Yesterday I got a new, surprise dental estimate for work that really needs to get done, and I’m staggered. This new bill is going to give us roughly $37 of wiggle room left, on a monthly basis, for the next year and a half. This is scaring the bejezus out of me.
I’m thinking I’m going to offer a monthly short story to people who sign up/and or pay on a monthly basis. I’m putting out feelers for this, because I have no idea what shape that should take. However much work I have to do towards formatting takes away from actual writing time, so — Nook and Kindle formatted files sent to email? (in which case I would beg forgiveness for the first however many installments as I learn my way around the process) Create a newsletter type thing and put the work on there? Do I include cover art (more time on not writing, and it would be basic art at best)?
If you were going to receive an at least 4,000 word story or series installment from me on a monthly basis, would you be willing to pay $5? $10? Would you want it formatted for your e-reader? Would not having a cover be acceptable? Would people even be interested (as in, interested in the next month?). I can’t think of any other way to ask for payments other than via paypal, so I’m thinking it would be a “pay by X date, receive story by Y date” sort of deal. I’m tempted to say $10, so that even if there’s only three or four people interested, it’s going to go a long way toward that new fangled bill, but $5 seems more reasonable. Heh, before today I would have said yes to $5 myself, but $10 would be a more ‘let’s see on a monthly basis.’
Thoughts? Suggestions? Takers?