Want to support my writing, my podcasting, my activism, and all the other stuff I do?
Here are a few ways to make that happen.
Why ask for support this way?
I want to spend more time creating fiction and other meaningful content so I can put it out into the world. At the moment my main gig is teaching creative writing classes on how to create inclusive, diverse fiction for Writing the Other.com. I find this work incredibly fulfilling, though at the moment it provides uneven income. Due to mental health challenges I haven’t been able to do full time work for the past five years, so I rely on freelancing. The silver lining is that I can do this work from anywhere, so I’m able to be a digital nomad. However, a more regular income will allow me to remain flexible yet still have some stability, which is super helpful for my mental health.
I’m doing the direct support model because it allows me to connect with the people who enjoy my fiction or podcasts or tweet rants or essays and give them this content directly.
What does my patronage support?
- Me creating more fiction.
- Me producing related content like podcasts and video series.
- My activist activities online and in meatspace.
Having a steady income means that I’ll have the time to produce more fiction and put it out into the world. It also means I’ll be able to set aside time to research and take research trips. Having the funds to do this has already made a huge difference in what I’ve written so far.
The steampunk Egypt novel I’m working on requires a ton of research as it’s the most complex thing I’ve ever written. I’m determined to get this right as I want there to be more fiction in the world that depicts Black people as technological and cultural innovators in the past, present, and future. I’m also seriously tired of the way gender and gender roles are depicted in historical fiction and intend to challenge that status quo as well.
I’ll also occasionally use the funds to go to writing retreats or workshops to hone my craft. Having the ability to take time away from work to concentrate on writing will help me get this novel done faster.
A steady income will also give me the time and mental space to concentrate on the creative endeavors that feed my writing, such as my podcast, and my social justice activism, such as my volunteer work for the Carl Brandon Society.
What do supporters get?
Whether you do a yearly payment or join Patreon, you’ll get the same rewards. One-time supporters won’t get the cool rewards, unfortunately.
Every month I’ll publish a piece of microfiction and supporters get to see it before I release it to the public via my blog.
In addition to the monthly microfiction, supporters get access to exclusive content, some of which you get to choose! At the base level that might be an essay or a video blog post about my research, something cool from my adventures as a digital nomad, or even a virtual tour of some cool place or museum I’m visiting. I’ve also done Q&As, hangout sessions, and writing jams. Some months supporters will get to vote on which they’d like me to do.
At the higher levels of support you get that content plus drafts of short stories, background scenes (DVD extra-esque), draft chapters from the novel I’m currently writing, and other cool stuff.
Will you join me?
Help me create more stories that (I hope) you’ll love! Help me make this novel a reality! Help me keep podcasting and activisting and teaching and supporting the community and, with luck, making the culture better. No matter what level of support you give you have my gratitude and a place in my heart.