While it’s known that many Kickstarters fail, a campaign that falls short of its goal doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the project.
Enter British manga creators mayamada. In 2018 they launched a Kickstarter for their culinary heist manga, Hot lunch Volume 1. It went the way of many Kickstarters and failed to reach its funding target, reaching an agonisingly close 81%.
Failure is hard to stomach in any walk of life, but particularly hard with a creative project so personal to its creators.
Fast forward eight months later and Hot Lunch has been relaunched on the crowdfunding platform to a much different reception. This time around the campaign was funded in 9 days and became a Kickstarter staff pick along the way!
With plenty of time still left of the Kickstarter, the mayamada team have reflected on the two campaigns and offered advice for those dealing with their own crowdfunding failures.
1) Review your campaign – There’s a lot that can be learned from failure. Your first step should be to spend the time to have an honest examination of your campaign. Some times things missed in the excitement of launching become glaringly obvious once the campaign is over.
2) Examine your funding goal – Was your initial funding goal way too ambitious? Can it be adjusted in any way? In our case, we were able to put together a budget together outside of Kickstarter to make a start on the comic. The result is that we now needed less to complete the project. A lower, more attainable goal makes success more likely.
3) Increase your exposure – Many of Kickstarter’s runaway successes come from creators who already had a large following before launching. If you don’t, think about how you are going to spread the word of your campaign beyond friends and family. Building an email list is a great start, and don’t forget those who have backed your previous campaign. You can still keep them updated when you do launch again.
4) Keep trying – Remember that failure isn’t the end. So should you fall short, you can always find other ways to achieve your goal.
You can follow Hot Lunch on Kickstarter and back the campaign before it ends on Friday March 29th. Plenty of rewards are up for grabs, including the finished 140-page graphic novel and a chance to be turned into a character in the book!
The mayamada team are now shooting for stretch goals that include a digital art book and bonus artwork from guest artists. Check out Hot Lunch Volume 1 on Kickstarter and #JoinTheCrew to be part of a Kickstarter comeback story in the making: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mayamada/hot-lunch-vol-1-a-culinary-heist-manga-for-all-age