The concept of arts patronage is probably older than I have the time or desire to research, but the fundamental aspect of it is that patrons, typically rich old white dudes in positions of power, would pay the bills for artists of various stripes so they could create without worrying about how they were going to feed themselves or put a roof over their heads.
Sounds neat, right?
This type of arrangement has waxed and waned over the years, but has recently received a welcome resurgence, largely thanks to the digital age. Which brings us to the website Patreon.
Patreon is a platform where writers, bloggers, artists, musicians, podcasters, etc can directly post to their target audience, who in turn pay a small monthly donation. Supporters can choose how much they wish to give, and in turn receive various perks/rewards depending on the amount pledged.
I’ve been a Patreon supporter for a while now, but for the first time I’m finally ready to start sharing original fiction creations and early access to these blog posts with patrons of my own.
Once there, you can choose your reward level; Azalea ($1/month), Belladonna ($2/month), Hyacinth ($5/month), or Nightshade ($10/month). Each level comes with different perks, and yes, they are named after various poisonous flowers because that’s my aesthetic and lovely things can be deadly, too.
Not that my posts will be deadly, per se.
Well, not all the characters will survive, but you should be fine.
Also, you'll get some quality content like this:
These pledges help me on the way to my goals, which are all geared toward assisting me along in my writing journey. Goals are listed on the left side of my Patreon page.
But whether or not you become one of my Patreon patrons, I hope you continue to enjoy reading my posts and supporting me in other ways!