Brian Hagan is creating Brian Reads: Flash Fiction Podcast
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None of this money is for me.

Let me explain.


I am author Brian Hagan. I recently discovered the joy of flash fiction, stories that are 1000 words or less. I decided I wanted to try and spread this great storytelling form with a podcast. Brian Reads: Flash Fiction is the result!

Making this podcast, I have two rules I hold immutable: I must put others before myself, and creators must be paid for their work. That's why none of this money is for me.

  • $9.99 goes to Audioboom for their basic podcast hosting services
  • $5 goes to the authors whose stories are read on my podcast. At two episodes per month, with one featured story per episode, that's $10 paid to authors each month.
  • $2 covers transaction and other fees from Paypal, Patreon, and any other money services involved.
As the podcast grows and funding improves, there will be two primary goals:
  1. Increase the number of episodes. Initially to 4 a month, but possibly more in the future.
  2. Pay authors a more fair sum for their work.

What about stories by Brian Hagan?

It's true that, at the moment, each episode begins with a story written by myself. But, frankly, it's untenable. Not only do I NOT want to kick out 2 to 4 (or more) flash fiction stories each month, I don't think I can. Not over the course of several months, anyway. And I have other projects I want to write, too. So one of the very first changes you'll see in the podcast as funding becomes available is fewer stories by Brian Hagan, and more stories by other authors whose work deserves the attention. I may include one of my own stories each month, but that will be it.

But, do I pay myself $5 for each of my own stories? No. The whole reason my stories are in the podcast in the first place is because, at first, I didn't have enough material to make a long enough podcast. I needed two stories, and I only had one submission. That was just as well, because I was scraping together funding to get the thing started, anyway. So I grabbed one of my own stories to fill in. That's the role my stories will continue to play until there's enough funding for me to feature more, other, authors.

Are those the only uses for this money?

At the moment, yes. There are some possibilities in the future, here are some of them:
  1. Paying somebody to edit the podcast. This might be me if episodes become frequent enough that it pulls me away from other money-making activities. But, I hate editing audio. If funding allows, I'll pay a professional audio editor to do the job. I'd much rather be writing, anyway.
  2. Licensing music. Music is nice in podcasts and I think it adds a lot to the production. At the moment, all the music used in the podcast are public domain compositions performed and recorded by me. I think I do an okay job, but at some point it would be nice to have a greater variety of music that's also higher quality. Plus, we get to pay other creative people for their work, which is the point of this Patreon!
  3. Advertising. Oddly, getting listeners isn't my concern. My biggest hurdle so far as been finding authors to submit their work. I suspect part of the problem is that I offer so little money for their work (there are other publishers that pay much, much more). However, I also think that authors just don't know about the podcast yet. I'd like to change that, and advertising would help.

Why Patreon?

At first I tried finding people to sponsor episodes of the podcast. Sponsoring a single episode costs $11 and I needed two sponsorships each month to cover expenses. Frankly, it wasn't working. Large companies didn't care, and small companies--who can't spare much cash--could get a much better return for their money advertising on Facebook.

That's why I need you to be the sponsors of this podcast. A dollar each month from you and other subscribers will do everything that corporate sponsors wouldn't, and more.

Which Podcast, Again??

Oh yeah, that might be a relevant detail. If you'd like to have a listen and see if you're interested in supporting it, here's the link. Each episode is only about 15 minutes, so go check it out!

Tiers
Read
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier gives you access to the transcripts of each episode so you can read the stories you hear in the podcast.
Brain Stormer
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier gives you access to transcripts and also unlocks the ability to suggest story prompts for me.
Watch Me Record
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to all the other benefits, you'll get exclusive access to videos of me trying to pronounce weird sci-fi names, testing silly voices, getting those voices mixed up, occasional kitty "helpers," and other antics as I record each episode.
Goals
$0 of $27 per month
This amount covers basic operating costs for the podcast per month. It pays for basic podcast services and allows me to pay authors whose stories I read a small sum ($5). Although with this amount of funding, I can only afford two podcasts per month featuring stories from 3 authors plus a story from me.
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None of this money is for me.

