How to crush it on Kickstarter

Saturday 11:00 Room 1

Presenter: Russell Nohelty, Oriana Leckert, and Monica Leonelle


Kickstarter gives authors the ability to create the careers of their dreams by building community around their work, connecting directly with their readers, and raising much-needed funds. Join USA Today bestselling authors Russell Nohelty and Monica Leonelle, who have helped authors raise over $750,000 in the last year, and Kickstarter’s Director of Publishing & Comics Outreach Oriana Leckert as they take you through the best tips, tricks, and tactics for creating, launching, and promoting a successful crowdfunding campaign so you can crush your next Kickstarter goal

Oriana Leckert

Debbie Burns

Oriana Leckert is the Director of Publishing & Comics Outreach at Kickstarter, where she helps creators bring a marvelous array of literary projects to life. She’s written and edited for Vice, MTV News, Slate, Hyperallergic, Gothamist, Atlas Obscura, and many more. Her first book, Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity (Monacelli, 2015), grew out of a multi-year project chronicling the rise and fall of under-the-radar creative places across New York City.

Follow her at @orianabklyn on Twitter/Instagram.

Russell Nohelty

Debbie Burns

Russell Nohelty is a USA Today bestselling author, publisher, and speaker. He runs Wannabe Press(, a small press that publishes weird books for weird people.Russell is the author of dozens of novels and graphic novelsincludingThe Godsverse Chronicles,The Obsidian SpindleSaga, and Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter.He also edited the Cthulhu is Hard toSpell anthology series.To date, Russell Nohelty has raised over $325,000 on Kickstarter across over twenty projects.He has a very entertaining newsletter, which you can join He lives in Los Angeleswith his wife and dogs.Social Media Links:@russellnohelty on Twitter andFacebook