Patreon is a site that helps connect creators with the people who love their stuff. By becoming a patron, you’ll be supporting ALL my creative endeavors by way of a monthly pledge.
Godsend. As a writer, my income fluctuates wildly depending on digital and print books sales, fickle algorithms, occasional royalty checks, and all-important book releases. So I never really know how much money will be coming in. Which makes Patreon something of a godsend. I’m not sure I can adequately express how grateful I am for this source of steady, reliable income.
Practical stuff. Although I joke about spending all my money on books (especially manga), I’m quietly running a business from home. Website ownership, online tools, monthly subscriptions—those fees add up. I work with (and pay) graphic designers, editors, and illustrators. I also have to juggle book inventories and shipping materials/costs. And from time to time, I need to chip in on household expenses (rent, utilities, etc.) in order to make ends meet. Such is life.
Incentives. This is the fun part. As a way to thank my patrons, I’ve come up with a variety of small gestures and exclusive content. For instance, there’s a Patreon-only story that updates (at least) once a month. Bard & Barbarian is an original adventure about the two characters I play in a DnD campaign. Additionally, I’ve set up a community goal. Once I reach 400 patrons, I’ll begin posting a subscription story (available to those pledging $4/month or more). “Loosely based on the old Amaranthine tale, ‘The Wolf and the Moon Maiden,’ this serial will involve three sisters, twelve pledges, and the long-awaited stirring of a sleeping landmark.“ (Yes, I’m talking about the Miyabe sisters. Yes, you’ll get in on more of Kimiko’s courtship of Eloquence Starmark.) I’m excited for that one. ::twinkle::
NEW! Serialized narration of Bard & Barbarian has begun posting every other Wednesday, courtesy of Travis Baldree, who narrates both the Amaranthine Saga & Songs of the Amaranthine for us.
Tiers. Pick a level that suits your ability to give and/or your preferred incentives. I like sending mail, planning gifts, and running with themes. Snapshots. Sneak peeks. Stories. Snail mail. Signed books. Take your pick!
Quarterly Art Card – LIMITED EDITION! – In June, the Quarterly Art Card will be a print of “Heart of Wardenclave,” featuring Zisa & Waaseyaa from Mikoto and the Reaver Village. Art by Nicko. This will mail out to qualifying patrons in time for Dichotomy Day (the summer solstice). Don’t miss out!
If you’re already a supporter and want to encourage those considering patronage, drop a comment here. Your endorsement would mean a lot. ~forthy