Ok guys I have been getting a LOT of messages about this ever since I have gone pro from people wanting to know how they can do it to. Kickstarter being the big thing now so ill talk about it. Now I know what your thinking, what does lato know about anything. Well take a look.
Ok thats what I know I know lol. My work is popular and makes money and im a professional so lets move on to the important stuff like getting started. Keep in mind this is just from my successful experience so I am by no means a expert but its better then hearing from someone who hasnt done it...
1The first thing you need to ask yourself is DO you want to be a professional and start a project on Kickstarter? This is a big boy choice so I would suggest if you dont already know or have to think for a long time you already have your answer. When people are paying you good money for your work you better deliver! A mans only as good as his word after all.
2 Don't be greedy or have some crazy goal! I see it a lot and its just sad. Im not the best at math but for RPG makers you dont need 20k in funding unless you want to explain to your backers that a important part of the game making process is buying a new car lol. Ive worked on my game Kingdom for years and have hired SO MANY PEOPLE, more people then everyone else combined and all those costs are not even 1/4th of what 90% of these ppl are asking for. Most ppl can do basic math and if they know anything about RPG maker they know it doesn't cost that much to make a game so they will be less likely to fund your work. i know all projects are different but keep it real, I have professional voice actors custom graphics and music, and I could hire a whole team to do it all over again in custom style and it wouldn't cost even half what some ppl dream up.
3 Make connections! This is just the weirdest thing I see people doing wrong, We are in a rpg community, as are 99% of ppl making RPG games so it only benefits you and your project to mingle with other ppl, collaborate, work together! I made more connections at Kickstarter in 1 month then in 5 years in the RPG community scene...ppl mail me with all sorts of questions and begging me to do more and wanting to fund me more and more. You only hurt yourself if you think your too good to work with other skilled ppl, and I see it a lot, If I see a skilled person I could use for my work I hire them simple as that, im not afraid to introduce myself and take it from there.
4Just go for it! If you have done all the above then your ready for this, if you really believe in your work then go for it, dont worry if ppl try and put you down. I have had some ppl say some pretty bad hurtful things about my work recently in the RPG world, but I did'nt let that stop me, I did what I always do, got really pissed off and worked my ass off even harder! I started my own company and have a badass product ppl want, money talks louder then words and now that I have gone professional my life and my work has never been better.
If there are any other tips you guys would like to add in feel free, as I said, these were just from my own experience.