Carole Bouchard is creating Writing, sports journalism (tennis)
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Hi everybody,

My name is Carole Bouchard. I've been a sports journalist (and mostly a tennis writer) for exactly 13 years now. I was a staff writer at L'Equipe (one of the biggest French media group) and I'm back being my own boss since the end of 2014. It was my decision and I couldn't have taken a better one when I see where it's been leading me so far. I'm now working for French and International newspapers, magazines and radios as I travel the world to follow tennis all season long. I've also written a book, The Quest, about Novak Djokovic's historical win at Roland-Garros in 2016. I'd have never done all of this without being a freelance.

Why am I here talking to you? For many reasons! First of all, I'm getting tired to throw in the bin so many good content week after week as they don't make the cut for my traditional clients. Tired also to have to give up on many features ideas. And not because all of the above isn't good, but because nowadays there's often not enough space in the pages, or not enough space in the magazine, or because the editor doesn't like the topic or because it's deemed not "bankable enough" to take a chance and put a tag on it. Yet, each time I'm sure readers would be interested. Frustrating, right? And then one day I'm reading an article about Patreon and how it works and I'm like: wait, I can go directly to readers?! That sounds like a plan. And that's why I'm now here: as you would subscribe to a newspaper or a website, you could now subscribe to a writer.

Sure I could put all of this content on my blog but I don't consider that blog as a job: it's a hobby. You rarely make money with a hobby ;) If I dedicate time and effort on a journalistic work, it can't be for free. Free doesn't get you to go on reporting and writing. Here I'm going to give you exclusive and professional content as I report on tournaments and professional tennis life all season long. Win-win situation, no? I feel journalism is at an exciting time where the channels to reach out to the audience have multiplied like wow. You can get lost in there and struggle to make a living, or you can embrace it, adjust and go on with your career. That's what I've been doing, and I want to keep my trust in it. Quality job still gives you a career. And pays the bills.

Another reason I'm here: I want to do more and better. I'm my own business for years now and it's working, so here I'm starting another branch of this business by providing premium content directly to readers. I'm often baffled by the support and interest my coverage receive on social media, but that's the proof that you guys are all here for content. Content has a future. To provide it, one has to dedicate hours and hours, and also be where the action happens. And nowadays being on the ground is a luxury for every journalist, freelances even more. So here I am trying to create another side of the business that will also contribute to make the whole system working as a whole for years and years.

Writing that book along with keeping all my daily work also proved to be quite challenging. I had to turn down some work, to stop pitching features to some clients: I had to make choices. Here I'm also trying to see if there's a way to make those choices more easily as other projects are on the way. So if you trust the quality of my work, join and subscribe to what should be an entertaining adventure!


Tiers
Become A Patron
$3 or more per month
Thank you! You've decided to subscribe and be a part of my work: that's already huge. You now get access to all locked posts here (reports, players' reactions, colums, features) and to a monthly Q&A.


Includes


  • Access to patron-only content
  • Monthly Q&A
Tennis, the uncut and extended edition
$5 or more per month
Massive thanks for this level of interest! You now get all of the above but also the extra of published interviews, full and/or exclusive interviews, translations of those conducted in French. Added to this, you will have access to longer versions of features when they haven't been able to make the traditional cut. 


Includes


  • Access to patron-only content
  • Monthly Q&A
  • Access to exclusive interviews, but also unpublished parts of my interviews and features, and to translations of French interviews
Le coin français !
$7 or more per month
Amis de la francophonie, bonjour ! Dans cet espace unique, vous retrouverez articles, réactions et entretiens. Originaux ou traduits de ma production en anglais. Vous trouverez aussi des posts audio en français (joueurs, entourage, médias, officiels). Un suivi exclusif de la vie sur le circuit.


If you're not French, it's the place to improve your languages skill.


Includes


- Articles

- Interviews

- Chroniques

- Posts audio



Let's also HEAR from the Tour!
$10 or more per month
Here we're getting into the multitasking world of nowadays journalism! So for this level of interest that goes on in expanding the range of my coverage and time dedicated to writing projects, you get all of the above, but will also have exclusive access to podcasts with special guests, and audio posts of interviews. 


