Hey guys are there any sites were you can grow your fan base and get more patrons. And how do you guys get your audience to pledge to you or become a patreon
There are always sites like Wattpad, Archive of Our Own, and DeviantArt where you can share your writing if you want to make it public to develop a following and let people know that if they want early access to chapters, deleted scenes, or even exclusive stories that they can support you on Patreon. There’s really no ‘one-size-fits-all’ method of gaining patrons though other than keep creating and don’t give up. Growing any sort of following always takes time, and growing a paying following even more so.
I’ve been sharing my posts via FB and IG, and it has been slow going. I have gotten patrons here and there for my writing, and I’ve been much more successful converting a follower to a big ticket item like a coaching certification. So my little efforts have definitely paid off though it took awhile. I put an invitation to my classes and Patreon at the bottom of every post!
Maybe Medium for writers as well?
Thank you I will try some of those
I will try instagram
I’ve had good luck with Tumblr and certain subs on Reddit
Really that’s interesting, how do you post on there?
I do short stories and serialized novel chapters. Gotta be careful about OC on Reddit, the subs aren’t always welcoming to original content, but Tumblr is the Wild West of social media, and pretty much anything by goes.
You do have to be super careful of spam accounts on Tumblr though (unless they’ve cleaned up their site since I used it last). I quit using Tumblr because of all the porn bots that kept spamming me.
Just a heads up that AO3 does not allow you to advertise or even allude to Patreon and doing so is grounds for removal of your account. I tried posting works and noting that they were “requests from Patreon member” and was flagged for it. The most I can do is link to my Tumblr and say something like “if you like my works and want to read more, check out my Tumblr here!” and my pinned tumblr post goes back to my Patreon. But yeah, please be careful with that as any type of monetary nod (things like kofi as well) on AO3 can get your content removed and you banned.
I know. I started to sign up and then saw their rules about self-promotion/advertising. I have heard of people finding some more subtle ways around them though. I didn’t want the hassle of trying to figure out how to make it work so I gave up on that site, but I do know of some that have.
Reddit, YouTube and Twitter seem to be working (even with a small following). For me this seems to be the most effective:
- Provide real value
- Give a call to action
Just found a few more sites I thought I’d mention! Royal Road, Booksio, and Belletristica are a couple more places where writers can share stories. Royal Road and Booksio even have a feature built in to the site for readers to support/donate to writers they like (premium member only feature on Booksio, but not, as far as I can tell, on Royal Road). Belletristica doesn’t have the feature currently, but they plan an update to make it so site members with commercially published books can advertise them on the site for free.
I’ve just joined Royal Road, but haven’t started sharing any of my writing on there yet, but I’ve seen quite a few on there that seem to be doing well in pushing readers to their Patreon accounts. Haven’t joined the other two sites yet, but I’m thinking about it. Wanting to see how things go with RR first.