Why I Created a Patreon Page

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Patreon, for those who don't know, is a site where creative people can set up a page so that fans can purchase a subscription in order to get certain levels of content. It is used by writers, artists, musicians, podcasters, youtubers and many more. It allows everyone to be a patron of the arts on a small scale and can make the world of difference to the creator.

I've had a page for a long time, but never really knew what I wanted to do with it. After all, what people receive for their subscription has to be worth it. Over the past few years on Instagram, I've put up short readings of my work for my followers, but those are limited to one minute on your main page, which really isn't very long when it comes to reading a passage of text. Try it. It's nothing. Given how popular audio has become recently, it dawned on me that I could use Patreon to give people author readings of my own books, which would be a lot cheaper for them, and would make it a viable option for me, as professionally narrated audiobooks are extremely expensive to produce. It would also give me some income in return, if anyone subscribed.

I know it's a long haul when it comes to Patreon. No one, unless they have thousands of followers already, smashes it immediately, and in order to get people to subscribe, I'm going to have to keep on talking about it on social media, which is not a comfortable feeling, but I won't get anywhere with it if I don't keep going.

I'm posting new content at least three times a week. If you'd like to subscribe (for as little as $1 per month), you can find my page here.


March 2019