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Patreon

A number of author friends are doing Patreon, and I wanted to find out if it was a good idea for me to. How it works is this: Patreon subscribers pledge a small amount per month, as little as $1, to subscribe to my Patreon website. They have exclusive access to new stories, sketches and chapters from works in progress each month -- it's kind of like subscribing to my own mini magazine -- each month you get new stories and I get a small subscription. I'm considering doing this with Numinous World, Order of the Air, and other original work of mine. (Not Stargate, sadly, as I do not own the copyright.) This would include ancient world stories set in the Numinous World, further adventures of Elza, upcoming bits from the Order of the Air, and some of my newer original work which is waiting for a publisher. So I put it to you: if I did Patreon, would you be interested and what would you consider a reasonable amount that you would spend per month? Also, different subscribers can pay at different levels. For example, a patron who pays $1 might just get the online story each month, while someone who gave much more would get an autographed copy of each of my original novels as it comes out. What do you guys think?

Would you subscribe to my Patreon if I had one?

Yes
15(88.2%)
No
1(5.9%)
I'm not sure
1(5.9%)

If you would subscribe to my Patreon, what would you consider a reasonable subscription?

$1 per month for a 500 word sketch
1(6.2%)
$2 per month for a 1,000 word sketch or short story
7(43.8%)
$5 per month for a complete short story or long section of more than 1,000 words
5(31.2%)
$10 per month for all of the above and a custom sketch for you annually
1(6.2%)
$20 or more per month for all of the above plus signed copies of each forthcoming novel
2(12.5%)

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squishydish
Aug. 9th, 2016 03:12 am (UTC)
I think all of those levels are reasonable. I just clicked on the one that I personally felt comfortable about committing to, for now.
jo_graham
Aug. 9th, 2016 05:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you -- that's very helpful!
m_nivalis
Aug. 9th, 2016 07:50 pm (UTC)
Seconds squishydish!
jo_graham
Aug. 10th, 2016 02:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
melita66
Aug. 10th, 2016 11:25 am (UTC)
I support several Patreon people. I quite enjoy the perks (if there are any) and the knowledge that I'm helping creators whose work I enjoy.

I'm relatively well-off and from an economic standpoint I should probably be donating the equivalent amount money to registered charities instead, but I prefer to donate more...personally, if that makes sense.
jo_graham
Aug. 10th, 2016 02:40 pm (UTC)
I think donating personally, especially in arts giving, makes a lot of sense. Having spent many years working in nonprofits, the further the donor from the recipient, the less actual money reaches the recipient. Giving to a community foundation that in turn gives money to arts agencies which in turn gives money to artists means that actually less than a quarter of the original gift reaches the artist. The rest pays for the layers of overhead. Giving as directly as possible makes the most impact. (And this is true in other giving besides arts. I currently do some work for a small community organization that works with the homeless and the food insecure, and most of the money actually reaches the recipients, unlike when I worked for a big national organization.)
selki
Aug. 10th, 2016 12:53 pm (UTC)
My resistance is mainly to the idea of getting yet another account, but I do appreciate how Patreon is not tied to a specific project like Kickstarter, so better for writers, and I will probably get a Patreon account at some point.
jo_graham
Aug. 10th, 2016 02:41 pm (UTC)
I've hesitated to start a Patreon, but I think what I like best is just that -- unlike Kickstarter, it's not about a particular project but about the ongoing work.
aishabintjamil
Aug. 15th, 2016 05:19 pm (UTC)
I've been off-line for a while, and I see you've already decided to go ahead, but I thought I'd add my input anyway. I look forward to adding you to the list of people I'm supporting.
jo_graham
Aug. 18th, 2016 08:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I appreciate it!
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