Annual memberships has risks, so if you deciding to switch to annual mebership with a creator, so here are what I think the typical risks are and some information on where I stand on them.
You will have to check your history with a creator to see if this happens often so you can evaluate whether to trust them with annual membership.
As for myself, I have been publishing content for more than a year on other channels, but only started on Patreon in October. I have never missed a monthly deadline, and in many cases produced more content. You can check the bonus content produced each month to see I often deliver more content than promised.
Things happen. Computers crash, people get sick, life gets in the way, emergencies happen. This is something I have no control over, but I have some precautions in places so I have a bit of a safely net.
I currently have about 2 months of buffered content for Early Access. And since Early Access is something like 3 months ahead of Erotic Access, this means Erotic Access has about 5 months of buffered content.
This means that if i can’t produce new content, for a while, Early Access and Erotic Access will have a few months of content ready to publish anyway.
Leon Access is too new so I have not had the ability to create a buffer yet, but as time goes by I would gradually build up a buffer for that too
Worse case scenario is if a creator loses the ability to create content completely. This is somehing that is almost impossible to prepare for, and thus the inherent risk in annual memberships.
However, in my case, if for some reason I see that I can no longer create content, I can issue partial refunds for Annual Memberships for the remainder of the pledge.
Creators might gradually change their style or have a shift in their content. Having an annual membership runs the risk that the creator changes style or content not to your liking before the membership is over.
In my case, one of my earliest works that are on the site is Chapter 4. You can check and compare if my content or style has drastically changed for the better or worse. I have made slight changes in my tone though. I have toned down the violent erotic domination a bit abd shiftet to more playful behaviours from my characters.
Some more restrictions and info on Annual Memberships
As mentioned earlier, I can offer refunds for full or partial annual memberships, but this would be done at my discretion to avoid abuse.
At the moment, patrons will not be able to lower their annual membership.
From Patreon’s website
If a patron increases their annual membership, a pro-rated credit from their initial charge will be applied to the new amount and they’ll be charged the difference between the two tiers.
In the end it will be a desicion of how much you trust a creator and how reliable a creator has been if you decide to switch to an annual membership. At any rate, I’m grateful for your support!
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