Balancing the Bankbook
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Authors face many obstacles when building a career from writing. Not the least of these obstacles is money. Some authors work day jobs (or night jobs) and write in their spare time or stolen minutes at dawn or dusk. They bemoan the needed 9-5 that pays the bills, wishing for more time to just write.
Other authors are starving artists, cramming freelance work in between their novels and poetry. They research and write on topics out of their field of knowledge or beyond their interest. All for sake of survival.
And still, others find a harmonious balance between writing and money. Choose freelance work that suits their skills (many authors are skilled graphic artists or phenomenal marketers) or they find even more creative means to finance their skills.There are many creative ways to monetize your writing! #amwriting Click To Tweet
For example, I recently launched a Patreon page. Some of you may be familiar with this, if not I will give you a breakdown. (Free of charge!)
Share Your Work
Patreon gives you a secure platform where you can share your stories, art, music, and videos. It is geared toward creatives and showcases visuals very well. You can choose what to share and with whom as there are options to make posts public or locked for patrons only. This is a great opportunity for authors to share short stories, novel teasers, and book trailers. You’re taking “fan club” to another level!
Build An Audience
The audience you build on Patreon will become invaluable. Not only are they there because they have chosen to PAY to access your work but they will become a passive means of marketing. I’m talking about word of mouth. These are your fans, and fans love to talk to their friends, neighbors, and sometimes anyone who will listen, about what they are reading!
Another fun aspect of Patreon is your ability to offer levels of rewards to your supporters. What you offer is completely up to you and you can visit other pages for ideas. Your supporters will have the option to pledge a dollar amount to you per month or per project. If they chose per project, they can also set monthly limits.
Value Your Work
I’ll be honest. This isn’t my first attempt at Patreon. Just over a year ago I set it up and quickly took it back down because someone hurt my feelings. A woman came on my Facebook page and called me a trashy beggar and told me to get a real job. We ARE authors. This is our WORK. Don’t be afraid to place value on your work.
For a better idea on how all this works, you can visit my Patreon page here. You’ll notice I used lots of visuals as well as a video to make my page attention grabbing. Patreon is just one of many ways artists are monetizing their work.
Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!
Hey, did you catch my latest Youtube video? I shared three of my favorite books that YOU should read! Check it out here.
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