I have begun to wonder lately whether I shouldn’t find some way to monetize my art. Whispers abound (in my mind) of near certain near future reductions of income due to politics and strife, etc. What to do? One has heard tell of the fabled Patreon System, in which “Randos” from the extremities of Space & Time converge into a point to supply needed cash unto the supplicating hands of “Creatives,” a category in which it looks potentially profitable to place myself.
What all that blather is trying to tell you: I’m launching a Patreon page. Patrons will pay a monthly stipend to support my ability to write, and in return, they’ll get to read my writing in the form of PDFs that I will post on the site. More generous Patrons will also receive signed copies of my books, past and future. (It’s possible I’ll create audio performances of my work, as well, but don’t hold your breath. If I receive requests for it, however, I may be more inclined to pursue that project!)
To begin with, I’ll post, over a stretch of time, all the pieces in I, No Other and Mendicant City. Eventually—after they’ve been released and respectfully aged—I’ll post the pieces in Furious in the Expanse and Divine In Essence. If I create new work, I may simply post it at Patreon right away, especially if I’ve actually got some patrons there. Eventually, this venue should become the authoritative repository for my oeuvre.
I’ll, of course, be happy to supply work to publishers who ask me nicely—always a pleasure to hear from them!—but I’m less inclined to be actively banging on doors anymore. I just don’t have the energy or the motivation, sad to say.
I’m going to start the Patreon off with a bang. An unpublished masterpiece of mine called “The Life of Cherry.” There’s a free teaser at Patreon in the very first post, and if you want to read the rest, you’ll just have to … patronize. (Is that the proper usage?)