I just took a big step on my writing journey! I submitted an essay to The Writer magazine for a contest. Part of the prize will be publication in their magazine!
Unfortunately, it may be a couple of months before the winner is announced, so I’ll have this on my mind until then. But I’ve been looking at what I need to do (other than actually write my novel) to truly turn this into a career. At the very least, a part-time career. Let’s face it, not all authors can have writing as their sole income.
With that in mind, I’m going to ask a favor. This contest, as do most other writing contests, comes with an entry fee. I’ve already put out a decent amount of money on my writing journey, and if I plan to pursue this more seriously (and I do) then it will require more.
I started a Ko-fi account:
Ko-fi lets you buy me cups of coffee. These cups of coffee are completely symbolic, mind you. It’s actually a way to give small (or large, if you so choose) donations to your favorite content creators.
Part of my journey to get more serious about my writing career includes this blog. I want to provide more content here. In addition to my book reviews, I want to post more on writing and the world of publication. With a full-time job, which sometimes extends into overtime, most of my spare time would consist of writing (both for my novel and this blog) and reading for reviews. Honestly, I’ll do this without the donations, because it’s what I want to do, but I could use the motivation, and it would be nice to know that people are truly interested in the content I provide. It would be awesome to know that I have your support!
I’m also considering starting a Patreon to offer some exclusive benefits to regular supporters, but I’m not there yet. I want to be sure that I can provide good, consistent content before I ask anyone to become a consistent supporter.
With the Ko-fi donations (as well as the Patreon if I ever set one up) the money would go toward my writing career. Writing resources, memberships, conferences (possibly in the future), blog costs, entry/submission fees, etc, would be covered with your support.
So, please consider this. And let me know if you would be interested in becoming a patron through Patreon.