On Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:55:47 -0400, "Sea Wasp (Ryk E. Spoor)"
Post by Sea Wasp (Ryk E. Spoor) Post by Greg Goss Post by Lynn McGuire
Heh. A lot. My day job's in the range of 75k, and of course going solo I'd have to be paying some of the stuff my employer does,
so probably something over 8k/month. I don't know if ANYONE gets that much on Patreon, let alone a not-terribly-well-known author
Obviously, if I got into four figures at all it would start making a significant difference, but to be able to just quit my job
goes into the ridiculous territory. A nice dream, like winning the lottery, but that's all it is.
Start writing PA books and publish them yourself ?
He tried a self-publish last year. It didn't go well
I wouldn't say THAT (also, it was three years ago). I did a
Kickstarter, made my first Stretch Goal, successfully met all my
promised rewards (well, my newsletter's erratic, but I suspect that was
the least-interesting of the rewards), and it still gives me small
checks now and then. And _Polychrome_ was a niche book in a niche field.
Yeah, I was going to say something, but I don't have any sales figures
or anything. If you want to see an example of "it didn't go well," I
could point you at some failed kickstarters, or self-published books
with Amazon ranks in eight digits.
(One Kickstarter I backed only got $271 pledged of a $3,000 goal.
Funny thing is, the guy published anyway, and book's Amazon rank is
now pretty respectable. Not great, but respectable.)
When I was putting together my own Kickstarters, I stumbled across one
poor schmuck who had NO pledges whatsoever -- not even his best
friends backed him. (I can't find it now to prove it, alas!) THAT
didn't go well.
(When I went looking for it just now I did find one that somehow met
its $9,000 goal with just 23 backers; pretty sure someone cheated on
that, and got a friend or relative to kick in most of it. The
description is ghastly. And there are lots with pitifully few
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