I've started using my Patreon as a blog, but I also love this one so I will be posting here once in a while as well. If you like my posts, I'll be doing a lot more over there this year (see below)!
2018 was a year full of accomplishments as well as disappointments, but it was also a year about learning and reflection. After a lot of thought, I've made some changes on the Patreon to make it easier for everyone to be involved! After all, I want this to turn into a community of readers, writers, bloggers, and friends, so why not make it more accessible?
That means I've tweaked all the tiers so a dollar gets you most perks now!
I really think that employing a "pay-what-you-want" feature would help us grow this community, so if I've enticed you by the end of the post, check us out!
Here are some other changes I've made to the Patreon, but if you're only interested in my "public" writing goals, keep scrolling!
I'm going to be posting once every other month or maybe even once every three months. This will allow me to focus on making actual writing from each prompt (e.g. a short story/serial/choose your own adventure story).
Serials & Short Stories:
As a result of the new prompt change, every other month (or three, depending on how it works out) there will be a new story, serial, or a continuation of an already in-progress serial (Flame to Moth, anyone?).
These choices will be available as polls where you all can vote which project I work on next!
Polls will now be posted once a week!
Nikki Raedio & NikkiTV:
I will also be putting out either one podcast or one video a month that you guys decide! I'm also planning on some content that you don't have to be a Patron to listen to/view (see below under "Free Content").
As of right now, there is only one of you who receives physical swag from me each month (hi, Melanie!). I'm trying to figure out a way to get stuff to everyone who pays $5 or more a month, so let me know if you have any ideas! In addition to that, I will be hand-making a lot of this swag (because I've been practicing a lot more art) as well as creating brand-new, never before seen swag you guys get to vote on!
I want to do exclusive Patreon giveaways once we reach 15 Patrons or more. This would include paperbacks (mine and others!), swag, art, etc. so make sure you share this with anyone you think might like my work!
Let me be honest, I don't really need to brainstorm a whole lot when things are flowing in the noggin. However, I didn't want to get rid of this feature because I love the idea of sourcing things directly from my audience. Once a month, if I have something to brainstorm, I'll post it that way, but if I don't have anything particularly tripping me up, I'm going to instead post more inspiration boards, music, and anything else that gives you an inside look of what I'm currently working on.
That's right! I'm going to be offering some free content once a month for anyone following the Patreon (no payment required!). usually, this will be some type of blog post, but I'm also going to include some other teasers, videos, podcasts, and whatnot. My goal is to gain more Patrons this year, so hopefully this entices the casual reader to commit a little.
Now On To The Writing Updates
*There will most likely be much, much more added to this list as the year goes on, but this is what I'm working on so far...
Chrysalis (and the rest of The Order Series):
There is still no hard release, but I'm hoping to have this baby out by spring at the very latest! I'm *this* close to finishing the rough draft, and after that it'll be a blur of typing, rewriting, and editing.
I do however have the first few chapters pretty much complete, and I'm thinking of releasing them once a month on the Patreon leading up to the release... ;)
Also, there will most likely be 4, maybe even 5 books in this series.
If you've been following me a while, you may know that I attempted an art-poetry project. I wasn't feeling it, so I abandoned it all and just never spoke about it again. However, I am working on something different that I think would make a cool little art book when it's finished. Right now I'm calling it "adorable anxieties". (There's a teaser of the WIP on Patreon).
Vampire Sci-fi Novel:
This is the big boy, baby. Again, if you've been following me a while, you know that I wrote a sweet little sci-fi romance about two years ago. I love that story, but it hasn't gone anywhere. In comes the other vampire series I've been secretly working on that also wasn't going anywhere and bam! We're gonna mash em up and make something new. I can't tell you too much about this project because I'm planning on querying it, but it's a world where there are genetic vampires and then "lab-grown" vampires. ;)
A Patreon-Only Release:
Last but not least, I've been kicking around the idea of releasing a book solely on Patreon. That book is looking like the sequel to Animal, Human. I want to aim for Halloween to get this all in order, but it may end up being sometime near the end of the year so I can make sure I have a ton of bloggers and readers buzzing about it before it's out.
What are some of your goals for the year? I'd love to know so we can motivate each other in the comments!