I guess I just have a couple of questions I wanna ask and I don’t really have any other platform with which to ask them on, so... here goes...
I was thinking of making my Patreon monthly. IE: at the end of the month you get charged however much you pledged, and in return you get art from me. But a couple things about that has me hesitant....
How do you prevent people from pledging money, then just un-pledging after they get to see their rewards? Do I have to wait until everyone’s account is charged at the end of the month before I update with all the art I’ve made over the course of that month? Does Patreon have some way to make the content available but only to people who have been charged already?
I think it’s possible to make it charge per ITEM that I make (ie: per strip or webcomic page). But that also has it’s drawbacks for me. I feel like that way if I got a big kick and produced like 20 works of art, people wouldn’t be very happy about being charged 20 times in a row. I know I certainly wouldn’t be...
From where I sit, as a customer, I would want something where I know when I’m getting charged and when the content will be available. And so far I haven’t been able to get any straight answers about how Patreon works in that respect. It’s really hard for me to plan out rewards for donations and pledges if I don’t know how Patreon itself operates. And I can’t relay those details to you so you know what sort of content I’d be offering, if I can’t work that stuff out in the first place.
A lot of this seems to be stuff I would learn if I just launched a Patreon... but I want to make as few mistakes as possible. I don’t want to overcharge people, and I don’t want to undersell myself. I don’t want to have people paying more for content, or having my art get ripped off by trolls and haters. I don’t want to change prices after people have already paid, just because I learned too late how the pricing structure worked. Etc etc etc...
If you have, or know someone who has, a Patreon, would it be too much to send me a line here and just kinda help me out? I can go more into detail through private notes, comments, or over on twitter/facebook.
PS: I’ve gotten a number of people suggesting that before I launch a Patreon I should get back into making art on a regular schedule so that people know what they’re getting. And while that’s a nice idea... it completely ignores the whole POINT of Patreon. That I don’t have the money or time to post regularly and that’s why I’m trying to setup a Patreon in the first place. My ultimate goal is through funding of Patreon I won’t have to worry about second jobs or freelance work that interfere with my ability to post content regularly and for myself. So while I have heard this particular criticism, I’m afraid I’m going to have to ignore it for now. Sorry.
Listening to: Podquisition
Watching: Avatar: The Legend of Korra
Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
Drinking: Decaf. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.