Byzantium Sky Pressis creating and publishing engaging stories from inspiring women
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You receive my undying gratitude. And I'll post drafts of client book covers, interior design screenshots and/or video from what I'm designing, and/or book covers that didn't make my client's vision. Basically, whatever I’m currently working on—I appreciate feedback and criticism!
All of the above, PLUS a snail-mailed flash fiction (300 words or less)—signed by me. (These may or may not end up in an anthology later on). They also may or may not be related each month.
About Byzantium Sky Press
I thrive on stories, any stories, on the what-ifs in life, on what makes people change, tick, and live. As Lisa Cron says, “In a nutshell: A story is about how the things that happen affect someone in pursuit of a difficult goal, and how that person changes internally as a result."
I’ve been reading books since I was about three. They have helped me through the biggest hurts in life and continue to inspire me in every way imaginable. I’ve been writing books since I was in fifth grade (I might feel confident enough to share it with you all one day).
I feel more connected to humanity with every book I read. Stories help us develop a sense of belonging, they help us create empathy, find joy, and can even give us the confidence we need to make tough, but necessary decisions. We learn from books, become humble, and find hope.
Stories don’t end at books, though…
Writers of all kinds—journalists, scriptwriters, podcasters, and influencers all write amazing content. The delivery is different, but the end result is the same: Story.
Baz Luhrmann co-wrote the movie Australia, and is probably responsible for one of my favorite lines in the movie. It’s from the Drover: “Most people like to own things. You know, land, luggage, other people. Makes them feel secure. But all that can be taken away. And in the end, the only thing you really own is your story. Just tryin' to live a good one.”
We all own our stories. And we should all try to live and tell good ones.
And I’ve found that the only people who really matter when I’m telling stories, are the readers, those people picking up my novel—or my clients’ books—and supporting my dream and the dreams of others in this same business. And Patreon is a great way for people to support their favorite story-tellers.
So how does Patreon work?
Patreon allows me to continue doing what I’m already doing by giving back to those fans and supporters who love the work that I do. I will be considering it my tip jar that keeps me going. It will help me pay bills, fill my tank to see new clients, and, maybe, one fine day, allow me to work from home.
All I have wanted to do with my life since I was sixteen and saw Romancing the Stone (Joan Wilder? The Joan Wilder? I read your books. I read all your books!) was be in the publishing world, whether that be writing books or creating art for book covers. Fortunately, I can do both now. But it takes a lot of time and costs in way of design and invoicing programs, stock image purchases, travel to meet clients, and writing time.
And what do you get out of this?
My enthusiasm to continue doing what I love to do: Work in the book world. I’m excited to be sharing all my design and interior layout projects for honest and constructive feedback… because, let’s face it, we really do judge books by their covers! But once we crack open that cover that grabbed our attention, we will find great stories inside.
So I can’t wait to share all my fun—and frustrating—projects. I’ll give you, as a patron, exclusive access to the works-in-progress covers, designs that got cut, and final products, as well as giveaways like actual books and excerpts of my own writing before it is published. You might even get a flash fiction in the mail or stickers and bookmarks.
I hope you’ll join me in creating awesome book covers that help others share their writing passion, as well as enjoying all the behind-the-scenes fun of writing a novel and peeks into a writer’s mind.