To become a LONTAR patron starting with issue #6, you must pledge by midnight EST on 27 June. More on this below.
LONTAR issue #6 has now been out for a couple of months (and is already a bestseller at Weightless Books, yay!), and after much back-and-forth with the folks at Patreon, I think I finally have a handle on how things will work for us there. Here’s how it’ll go:
On 28 June, I will put up a Paid Post that will give all current patrons immediate access to the ebook version of L6, in addition to any other rewards they get based on the tier at which they’ve pledged. Therefore, if you want to become a LONTAR patron starting with issue #6, you will need to pledge by midnight EST on 27 June.
This is because Patreon does not charge you if you pledge after a Paid Post has already been made (and therefore, you will not have access to that post), so if you pledge after midnight EST on 27 June, then your patronage will start with issue #7 in October.
Much of my confusion came with how and when patrons were charged (I’d thought that it was automatically at the end of the month after they pledged, but nope), as well as how patrons could access the ebook version of the journal. Patreon has very firm rules on both of these matters, but only for creators who charge based on content released; for creators with monthly patronage, things are much easier.
This is all a learning experience, and so I hope you’ll forgive the little hiccups like these that may arise. I want to be fair to our patrons, and also make sure that we get paid for what is being pledged.
So one more time: if you want to become a LONTAR patron starting with issue #6, you will need to pledge by midnight EST on 27 June.
You have interesting book covers and good authors. Interesting that you got Patreon, but how did you survive before it?
I have a publisher for one thing, Epigram Books, meaning that I don’t have to put everything together myself, which is a massive help; I spend enough time on reading submissions and editing each issue as it is. But financially, we’ve also gotten grants from the National Arts Council of Singapore to help support each issue, and they cover most of the overhead costs. However, we’d like to move beyond being dependent on NAC, so that we can have more flexibility in our publication schedule and also take some more editorial risks (although NAC has never dictated our content).