As regular readers will know, I suffered a heart attack (my second) late last year. I’m recovering fairly well from it, but with one ongoing problem. The extra medication I’ve been prescribed in the short term (added to the other pills I take for other, long-term problems) is messing with my creative mind. I’m finding it very hard to produce fiction of a quality acceptable to me (let alone my readers). I hope that’ll solve itself after mid-year, when I stop taking the problem medication, but until then it’s a pain in the proverbial.
I need the income I derive from my books to keep body and soul together. (I’ve avoided monetizing this blog, for example; there are no advertisements, and I don’t have a “tip jar” icon in the sidebar.) However, if I’m not writing books, I can’t earn income from them. It’s going to be a good four or five months before I’m in a position to publish one, I think. You see my problem.
I’m trying to think of ways to get “over the hump” financially, so to speak. One that I’m considering would be to mount a fundraiser, asking loyal readers to “buy ahead” and give me money up front for a certain number of books. A small donation would entitle the donor to a free copy of the next book; a larger one to the next two or three books; and an even larger one to paper, as well as electronic, copies of the books. I could also include some “stretch goals”, where a sizable donation would entitle the giver to have their name (or names) used as the hero and/or villain in a future book.
What do you think, readers? Would this interest you? If so (or even if not), please let me know in Comments, so I can judge whether or not this is a good idea.
I can also put a “tip jar” button in the sidebar, of course. I’m a little reluctant to do that, but times are tight. I don’t want to ask for outright gifts: that would be wrong, I think. However, minor donations at the whim of a reader, in return for the information and entertainment offered by this blog, won’t offend my sense of ethics, because I won’t be asking for “something for nothing”. What do you think of the idea? Again, please let me know in Comments.
Thanks for your input.