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message 1: by Liam (new)

Liam Doyle (tragicsans) | 10 comments So it seems Patreon is kind of a difficult medium for an author to use for support (unlike, say, podcasters and vlogers, etc). But I'm curious...
what are some of your favorite author's Patreon links?
Also, are there other sites and services like Patreon that are better suited to creators of written fiction?

message 2: by Kat (new)

Kat | 31 comments I support J.V. Jones, because I need her to finish Endlords at some point.

This is her patron:

message 3: by Mark (new)

Mark (mmtz) | 1027 comments I support three authors on Patreon. All three use Patreon for the same purpose, building a monthly income stream, but with very different approaches.

Kameron Hurley writes a short story each month and usually meets her goal. She does much more at higher tiers of support, like podcasts, videos and chapbooks.

Nancy Collins posts chapters from a new Sonja Blue novel in the works, and messages about her work, life, and family.

Harry Connolly posts occasional messages about his work and observations about the creative process.

I also support Sword & Laser, Tom's Daily Tech News Show and Cordkillers podcasts, and Geek History Lesson podcasts. I've pledged support simply because I like their work and can afford modest monthly payments. One reason why it's affordable is that I cut the cord a few years ago, getting rid of my Dish TV subscription.

message 4: by Leesa (new)

Leesa (leesalogic) | 528 comments Thanks for posting about Harry Connolly. I love his work and am happy to support him.

message 5: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca (Raitalle) | 31 comments Rivers Solomon, who wrote previous S&L pick An Unkindness of Ghosts has a Patreon:

They post just occasional updates and short fiction, and they also offer some editing services a the higher contribution level. It's not super regular or anything, but you can get access for as little as $1 a month.

message 6: by Dan (new)

Dan | 7 comments For a fiction-focused version of Patreon, check out Curious Fictions.

It's got a ton of free-to-read stories, and funds go to authors when subscribers Like the story.

They've also been rolling out more Patreon-like features, allowing readers to follow or subscribe to specific authors and potentially get access to locked content.

Curious Fictions is genre agnostic, but it's got a healthy amount of Swords and Lasers, and the founder is a speculative fiction writer.

Totally worth checking out!

message 7: by Rik (new)

Rik | 777 comments I struggle with the concept of Patreons.

I buy the authors books, shouldn't that be enough?

Then I recall some 25 years ago in creative writing class my teacher telling me that only about 25-30 authors nationwide get rich on just their writing.

Which leads me back to Drew Hayes who've I've seen promoting his Patreon on facebook. His Superpowered books are perhaps my favorite series ever (still too fresh in my mind to give me proper perspective) but I still wonder "Didn't I do enough by buying his books, albeit via audible credits?"

On the other hand I realize that as much as I love Hayes he isn't well known yet and probably isn't getting rich off his books and I dearly want him to write more.

message 8: by Rick (new)

Rick | 2193 comments "I buy the authors books, shouldn't that be enough?"

For some people it is. Others want to support an author and feel part of an inner circle (usually writers do something special for Patreon contributors like a short story etc). A Patreon helps a writer who's not earning a ton have a source of relatively dependable, regular income. Think of it like this - if someone makes $1200 from a Patreon, that's rent and perhaps more. $200? Car payment or food.

Now, if someone like Scalzi did one, I'd look askance. The man is a millionaire. But the average fiction related income for authors is around $6000/year. They almost always have to work a regular job unless they have a spouse who supports them.

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