Includes


  • Access to patron-only content
  • Monthly Q&A
  • Access to exclusive interviews, but also unpublished parts of my interviews and features, and to translations of French interviews
  • Podcasts and audio posts
Hello, Reporting and Writing Squad!
$20 or more per month
With this subscription, you make a massive difference! Now you'll get all of the above, but will also be able to read the content in advance, see some parts of my books before they're published and same for other published work. You'll also be able to pitch me stories / topics you'd like to see me write about and see some of them picked regularly.


Includes


  • Patron-only content
  • Monthly Q&A
  • Access to exclusive interviews, but also unpublished parts of my interviews and features, and to translations of French interviews
  • Podcasts and audio posts
  • Early access to writing
  • Get your ideas selected for new posts
  • See parts of my books and other published work before anyone
Let's Be Penfriends!
$50 or more per month
That is an incredible level of commitment here, so we def need to keep in touch regularly! Here you'll get all of the above of course, but will also be added into a special mailing list to receive a monthly newsletter with exclusive content, backstage news and other reading / listenting / watching recommandations. 


Includes


  • Access to patron-only content
  • Monthly Q&A
  • Access to exclusive interviews, but also unpublished parts of my interviews and features, and to translations of French interviews
  • Podcasts and audio posts
  • Early access to writing
  • Get your ideas selected for new posts
  • See parts of my books and other published work before anyone
  • You will also be added on a specific mailing list so you can receive a monthly newsletter : exclusive content & recommandations
Waving to the Happy Few
$100 or more per month
This would be an amazing subscription level here and I have a hard time believing it'll happen. BUT if anyone feels like doing it, no doubt they deserve a super special treatment. So you'll get all of the above, and I will offer you one digital copy of my current book The Quest and of my next ones. You'll also get a second Q&A per month. And your name will also appear in the acknowledgement of my next books.
Includes


  • Access to patron-only content
  • A Q&A session twice a month
  • Access to unpublished parts of my interviews and features, and to translations of French interviews
  • Podcasts and audio posts
  • Early access to writing
  • Get your ideas selected for new posts
  • See parts of my books and other published work before anyone
  • You will also be added on a specific mailing list so you can receive a monthly newsletter: exclusive content & recommandations
  • You get one print copy of my new books for FREE
  • Your name will appear in the acknowledgement of my next books
Goals
3% complete
With this amount of money:
- I could add a few big tournaments on my reporting schedule and still stay on my budget. That would mean more reporting and so more content for you too.
- I could have more freedom in the topics I cover and the time I dedicate to them
- I could spend more time on research and writing for upcoming books.
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Hi everybody,

My name is Carole Bouchard. I've been a sports journalist (and mostly a tennis writer) for exactly 13 years now. I was a staff writer at L'Equipe (one of the biggest French media group) and I'm back being my own boss since the end of 2014. It was my decision and I couldn't have taken a better one when I see where it's been leading me so far. I'm now working for French and International newspapers, magazines and radios as I travel the world to follow tennis all season long. I've also written a book, The Quest, about Novak Djokovic's historical win at Roland-Garros in 2016. I'd have never done all of this without being a freelance.

Why am I here talking to you? For many reasons! First of all, I'm getting tired to throw in the bin so many good content week after week as they don't make the cut for my traditional clients. Tired also to have to give up on many features ideas. And not because all of the above isn't good, but because nowadays there's often not enough space in the pages, or not enough space in the magazine, or because the editor doesn't like the topic or because it's deemed not "bankable enough" to take a chance and put a tag on it. Yet, each time I'm sure readers would be interested. Frustrating, right? And then one day I'm reading an article about Patreon and how it works and I'm like: wait, I can go directly to readers?! That sounds like a plan. And that's why I'm now here: as you would subscribe to a newspaper or a website, you could now subscribe to a writer.

Sure I could put all of this content on my blog but I don't consider that blog as a job: it's a hobby. You rarely make money with a hobby ;) If I dedicate time and effort on a journalistic work, it can't be for free. Free doesn't get you to go on reporting and writing. Here I'm going to give you exclusive and professional content as I report on tournaments and professional tennis life all season long. Win-win situation, no? I feel journalism is at an exciting time where the channels to reach out to the audience have multiplied like wow. You can get lost in there and struggle to make a living, or you can embrace it, adjust and go on with your career. That's what I've been doing, and I want to keep my trust in it. Quality job still gives you a career. And pays the bills.

