Monetize your work with World Anvil!
You’re here because you’re an indie content creator! You might be writing serial fiction, releasing homebrew rules, settings or adventure modules for tabletop RPGs, creating art or maps… or all of the above! Don’t know what World Anvil is? Check out this post here for a deeper explanation. You can find explanations of how to use Sage for every other kind of creator there, too!
Why should you care about Sage?
If you’re an indie content creator, you already know how hard monetising your work can be! If you’re releasing content through Royal Royal or Ao3, you could be struggling to monetise. Or if you’re releasing on DriveThruRPG or the DMs Guild, you’re probably taking a big cut in commissions!
All kinds of content – from one page modules to long form projects – can be released on a World Anvil page. And World Anvil specialises in allowing creators to control who sees which content, allowing you to release to Patreons, Ko-fi pledgers, or even sell access codes in your personal storefront!
How can you use Sage to monetize?
Create a public portfolio of all your content…
Whatever you’re creating, be that writing, art, maps, flash fiction, graphic novels, tokens and assets or anything else, introduce yourself and your creativity in a unique, interactive space. Releasing all your content through World Anvil helps your Patreons and supporters access all their rewards in one place – so they won’t miss any of your awesome content.
Complete control over presentation
Sage gives you complete control over how your world looks, to enhance your brand and immerse your fans even more. Choose a visual CSS theme which suits your world, or make your own! White labelling features remove the World Anvil branding, and you can customise the URLs too.
Control who has access to which content
World Anvil specialises in helping you control who has access to what. Permissions come in many forms:
Adding (and refreshing) Patreon supporters, Twitch subscribers or other superfans with email lists or CSV is quick and easy. This will give them access via World Anvil subscriber groups to new content rewards whenever you choose.
You can also sell codes for content at your own storefront. Content can be accessed by password (change up the password whenever you like), or by giving customers a custom URL they can click.
Help your fans support you
Redirect your audience to your Patreon page or storefront when they don’t have permissions with your own custom 404 page! Show your curious readers how they can gain access to the content they’re hungry for.
Creating RPG content?
All genres and systems welcome … or make your own!
World Anvil is completely System and Genre agnostic. You can release homebrew content – items, spells, monsters, races, locations, variant rules or anything else – and create your own stat blocks for them. You can even create your own entire new system, with rollable blocks, on World Anvil, and release it to your fans.
Release Adventure Modules or Campaign settings
World Anvil is also a totally new way to release Adventure Modules or Campaign settings for your supporters either instead of, or in addition to, PDF release. And World Anvil doesn’t claim any fees or rights to your content – you own your own IP (this is super important to us)!
You can release special map layers to give extra information, or groups of pins to show important locations in your area and link regions into battle maps! All your content will be integrated and connected together using the mentions system, so you never have to explain anything twice! Less work for you, and a more interactive and intuitive experience for your readers.
Publishing writing or serial fiction?
World Anvil’s e-reader with light and dark reading mode is a great reading experience, much more enjoyable than releasing PDFs or online posts! We are also UserWay enabled for ultimate accessibility.
Reward your supporters with bonus content!
You can give Patreon supporters or paying customers access to extra, bonus content like preludes, interludes, character interviews and your own writing journals.
Expand on locations or lore, or embed images and sound tracks to accompany your writing. Share inspiration and moodboards with your superfans to help them learn more about your writing process.
Interactive maps – explore in a whole new way
Use World Anvil’s interactive map features to present your world in stunning HD, with special access to secret layers or groups of pins. Track the main character’s journey, the changing political climate or those armies of orcs marching on your hero’s fortress. After all, have you ever tried reading a map on a Kindle…?
You can also use the interactive maps features to create interactive images! Why not publish concept art of your fantasy or alien species with markers describing their anatomy? Or family trees with pins leading to articles about each character? These will pop up on the side of the map, giving an interactive experience for your readers as they explore the concepts of your world.
Use World Anvil as your private book bible
You can also keep a private and public version of the world, allowing you to have a private book bible to aid you as your write. Control the privacy of every article, keep your timelines and inspiration boards secret, and hide away those first drafts (we know the feeling). Choose which articles are for public consumption and keep your secrets and notes safe… What colour were that character’s eyes again?
Let them write fan fic!
Want to reward your supporters even more? Allow superfans to submit fanfic of your world as draft articles! You can do what you like with these – edit them, and publish them if you wish, either publicly or privately!
What should I do next?
If you’re interested in purchasing a sage membership and starting your monetization journey, go here worldanvil.com/worldbuilders-guild-membership#sage
What if I have questions?
If you have questions about how to use World Anvil, check out:
- The World Anvil Codex.
- The #help channel on our Discord.
- The Whistlestop tutorial on Youtube to get started.
- Our feature reel to start understanding all the World Anvil features you can have at your fingertips!
If you have a questions or issues regarding subscriptions, you can contact the World Anvil Founders, Dimitris and Janet, at firstname.lastname@example.org.