I have a personal Patreon page now, as do so many independent artists and creatives in today’s world. It is a platform through which anyone in the public can choose to become a patron of an artist, musician, writer, filmmaker, or a company engaged in those kinds of activities.
For myself, this is something that can be of tremendous help in advancing and growing in my content creation and activities.
At the moment, in addition to being a writer, I am also developing a TV show, co-hosting a weekly podcast, co-hosting a weekly V-log, engaging in weekly blogging, hosting original content on my own YouTube channel weekly, while also tending to all the tasks involved in running a press (Seventh Star Press) and convention (Imaginarium Convention).
The workload is seven days a week, with most days being long, whether twelve hours, fourteen, or even more (and sometimes overnight). It doesn’t come with any guarantees. No benefits of any sort, like healthcare or paid vacation or sick days. When I’m dealing with an illness, I have to still meet deadlines and make things work on a regular basis.
I’m not complaining. This is what I do. I love the areas of activity I am involved in and have always maintained I’ll work 80 hours a week at something I like versus 30 in something I have no interest or passion for.
At this stage of my journey, I have seen that the work I do does help and benefit a great many others, in many ways.
Seventh Star Press has enabled a great many authors to have their work published, with quality presentations that involve great care in regard to cover art and layouts. It has also provided lots of opportunities for editors and artists, and serviced many thousands of readers with quality content.
The Imaginarium Convention has delivered a wealth of opportunities in learning, networking and empowerment to all kinds of independent creatives, whether authors, editors, publishers, filmmakers and artists.
The Vlogs, blogs and podcasts all serve to regularly provide insights, education, and inspiration to all kinds of independent creatives on their own paths.
My own creative work, whether in writing or filmmaking, strives to encourage and inspire, with affirmations of positive values and outlooks in the protagonists I embrace. The Rayden Valkyrie character is a prime example of this, and I have gotten many messages from readers who have been inspired and encouraged in the ways I had hoped to see.
Ultimately, it is up to others to recognize the value in what someone does, but I believe strongly in the work that I do, what is has been for others, and what it can be for many more.
The realities are that the landscape for creatives is unpredictable and constantly shifting. It is a very difficult road to travel. The book publishing world alone sees regular, profound changes in the way books are marketed and sold, and these changes are rarely, if ever, truly helpful to smaller press and independent writers. Similarly, ad revenue streams on things like Google Ads or YouTube monetization sees sudden and unhelpful changes, such as the famous “adpocalypse” last fall.
A little help is needed and this is where a group of Patrons can make a huge difference.
Having a little more surety in what I can look to each month can enable me to develop even stronger content and participate in more activities like workshops and events. I can upgrade the equipment I use regularly, take advantage of more marketing opportunities to raise awareness of my work and all the things I am involved in. From growth to production value, Patrons would help me develop and keep improving in all my spheres of activity.
I can assure potential Patrons that the result will be increased content with stronger presentation, which will, in turn, benefit a much greater number of independent creatives. There is a real synergy that can happen with a solid base of support at Patreon. I look forward to engaging regularly with my Patrons, no matter what level each chooses to participate at.
If you are interested in supporting my work in any area, whether my writing, my broadcasting/Vlogging, my filmmaking, blogging, or the work I do for Seventh Star Press and the Imaginarium Convention, please consider becoming one of my Patrons.
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. It means a lot to me. more than you might realize.
You can visit my Patreon page at the link below to learn more: