Mailing lists and newsletters are a great way to keep in touch with readers and even spark some helpful sales bumps whenever new releases are announced. However, some authors have taken things a step further in their quest to build out a more stable income stream. Subscription services, like those made popular by sites like Patreon, can provide a reliable monthly income that supplements books sales while also providing value and excitement to your dedicated fans.
Author K Webster has been running a membership club like this for over a year and has built up a healthy side income from her most loyal readers, all while keeping them happy with monthly exclusive extras like special signed hardcover editions of her books, character naming rights, and all sorts of branded swag. By offering diferent levels of rewards at a variety of pricing tiers, she's able to offer options to a variety of readers and keep everyone happy.
Today, she's talking to Fully Booked about what goes into running a membership club like this, the work involved, the lessons she's learned, and a whole bunch of ideas for what sorts of things readers enjoy. There's a lot of work involved in running a service like this - but for authors who are interested in doing it, the rewards can make it worthwhile for both them and their fans!
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