So those of you who have suffered by pledging and then waiting
waiting until the first (or fifth) of the month to get to listen to the premium book.
This means adjustments to your pledge will happen right away (and be pro-rated on a month-long-calendar basis; the first of the month is still the start of the billing cycle).
Forewarned is forearmed.
This is NOT being changed for all Creators on Patreon. Any Creator you support will (eventually) be able to decide to (or not to) do this based on their audience's needs.
Hope this helps you get to giggling with Three Men in a Boat superfast!
From Patreon themselves:
Why was I charged immediately? Will You Charge Me Again?
Some creators have opted into charging their patrons as soon as they pledge (sometimes referred to as "charging upfront"). This is good.
As a patron, you can see patron-only content right away and creators can start sending you any rewards that you might have earned.
When you increase your pledge amount for a creator who is charging upfront, you are charged the difference between your previous charge and your new pledge amount.
Example: You had a pledge of $10 and you were charged $10 for that pledge. Then you increased your pledge to $15. You are charged $5. You increased your pledge to $16. You are charged $1.
When you decrease your pledge amount to a creator who is charging upfront, you are not charged right away when you lower your pledge amount. The new pledge amount will be reflected when your pledge renews at the beginning of the next month.
Example: You had a pledge of $10 and you were charged $10 for that pledge. Then you decreased your pledge to $8. You are not charged anything when you made this change. The next time your pledge renews (at the beginning of next month) you are charged $8.
Note: we charge all pledges of $100 or more immediately for security purposes for all Patreon campaigns. Learn more about escrowed pledges here.