Technically, yes I have an account, but that is not what you are asking.
To answer your question: No, I don’t have a Patreon page set up yet with content, although I likely will at some point, but it will not be a primary writing medium for me, I have decided. I have a few other projects I would rather concentrate on first, both which are in the works, and both which will be available on Kindle, ebook, and paperback.
Regarding Patreon, it was probably actually 5K followers I said, which I surpassed in July, then I said 10K would be a better mark, and I passed that up a while back too. Right now I gain about 2K per month, in case you cared. I just wanted to make sure I had a substantial audience before I rolled that out because, with Patreon, you are essentially asking people for money. I would not feel right asking people for money unless I made it feel like they were getting content at a steal and something different than what they get here for free.
I don’t want to do it unless it is worth their money, which in my mind, means hours of work, and my time is money, so unless until I have enough time to dedicate to it, it will remain on the backburner until my other projects are done. I am hoping that be within the next couple of months. At that point, I’ll assess what the best course of action is for my time, whether it be Patreon or something else. I am willing to bet it will not be a full-blown Patreon site though.
The sticking points with me and Patreon are that it looks to me to be very time-consuming if I do it right, and has the potential for very little reward in revenue, however, once you commit, since it is a subscription-based medium, you really owe it to the Patrons that signed up to stick it out and keep producing, if you have 1000 of them or 50 of them. At 2 or 3 bucks a head, both those sums, after taxes, suck balls in my opinion.
Revenue of $1-2K a month is hardly a good use of my time; I’d make that in a 1099 project in a weekend. Fuck, I could make that driving an Uber or delivering pizzas in less time than on Patreon. I don’t need a second job so it’s not about the money for me.
With the novels, they mean something personal to me and I see it more like a long-term investment in something I really care about – being a legitimate writer. Besides, I have other personal reasons that will become apparent after my first real novel is published that makes the personal stuff very important to me.
The way I see it – maybe one day, if Tumblr has a following of 100K+, combined with other free sites like WordPress, Medium, Blogger, FetLife, (promotion sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), and yes even Patreon, the visibility of TRD will be substantially larger, and I will immediately have a leg up on the neverending sea of amateur erotica writers, so my books will see a bigger audience and from the get-go. That is the idea, at least. Who knows – maybe they will not sell shit, but at least they will mean something to me. To be totally honest, five people need to read my first novel for it to be a success in my eyes. A sixth would be nice. Everything else is just icing. I could sell zero copies and that is just fine with me because those people will get a free copy anyways.
So basically, if I just keep on “advertising” on free sites and write books, I’ll end up doing what I really enjoy (i.e. writing what I feel, like I do now), and probably making more in the end anyway, when the novels start dropping. Millions of people buy erotica books on their Kindle; few people would give a fuck about some lame live chat with TRD where I make dick jokes. Shit, I wouldn’t pay a nickel to talk to somebody unless it made me a dime, so why would I ask somebody else to do it.
God, that was long-winded.