Who I am: I am an indie author who writes LGBTQ+ romance with light kinky erotic elements.
What's the prob? The series that sells the most ebooks thus far, Purr Billionaire BDSM Trio, is woefully behind schedule in the audiobook production process.
So what? Many narrators prefer upfront payment (I would, too!) instead of waiting for unforeseeable, unpredictable, possibly dragged-out royalties spread out for X amount of years until they earn their fair sure for their time and expertise. In short, I don't have those funds.
I created a Patreon page in hopes that I can rush the process of high-quality audiobook production to readers eager for the audiobook version. I'm estimating 20 hours of listening pleasure at the production rate of $225 per finished hour. That's a grand total of $225 x 20 = $4,500!
As an indie author, that 4.5K is coming out of my pocket--not some Big 5 publishers' accounts. I created a page at Patreon to invite capital support for audiobook production. Patreon is basically a rolling Kickstarter. You get to set your contribution on auto-pay, set a monthly cap or limit on how much you're willing to pay, and you can cancel at any time.
My target goals:
$100 - allows me to get about a half hour of those 20 hours produced. As a thank you gift to express my extra utmost eternal gratitude, every current patron gets a Free Digital Poster.
$500 - 5 Bens allow me to produce part one of six audiobooks! I'd be expressing a big MUAH thank you by gifting every current patron a Free Audiobook.
$1000 - allows me to hire Two (or More) Narrators - a guy narrator for the main male character and a female narrator for the main female character! I'd be over-the-moon wild over this! Lemme dream. Yeah!
What's in it for me?
For as little as $1 per month, you get rewards for making my dream, my characters' dreams, and my readers/listeners' dreams come true.
Plus some personal touches...
$1 - eternal gratitude and patron-only feeds
$3 - eternal gratitude, patron-only feeds, plus free downloadable content (PDFs, MP3s, etc)! Could be a deleted scene, a sneak preview, a character profile, a snippet audio file of a passage, the sky's the limit. :-)
$5 - Everything above, plus patron-exclusive surprises that inspire me (photos, poems, etc) that I don't want out in the public eye. No, not c*ck or c*nt shots, of course. ;-)
$10 - Everything above, plus interact live with me on a monthly 30-minute webcast/chat. I take questions, talk about writing/Life/BALANCE (whoa!), indie, etc. Um, no -- this is not a place to proposition a happily married mother, thank you very much. Anything else goes! :-) No prob if you can't make it live. You can submit questions prior and also access the recording.
$100 - Everything above, plus a personal thank you email every month (consider this a pen pal thing). No, you don't want me on the phone. I'd be constantly interrupted with wails for diaper changes, etc. No, you don't want handwritten mail, because it'll be displaced by the kiddos before it even gets a stamp and hits the post office. To make up for this, you'll also get to name my characters, contribute a humorous quirk/flaw, etc. and be acknowledged in forthcoming books!
Q: If you're going to make these audiobooks sometime in the future anyway, why should I invest right now?
A: You don't have to invest now. That just means it'll take me a heck of a lot longer (years) to earn that 4.5K in royalty to set aside and invest in audiobook production. If you invest now, I'd like to believe that the increased access and personal attention from me will be worth your investment.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to post in the comments section. :-) JT