This month's co-hosts are Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!
December rolls around and everyone scrambles to finish up goals they set at the beginning of the year. For me, it's go look at my goals because I have forgotten what I set and be somewhat surprised at how I did. Then I get nervous about next year.
My author journey has been a roller coaster. There's been huge gaps between books, I'm not sure if I have any fans, and blog subscribers haven't really changed. It's not from the lack of trying. I am, trust me.
It makes me wonder if my lot in life is to never really truly succeed the way I've seen others. I'll always be obscure and never really gain any traction. A handful of book sales every month, but nothing that would amount to paying even one bill. Depressing to think about, but I can at least say hubby and I are able to survive comfortably, so it's not like our lives hinge on my success. Still, it'd be nice to have this work and say my writing pays the phone bill every month. And I know success doesn't have to be measured by money. It's just a goal I'd like to check off.
Maybe next year. That's something people always say. Maybe next time you'll hit it.
Well, next year is almost here.
A chat at #writestuff reminded me about Patreon recently. I got my name saved, but the reason I held off was because I wasn't able to be consistent. Because of the day job. I don't have that anymore though. I realized now was my chance to figure it out and build a buffer of writing to offer as rewards. Maybe THIS is my maybe next year moment that leads to something big.
With all that said, I might as well take advantage of extra traffic from IWSG. Do any of you have a Patreon? What advice would you give a newbie? What sort of rewards do you give? If you support an author on Patreon. What about them made you support them? What rewards do you like to see from authors? Let me know in the comments.