Paying it forward with Patreon.

Followers of this blog may remember that last year was not a good year for me in a lot of ways. I won’t recap why. The bottom line is that back in October, I woke up to the fact that if I ever want to earn a living with my writing, I need to change a lot of things, and in the last several months I’ve made drastic attempts at doing so. In fact, the last four months have treated me well. I’m not blind to this, and in recent months, I’ve made it a point to pay things forward as much as I can.

Enough about me, though. This post isn’t for me. It’s for my friend Tony, or as you know him, Anthony J. Rapino. He’s an English teacher, a horror fan, and best of all, he’s a damn good writer. You already know how I feel about his first novel, Soundtrack to the End of the World, and his audio book, Reality Engineers. He writes great stories, and like me, he’s trying to find a way to earn a living by doing what he loves most: writing.

Last week, Tony kicked off a campaign at the website Patreon. It’s sort of like Kickstarter, except instead of a single project, you get to support a content creator’s ongoing endeavors. You can commit a minimum amount per month, sort of like a subscription, and there are benefits to pitching in higher amounts. For example, I’ve pledged $2 a month. It’s not much, but it’s a start, and if more people pledged even at this low level–say, 50 of you, for example–that would be $100 extra a month that Tony could invest into a new camera for his video blogs. It would allow him to buy a copy of Scrivener to use for his next novel. Hell, he could even use it to hire an eBook designer to bring Reality Engineers to Kindles.

Whatever he chooses to use it for is up to him, but I know this guy, and I’ll vouch for his honesty and integrity: he’ll use it for the right reasons. Tony’s worth at least $2 a month, and I have no problem pitching in if it means we get more stories from him.

So go check out his Patreon page. Contribute if you can. Support the artists you enjoy and admire.