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.

Meet Amanda Lee, a voice actress and vocalist known for her English adaptations and covers of anime and video-game songs.  Location: Florida Patreon Page: www.Patreon.com/LeeandLie   Q+A with Amanda Lee Patreon: Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create. Amanda Lee: I am most known for my English covers and adaptations of anime and video-game songs! Though I am currently working on an original EP, and hope to do more original work in the future!   How did you get your start as a creator? AL: I started uploading YouTube videos in 2006 just for for fun! YouTube was brand new and my friends and I loved covering songs just as a hobby - and while they’ve stopped creating, I…

Since the launch of live streaming on social media more than two years ago with early players Meerkat and Periscope, creators have been given the opportunity not just to post video and pictures to engage their audiences but to connect with their fans in real time. With the widespread adoption of Facebook Live — and Twitter’s latest announcement that they’ve entered the 360 degree live streaming game with Periscope — going live has gone from an extra feature to almost a necessity when it comes to creating a strategy for fan engagement.

Meet Zach Weinersmith, a multi-talented illustrator, writer, and comedy show producer!  Location: Houston, Texas Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/ZachWeinersmith   Q+A with Zach Weinersmith   Patreon: Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create. Zach Weinersmith: I draw a comic strip called Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. In addition, I occasionally write books, and I produce a science comedy show called BAHFest.   How did you get your start as a creator? ZW: I was working a soul-crushing job in the film business, and one day I decided I just wanted out. I started doing comics as a way to move in that direction, and pretty soon I was able to go full time.   What did it take to end up where…

Finally, ”starving” and “artist” no longer need to be joined at the hip. Patreon is, hands down, the best place for creators to get paid. In 2016 alone, we celebrated thousands of artists and creators who earned *life-changing income. It’s (insert expletive) awesome that 35 of those creators earned more than $150,000 each on Patreon, including science nerds, sailboat captains, and serial procrastinators. They span every creative category on the internet — podcasts, music, videos, illustration, and more, and every single one of them makes the world a little bit better with their work.   Damn. That. Is. Awesome. Creators are getting paid. Art is being made. The world of making things, following your passion, and crafting the career you…

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