I started a Patreon! I’ll be publishing a short story a month, each set in the world of whatever series I’m currently working on. There’s already a short story up now, too! It takes place during the events of A Traitor in Skyhold, and gives you an opportunity to see Alustin out on a mission on his own.
And by mission, I mean he’s playing cards, because if there’s one thing that James Bond should have taught us all, gambling is an essential part of espionage.
It took me quite a while to decide about starting a Patreon ⏤ I definitely felt a little weird about the whole idea at first. Given that much more successful authors (N.K. Jemisin, notably) have started them, though, I figured swallowing my pride wasn’t too big of a deal. And, even though I’m actually making a decent (lower middle class) income for the first time in my adult life off my books, my student loans are still pretty crippling ⏤ in the range of 50k. Having a little extra to throw at them every month would definitely lower my stress quite a bit. (Not to mention help me escape debt a little faster.)
And, if Patreons aren’t your thing, no worries ⏤ I do plan to eventually compile most of the short stories into book form!
Eventually. It’ll be a while. I need to give you all some incentive to back my Patreon. And I might keep a few short stories as Patreon exclusives, we’ll see.
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I think it will be best if you list the books on Amazon earlier than the launch day – as long as you have a cover /blurb you are set for this. Book 3 should come on the 20th , but it still doesn’t have an Amazon page – that way you can get some pre-order numbers in , people can mark your books for a review and you should get probably get small boost in popularity from the Amazon algorithms / I’m pretty sure pre-orders factor in the initial sales numbers /. Also this gives you a better chance to get into a new releases section that tracks incoming books – if you are popular enough to get on to it you will get a boost in the numbers :-).
I planned on it this time around, but… well, there were interfering circumstances, to say the least.
Happy to help! Have to do my part to make sure that you keep writing/publishing books ;)