Let me explain.


I am author Brian Hagan. I recently discovered the joy of flash fiction, stories that are 1000 words or less. I decided I wanted to try and spread this great storytelling form with a podcast. Brian Reads: Flash Fiction is the result!

Making this podcast, I have two rules I hold immutable: I must put others before myself, and creators must be paid for their work. That's why none of this money is for me.

  • $9.99 goes to Audioboom for their basic podcast hosting services
  • $5 goes to the authors whose stories are read on my podcast. At two episodes per month, with one featured story per episode, that's $10 paid to authors each month.
  • $2 covers transaction and other fees from Paypal, Patreon, and any other money services involved.
As the podcast grows and funding improves, there will be two primary goals:
  1. Increase the number of episodes. Initially to 4 a month, but possibly more in the future.
  2. Pay authors a more fair sum for their work.

What about stories by Brian Hagan?

It's true that, at the moment, each episode begins with a story written by myself. But, frankly, it's untenable. Not only do I NOT want to kick out 2 to 4 (or more) flash fiction stories each month, I don't think I can. Not over the course of several months, anyway. And I have other projects I want to write, too. So one of the very first changes you'll see in the podcast as funding becomes available is fewer stories by Brian Hagan, and more stories by other authors whose work deserves the attention. I may include one of my own stories each month, but that will be it.

But, do I pay myself $5 for each of my own stories? No. The whole reason my stories are in the podcast in the first place is because, at first, I didn't have enough material to make a long enough podcast. I needed two stories, and I only had one submission. That was just as well, because I was scraping together funding to get the thing started, anyway. So I grabbed one of my own stories to fill in. That's the role my stories will continue to play until there's enough funding for me to feature more, other, authors.

Are those the only uses for this money?

At the moment, yes. There are some possibilities in the future, here are some of them:
  1. Paying somebody to edit the podcast. This might be me if episodes become frequent enough that it pulls me away from other money-making activities. But, I hate editing audio. If funding allows, I'll pay a professional audio editor to do the job. I'd much rather be writing, anyway.
  2. Licensing music. Music is nice in podcasts and I think it adds a lot to the production. At the moment, all the music used in the podcast are public domain compositions performed and recorded by me. I think I do an okay job, but at some point it would be nice to have a greater variety of music that's also higher quality. Plus, we get to pay other creative people for their work, which is the point of this Patreon!
  3. Advertising. Oddly, getting listeners isn't my concern. My biggest hurdle so far as been finding authors to submit their work. I suspect part of the problem is that I offer so little money for their work (there are other publishers that pay much, much more). However, I also think that authors just don't know about the podcast yet. I'd like to change that, and advertising would help.

Why Patreon?

At first I tried finding people to sponsor episodes of the podcast. Sponsoring a single episode costs $11 and I needed two sponsorships each month to cover expenses. Frankly, it wasn't working. Large companies didn't care, and small companies--who can't spare much cash--could get a much better return for their money advertising on Facebook.

That's why I need you to be the sponsors of this podcast. A dollar each month from you and other subscribers will do everything that corporate sponsors wouldn't, and more.

Which Podcast, Again??

Oh yeah, that might be a relevant detail. If you'd like to have a listen and see if you're interested in supporting it, here's the link. Each episode is only about 15 minutes, so go check it out!

Recent posts by Brian Hagan

Tiers
Read
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier gives you access to the transcripts of each episode so you can read the stories you hear in the podcast.
Brain Stormer
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier gives you access to transcripts and also unlocks the ability to suggest story prompts for me.
Watch Me Record
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to all the other benefits, you'll get exclusive access to videos of me trying to pronounce weird sci-fi names, testing silly voices, getting those voices mixed up, occasional kitty "helpers," and other antics as I record each episode.