I’m learning more and more about Kickstarter, Substack, Patreon, etc. It’s a fascinating avenue for writers and artists.
That funding problem isn’t exclusive to crowdfunding sites, though. Even established Christian authors who publish books the old-fashioned way typically don’t make a sustaining income on writing alone.
“Almost everybody who is publishing in traditional ways in the Christian world, who are successful authors … almost everybody has a day job,” said Trevin Wax, outgoing senior vice president for theology and communications at Lifeway Christian Resources. Publishing is “at best a nice little bonus.”
For that reason and others, Wax doesn’t worry that crowdfunding sites will elbow out traditional publishing houses. Lifeway offers a machine of publicists, editors, graphic designers, inventory managers, and, crucially, event planners that those going the independent route won’t have. The events are key, Wax says; any author who wants even a modicum of success must also be speaking in front of audiences.
I love helping artists fund album projects. I have dipped my toe into Patreon, but I have to be wary. I can easily forget just how many “subscriptions” I have! I hate to over-commit and then have to pull back.
For writers and even teachers and theologians, it can be a good way to have a bit of extra income.
For me, since I have little to contribute, it stays here and it stays free. 🙂