Recently someone asked me about Patreon. I was aware that something called that existed, because I had been asked to create audio content specifically to use with on the Service. I turned to my Friend Lise Quintana at Zoetic Press and The Literary Whip to give her impression of the subscription and monetization service for Artists.
Here’s my experience: I started using it nearly two years ago, and it’s only just starting to take off. There are a few important things for Patreon – you have to have regular deliveries of something (a podcast, a book, art, etc.) and you have to have something to give JUST your Patreon donors. We have podcast segments for just the Patreon folks, and we also have Patreon-only chapbooks. You also have to be good at communicating with your Patreon group, let them know that you appreciate them and their contribution on a regular basis. It’s essentially another social media platform reaching just those folks who want to support you.
We’ve also had a lot of churn of subscribers. There are lots of folks who will pledge for a single month to get whatever the perk is, so make sure that your perks won’t cost you more than you’re getting. And DON’T send out perks when Patreon notifies you that you have a new donor – they send that email out when the person signs up, but they only collect pledges once a month. Wait until you get the notification that pledges have been collected to send out your perks.
That’s really all I can think of at the moment, but if you have any specific questions, I’d be happy to answer them.
So there you go. Patreon is a service that allows you ask people to support your work by becoming a patron of the arts. For more information on how it works for writers visit one stop fiction. There are programs for musicians and podcasters and all kinds of artists at Patreon.com
If you decide to give it a try, drop back in to sanitycruz.com contact us and tell us what you think.