I’ve met a lot of talented people on the street.
From artists to performers to musicians, lots of people share their talents on streets and sidewalks. All they ask for in exchange for sharing their art with you is some spare change tossed into a hat at their feet.
In a way, creating and sharing content on the internet feels a lot like busking. You pour your heart and soul into your craft and then share what you create online in hopes of gaining and connecting with an audience who appreciates your work as much as you do. The biggest difference is that a lot of us don’t have a hat out to accept tips from patrons.
I often get asked what my plans are for The Star and the Ocean once it’s finished. People encourage me to publish and, in truth, it’s something I’m seriously considering (although the more I learn about the traditional publishing industry the more I think self publishing may be the way to go for me). But that step is still a long way off: there’s an entire second book that needs to be written and then the entire project will need a heavy round of revision before it’s ready to sell in any format. Until then, I’m happy to keep writing and sharing the first draft of this and other projects online for free!
This said, while I’ve never expected to make a lot of money off my work, I do spend a ridiculous amount of time writing, editing, and sharing my projects. Which is why I figured it might be time to throw my own hat down for anyone that may be interested in supporting what I make along the way.
I don’t feel I have the following nor the time to commit to Patreon (hopefully one day though!) but once I heard of Ko-fi I figured tossing a button up on the site couldn’t hurt!
If you’re not familiar with Ko-fi, it’s a site that allows fans to make micro-donations (a couple of bucks- not unlike tossing change into a busker’s hat!) to the content creators they follow. It works through Paypal so you know it’s quick, easy, and secure.
If you’re enjoying The Star and the Ocean, my other writing projects, or even just my blog posts or doodles, please consider buying me a coffee! Anything you can spare goes a long way to helping me continue to produce content 🙂
Thanks everyone! Whether you can contribute or not, just know that your love and support continues to mean the world to me!