So, last August I said I couldn’t put out any Jesse stories (or any other GQ books) because the book wouldn’t pay for itself. And that is definitely still true. But frankly nothing I do is likely to pay for itself. I just don’t manage to write mainstream stories, even when that’s exactly what I set out to do.
But I’ve recently been working on Jesse anyway, and I want to eventually tell all of Henry & Martin’s life together. At this point it’s very unlikely that there will suddenly be a huge swell of new readers/fans of the series putting money into my coffers. It’s a niche series for a select few :D So how do I put the books out for those few?
I don’t think I’ll have access to the same cover artist, which is a disappointment for me, but I don’t know that readers care anywhere near as much as I do. Going forward without her, putting out books through traditional means would have different costs for me, but I really don’t know if they’d be higher or lower. Regardless, a book with good cover art will cost more than I’ll make, so it’s a bad option for me no matter how I look at it.
I actually signed up for Patreon a very long time ago, but at that point they wanted people to put up videos introducing themselves and I am just not doing that, at least not yet. I’m shy. I’m a writer, for chrissake, not a freaking thespian. I do have gorgeous hair though, and maybe it’s wrong to keep it to myself.
Anyway, I understand Patreon is easier for people like me to work with these days. Right now, my thinking is that it would probably be better to charge a per-creation fee for patrons rather than monthly. I really wouldn’t want to turn Patreon into a job that I’m constantly producing content for; I’d rather be writing and having patrons be charged only when I actually put out a GQ story.
How they’d differ from the books you already have: If I offered stories through Patreon, they might be offered without cover art, or with maybe just a fancy title page. I believe I’d be able to offer them in all formats.
So finally, here’s my question:
Thanks for your input. I want to do something that will work for most/all people that isn’t a stupid decision for me.
P.S. If you love the books, but have never gotten around to reviewing them at Amazon or Goodreads, I would be most grateful if you’d say even just “I liked it!” somewhere. Amazon keeps stripping reviews away from me, and I didn’t really have that many to start with!