HI! So, come on in, sit down, let me have a minute to talk to you.
Brace yourself. This is the part where I ask for money. Aww, I know, not a new story post 😦 I’ll be updating The Red Queen’s Lost Grave later tonight. But, first, let’s have a little talk about some things.
I need your help. Here’s why. I’m trying to get some support for my writing. Not just the writing I’m doing now, but the writing I want to do in the future. I need help to not just market my books, but to buy the time to write them and pay for workshops and classes to make me better at creating them.
But that is definitely not all. Because I have big plans for way more than just my work. If you go to my Patreon and look at my goals, you will see what my plans are as support grows. And, if you look at the last goal, you are going to see that your support isn’t just about helping me. You are helping put me in the position to help others, specifically, the children who, through educational cutbacks, are steadily losing the support to explore their creative talents. And you can help me – and get some pretty cool stuff – with as little as two bucks a month, how awesome is that?
I know, I know. Why not just start out with the charity? Well, without the ability to stand financially on my writing alone, I don’t have the ability to put the time this will need into it. Without selling books, I will not have enough money to give to it – did I mention that I’m pledging some of the profits from my books to charities? Yup. For every two dollars earned in the sales of my books after July 1st, I am going to give one dollar to a charity that supports creativity. There will be monthly polls on which charity to donate to so that my patrons, can be part of this and I will give updates every week on how many books have sold. Once I am self-sustaining from book sales alone, I will be turning my donations, along with patron pledges, to the creative clubs for children detailed in my ultimate goal.
In order to do good for others, you must first be able to take care of your own self. This is old wisdom. That is why I am focusing on my own success first. Patron pledges will make it possible for me to make my books more than just e-books on Kindle. I will be able to hire people far more talented than myself in marketing to push them. I will be able to find a regular editor and artist. Every book I sell will bring me closer to being self sustaining – plus adds a nice little kick in charity dollars. Once I am fully self reliant, I can then turn myself to the charity and give it the benefit of my intense, sometimes obsessive, focus. And, no, this won’t affect my writing because, well, I’m a writer. It’s what I do every day, and I love it too much not to do it.
See, I’m tired of always saying I don’t have the time or the money to help where it is needed. Even the charities and mentoring programs these days seem to focus more on who they are paying than who they are helping. My dad always said that, if you don’t like the way things are, then you have to stand up and fight to change it. So here I am. Standing up. I don’t just want to make a tiny impact, either. I don’t want to question if my single dollar is helping or even going where it is supposed to. I don’t want to feel like our children are being swept under the rug, making our cultures poorer in the process and that there is nothing I can do to help stop it.
I’ll tell you what I do want, though. I want to make a dent in the universe. And I want you to be one of my partners in doing it.
For more information on my mission and my plans to get there, go check out my Patreon goals. If you would like to be a part of this, then come on in. There will be weekly accountability, plenty of polls that put you in the director’s chair, and me being charming… or trying to be. The rewards aren’t bad either 😉 A pledge to me is not just helping me to become a better writer or getting you some cool stuff. It is a pledge to the creative children who may not be given a chance otherwise. Come and join me in creating a better future for the arts.