Transmedia Story Stream: Don't read a book--play it!

Build, Distribute & Engage multi-media story worlds. Narrative + Facebook Video Game Mechanics = the Future of Storytelling
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KAREN SNYDER
Transmedia
Houston, Texas
United States
1 Team Member

Transmedia Story Stream, the Zynga of ebooks, is a revolutionary platform, which blends Facebook video game mechanics with narrative to allow authors to build, distribute and engage fans in multi-media story worlds. Don’t just read a book—play it! www.TransmediaStoryStream.com   

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO DONATED TO THE CAMPAIGN. What worked and what did not? 

OUTREACH: Before the campaign launched, I, Karen Snyder, had verbal commitments in which I estimated about 10-12% of the projected monies would be donated. I also completed a pre-campaign survey and marketing feedback on the video. Once the campaign was launched, I personally reached out to 641 authors and producers along with another 4,200 creatives via broadcast email. A press release was also sent out along with follow up to over 900 media outlets. 

RESULTS: Over 800 amazingly creative people (even academy award winners) signed up for Alpha participation on Transmedia Story Stream. However, only 11 people donated to the IndieGoGo campaign. Why? 

AUTHORS: For authors, the feedback I am getting includes; a) they need longer than 30 days to review the concept since they want to talk with their agent / manager; b) they are on deadline and did not have time to review the campaign; c) they are not used to the idea of pre-paying for a software service; d) they want more service package offerings, especially for marketing / production options. 

CREATIVE PRODUCERS: Other types of creatives expressed different needs. Most transmedia producers are VIDEO centered (not text) and want a greater range of video tools / micropayment options within the video timeline. 

REPORTERS: Press is the number-one success factor in a crowd-funding campaign. What happened there? In regards to technology reporters, several reporters wrote back saying they had crowd-funding fatigue. They were only interested in writing about the platform once it was in Beta stage. The second main feedback was that they were not writing about transmedia and as such, it did not fit their agenda. 

WHAT NEXT? Before the IndieGoGo campaign even launched, the Pubsoft team and I were already reaching out to angel and VC investors for larger sums that would allow greater marketing options for the platform. Angel / VC fund raising takes months (the average time for a successful campaign is eight months). I am now hard at work reaching out to a network of investors to try and generate the funds needed to see this vision through.

Thank you for your support of the future of storytelling. 

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This campaign ended on February 17, 2014
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  • $10USD
    AUTHOR: 2 mo’s basic service

    AUTHOR REWARD: A digital Funding Contributor badge and two (2) months of Basic level access to the Backend of the platform to create your own story world.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $10USD
    FAN: Digital Currency

    FAN REWARD: Get a digital Funding Contributor badge and 25 diamonds in your currency account to use in any story world to unlock goodies.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $25USD
    AUTHOR: 5 mo’s basic service

    AUTHOR REWARD: A digital Funding Contributor badge, five (5) months of Basic level access to the Backend of the platform to create your own story world and a Twitter & Facebook marketing feature once your story world is completed.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $25USD
    FAN: Digital Currency

    FAN REWARD: Get a digital Funding Contributor badge, 70 diamonds in your currency account to use in any story world to unlock goodies.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $50USD
    AUTHOR: 9 mo’s basic service

    AUTHOR REWARD: A digital Funding Contributor badge, nine (9) months of Basic level access to the Backend of the platform to create your own story world, and a Twitter, Facebook and email marketing feature once your story world is completed.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $50USD
    FAN: Tour Tickets

    FAN REWARD: Get a digital Funding Contributor badge, 50 diamonds in your currency account to use in any story world, and two adult tickets to Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles, the filming location of The Elements Club story world. Tickets sent via e-mail. No travel costs included.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $100USD
    AUTHOR: 14 mo’s basic service

    AUTHOR REWARD: A digital Funding Contributor badge, and 14 months of Basic level access to the Backend of the platform to create your own story world.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $100USD
    FAN: Character named 4U

    FAN REWARD: CHARACTER NAMED AFTER YOU & 1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION to Liz Matis’ story world: Liz Matis’ story world meshes sports with sexy romance. Get a one year subscription to her story world, a digital Funding Contributor badge, 50 diamonds in your currency account, and finally have a character in her upcoming segment named after you.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $100USD
    FAN: Character named 4U

    FAN REWARD: CHARACTER NAMED AFTER YOU & 1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION to The Elements Club story world, a digital Funding Contributor badge, 50 diamonds in your currency account. Set in Victorian London between 1892-1897, The Elements Club follows the lives of various members as they each unlock the power of love and fortune. Get a one year subscription to The Elements Club story world, plus have a character in a segment 3, Lord of Vivid Life, named after you.

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  • $500USD
    AUTHOR: Service + Graphics

    AUTHOR REWARD: A digital Funding Contributor badge 14 months of Basic level access to the Backend of the platform to create your own story world, and a custom designed story world interface that includes artwork for 41 badges and complete story world interface.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $1,000USD
    AUTHOR: Service + Marketing

    AUTHOR REWARD: A digital Funding Contributor badge 14 months of Basic level access to the Backend of the platform to create your own story world, a custom designed story world interface that includes artwork for 41 badges and complete story world interface, and story world featured in premium placement in national marketing campaign. Note that your story world must be finished before it can be marketed.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $5,500USD
    AUTHOR: Service + Illustration

    AUTHOR REWARD: A digital Funding Contributor badge 14 months of Basic level access to the Backend of the platform to create your own story world, a custom designed story world interface that includes artwork for 41 badges and a complete story world interface, 26 custom illustrations for each chapter heading, and story world featured in premium placement in national marketing campaign. Note that your story world must be finished before it can be marketed.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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