Welcome! I have a confession to make: I'm a hopeless writing addict. It's what I love to do more than anything else. I only recently worked up the courage to start putting stuff out there despite my own perfectionist tendencies, but now that I've got the ball rolling, I'm looking forward to bringing you plenty of top-notch fiction, poetry, and occasional essays on learning. You can see my previously finished works up on Amazon!
While I'm certainly intending to build up a sales base for my works on Amazon's Kindle Store, it's important to me that this stuff gets read. Going forward, I'll be serializing my fiction over on Medium so that it's freely available for anyone to read if they wish. My hope is that those who enjoy my works enough will see fit either to buy the e-book versions of my stories when they're made available, or choose to sponsor my work on a monthly basis via this Patreon account.
The other purpose of this account is that my non-fiction works--poems and essays--are not likely to end up in book format at any point, so anybody who might wish to sponsor me on the basis of those works has the option to do so here without needing to buy e-books they don't want.
I'm happy to spend the rest of my life building up authorship as my career, as it's the job I've always dreamed of having. However, there are two shorter term goals that I'm currently most preoccupied with and where people who care to sponsor my work will be helping make all this possible.
The first is meeting my essential living expenses. For my whole professional life, I've worked as a freelancer in various areas. It's good work if you can get it, and the flexibility is nice, but it does take up time I'd rather spend writing. Now that I'm rolling and I'm looking to put out 8 or so novels every year, I need to be able to financially sustain myself without having to take on a load of extra work. The ways things are right now, I can coast on savings for a couple months, but that will get much harder fairly quickly.
So the first goal is $1,000/month from all writing-based income sources--Patreon being one, Amazon sales being another. Between that and my current freelance workload, I will be able to maintain a brisk pace and eventually start rolling back my freelance work hours.
The second goal is $2,800/month from all writing-based income sources. This mark means a lot of things to me. First, it allows me to toss my freelance work entirely--yeah, I'd be living on a tight budget, but I always have--and focus exclusively on my writing. It also means that I'll be able to reinvest this money back into my work with things like commissioned art for projects beyond just book covers. Past this point . . . well, we'll start dreaming those dreams when we cross this line. There are also some personal reasons that make this amount special to me, but again, we'll talk about that when we get there.
What's In It For Us?
Well, primarily, I can continue to write the stuff my readers enjoy at a good pace. Not being able to make a career of writing would mean I'd have to dig back into other work, taking time and mental energy away from said writing. At higher levels of patronage, you'll receive free copies of things in e-book form as they're released, and the further along I go and the more I branch out into other projects, you can expect the rewards system to evolve along with me.
I'm excited to introduce my readers to the worlds, characters, poems, and ideas that take up 99% of my headspace, and thank you all in advance for helping to make that possible!