So I've been exploring other options. The option that's appealing to me most right now is Patreon. It's a crowdfunding site, but unlike Kickstarter (which I love for crowdfunding boardgames--I'm a Cool Mini or Not addict and they launch some great games through Kickstarter, for example) it's not about matching funds or anything like that. It's really just a very easy easy way for readers to buy access to original content when they want to, how they want to. A lot of really well-respected authors are using this as a way to have a more direct path for their stories to reach their readers, cutting out the middle man or proprietary software.
I think I'd like to offer monthly short stories via Patreon. Readers can opt in for a very small donation (a dollar a story maybe?) and by opting in, you'll have a chance to help decide which stories are told--I can give participants a chance to vote which characters we'll see new stories for or if there's any themes you'd like to see more of.
If readers don't want to participate, there's still a chance the short stories could be collected in a print edition down the line, too--I think this method would allow me to write and publish even more stories faster, and since a lot of folks have been asking if Gifted or Soloist will ever be in a collected edition, I think this would make it possible for that short story collection to be put together sooner rather than later as I'd be able to crank out more content in a shorter time frame.
What do you think? Would you be interested in a new story from the Indestructibles universe every month? Do you subscribe to another author's Patreon or other publishing option you think I should look into? Let me know in the comments below. I'm honestly just hunting for the best way to get these stories out to readers in a way that's better for everyone, so I'm curious what you have to say.