So, November. How is it almost November?
I recently had a nice email exchange with a long-time reader where he introduced me to Patreon. I had never heard of this service before he clued me in; the nutshell version is a creator of a media project can set up an account, and their readers/fanbase/immediate family can become patrons. Sort of a subscription-based tip jar. I looked it over, checked around to see who else in Webcomicdom or SelfPublishingtopia is using this service, and said: Nope.
Here’s my reason: Patreon might catch on and be exactly what creator-types need to get a reliable source of income, but it also might sputter and fail. Remember Flattr? Same sort of patron-based tip jar service as Patreon, but it’s been out for several years and has never really caught on. The handful of hours it would take for me to read up on Patreon’s history, learn how to use its services, integrate it into my site, and push it on the readership? These would certainly pay off if Patreon attained Kickstarter levels of brand awareness among the community. If not? I’ve thrown those handful of hours away.
(There’s the valid argument that Patreon will only catch on if creators support it and push it as a welcomed form of support. Yes, yes, I get that, and every time Amanda Palmer or someone else with a bajillion followers signs up, this is another reason for me to join. I’m nobody’s tipping point. People may use this service to support me, true, but they aren’t going to join to support me. If the big guys go charging in and carry the crowds with them, I will happily sweep up after them. If not? Goodbye, handful of hours.)
I’m dying from death by a thousand timecuts over here, guys. I’m very, very lucky to have Brown, who is everything from my tech support to my prepress service, but I handle the rest. Comics, writing, product development, order fulfillment… and then I work on the stuff that actually pays the bills. And In my spare time, I paint my house. Guys, I am painting my house to relax.
And it’s NaNoWriMo time again. Oh lord.
There is a very good chance I can get a feasible draft of MAKER SPACE done by the end of November. I’m within word count, and it’s not like I have to do the whole 50,000 words or bust! but I do have some serious edits to do. NaNoWriMo is a great motivational technique, and if I edit and write 50,000 words within 30 days, I’m done.
But the hours, guys? Where am I going to find those hours? It’s not as though I have problems with time management, it’s that I have no more time to manage.