First, thank you for even considering supporting Ask Leo! via Patreon. It’s my honor to serve, and I’m humbled by your support. (Here’s my Page of Gratitude acknowledging current patrons.)
Here are some common questions that have come up…
How do I become a patron?
Go to patreon.com/askleo, check out the rewards based on the various monthly contributions levels, and pick one. It’s just that simple. 🙂
Why can’t I login to the members site?
As long as your pledge is at the “Bronze” level, ($5/month or more, as outlined on the Ask Leo! Patreon page where you signed up), you should get access. Since this is a manual process at this time it may take a day or two. If you’ve received the email indicating you have an account, and you’re still having problems, check out the additional FAQs below.
If you’ve pledged below the Bronze level, additional access to the members site is not included (but my heartfelt thanks for your support most certainly is 🙂 ).
Can I use my Patreon account to log in to the members site?
Unfortunately, no. Patreon and members.askleo.com are two separate things.
- Patreon handles the money. You create your Patreon account when you become a patron.
- members.askleo.com is where you get the rewards associated with your level of patronage. We create your membership account by hand within a day or two of your signing up to be a patron. If you’ve previously purchased and registered an Ask Leo! book, you may already have an account at members.askleo.com, in which case we will add your patronage rewards – again, by hand, within a couple of days.
While Patreon has some support for sending you your benefits, I’ve found that it’s lacking in many respects. The solution I’ve chosen is to give you an account on members.askleo.com, so I can give you as much value as possible.
I subscribe to the newsletter. Am I a member?
No. The newsletter is free and has never required or offered any kind of membership access other than just getting the newsletter itself. (Thanks for subscribing, though!)
I’m a patron, but I can’t log in to members.askleo.com. What do I do?
Creating your members.askleo.com account when you become a patron is a manual process. We try to do it quickly, but we’re only human. If it’s been more than two days since you became a patron, email patrons<at>askleo.com and we’ll fix it.
I can log in to members.askleo.com, but I can’t access the rewards I’m entitled to.
Send us an email (to patrons<at>askleo.com) and we’ll fix it.
I registered a book in the past, and I just became a patron. Do I need yet another account?
You only need a Patreon account to make the payments, and a single members.askleo.com account to get the book bonuses and patron rewards. As long as you use the same email address, we should notice and add your patronage benefits to your existing members.askleo.com account. If not, just send us an email (to patrons<at>askleo.com) and we’ll fix it.
I still can’t log in to members.askleo.com.
Send us an email (to patrons<at>askleo.com) with all the details, and we’ll fix it.
Can I pay with Paypal? Credit Cards?
Patreon accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, Diners Club and PayPal. Take your pick.
Can I pay annually instead of every month?
Unfortunately, Patreon doesn’t include that as an option at this time. Sorry.
I don’t want to use Patreon. How can I become a patron?
Patreon is the mechanism I’ve chosen to make this all happen. It’s the only way I have right now of collecting patronage revenue automatically. Any other solution would add more work (potentially significantly more work), which kind of defeats the purpose. So the short answer for now is … I’m sorry, but you can’t.
You can continue to support my work in other ways, but I don’t have a way to really hook you into the whole Patreon-rewards thing, other than Patreon itself.
How else can I support you?
Patreon is best, not only because it gives me an ongoing way to provide you value, but your participation encourages others to do the same by the fact that it increases that publicly-visible patron count and monthly amount.
Next, I would simply have you purchase a book from The Ask Leo! Store. Purchasing a downloadable PDF directly from me maximizes your impact on my bottom line, and also gets you something tangible in return. That last part makes me feel better about taking your money. 🙂
If that’s still too complicated, here’s a Paypal link that is all and only about sending me money: https://paypal.me/askleo. Again, thank you. 🙂
Want to be really bleeding edge? Here’s a BitCoin address:1ML8UwgrKVAjEHpescSm1kvi4GuWevGsq5
How do I change or cancel my pledge?
I have a step by step how-to right here: How Do I Change or Delete my Patreon Subscription?
Thanks, as always, for your support and patronage!