Hello, you lovely people! Just to let you know that, as of today, you can be a partner in my writerly endeavours by supporting me on Patreon.
For those of you who don't know, Patreon is a website that has basically re-invented the old idea of artistic patronage. (And, for a lover of the 18th century, what could be more appropriate?) Only instead of having one big, aristocratic patron (Count Pageno, I'm looking at you!) you have lots of little patrons. (Financially speaking. This is not a comment on your worth as a human being, because you're all excellent specimens, as evidenced by your reading my blog.)
So, it works a bit like a fan club. If you click on the big orange button above, you'll see that you can join the club at different levels, for different amounts of money. The lowest price is $1/less than £1, which is less than the price of a cup of tea. (Unless you're drinking in the local village hall or something, in which case it's probably the price of tea, toast and a biscuit!) Readers outside the US, please don't be alarmed by the dollar signs! You can pay through PayPal and the site will do all the conversions for you.
You will see on the site that I've given the different levels names suitable to the Angelio Trilolgy, my major work in progress, so its starts at Courtyard level and goes right up to Secret Library level. I've got a whole range of rewards lined up, from sneak peeks to exclusive stories and surprise bundles. Patrons at Orangery level ($3) and above will have access to behind-the-scenes files, which means you'll get to learn a little about Angelio and find out exactly who Count Pageno is. All patrons will have the satisfaction of being part of the creative process, and helping to fund all those things a writer has to do, but that occasional, one-off payments for stories just don't cover - whether that's maintaining my website, research trips, or my annual week at Summer School, getting much-needed support and inspiration from my fellow-writers. As a patron, you'll be able to see exactly what you've funded, freeing me up to write more of the stories you love.
This is a big deal for me, so if you would like to support, sign up today and tell your friends. If you don't want to support or haven't got the money, just tell your friends. Rich friends. Or total strangers on the bus. Bus drivers. Next-door-neighbours. Dogs. Well, maybe not dogs, but you get the picture.
The adventure begins!