Newsletter subscribers already know I’ve got a handful of big announcements to make in the coming weeks/months. Well, here’s one of them: I’ve officially joined Patreon as a content creator!
What is this Patreon of which you speak?
Excellent question. Patreon is a website where you can financially support your favorite content creators (artists, writers, video producers, musicians, etc.) in exchange for rewards or benefits offered by those content creators.
In other words, if you like my work and want to collaborate, you can pledge as little as $1 on a monthly basis and get in on exclusive content that only my patrons have access to.
This is the good part: Patreon allows me to give back to supporters in a way other platforms don't. Here's a look at some of the benefits* Patreon supporters get to enjoy…
Exclusive snippets and sneak-peeks of works-in-progress.
Polls to help improve both my products and the community itself.
Monthly behind-the-scenes, Q&A sessions, and craft-related posts.
High-resolution artwork downloads (maps, character art, book covers, etc.).
Early access to new book cover reveals, synopses, and sample chapters.
First preference for beta-reading and Advanced Reader Copies of my books.
Other rewards such as giveaways and signed books will become available once we've gained some traction.
*These benefits vary depending on how much you want to support me on a monthly basis. To see my page and browse the full reward tiers, click the link below.
Okay, but why now?
I've been building up toward a Patreon launch for the past few months, primarily because, with the release of The Wasteling Crow coming soon, I want to start taking the business side of my writing more seriously. Patreon gives me the opportunity to earn a bit of income on the side while also giving back to my readers in a more consistent way.
That being said, the last thing I want to do is make anyone feel pressured to join. I realize that not everyone can afford to pledge monthly, and that's perfectly fine. I will always cherish the support you all show me in other ways.
When do we start?
While my Patreon page is fully operational and available for you to pledge today, the official launch isn't until the turn of the month. This gives us some buffer time to get the ball rolling. Monthly rewards will pick up during September*, but there'll be a few early goodies throughout the next week or so to kick things off!
*Even if you join now, you will not be charged your first monthly pledge until September 1st. Multiple payment options exist, including PayPal, and you can change the amount you pledge or cancel it at any time. Your information will always be safe.
Sounds cool. I’m interested!
Fantastic! Let me take a moment to thank those of you who are able to pledge in advance. I never want to take your support for granted, and I will do my best to make Patreon as rewarding an experience for you as possible. Let's take it a step at a time and see where we end up, shall we?