Patreon: Because November Isn't Busy Enough

Submitted by C B Wright on
Things I did yesterday:

Why would I even think of doing this in November, you ask? Because when I make poor decisions, I make them enthusiastically.

I've actually been planning a Patreon campaign for quite some time, but there have always been things that got in the way. First, there was a lot about Patreon I really didn't understand, and I wasn't sure if the ideas I had fit in the way Patreon worked. I had to ask a lot of questions and make myself a royal pest to people who already had Patreons going1 before I could decide "OK, this is what I'm going to do."

Then after I decided what I was going to do, I had to do it, which took work. Getting this work done was compounded by, um, other publishing difficulties, which I'm pretty sure you're all well aware of.

Which, incidentally, was actually the worst part of all this--trying to justify going forward with this while I was having all these problems getting the things I want people to support out the door. For many, many months my stance was "no, I can't possibly ask people to support something I'm having trouble putting out the door on schedule." But then I'd always follow up with "I'm not going to be able to support the schedule if my day job can grab me by throat and demand all my time (which it doesn't always, but it can, and has in the past.)

At the end of all that, it came down to "you want to do this thing, there will never be a convenient time, there will always be reasons not to, go charge the windmill."

  • 1. If any of you are reading this, I would like to say both "thank you" and "I'm very, very sorry."

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Fixed its, thanks.

Fixed its, thanks.

The asterisk wasn't intended to be a footnote, rather more like when people talk about putting an asterisk next to someone's sports scores in a recordbook because its legitimacy is controversial and has been called into question.

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Writer, former musician, occasional cartoonist, and noted authority on his own opinions.

Somebody's doing $2 a month?

Somebody's doing $2 a month? (1*2+2+2.50*4=14)

BTW, I think you hit the sweet spot, at least for me; I wouldn't have a pdf it you paid me, and would have balked at $3 for epub/mobi.

$3.50, I think? Three at $1

$3.50, I think? Three at $1 each, ($3), Three at $2.50 each, ($7.50) is $10.50, so $3.50 to make up the entire 14.

I know a PDF isn't a particularly exciting reward :) but considering that most Patreon campaigns I've seen reward the $1 donations with a "thank you" it seemed like it would be all right.

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Writer, former musician, occasional cartoonist, and noted authority on his own opinions.

In terms of pricing, this is

In terms of pricing, this is how I worked it out.
I'm buying Curveball each month, anyways, so pledging $1/mo is a no-brainer. Not fond of PDF, but close enough.
On the other hand, reading Curveball and Mr. Wright's blog got me inspired to try my hand at NaNoWriMo (although alcohol and the taunts of my sister-in-law played a part). That effort got turned into a self-published ebook with another in the works (thank the deities for NaNoWriMo). I figure that's got to be worth a monetary nod, especially since I'm using Mr. Wright as a bit of an indie author instructor. His approach to the handling of the membership goodies is fair and reasonable. So I went with the next level, and that strikes me as a reasonable balance between my desire to support him and my inherent cheapness.
Your mileage may vary.

Can I patreonise you for more

Can I patreonise you for more helpdesk, kernel panic and oldschool?

Also I am designing a 6 wheel offroad multi purpose vehicle (from fire fighting to horse float), its working title is Thunderbird 2. I'll trade you a seat on it in place of that musty old school bus for more comics ;-P