Don’t want to be a paid subscriber?
I get it. And I won’t be upset if you go with the FREE version.
Love your books but won’t subscribe. Disappointed that you are asking loyal readers for $60/year.
Alas, I am disappointed to have to ask for “Paid” subscribers, too.
Here was my answer to this disappointed reader on my Facebook Author page:
It is $50, or $5 a month, but thanks for letting me know of your disappointment. And please know that you don’t have to be a paid subscriber. There is a free level, too, that is over 90% of the content.
Writers are just trying to survive like everyone else. Please send me your email, and I will give you a complimentary paid subscription for simply putting up with me. ♥️
That goes to the rest of you, too. I personally hate it when I am a free subscriber to a writer on Substack, and I hear what the paid subscribers are getting. Sometimes I will wait a while (as in after the 7th secret in this case) and subscribe for one month and read all the stuff I’ve missed before unsubsribing again.
Also, I have a lot of older readers who aren’t too keen on giving their credit card info over the interwebs. If they contact me, and I know the issue, they pay by check. I also give scholarships if you’re absolutely dying to see what the paid subscribers get and can’t afford to pay $5. Just email and convince me you have a legitimate need to know secret #1, and I will probably send it to you.
But keep in mind that writers are struggling, too. Only 1 percent of writers make a living from writing books—this statistic comes from a national writers association that I can’t remember the name of right now. I’ve been in that percentile off and on over the years but it isn’t a continuous thing for any of us, unless you’re Stephen King. It takes me 1 - 2 years to write a book, and an afternoon for some of you to consume it. I simply can’t keep up the pace anymore.
I am forever honored for those of you who have read my books. I would never do anything on purpose to disappoint you. You have given me an outstanding career. And I humbly ask for your forgiveness if me asking you to be a paid subscriber is a disappointment to you. Just ignore it. I love free subscribers, too. Not everyone has a little bit extra these days. I’ve strattled both boats. You’re still getting a seasoned writer with lots of things to say.
By the way, I never see who unsubscribes, so feel free to do that anytime.
In the meanwhile, I will aim in every single post to give you something in your inbox that delights you.
Like most older folks, we live on a budget too but, because you generously sent me an audiobook after I purchased one of your ebooks a few years ago, I will gladly update to a paid subscription. I value your writings and see much wisdom and perseverance in you despite your hurt. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts.
I love your books. Your stories keep me reading until you I am at the end and wanting more.
However, sadly I am on a very limited income so I will read what I can and await the next “chapter” as it appears. Keep up the great work!