I’m continuing to meet my daily goal on Halls of Power, but only just, as the middle portions are being difficult. I want to get out all the information, but not while ignoring the main characters of the story, which makes this very difficult to parse in my head. It’s still progressing, but getting from point A to Z is going to take some work.
So, another person suggested that I start a Patreon. I’ve been somewhat resistant to the idea thus far, but another part of me wonders if it might not be a good idea. It’s an odd thing that’s been bouncing around my head since yesterday, and I’m currently undecided.
If I do put up a Patreon, I want to give patrons something unique, because I refuse to just put up essentially a fundraiser for me. Right now, I’m just thinking of a few possible reward ideas.
- At the most basic level, monthly pictures of my cat being a dork/cute feline furball. He probably wouldn’t be amused. I’d also write some more detailed updates weekly about random ideas that went through my head in an RSS feed of sorts.
- A bit higher up the list, access to first drafts of stories/books, essentially the chance to be Alpha Readers. This almost makes me cringe in some ways, because this would be before I did the first full editing pass. I also may give access to some of my background material and the like.
- This part is very much an uncertain thing. I’m thinking about maybe doing the occasional Skype call with patrons of a certain level (I’d limit the numbers) and/or allowing them to possibly name/create a character for an upcoming story. I wouldn’t give any guarantees on the character’s fate, and all things would be subject to approval, but it’s an idea.
All of that being said, I’m not sure I want to do it. Part of me likes the idea. The private part of me wants to hide under the blankets like my cat. Still, I’m currently leaning toward setting one up, and wanted to be honest.