclusive to the ebook.
Still, it's mostly the same content, so we recommend you just buy whatever format you prefer to read in--a magazine with all the series mixed, or ebooks with all the series separated.Last updated:
I'm already a Sparkler member, but I want another year of the magazine, so I want to contribute to this!
First of all--thank you! :D If you're happy with your membership at sparklermonthly.com already, then we suggest one of the ebook or paperback tiers in this Kickstarter. Another option is buying a membership through this Kickstarter and giving it to a friend or loved one as a gift! When the Kickstarter is over, you'll have the option of receiving your membership as a redemption coupon that you can send to anyone.
However, if you're already a Sparkler member AND want to buy a Year 5 membership for yourself in this Kickstarter, that's awesome and totally possible:
IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A YEARLY MEMBERSHIP TO SPARKLER (a membership you bought in one bulk payment): If it overlaps with the start of your Year 5 membership purchased here, we'll credit you for the overlapping month(s) with a gift card to the Sparkler Shop for whatever they were worth (if you paid $50 for the year, one month is worth ~$4.20, for example).
IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A MEMBERSHIP WITH MONTHLY BILLING: If this Kickstarter succeeds, we'll cancel your existing plan (along with your billing) and convert it to the Year 5 membership when we process new accounts IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, prior to the release of Issue #050. Once this Kickstarter is over and you have all your downloads, we recommend you cancel your membership to avoid any extra changes before your Year 5 membership activates: https://sparklermonthly.com/membership/
When the Kickstarter is over, one of the first things the survey will ask for is your current Sparkler account (if you have one) so we can set you up properly for Year 5.Last updated:
Unfortunately, the United States Postal Service had a big cost increase in 2016 (10-20%) for international packages: http://www.stamps.com/usps/postage-rate-increase/
You've probably noticed this price increase in other Kickstarters as well. We all wish we could do more, but the price of shipping is out of our hands. :(Last updated:
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