The short version is I'm Ava. I'm a YouTuber, freelance editor, and YA author. I'm also a smol chronically ill Latinx person figuring myself out through pretending to be other people having their own fantastic—and terrible—adventures on the page for a couple hours a day, as one does.
Above all else I'm a storyteller. And I love helping other people tell stories, too.
That's a great question with a complicated—but also not-so-complicated—answer. For years I've been helping others write novels of their own through my blog, Writability, and YouTube channel, bookishpixie. I love doing it and I've met so many wonderful people along the way.
For a long time I'd mostly lived at home when I wasn't living on a campus somewhere, which kept my expenses relatively low. That was fine, but as of September is no longer be the case, because I moved out to start grad school, which is awesome, and exciting, but also means I need to prioritize my time to pay the bills.
But I really, really don't want to stop helping writers. That would make me very sad. And I think it would make some writers sad, too. And being sad isn't fun.
So why Patreon, you ask? Because I love helping writers, and I love sharing my work, and I love creating books and videos and I want to keep doing all of that. I also want to be able to—eventually—make a living writing full-time. So what better way to keep helping writers by talking about what I love than on a platform where we can help each other? A place where I can create a special community of people who get all the insider, behind-the-scenes information, as well as things to help you improve your writing skills and manuscripts, and a peek at things I know many of you are after, like what I'm working on and those super-old, super-terrible manuscripts I've trunked.
I can give you special access to my work and brain you won't get anywhere else. And in return, you guise can help me continue to do what I love—which is help you and give you more stories to read. It's a win for everyone, and much more fun than being sad, I think.
So will you join me?