There’s no shame in poverty, though it’s still difficult to talk about. But this is where I’ve been for most of my adult life. I’ve been homeless. I am frequently one emergency away from being there again. I have no partner bringing in a steady second income. I’ve cobbled together a living now from everywhere I can in the arts–books, covers, editing, formatting.
I am also sick with an autoimmune disorder. And now that I’m getting older, I can’t spend sixteen hours a day at the computer working, writing books after putting in 8-10-hour days. I have to choose what to spend my “spoons” on. I’d like to spend more of it writing, but book sales are unpredictable.
I do, however, have the most amazing, loyal readers around who have offered support through Patreon since early 2015. Patreon has literally been the driving force behind me being able to write and publish more in the past five years, and why I was able to publish Livi 4-6.
Every dollar counts. Every single one. Patreon income buys the medication I need for my auto-immune disease and keeps the lights on, and has allowed me more time away from freelance work to focus on writing (literally–for ever $100 at Patreon, that’s one day a month I can take off of freelance to focusing on writing).
As other patronage options become available, I’ll continue investigating them, but here is what I currently have available.
There are multiple reward tiers from $1/month to $100/month, swag and books, ARCs and tuckerizations. This is the simplest avenue for me to continue offering things and there is an archive of posts and stories from the past several years available. Right now, Patreon is the exclusive home of the Elis O’Connor series, resurrected there when it was dead in the water, and eventually the last five Livi Talbot novels will find a home there as well.
PayPal is usually the easiest way to do that–you’ll find me at paypal.me/SkylaDawnCameron
You can buy me a coffee (or, well, cat food) here:
I’ll also be taking advantage of Ko-fi’s subscription options and storefront when I’ve got the breathing room in my schedule to fuss with it.
Buying my books direct on Payhip is also a way money goes straight to me sooner rather than later.
Just a note: me, personally, I strongly prefer things like Patreon and the like because I want to GIVE YOU stuff for your money. I rely on this monthly support but I also get uncomfortable feeling like a charity case. At the same time, this money allows me to focus on writing, thereby increasing the likelihood that more people will discover all these books. Some people don’t want “stuff”, just to toss some pennies my way monthly, so hopefully there are sufficient options for doing so.
Between Patreon and book sales, I’m able to better prioritize writing, which means folks like you chipping in $1/month are directly responsible for there being more Livi Talbot and Elis O’Connor books.
Thank you for your support.