You should hear this from me before you hear it from them (via an email you’ll receive tomorrow). I’ll also be posting this on my Patreon page.
As of December 18, Patreon will be adding a surcharge of 2.9% plus $0.35 to your monthly pledge. I realize this isn’t what you signed up for and that it will seriously change the picture, especially for some of you $1 or $2 patrons. I’ll understand completely if you withdraw your pledges.
This isn’t actually a new fee, believe it or not. Previously, we Patreon creators have been charged a 5% flat fee plus various not-entirely-comprehensible processing fees, a higher percentage on small pledges than large ones. After this change, we creators will receive a full 95% of all pledges, and the mysterious fees will be shifted to you.
They present this as a positive change, because creators will receive more of each pledge and our monthly paycheck will be more predictable. And (so they say), “We ran experiments to understand patrons’ potential reactions and we found that many patrons were happy knowing that this change will send more money to creators.”
They don’t reveal how much is “many” and whether that attitude prevailed among both small and large patrons.
I apologize to you all. I wouldn’t have chosen this change, especially so soon after you all signed up. But there it is.