Okay, so I've been doing the starving-artist routine for the last year-and-a-half, during which I started a blog and published a vampire novel.
Not bad for a midlife-crisis. At least I didn't buy a sports car and start cheating on the Princess...
And, while I'm not exactly starving, I'm not exactly rolling in revenue, either.
Now, it's been pointed out to me by other creative hustlers that, if I'm going to make a living at this game, I need to create 'multiple revenue streams' -- and I shouldn't be afraid of actually begging.
So, while I've got the blog and the book, I am now putting up a 'donate' button from PayPal.
Here's how this is going to work:
I'm asking for donations of any amount in order to help offset the costs of printing and distributing and marketing my book(s) and blog. All donations received will be used for these purposes only, and sufficiently generous donations will receive public thanks (or not, depending on the wishes of the donor) and they may even get mentioned in the acknowledgement section of whatever project I am currently working on.
What am I currently working on? Besides the blog, I'm drafting three novels, including a sequel to Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir. Both of the other novels are comedies, although one of them is more of an action-comedy, since it features a super-powered serial killer who happens to be a doppelganger for the richest bachelor in Las Vegas. Sounds hilarious, right?
So, if you feel like being a patron to an artist, then throw me a few ducats. Hit that "donate" button! No donation is too small (and certainly no amount is too large, either).
I promise to return the love. I might even use your name as a character in my latest opus.