Another reason I'm here: I want to do more and better. I'm my own business for years now and it's working, so here I'm starting another branch of this business by providing premium content directly to readers. I'm often baffled by the support and interest my coverage receive on social media, but that's the proof that you guys are all here for content. Content has a future. To provide it, one has to dedicate hours and hours, and also be where the action happens. And nowadays being on the ground is a luxury for every journalist, freelances even more. So here I am trying to create another side of the business that will also contribute to make the whole system working as a whole for years and years.

Writing that book along with keeping all my daily work also proved to be quite challenging. I had to turn down some work, to stop pitching features to some clients: I had to make choices. Here I'm also trying to see if there's a way to make those choices more easily as other projects are on the way. So if you trust the quality of my work, join and subscribe to what should be an entertaining adventure!


Recent posts by Carole Bouchard

Tiers
Become A Patron
$3 or more per month
Thank you! You've decided to subscribe and be a part of my work: that's already huge. You now get access to all locked posts here (reports, players' reactions, colums, features) and to a monthly Q&A.


Includes


  • Access to patron-only content
  • Monthly Q&A
Tennis, the uncut and extended edition
$5 or more per month
Massive thanks for this level of interest! You now get all of the above but also the extra of published interviews, full and/or exclusive interviews, translations of those conducted in French. Added to this, you will have access to longer versions of features when they haven't been able to make the traditional cut. 


Includes


  • Access to patron-only content
  • Monthly Q&A
  • Access to exclusive interviews, but also unpublished parts of my interviews and features, and to translations of French interviews
Le coin français !
$7 or more per month
Amis de la francophonie, bonjour ! Dans cet espace unique, vous retrouverez articles, réactions et entretiens. Originaux ou traduits de ma production en anglais. Vous trouverez aussi des posts audio en français (joueurs, entourage, médias, officiels). Un suivi exclusif de la vie sur le circuit.


If you're not French, it's the place to improve your languages skill.


Includes


- Articles

- Interviews

- Chroniques

- Posts audio



Let's also HEAR from the Tour!
$10 or more per month
Here we're getting into the multitasking world of nowadays journalism! So for this level of interest that goes on in expanding the range of my coverage and time dedicated to writing projects, you get all of the above, but will also have exclusive access to podcasts with special guests, and audio posts of interviews. 


Includes


  • Access to patron-only content
  • Monthly Q&A
  • Access to exclusive interviews, but also unpublished parts of my interviews and features, and to translations of French interviews
  • Podcasts and audio posts
Hello, Reporting and Writing Squad!
$20 or more per month
With this subscription, you make a massive difference! Now you'll get all of the above, but will also be able to read the content in advance, see some parts of my books before they're published and same for other published work. You'll also be able to pitch me stories / topics you'd like to see me write about and see some of them picked regularly.


Includes


  • Patron-only content
  • Monthly Q&A
  • Access to exclusive interviews, but also unpublished parts of my interviews and features, and to translations of French interviews
  • Podcasts and audio posts
  • Early access to writing
  • Get your ideas selected for new posts
  • See parts of my books and other published work before anyone
Let's Be Penfriends!
$50 or more per month
That is an incredible level of commitment here, so we def need to keep in touch regularly! Here you'll get all of the above of course, but will also be added into a special mailing list to receive a monthly newsletter with exclusive content, backstage news and other reading / listenting / watching recommandations. 


Includes


  • Access to patron-only content
  • Monthly Q&A
  • Access to exclusive interviews, but also unpublished parts of my interviews and features, and to translations of French interviews
  • Podcasts and audio posts
  • Early access to writing
  • Get your ideas selected for new posts
  • See parts of my books and other published work before anyone
  • You will also be added on a specific mailing list so you can receive a monthly newsletter : exclusive content & recommandations
Waving to the Happy Few
$100 or more per month
This would be an amazing subscription level here and I have a hard time believing it'll happen. BUT if anyone feels like doing it, no doubt they deserve a super special treatment. So you'll get all of the above, and I will offer you one digital copy of my current book The Quest and of my next ones. You'll also get a second Q&A per month. And your name will also appear in the acknowledgement of my next books.
Includes


  • Access to patron-only content
  • A Q&A session twice a month
  • Access to unpublished parts of my interviews and features, and to translations of French interviews
  • Podcasts and audio posts
  • Early access to writing
  • Get your ideas selected for new posts
  • See parts of my books and other published work before anyone
  • You will also be added on a specific mailing list so you can receive a monthly newsletter: exclusive content & recommandations
  • You get one print copy of my new books for FREE
  • Your name will appear in the acknowledgement of my next books