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Michael Coorlim
08-23-2014, 03:33 PM
I'm an author and I joined Patreon a while back. I've actually got two different accounts, and I'll be starting a third, because I have three very different sort of projects.

I've got one for my books.

I've got one for a weekly web serial that I run.

I'm going to set one up for the video web series that my production company is producing, but that's not really germane to this thread.

The patreon I've set up to support my authorship (http://www.patreon.com/coorlim) is effectively a way for readers to subscribe to my output. For $3 a title they get an ebook sent to them; for $15 I'll mail out a paperback. They're charged on completion and I send the reward out right away.

I've seen other authors instead allow people to donate by word-count, per 10,000 words (~40 pages). Maybe that's a more efficient way to run it, because so far I've got nothing. I make enough as an author that it's my full time job, so I'm going to assume that this is just a failure on my part to make the Patreon campaign enticing enough.

I probably just don't "get" it.

My other campaign (www.patreon.com/herohistoria), the one for the web serial, offers a similar deal; pay me every time a story arc concludes, and I'll send you the ebook or paperback collection for that arc.

That one definitely needs to be rethought.

Anyone else use Patreon as an author? What have you tried? What success have you seen?

shopmonties
09-28-2014, 06:40 PM
Wow this is good stuff! Thanks for all the great information, I appreciate it!

TutorialCup
11-13-2014, 04:10 AM
very good stuff. Thanks for this new information.

David Morrison
12-23-2014, 02:51 PM
I like the look of Patreon, but want to try a lead in through a KS and then Patreon. I also have to suss out those bleedin tax forms for non US folk.

StepOneStudio
02-06-2015, 06:22 AM
yeah you're right... I am almost depressed that time when no one gave us a single dollar at patreon and that time i really need a money, and it make me blind. After discuss with my assistant, I realized something... We just have to give our best so someone will be believe to give their money to us, now we create as great as we can and make a lot of people enjoy to see our project and gave us fund not in pressure.

for now we doesn't have any patron but we'll never give up to create a great manga :D
if you have a break time, you can check our manga link (http://patreon.com/steponestudio) hope you like it... We're fell free if you give some suggestion

Kickfurther
02-14-2015, 07:27 PM
Hi Michael,

Your pricing seems very fair. Who are you promoting your Patreon campaign to? have you thought about trying to team up with a publisher that could provide you with a larger audience to promote your titles too?

Good Luck!







I'm an author and I joined Patreon a while back. I've actually got two different accounts, and I'll be starting a third, because I have three very different sort of projects.

I've got one for my books.

I've got one for a weekly web serial that I run.

I'm going to set one up for the video web series that my production company is producing, but that's not really germane to this thread.

The patreon I've set up to support my authorship (http://www.patreon.com/coorlim) is effectively a way for readers to subscribe to my output. For $3 a title they get an ebook sent to them; for $15 I'll mail out a paperback. They're charged on completion and I send the reward out right away.

I've seen other authors instead allow people to donate by word-count, per 10,000 words (~40 pages). Maybe that's a more efficient way to run it, because so far I've got nothing. I make enough as an author that it's my full time job, so I'm going to assume that this is just a failure on my part to make the Patreon campaign enticing enough.

I probably just don't "get" it.

My other campaign (www.patreon.com/herohistoria), the one for the web serial, offers a similar deal; pay me every time a story arc concludes, and I'll send you the ebook or paperback collection for that arc.

That one definitely needs to be rethought.

Anyone else use Patreon as an author? What have you tried? What success have you seen?

unity100
01-07-2016, 02:36 PM
Why dont you set up a subscription/monthly format michael.

Delta
01-31-2016, 03:22 AM
I've attempted to use Patreon as a way to make money through my writing, but to no avail. However, I might implement some of your techniques into my own.

unity100
01-31-2016, 08:12 PM
By the way, i released a WordPress plugin to enable people to place patreon buttons on their WP sites easily. It was received well and works rather good. In case you have a WP site, you can try it:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/patron-button-and-widgets-by-codebard/

arslanzaidi
04-08-2016, 06:52 AM
well, i will try Patreon as i am crowdfunding for an ebook related project at Indiegogo.

https://igg.me/at/kitaabapp

Anthony Christou
05-04-2016, 02:48 AM
Our Patreon is for artworks and a comic book so our experience is probably a bit different but part of it might be time frame. As I understand it most people on Patreon expect bite size amounts frequently unlike people on Kickstarter who expect large meals with long gaps.
I expect it takes a while to complete a full book and this might deter some people when they don't know how long they will have to wait.
Maybe you could offer smaller amounts more regularly? Such as chapters?

E.B. Durran
06-19-2016, 04:00 PM
I am new to Patreon myself as an author, and just installed that WordPress plugin -- it's nice as it will put a Patreon button at the end of each post with a little blurb similar to: "Like it, donate..." Was easy to set up too

unity100
06-19-2016, 08:51 PM
I am new to Patreon myself as an author, and just installed that WordPress plugin -- it's nice as it will put a Patreon button at the end of each post with a little blurb similar to: "Like it, donate..." Was easy to set up too

nice to hear.

im using it myself on a number of my sites.