The art of asking for money (I got a Patreon)

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'From what I've seen, it isn't so much the act of asking that paralyzes us--it's what lies beneath: the fear of being vulnerable, the fear of rejection, the fear of looking needy or weak. The fear of being seen as a burdensome member of the community instead of a productive one.' - Amanda Palmer.

In The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer write about how crucial it is to ask people for things. About how it makes us in turn vulnerable and strong, but it's what we need to do it we want to progress and create and grow as a person.

I set up a Patreon account at the weekend. For those of you who don't know what it is, it's a service 'creators' can sign up to and ask people to become patrons, who pay the creator money either every time they release something new, or monthly. Rewards and perks and goals are set up in order to see the creator's progress, and for them to give something back to their patrons above the work they create. I've set up some rewards, some a little silly and others to do with my writing.

So I'm asking you to look at my Patreon account. If you like what I do, or want me to do more of what I promised I'm going to do (that short story collection isn't going to write itself), then you could sign up to give $1 on a monthly basis. Or don't, it's your call. But the option is there. I know we don't all have money to burn, but I figured this was the first step towards that whole 'becoming a paid writer' thing. Depending on yourself and the support of those around you.

You can find my page here. $10 a month will get you a copy of my ebook when that eventually happens. For $25 a month you could even be in it.

I asked, like Amanda told me to. Now it's time to not feel weird about it. Usual content will resume on Wednesday!

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