Welcome to the Patreon Party!
My Patreon account is one of my most regular sources of income as a writer, and after two and a half years of running it, I’m really pleased with its system of rewards, milestones and ongoing feedback. I also really like the sense of accountability — the last couple of years have been some of the most productive of my life, at least partly because I know someone (a whole group of someones!) are already invested in the words I am about to write.
Promoting a Patreon (as opposed to other crowd-funding projects) can be a bit of a grind — you don’t want to do it every day or all the time, because everyone (mostly me) will get exhausted by it. So I decided to hold a blog party this week, to celebrate my now-annual tradition of Changing Up The Campaign with new blog content, giveaways, sneak peeks and prizes.
Coming up this week: free books! A peek at my next original story for the Sheep Might Fly Podcast! Art! Postcards! A bonus short story exclusive to my Patreon supporters! Valkyries! Justice League! All this, and more. Drop back to the blog every day to find out what’s happening.
If you have any questions about Patreon, how/why I use it, or anything about my current work, this is the best place to do it! I will update the post with any extra questions that come my way.
WHAT IS PATREON?
Patreon is a crowdfunding site that allows you to support your favourite creators by committing to a regular pledge, either Per Thing, or Per Month. (I use Per Month) You can pick whatever level works for you, starting from $1, and your credit card will be charged at the end of the month.
Most of what I produce for my Patreon supporters is available to anyone – the weekly Sheep Might Fly podcast, for instance, and anything I write on my blog. Other rewards like the ebooks, are made available for non-supporters to purchase (though Patreon supporters always get them first!!) My rewards and milestones also include exclusive and personalised content, depending on which reward level you pick.
WHAT ARE REWARDS AND MILESTONES?
The amount you pledge monthly defines your reward level – and what extra goodies you are entitled to. Rewards are all about YOU.
Milestones are even more exciting – they are based on the total amount that the campaign brings in, and when unlocked, they mean extra goodies for EVERYONE. If you wish you could pledge at a higher amount but can’t afford it, or if you wish you could pledge AT ALL but can’t afford it, the best thing you can do to support me and the campaign is to help signal-boost the Patreon, so we hit those milestones and unlock the extra content.
Make more work for me, please!
WHAT ARE YOUR REWARDS AND MILESTONES?
You can read the updated rewards and milestones on my Patreon page right now – I just changed them this morning! But I’ll be posting later in the day, going into them in more depth.
Comment on this post to go into the running for an ARC of my new short story collection, Bounty, from Fablecroft (in pre-order on Amazon this week).
NEXT UP ON DAY 1: Rewards and Milestones