I just got back from a great couple of days in Manchester. Laura, my girlfriend, took me to see Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, and In Flames perform at the M.E.N. Arena. I was anxious about spending potentially two whole days away from my keyboard, but it was an amazing show, and I’m very glad I did it.
“But Tony, you’re always talking about how you need money. How can you possibly afford to go to a concert?” I can’t. Laura bought the tickets, and even bought more games for us while we in town. Speaking of which I’d like to make a quick shout-out to the staff at Travelling Man in Manchester. We had a good chat about games and comics, and I invited them to check out this website, and the Games and Geekery page, so we could chat some more. You guys were awesome, keep up the good work. (Hint: we bought Exploding Kittens and talked about Amalgam comics)
When I do get more patrons though, I do intend to spend some of my income on shows like this, as well as more games to play and review for Games and Geekery. It occurs to me that there are a few ways I could go about actively seeking patronage. Besides just repeatedly begging on the website of course. I feel like if all I ever write about is needing money, I’m going to start losing followers, so I need a new strategy.
The idea that appeals to me the most is also the most daunting. It involves networking like crazy, talking to people, who know people, who know people that are already successful. If these people like Hermes925, or City Of Gate even, perhaps I can convince them to sponsor me. It appeals to me because I may end up getting to know some of my personal heroes, like Neil Gaiman, David Draiman of Disturbed, or Robert Downey Jr. Dream big, right?
My other thought is to approach businesses and offer to include subtle, and not so subtle, references to their products or services in exchange for corporate sponsorship. I’d even stitch a brand patch to the inside of my leather coat if they wanted me too. They could keep my rock’n’roll skeleton company! I often wear my coat open and the patches would flash as I walk. Not sure if I could still be taken seriously as a writer with integrity if I have Mountain Dew, Xbox and Tesla patches inside my coat, and even less if I end up being sponsored my brands I wouldn’t otherwise endorse.
Part of the reason I’ve become concerned about sponsorship is out of guilt. I’d like to be able to treat my girlfriend as well as she treats me. It doesn’t help that I was also contacted by one of my clients, the one I’m ghostwriting a dark fantasy novel for. He’s putting the project on hold. He’s looking for a day job to pay the bills, and I’d like to avoid the same fate. It also means that the money we might have made from selling the book is deferred indefinitely. This is very frustrating.
However, I’ve also been contacted about writing for an anthology that will accompany a role-playing game sourcebook. They’re looking for 5,000 – 10,000 words centered on a person living in a futuristic city. The stories, by various authors, all have to feel like they exist in the same sci-fi universe. I’m very excited about this. If my contribution is accepted, I’d make up $600, which is about £484.54, and that’s if I write exactly 10,000 words.
I’m excited about being involved in this project, but I’m hoping it leads to other opportunities. In the meantime, I’m going to keep working on Hermes925, Games and Geekery and editing for my other clients, and trying to find people that know people.
Have a great day! 🙂
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