It has been a crazy busy couple of months! In case you have not heard, I have created a Patreon account. "What is this magical thing?" you ask. Well, Patreon is a subscription-based service that allows you to
support your favorite creatives. It was originally picked up by the Youtube community as a way for fans to be patrons of the arts at a reasonable price, and for Creatives to be able to get paid for their content and be able to focus on improving that content. Pretty nifty, right?
Mine is An Angell's Life of Bookish Goodness. It is a conglomeration of all the goodies shared on the blog, my booktube channel, my Bookstagram, and the random bookish goodness I share on Facebook Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads. All my bookish goodness in one location for you to access when you see fit. Also, my kiddos are getting in on the action with summer internships and will be providing more of their own content as well.
I know what you're thinking. "But I can access all of that FOR FREE!" Yes, you can. And you will still be
able to moving forward so long as I have time. But I spend a lot of time and money on this content for you. As an author myself, I realized that I felt guilty getting free books from authors all the time to review. Also, with Amazon's policy changes, my reviews were in danger of being removed if I didn't pay for the books. Yeah, I do the reviews for your readers, but I also do it to support fellow authors. I've been buying books for quite some time now to offset that issue.
As some of you may know, I work from home to take care of my son with high functioning autism. I am on a very limited budget, and work from home is very... ephemeral. We have over $200,000 in medical debts and student loans, and that amount keeps increasing. Some months I make just enough to cover our cost of living, other months we live on ramen. It's tough. When our car died earlier this year, we couldn't get a loan for a new vehicle because my income was too unpredictable. We haven't had cell phones in almost two years, and if my laptop dies tomorrow (A distinct possibility, as it is almost four years old.) then I will not be able to pay for a new one and won't be able to work at all. Unfortunately, my "business" is not one that can get a loan from a bank. Too high risk.
The Patreon community would be a way to provide a little stability to my income levels and would allow me to set up regular payments on all that debt, instead of dodging collectors on the months where we only have enough to cover the bare necessities. Hopefully it will also allow for some upgrades that are needed for us to continue to grow as a business. (And, hey, I know, some of you are in very similar straits. The economy is tough for many of us. If you can't commit to a monthly subscription rate, I would also appreciate a tip in the tip jar of whatever you feel that you can offer.)
I tried to keep the Patreon simply priced. I'm not looking to get rich! The donation levels are between $1 and $6 a month. I also have community goals that will allow me to share even more bookish goodness in the form of monthly book giveaways! When I hit 100 subscribers we will do monthly e-book giveaways. Your donations will allow me to buy from the authors, supporting their efforts as well. When I hit 500 subscribers we will add paperback giveaways to the e-book giveaways. And at 1,000 subscribers I will add a "book crate" to the monthly giveaways. These will be custom-designed by me and will include cool things themed around the book. (Similar to the Harry potter crates offered by Loot Crate.)
If you want to learn more and get a taste of what all this Patreon subscription will offer, please join my Birthday Bash and Bookish Goodness party on Facebook May 31st from 4 pm to 7 pm MST. We have some wonderful authors who've donated copies of their books for giveaways, and we have some other cool special prizes! Now, go share the bookish goodness with all your bookish friends!