So last year, I wrote about The Art of Asking, which talked about the relationship between an artist and their audience.
Well, here I am again, asking.
I just set up my very own Patreon page.
For those of you who don't know what Patreon is, it's a crowd-funding site much like Kickstarter. However, unlike Kickstarter, it isn't necessarily geared toward a specific project, and is more for enabling and supporting artists to do what they already do.
Now, for me, this feels so thoroughly Greek, in that 1) it feels awkward and strange to ask for money and 2) the concept of patrons to the arts has such a rich history in ancient Greece. So I guess this is me asking you join that distinguished tapestry of history.
By funding my smut.
Most of the content I churn out is out there on the internet for free. And that's something I want to continue. I like sharing with you all. I enjoy the process of doing what I love and the results that allow a person in Indonesia or England or Seattle or down the street from me to see what I have to offer in a way they otherwise never would have. And I don't want to deny someone accessibility to it based on something as base as money.
So this is not about charging people for my work.
The blog posts and stories and photos that I normally post, I will continue to post and put out there for free for anyone who cares to enjoy them.
More than anything, this Patreon account is an attempt to make the creative process a bit more collaborative. Instead of just posting about topics and stories that I feel are interesting when and how I want to, I want to hear from you. Want me to post more often? Want me to post more about a specific topic? Want me to answer a question? Want a story featuring your favorite characters? Want to be featured as a character in one of my stories? Want to see my next novel hit digital shelves a little faster? Pledge a little something and let me know. I want to know.
Because, as I've said before, if you're willing to reach out to me, I am more than thrilled to do what I can to reach back.
I tried my best to keep the pledging pretty reasonable, starting from a single $1 per month to get access to Patron-only content and progress updates on my current novel or story or shoot, going all the way up to $5 per month to get your very own character put into one of my stories.
Please, check out the page and let me know what you think. Are the pledges worth it? Would you participate in something like this? If not, why not? Is there something else you think I offer?
Again, this is about collaboration. I want to know what you want. In essence, I'm asking you one of the most important questions in the world: What are you into?