I was reticent at first to dive into Patreon, but once I started researching the platform, I realized that it's the best idea to come along since Kickstarter, and I'm a big fan of KS.
What is Patreon? It's essentially a tip jar for creative types that does two things:
- It allows you access to extra stuff in our patron-only stream - and I do mean extra stuff, stuff that we can't or won't share elsewhere. Art nudes that Facebook deprioritizes or blocks? Fine by Patreon. Raw .psd files that I have never shared? No problem. Exclusive first looks at chapters from upcoming novels - like the first chapter of "Into Dreams," Book Three in the Gina Harwood series? Not something I'd give away this early to the public, but patrons? Patrons get all KINDS of stuff! All tiers have the chance to win original art once per quarter, and higher tiers get enrolled in the Print-of-the-Quarter club. Plus, you get to feel really good about supporting independent creators.
- It gives creators a monthly stipend of funds that they can count on, instead of the natural ebb-and-flow of sporadic commissions, freelance work, and convention income. Because of this, they can be a little more free to create even more personal content than they could before. It's a net-positive service for everyone involved.
To get started or check out the options available, visit our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/tortoiseharecreations! You'll notice that it has tier levels, much like Kickstarter did, so read through them and decide which one is best for you! Or just start at the $1 tier and you can move up - or end your pledge - at ANY time.
We did our level best to explain everything in roughly 2 minutes with our intro video, but I totally understand if people still have questions. Feel free to comment here, or send us a message at our Facebook Page, or email us at email@example.com. We hope to see you on our Patreon page and at our monthly hangouts!