Meet Meg and Isa, a writer and an illustrator who joined forces to create the fairy tale adventure comic, Namesake. Members: Isabelle Melancon (Quebec, Canada) and Megan Lavey-Heaton (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/namesake   Q+A with NameSake   Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create: Isa: Together, me and Megan make comics, often in the fantasy genre, and often inspired by fairy tale and literature. Our lead series is the fairy tale adventure comic Namesake.   How did you get your start as a creator? Isa: I’ve been interested in doing comics since I was a kid, my parents had a lot of French comics for me and my brothers to read. During college and University, I had a minimal…

Meet Cyrille Aimee, a professional jazz vocalist who, in addition to singing in 3 languages and releasing over 7 records, is making time to create online music videos. Location: Brooklyn, New York Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/cyrilleaimee   Q+A with Cyrille Aimee   Patreon: Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create. Cyrille Aimee: My main focus of creation is music, and videos to go along with it.   How did you get your start as a creator? CA: I discovered I wanted to make music when I met some gypsies in my village in France at the age of 13. One of them started to teach me the guitar and in exchange I would teach him to read.   What did it take to end…

In the early years of my writing career, I spent many hours daydreaming about working for myself. In those days I worked full-time, reluctantly. The rigid shape of a 9 to 5 felt claustrophobic and creatively limiting. What if my most productive hours were before 8 am or after 10 pm, I wondered? What if I thrived working on multiple projects with multiple clients? What if I needed to stand on my head for 10 minutes to kickstart my productivity? What if I didn’t want to make small talk in the elevator? After a handful of full-time gigs I started to understand that job satisfaction is as much about how you work as it is about what you do. I’d…

Meet The Ginger Runner, a dream team of content creators who produce a popular blog, YouTube channel, and podcast all about their life’s passion: running. Members: Ethan Newberry & Kimberley Teshima Newberry (Yes, they're married!) Location: Los Angeles, CA Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/TheGingerRunner   Q+A with Ethan Newberry   Patreon: Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create. Ethan Newberry: This has been a pretty awesome journey to say the least! What started as a side-project youtube channel where I could spout off my opinions about various pairs of running shoes and running gear has blossomed into a full-on creative outlet for all of my passions. In addition to the unbiased and entertaining reviews of gear, I document and share some of…

Twenty years ago, if you were an author trying to get your book published, you had to shop your manuscript around to the big publishers in hopes of landing a publishing deal. However, with the advent of new technological developments such as the Internet (Have you heard of it?), you have the unprecedented opportunity to self-publish your work anytime, anywhere (and even option the film rights of your novel to 20th Century Fox Studios!). Here’s how.

Meet Monica Bryne, an American playwright and science fiction author who turned her passion into a career. Location: Durham, NC Patreon Page: www.Patreon.com/MonicaByrne   Q+A with Monica Byrne   Patreon: Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create: Monica Bryne: I make novels, stories, theatre, essays, protest, and visual art. But if I find myself alone with the right sort of person, I say I’m a servant of the other world.   How did you get your start as a creator? MB: Until age 24, I wanted to be an astronaut, and did all the “right” things--worked for NASA, got a pilot’s license, and went to MIT for graduate school. But I was really unhappy. I might have loved the work once,…

“How do I talk about my skills without sounding like a showoff?” “What if no one cares what I have to say?” “I’m an artist—does anyone even expect me to have a voice beyond what I create?” Many creators (especially those introverted in nature!) struggle with speaking about their craft. The good news is that even the most soft-spoken artist can overcome this obstacle and learn how to leverage public speaking skills to skyrocket his or her career. In this article, we’ll go over 1) How to talk about your art to buyers and collectors, 2) How to talk about your art at public appearances and events, and 3) How to talk about your art to patrons. 1. How to…

Involving your fans in your creative process will not only build engagement and trust within your community, it will likely become one of your best marketing devices. The more included your fans feel in your process, the more likely they are to tell their friends about you and help grow your audience. On the flip side, leaving your community in the dark or not listening to them can tarnish your reputation as a creator and keep you from growing your fanbase. If your existing audience doesn’t feel like part of your community, you will have an increasingly hard time welcoming newcomers into your circle. Whether you’re a creator on Patreon looking for some cool reward ideas or simply interested in…

Meet Aubrey Sitterson, a podcaster and comic book writer currently running TWO Patreon pages for his separate creative projects. Location: Los Angeles, CA Patreon Pages: www.Patreon.com/Straighshoot and www.Patreon.com/SKALD   Q+A with Aubrey Sitterson   Patreon: Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create. Aubrey Sitterson: A lot of things! I’m a comic book writer currently working on the G.I. Joe ongoing series at IDW and a slew of unannounced projects. I also run two separate Patreon pages. The first page is for The World’s Smartest Rasslin Talk Show, STRAIGHT SHOOT, a podcast where we discuss everything that goes down in WWE, as well as broader topics, including representation in wrestling, wrestling storytelling theory and more. My intelligent-but-fun “let’s talk…

For creators selling art online, packaging is one of the most underrated marketing opportunities. In this article, we’ll explain the importance of branded packaging, reveal key elements of a successful branded packaging/unboxing experience, and go over the benefits and types of various package inserts. We’ll also share insights from creators who’ve leveraged packaging to build their brand.

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