Please visit my Patreon page here.
BOBBY'S PATRONS (awesome people, one and all)
Shantala Kay Russell
Welcome to my Patreon Page!
Well, it's official. I've built myself a Patreon page, which you already know since you're here, right? Welcome. I'm still learning the ropes here so please bear with me as I stumble around to find my footing. Also, please share the link with your friends if you don't mind.
Why start a Patreon page you might ask?
This is one of those questions I expect to get a lot. After all, I am a published author of many titles and have even won an award or two for my work. Don't believe it? Check out www.bobbynash.com where I'll happily tell you all about it.
For as long as there have been artists (and by artists I mean painters, writers, actors, sculptors, musicians, and the like) there have been patrons of the arts, those generous souls who donate to those crazy, madcap creative types to help them live while they create their art. Sometimes, as in the case of Patreon, this is a monetary donation.
I originally started this Patreon page as a way to help cover the costs associated with writing and traveling to conventions, of which I do about 15 a year, on average. I would love to travel greater distances for cons to spread the word about my work. In recent months, my day job went away and now I'm trying to make a go of it as a full-time writer while taking care of two ailing parents. So far, I'm off to a good start, but still not quite enough to pay the bills so Patreon funds will also go toward paying the occasional car payment or phone bill.
Patreon acts like a subscription service for my books. Each month, I send out at least one ebook to my patrons at the $5 and above levels. If a book is released in that month, they will get that one as well. Some months, they get one, but usually it is more than one. $5 a month is actually cheaper than buying them outright, but this way the majority of the money flows to the author.
For those interested in supporting me on Patreon, I offer some exclusive and first looks at novellas I'm producing myself through my BEN Books imprint. Patreon supporters will see those before anyone else. I do a monthly giveaway and supporters names will go in the hat for those prizes. I'll also do the occasional artwork for supporters as well. I can also do either hangouts or Skype groups as well once I work out the logistics. There's also an idea I'm floating for one on one or group tutorial sessions. I think that could be fun. I'd love the opportunity to meet my Patrons face to face at conventions and offer a special deal or two at my table. I'm sure other ideas will come to me as I go along, but if you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them. Maybe we can make them happen.
If you've read this far down and are still here, thanks for checking out my Patreon page. I appreciate your support. Let's create some cool stuff together.