This is a quick follow-up to my previous post about my analysis and findings regarding Kickstarter-funded multi-author anthologies.
If you have questions, comments, or requests for additional data analysis, please let me know!
Quick Methodology/Scope Summary
Please see my previous post for the full methodology breakdown.
I sampled all successfully funded Kickstarter multi-author anthology projects between 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020. I focused only on speculative or genre fiction anthologies (science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, mystery, magical realism, etc.). This left me with 26 different Kickstarter campaigns to review and analyze.
19.2% (5 of 26) of anthology campaigns were limited to a single genre (i.e., they were explicitly only science fiction, mystery, horror, fantasy, etc. with no combination of genres, like scifi/fantasy, etc.).
Science fiction and fantasy were the genres most commonly combined in anthologies. 34.6% (9 of 26) of anthologies were just science fiction and fantasy, with an additional 15.4% (4 of 26) anthologies were science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
The least commonly combined genres were fantasy & mystery (1 anthology), horror & romance (1 anthology), and science fiction & mystery (1 anthology).
- 69.2% (18 of 26) of anthology campaigns included fantasy as one of their genres.
- 61.5% (16 of 26) of anthology campaigns included science fiction as one of their genres.
- 42.3% (11 of 26) of anthology campaigns included horror as one of their genres.
- 19.2% (5 of 26) of anthology campaigns included mystery as one of their genres.
- 7.7% (2 of 26) of anthology campaigns included romance as one of their genres.
The most common themes and/or keywords of multi-author anthology Kickstarter campaigns included the following (listed from most common to least common):
- “Adventure” -OR- “dark”-OR- “feminist” -OR- “hope” -OR- “love”
- “Apocalypse” -OR- “detective” -OR- “Gothic” -OR- “horror” -OR- “Lovecraft” -OR- “mythical” -OR- “steampunk” -OR- “technology” -OR- “young adult”
7.6% (2 of 26) of anthology campaigns were to fund anthologies in a series: