The Joys of Patreon
I have all sorts of exciting plans for this year, one of which is setting up my very own Patreon.
For those who don't know what this is, Patreon is a site where artists of all kinds, from authors to illustrators to bloggers, can set up a page to offer exclusive content to and create a community of patrons. Some people use it and ask patrons to pay on a per creation basis, others ask patrons to sign up for a period of regular donations, anything from $1 up.
It's an old traditional system brought into the 21st century for the internet age.
I've decided to take the plunge because I love to produce content and I would really like to get closer to my readers too. I originally created my Patreon account some time ago, but I have been nervous about jumping in and actually becoming a creator. It's a bit daunting!
Since I am in the setting up stage at the moment, I thought I would share my experiences as I go along in case anyone else is thinking about doing the same thing.
Starting PointFirst thing I learned is that we need the following to even begin to set up a page:
- Profile Picture - time to look our best or come up with a stunning avatar
- Cover image (1600x400px)
- About section - like a book blurb but for us to entice patrons to become part of our community rather than buy our book
- Intro vid - this is optional by highly recommended since apparently vids engage more people -we live in a visual age I guess :).
Watch this space for updates as I plan everything out!
Do any of you already use Patreon? Any advice for a newbie like me? Many thanks.