I have 2 questions:
- Do you know anyone who has a Patreon?
- Do you follow/support anyone with a Patreon?
I’m just curious what people like you and me, bloggers who write and engage for the sake of storytelling, think or know about Patreon.
Definition: Patreon is a subscription content service for creators such as musicians, artists, writers or podcasters (etc). Fans pay a few bucks per month or per project to the creator who pledges to publish fresh content such as music, stories (etc) for them.
Many newspapers and some magazines do this; they release some free content for everyone but certain articles can only be accessed if you subscribe (pay) for that privilege.
I used to read, and write a bit, on Medium.com (an online publishing platform) back in the day. When they started limiting reading content to 3 a month before requiring subscription payment, I retracted. It’s kind of unfortunate because I enjoy numerous writers on Medium, and I like the originality of some of the content. But, pre-covid, I didn’t have two dimes to rub together, so I didn’t stick around. After all, there is so much free content on the web…
I should know. I am a free content creator right here on WordPress.
Here’s the thing:
With the dog walking business out the window during the pandemic (everyone is working from home, it seems, and walking their own pooches) I’ve been expanding my search in income supplementation.
One way to do this is to get paid for publishing something you write.
THAT journey has been a major pain in the ass recently.
I have traveled around the world-freakin’-wide-web querying, entering contests and answering submission calls, on and off, for several years, but mostly in recent months. I made numerous mistakes along the way, but learned a lot as well.
I threw in the towel. Actually, just this past week I gave up (for now).
Obviously I know that the mistakes I made can all be overcome. For instance, rejections are not necessarily a bad thing. It means I’ve accomplished something:
- I’ve written something from beginning to end
- I’ve read the magazine I wanted to submit to and enjoyed the content and learned of new authors
- I’ve followed the guidelines which educates me in terms of etiquette, style and professionalism
- I’ve practiced marketing myself/my work
I have also been fortunate to have received positive feedback on some of the declined work I wrote, which I know is not necessarily the norm. Not all editors ignore you. 🙂
I can appreciate that. None of them rejected my writing itself; quite the opposite. They liked the story or the style or the topic itself. Sometimes they even gave me a helpful tip.
So I thought about what to do. There are literally thousands of publishing places to submit written work to around the internet. I could rewrite/modify/add or subtract to my declined/rejected pieces and resubmit to other places. I could expand the querying, enter more contests, even offer to post elsewhere for free as a guest writer/blogger.
But I didn’t do that. I am not doing that.
Because it’s damn time consuming.
For each new publishing venue, submission call or contest you have a lengthy process to fulfill:
- read the submission guidelines (which are often lengthy and detailed and take time to get through)
- familiarize yourself with the venue or periodical’s content (which means you have to read some of the stories to get an idea whether your piece is suitable or not)
- pay a fee (not always but usually, ranging from a few dollars to to $25 is fairly standard)
In addition to that, you may be required to submit a cover letter, and often a blurb or synopsis of your written masterpiece (which will probably get rejected several times before it gets accepted someplace).
This is all taking time away from actual writing you may still need or want to do. If your time to write is limited already (life/family/work) this is a challenging situation to navigate.
Don’t forget, all this work is costing me money (internet, electricity, coffee…) – I’m spending money, not actually earning anything yet just by trying to get published.
No wonder writers get frustrated.
Which leads me back to Medium and Patreon.
I’m just curious if you know or follow anyone that would be worth checking out. I know of a few myself but they provide content of a different nature, mostly tech-related reviews (apps, how-tos) but I bet there are many storytellers on Patreon as well.
You’re turn to share your thoughts.
See you in the comments.