Last year I tried Kickstarter to fund my 3rd Marshmallow Microcosm calendar, and it was a tremendous success with 50 backers funding the project 203% and I thank all of my supporters!
I started this little endeavor with marshmallows a few years ago on a whim, to amuse my at the time 3 year old niece, and give myself something to do that might be a bit different than bog standard photographs.
I made a handful using whatever happened to be to the left or right of the bag of marshmallows - a bonsai tree, some dollhouse furniture, you'd be surprised at how much random stuff just lying around is marshmallow people size.
Then I posted a few up on Facebook... and people wanted more. They suggested scenes, made requests. I figured I'd make an even dozen for a calendar - to my surprise I sold a couple dozen of them.
I thought that would be it, but no. Over 40 marshmallow scenes later and 3 calendars, they're still going strong.
Now it's time to put out my fourth calendar. All funds collected on Kickstarter will be going towards materials and printing costs. As I created the new scenes for the 2015 calendar, I'll post updates and give sneak peeks!
Risks and challenges
This will be my fourth calendar, and finding a printer I like, that doesn't cost so much that I need to charge a small fortune for a calendar is a hurdle every year. While I think I'll use the same printer as last year since the quality was outstanding, as well as the price - I may not be able to get the same deal. It's always the most daunting task before publishing!
There is always a risk of ordering too many or too few. I like to order all of the calendars I think I can sell in one go, for the best prices, rather than smaller orders over time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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