Update: D'oh! I can only have one poll up at once!? Well, I'll bring the coolest weird species one back once I've got a good enough sense from the patron fee one. Sorry about that.
This evening, MeiLin completed the process allowing me to post material to the site that is only available to paying customers.
I am going to confess, I am scared shitless. Part of me is sure you're all going to stomp away in indignation, thinking how dare I have the insolence to charge for my writing, and then I'll have no readers. I know this is irrational. These kinds of irrationalities are an occupational hazard for writers. It's why we've been letting dead-tree publishers screw us for decades if not centuries.
But my theory is that I pretty much have to do this, or some other monetization strategy, else I can't make a go of weblit. (The other one I am considering is micro-payments.) There is no one making a decent living on the donation/advertising model, even despite great popularity--not Alexandra, not MeiLin, not MCM--no one (that I know of; you may correct me if I'm wrong). I have a theory about this upon which I am going to expound at length in a post at weblit.us sometime soon. I might crosspost it here. It's really mostly of interest to weblit writers, and it's about us and money.
Anyway, I've put up a poll (so sorry, there's two) asking what you think is a fair price for a monthly patron fee. What, you understandably ask, will you get for that?
Well, I've already moved the chat page onto the premium content page; as I mentioned before, character chats are going to be accessible to patrons only.
I am ready to start posting a story, told from the point of view of a temporary sea-captain, that mostly fills in the gap re how Chevenga gets from Arko to Haiu Menshir.
Oh and there's that three-way scene with Niku and Kallijas teaming up, against all odds, to comfort Chevenga after he's done "the Arkan thing" to Abatzas.
And the duel from Kallijas's point of view.
And any number of other related narratives.
Livewriting events will be either for patrons only, or patrons get in for free while others have to pay a one-shot.
My plan is to do one premium content addition per month--either another story, a Wave RP, a character chat... or something in some form I haven't even thought of yet.
When I start selling things like PDF downloads, POD books, audiobooks, ebooks and gear, patrons will get discounts.
Patrons will get preferential treatment when I'm considering reader ideas and input, of course.
And if you really go out of your way to help out in some fashion, I'll let you off paying some amount.
And of course patrons will be recognized on the darya semanakraseyeni page (ds), if they wish, your source for serious gobs of glory.
So my question on the poll is -- what's it worth to ya? What do you think is a fair price for patron status per month?
Please elaborate on your votes with comments.