Today (if you’re a Patron, yesterday if you’re not) marks my 2nd birthday on the DMsGuild! My very first adventure, Seeds of Chaos was published on August 1st 2016. It was and remains a short, cheeky, PWYW adventure that I’m still pretty proud of! Since then it has been downloaded 4685 times, and paid for 176 times. I like to think that I’ve improved in my adventure writing and production quality consistently since then, and I’m extraordinarily grateful to anyone who’s bought anything I’ve written, and for their feedback and support.
As it is my birthday, I’m going to do a bit of sharing, and a bit of showing off by showing you my earnings from the DMsGuild royalties.
As you can imagine, I’m extremely proud of what I’ve achieved. As far as I’m concerned, $4k over two years is nothing to be sniffed at, and I’m not even taking into account projects like Shore of Dreams or Minotaur’s Bargain which I was paid for upfront, rather than through royalties. Projects which I take royalties from have sold over 4k copies too, which is incredible as far as I’m concerned. Again, I want to say a huge thank you to anyone who’s supporting my dreams by buying these products.
I think what this shows is that literally anyone can do what I’m doing. There’s nothing special about me. I’m a 23 year old D&D enthusiast who decided to do a bit of writing in his spare time and publish it online. I’ve got the support of a great community of fellow authors, editors and creators, and you could do. If you are looking at the stats about and thinking ‘I could never do that’, you’re wrong. Put pen to paper, write something up and publish it PWYW and just take a look! Before you know it you’ll be selling your work to a generous market, and reaping the rewards. If you need any support, feel free to reach out to me, or folks like me through social media, and you’ll find helping hands wherever you look!
I also want to use this post to make a small announcement that means a lot to me. Over the next few months, I’m going to be re-releasing my adventures with new artwork and layout, and Print on Demand! That’s right! You (and me) could be holding a physical copy of my adventures! Every since I got my hands on the print copy of Monsters of the Guild, I’ve wanted to do the same for my other work, and I’m finally biting the bullet. I’m spending some of the $4k earnings on custom covers, internal art and cartography. I’m redoing the layouts in InDesign, which is better suited for purpose, and putting my own spin on the classic WotC style.
I hope you’re as excited as me about this! Either way, thanks for your continued support.