Good Evening (or morning), my lovelies!
I know you’re all very busy, so I’m only asking for a few moments of your time.
There have been a great many changes in my life in the last six months. We have a puppy now, who is taking up a lot of my time in the evenings. And I’m going to be building a house (hopefully ready by July). While it’s not my dream house yet, it’s still going to be a beautiful starter house in the wonderful town of Milton not more than 5 miles where I live now.
I’ve also been extremely busy with my side business, Byzantium Sky Press. For those of you who don’t know me, this business is my baby. Since I published Still Life in Blood in 2013, this business has always been my love. My main goal is to see BSP thrive and to help authors of all walks of life to publish their work—whether it would be their personal memoir or a novel they’ve been working on for years or a collection of poetry. To see the joy on their face when they hold their book in their hand for the first time is one of the greatest beauties for me.
One of my clients had ALS. I was able to help her publish two collections of poetry before she passed that brought tears to my eyes and the biggest of smiles to her face. That—her smile, her enthusiasm—is what drives me to help my clients.
That being said, I’ve started a new “project” to help fund my passion for book cover design and layout, as well as editing others’ work, and working on my own writing. This project will allow me to work on more of the things I love, like book covers and interiors and my own writing, by helping me pay for expenses such as my Adobe programs, stock photography, office equipment, computer maintenance, internet, electric, and all the other boring things a business owner must pay for, including an office and library and home.
This project is called Patreon.
If you haven’t heard of Patreon, it’s basically a Tip Jar for creators of all forms (writing, art, music, photography, etc.). If you like my work—my writing and/or design work—you can choose to be a “patron” of mine and donate a small amount of money per month to help me with my art.
a person who gives financial or other support to a person, organization, cause, or activity.
Patreon is a modern day collection of patrons, if you will, like those of the past. The only difference between patrons like the de Medici’s back then and today’s patrons is that today’s patrons are regular folks like my neighbors, extended family, or even complete strangers. They choose how much they donate to help me create my art.
In return for their patronage, my patrons receive monthly exclusives from me that the rest of the public doesn’t get, like stickers, current customer projects, sneak peeks of Still Life in Ice in the writing stage, or even ARC’s of Still Life in Ice. The higher the patronage amount, the better the monthly perks. For example, the Advanced Reader Copy of Still Life in Ice before it launches (the Rowling’s tier) is a bigger perk than the Flash Fiction snail-mailed once a month (the Gaiman’s tier). I love this idea because I get to share my work, get feedback on it before it hits shelves, and my patron knows they are helping me follow my dream.
I’m not asking for your patronage today, but I’m asking for you to consider it. Just take a look at my page, check out the posts that are public. If you’re interested in being a patron, please sign up. You’ll get personalized e-thank you notes from me for starting with me.
And maybe mine is not the type of patronage you’d want to support, but perhaps there are others on Patreon who spark your passion and for whom you wish to patron. The more the merrier!
Check it out and let me know what you think, my dear friends.
Thank you so much for your time!
And if you are already a Patreon member, thank you so much for helping a girl out!