The past few weeks I’ve teased readers with excerpts from an upcoming novella, Lúnasa Days. (Here, here and here if you’re hankering.) The novella concerns a semi-fictional young man, his bike, and his unusual career of casting spells. Corn dies, wives stray and farmers load their shotguns.
I reached out to my readers with an appeal for patronage: help me fund the creation of this novella, and receive special credit in the book and a variety of benefits.
Quite a few of you answered the call.
I set goal of raising $200 in two weeks. This amount will allow me to take work days away from writing ad copy. I’m pleased and grateful to announce that this goal was met and exceeded. Patronage for Lúnasa Days came in with a total of $270.
This is a joyful experience for a writer. It means more to me than any book sale ever can, because it represents a powerful commitment from readers. By becoming patrons of this novella you’ve said you’re willing to invest to make sure it becomes a reality.
Thank you. I don’t know how else to say it, so just: thank you, so much. I expect a draft of the novella to be completed in November and will announce a release date from there.
I also want to invite everyone’s feedback. How do you feel about the patronage request?
- If you gave, what made you decide to give?
- If you didn’t give, was there something that put you off? Does the whole idea put you off?
- Were the levels priced right? Almost all the support came at the $20 level (which makes sense). If it was $20/30/50 instead of $20/50/75, would higher levels be more appealing?
- I offered a variety of perks at different levels. They included name recognition, an advance copy, a signed copy, an invitation to creative involvement, and a special art book version of a short story. Did any of these really grab you? Did any seem “meh”?
Patronage allows a writer to secure seed money for work they would otherwise do on faith alone. The world of self-publishing is risky, and this takes some risk out of it. I’d like to refine the process to make it deliver the most value for you, making it mutually beneficial. So please, comment and share your feelings.
(If you weren’t able to give before and feel like you missed out on the special perks, I’m still accepting patronage at the $20 and $50 levels. Click here to check out the benefits and sign up. The $75 level is no longer available.)