Hopefully by now you’ve had time to adjust to the shock of me moving to a pay system, because today I’m going to present you with some math, and make my case for why I NEED your help with a new reader drive.
First, I want to explain to new readers why I work at home, and give a pleasant reminder to regular readers of why I need their support. If you don’t already know, I have MS, or multiple sclerosis. MS is not cheap to treat. I need money for this, and for the same sorts of things that you like to enjoy, like music, books, video games, junk food, and adult beverages. Writing is supposed to be my job, and currently, my pay sucks. I’m forced to take the matter up with my bosses, and guess what? That’s you! Also, I haven’t been getting enough performance reviews on recent work either. Those reviews are what convince new readers to take a risk on my stuff, so they are still just as important to my success in 2011 as they were in 2010.
Okay, so I can put away the violin and take out the calculator. My web stats have shown around 180 regular readers per chapter for my free serials. There are some other readers flirting by reading short stories. I expect moving to a pay structure means many of you will be leaving. So, for a conservative guess, let’s say I have 100 regular readers willing to stick around for the new stuff, if the price is right. (And by the way, I’d love to be proved wrong and discover that I have almost 200 regular readers. I’m just not convinced the audience is all down for paid subscriptions.)