Would you you pay a subscription fee for fiction content delivered weekly, specifically for readers in that tier?
Tumblr was a major source of our income. While Google and other search engines send us minimal visitors every day, Tumblr was helping us to grow at a considerable rate and the sale of BuddyBate buttons has been generating a steady income allowing us to pay for the site and keep things going.
Now that this is threatened we have to look to new ways to generate income and continue to grow, and we’re considering adding a subscription tier to our content.
We know it’s a path creators are increasingly taking, being funded directly by those who enjoy their work.
We’ve only just started thinking about this, so nothing is set in stone, but we’re imagining a secondary Newsletter open to only those who pay a modest subscription fee of something like $8 a month. This would be offered in increments, perhaps one month, six months, twelve, eighteen etc. We would probably team up with our friends at BlokeToys again to help us out. You’d be basically buying a product, a book, delivered in installments/episodes every week straight to your email address of choice.
If you’ve read any of our fiction before you know they’re worth it. These aren’t 300 word posts, they’re often 2,000 word short stories, sometimes double and split into two or three parts.
Don’t worry, we’re still working on the Big Book of Bate Tales, which would be on sale to all, but we’re looking at this subscription option as something separate to give us some security and allow us to continue to deliver great content in the future.
So, the big question…
Personally, we don’t think it’s too much to ask for great fiction. You’ll have an awesome story to read once a week and you’ll be helping to support our blog.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on this please leave a comment. Is there a way we could do this better? Is the price too high? Too low?