Hello Rebels, and welcome back to my life.
So last weekend I went to Austin. And because I’m a goober, I did not record ANY VIDEO FOOTAGE of that trip, because I’m a goober.
Also because I was hanging out and talking with people literally the entire time I was there and also because, full disclosure, I might have had a few drinks while I was down there.
But over the last two days I recorded videos about a lot of the lessons I learned from the other self-published authors I was hanging out with on that trip, and those are available to my patrons on my Patreon page.
If you’re a patron, go and check’em out, if you’re not a patron but you want to be, Patreon link is in the description.
Something cool also happened in the last week! This channel passed 2,000 subscribers! I can now retire on that sweet, sweet YouTube ad revenue!
I GET MONEY
Oh wait, I just realized that I don’t put ads on my YouTube videos. Also, even if I DID have ads on, 2,000 subscribers only gets you, like, twenty bucks a month. So maybe retirement is a ways off.
But still! I am so happy to have you all here and so, so happy you’ve chosen to spend at least a little bit of your time with me. My Rebels continue to be some of the best people I know online.
You guys interact with me more than any other group I hang out with—more than Tumblr, Twitter, DEFINITELY more than Facebook, and even more than my email list.
That last one is really remarkable, and something I want to talk about for just a skotche.
The number one piece of advice every indie author gets is to build up an email list. If someone wants to find out when you release your next book, they give you their email address, and you email them from time to time, especially when your book comes out.
An email list is considered to be so important because, statistically, it has THE HIGHEST rate of customer response, interaction, and so on.
Which is why it’s so remarkable to me that YOU guys interact with me way more than my email list. You defy common knowledge about authors reaching out to their audience. You guys break the statistical bank.
Sometimes I get responses from my email list, you know, people emailing me back and engaging in conversation. But that’s nothing compared to you guys on YouTube. I have made more friends here and had more conversations than anywhere else I hang out online.
The amount of interaction is great, but even more important than that to me is the QUALITY of interaction. One romance author I had a conversation with recently told me that whenever her fans contact her, usually via email, they kind of presume this close friendship right off the bat, without first establishing common ground or even, you know, talking.
But whenever you and I talk to each other, we’re always going off of a basis of mutual understanding. Our conversations are about fantasy books we love, or YouTube culture in general, or cool movies. Whatever it is, it’s something we both already know that we both love.
And this might be a weird thing about me, but I have difficulty becoming really close friends with someone JUST because we’re “supposed to be friends.”
Like, JUST because I spend a lot of time with someone, doesn’t always mean I’m going to build an actual friendship with that person. There’s people I see all the time who I still feel like I barely know.
I need some kind of common ground to establish a friendship, and that’s what I get with you guys all the time, whether it’s Tolkien or writing or film and video.
So thank you to the 2,000 people who have subscribed to the channel so far, and welcome to all the people who will hopefully join the team in the future.
You guys are my favorite people, I’m so lucky to have you, and when I’m not on YouTube for a while, because of travel or because I get busy or whatever, please know that I really, really miss you, I miss all the stuff we do and talk about together, and I always can’t wait to get back.
That’s it for today, Rebels. Don’t forget you can find my weekend videos about Austin by becoming a patron on Patreon.com (link in the description) or just stick around the channel for the regular weekday videos and we can be total nerds together.
An extra special shoutout to my supporters on Patreon, who make my whole YouTube channel possible, especially my sponsors, and I will see you all tomorrow. Byyye.
I GET MONEY