21. March 2012 · 1 comment · Categories: 2011

Today Brian the plans on launching Hail to the Victors 2012, the next version of his excellent must-have annual preseason guide.  I’ve been a part of it the part four years and plan getting in this edition.  For history fans, Brian always includes plenty of pages on U-M lore including submissions from many of my pals.    He’s asking for funds up front, basically buy the magazine now for $15 and/or give some additional support. – all the details here or read this snippet below. 

Hi. You may be aware that for the past four years I’ve edited a Michigan preview magazine called Hail To The Victors (usually, anyway). It’s 120-some pages of photos, previews, analysis, and history that we’ve been proud of.

Unfortunately, if we’re going to make it to year five we’re going to need some help. Our publisher went under sometime around January. We have access virtually all of the things we need to continue—the writers, photos, publishing expertise—and plan on taking HTTV independent this summer. The main problem: the up-front costs are daunting.

This is where Kickstarter comes in. If you haven’t heard of it, Kickstarter is a crowdfunding site that operates under two simple rules:

  • anything on it must be a defined creative project
  • you either make it and get all the money or don’t and get none of it.

The latter is in place to prevent people from getting half of the money they need to execute a project and finding themselves with a bunch of expectations and not enough capital to meet them.

We have launched a Hail To The Victors kickstarter that can be found here. We are aiming for 20k, which is about 2/3rds of our projected costs and is the level we feel comfortable will not result in massive losses. We have 30 days to raise this money. It is here. Go here.

Join in now !

1 Comment

  1. It’s hard to understand what he is after: Is he asking for charity or an investment? Isn’t he running a for-profit business?

    He asks people to invest money to his business but mentions no return on investment (besides a magazine), no sales projections, etc. Will he just keep all the profits? Is this a loan that pays interest? An equity investment?

    He runs a commercial website with plenty of traffic, meets expenses and payroll for several employees, but can’t put together $20K for a short-term investment?