Happy August! I have lots to tell you all in this month’s Patreon update (click on that link if you don’t know what I’m talking about when I say Patreon). First of all, welcome new patrons—there are five of you this month!
You might remember that for the last two months I’ve been periodically reminding you to fill out a little Google survey that I created to get some feedback from you all to help decide what direction I should take this website. 41 of you filled it out, and I am so grateful! Thank you all so much! Here are the important things that I found out from that survey:
- A majority of you (60%) think the amount of book reviews I do currently on the site is just right. (I seem to average about 3 reviews a month right now). There was, however, a vocal minority who want more!
- Most of you (55%) also think the amount of book lists I currently post is just right, but the minority who want more lists is close behind.
- Thoughts on the amount of “Interview with a Queer Reader” posts was neck-and-neck—it was just under half of respondents who wanted more and just under half who thought the amount was just right.
- The responses to the last question about what kind of new or infrequent content you want more of was exciting enough to make a graph, so here that is:
Some of this info I already knew—i.e., lists are always the posts that get a ton of social media sharing, so I knew they were popular. But I didn’t know how many of you were really enjoying the “Interview with a Queer Reader,” so I’m going to consider upping the number of those posts to two a month. Have I mentioned that I am always looking for new people to participate? It is very low time commitment and low stress, as I’ve done all the interviews so far by email (although skype is always an option for those who are keen to do it that way). You can reply in the comments here or send me an email to stepaniukcasey [at] gmail.com if you’re interested! Anyone who identifies as queer (any part of the LGBTQ2IA+ spectrum) is very welcome to participate. Also, feel free to spread the word to others who you think might be keen!
It was also a little surprising to see how many people are interested in personal and opinion essays from me. It would be fun to write more of that kind of thing, so I am definitely going to make an effort to brainstorm that kind of writing. News posts (about awards, contests, new publishers and books, etc.) I already do about as frequently as I am aware of things (I mean, it is the queer CanLit world, which isn’t huge), but I am glad to see that lots of you like them. I haven’t been writing much about events, though, so knowing many of you are into that will motivate me to keep those on my radar. Duly noted that most of you aren’t interested in writing by people other than me, so I’m just gonna keep plugging away on my own like I’ve always done. Also, a few of you used this opportunity to give me lovely feedback about what I do on my list and also to request a few specific kinds of lists and other content. Thank you! And know that I’ve put your ideas on my list of future posts.
That readers are interested in interviews with authors especially is something I was expecting, but the interest isn’t as high as I would have thought, so I’m going to assess the feasibility of doing the occasional interview. I’d be more into doing them if a) they didn’t make me quite nervous, and b) they didn’t take a lot of time and work for very little money.
Speaking of money, another thing I wanted to let you all know about is that I signed up for an Amazon.com Affiliate account, mostly just as a kind of experiment to see if it would be worth it. If you don’t know what an Amazon Affiliate account is, it’s basically a system where, using an affiliate account with Amazon, I insert Amazon links to buy books that I talk about on my site. Maybe you noticed that I’ve added links to the titles and cover images of books in a few of my last posts. If someone clicks the link and buys something from Amazon within a day (it can be that specific book or any product on Amazon), I get a small referral fee. It doesn’t cost you any more money, it just sends a bit of money that would otherwise go to Amazon to me instead! I’m not exactly encouraging people to buy books off of Amazon, to be totally honest. I personally never buy books from Amazon and prefer to go to indie bookstores when I do buy new books (which is pretty rare). But I know that lots of people buy books from Amazon for various reasons, so if you already shop on Amazon, you might as well give me a little kickback to help support Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian, right? So far I just have the Amazon.com account. If you’d be into supporting me using an Amazon.ca account, let me know! I’m thinking of signing up for that one as well.
This month the winner of the queer book draw is Seed! Congrats, Seed! Here were the choices this month:
Did you know I wrote three book lists in July? Check out 5 Queer Canadian Beach Reads, 3 Queer Poetry Collections for Tough Times, and 6 New and Upcoming Trans Books! I also reviewed Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time, an anthology of queer speculative fiction by Indigenous authors, a bisexual erotic literary novel The Change Room by Karen Connelly, and Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez, a raw, empowering tale about (queer) people of colour. If the idea of lots of (queer and otherwise) sex in a literary novel intrigues you, I wrote more extensively on the topic in one of my Book Riot articles last month, feeling inspired after reading The Change Room: “Where’s the Sex in Literary Realist Fiction?”
And as always I want to individually thank all of the people who’ve signed up to be patrons. You lovely humans are: Danika, Leigh, Anna Marie, Kim, Jane, Jakelene, Emmet, Madeline, Heather, Carla, Naz, Laurita, Jason, Jillian, Anton, Shelagh, Priscila, Allison, Ang, James, Seed, Julie, Katherine, Rachel, Samuel, Amy, Sarah, Daniel, Sarah, Chantelle, Al, and Undertheteacup!
Second reminder that if any of you new (or old) folks are interested in being a part of the Interview with a Queer Reader series, write me at stepaniukcasey [at] gmail.com.