Post Reply How to use Patreon effectively?
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I'm using it for writing.

I intend on publishing most things through a publishing house, but I want to use the Patreon for shorts and lore. Basically, for now, I want to get people on Patreon to enjoy the little stories I provide and familiarize them with my work, but later I want to use the Patreon to enrich the experience for my fie-hard fans.

But, I don't even know where to start.
Posting things people will like without publishing my work in progress is going to be tough.
Marketing is tough. I mean, I know I can post it on Facebook, but I will not because I have very few people on my friends list, and I don't want half of those people on my Patreon account.

I hate sending links to friends, because it's too much like begging for money. I don't want them to feel guilty because they don't want to support. I mean, they don't have to like my shit just because they like my personality.

Any kind of pointers would be absolutely fantastic. Right now I feel like I'm submerged in internet anonymity and can never swim to the surface.
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I am going to assume that you don't have any deals with publishing companies yet.

The first step I'd recommend is to self publish some short stories for free to start to build your fanbase. There are various sites for you to choose from and I'd suggest posting on several for maximum coverage.

Once you know that your stories are being treated favourably, you could publish some free stories on ebook sites like Amazon. Technically you could start with this step but bad ratings here could affect sales of future works. The short story websites are generally more forgiving of new authors.

Next, start to publish works through Patreon, while still releasing some stories on the free websites. Link your Patreon account from your profile on the free websites and explain that some content is exclusive to Patreon. The free stories maintain your profile while also directing new readers to Patreon.

If the free ebook releases are proving popular start to release some at a low price and you should start to get a steady income. The free ebooks will continue to draw in fans who will hopefully then buy your paid works.

Building a fanbase will also help you find a traditional publisher. You might get very lucky and an employee from a publishing house may spot your work on a free website or, more likely, if you build up a good following you can show the publisher that you are a safer bet to invest in than a completely unknown author.
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