So now that Book 4 is being edited and I have some breathing room before launch, I've been looking at ways to do more with short Indestructibles stories, like Gifted and the Soloist. To be completely honest, I'm not wild about the Amazon short story option--it works, but I've had a lot of print readers complain that it's only available through Amazon and also I don't really like asking people to download an app to read the stories if they don't want to.
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.
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Matthew Phillion is the writer of "The Indestructibles," part-time actor, occasional filmmaker. Currently on the lam in Salem with his trusty dog, Watson.