February 11, 2016 Emily McCracken

Kickstart Your StoryStarter Biography Group Gift

Looking to give someone special in your life the opportunity to write their life story and create their own biography? We can help!

With our crowdfunding platform StoryStarter, you can collaborate with friends and family to share stories, memories and photographs, and pitch in on the funding.  Once the crowdfunding portion is completed, the person receiving the biography as a gift will be sent a Welcome Pack with a compilation of all the shared stories and photos. Find out more information on the next steps in the Story Terrace biography process here.

This step-by-step guide will help you get everything setup on StoryStarter so that you can move on to the fun part of sharing your stories and photographs.

Step 1: Register

From the MyStoryStarter home page, create an account by either registering with your email address, or signing in with Facebook, Twitter or Google. After filling in your relevant account details, you’ll be directed to your new home dashboard.

Step 2: Create Your Campaign

Near the top right corner, click on the “Create Your Campaign” button. On the next page, you’ll be directed to provide us with important details regarding your planned gift Story Book, such as who the book is for, which Story Book package you’ve selected and whether the book will be crowdfunded or self-funded. You also can decide to keep the campaign private, meaning only people you invite can access the campaign, or make it public.

It’s important to thoroughly consider the date you set for your deadline. If you’d like your Welcome Package (which compiles the stories and photographs collected through StoryStarter) to be ready for a special occasion, then set the deadline at least 3 weeks before then. If you would like the finished Story Book (which will include the interview process with the StoryTeller and our ghostwriter, to produce the final book) to be ready for a special occasion, set the deadline to at least 3 months beforehand.

Step 3: Invite Contributors

Next, you’ll be able to begin the collaboration process by inviting your friends and family to share stories and photographs, and help to fund the project. Send out invites via Facebook and email to let everyone know about your group StoryBook gift. Or, if your campaign is public and you would like to share with everyone, simply send the link to your contacts and over social media.

StoryStarter Dashboard Screenshot

Step 4: Request Stories and Photos

Post a call-to-action directly onto your StoryStarter campaign home page to get everyone excited to contribute stories, photographs and memories.  

Step 5: Inspire to Incentivise Funding

Encourage contributors to donate towards your Story Book campaign by offering rewards for contributing, such as with special acknowledgements and perks.