I’m having my first ever Patron Drive! Become a Patron in the month of May and you’ll receive TWO short stories plus all of your other Patron rewards.

This post explains what a Patron is and why you should become a Patron today.

What’s a Patron?

Patrons are people who support crowdfunding campaigns for authors, artists, and other creative people and projects. When you subscribe to my Patreon campaign, you get Patron rewards. These rewards include exclusive content, early access content, and voting on which creative projects I work on. Patrons provide me with a steady, predictable author income budget plus more opportunities to interact with my audience. Everyone wins.

I’ve been active on Patreon for years, but this is my first time organizing a month-long Patron Drive. I’m excited to see how it goes.

The purpose of this Patron Drive is to highlight the rewards you get as a Patron and set a few goals that will unlock even more rewards once we’ve reached them.

What rewards do you get if you become a Patron?

When you become a Patron, you choose which rewards you get. Here’s an overview of the different Patron levels:

What are the goals of this Patron Drive?

I’ve set several goals for this Patron Drive. When we meet these goals, I’ll be able to share more writing with you each month at no extra cost! This is made possible by the fact that more Patreon income means more writing time for me. The more I write, the more writing I share with Patrons. If you want to receive more rewards per month for the same amount of money, be sure to tell your friends and family about my Patreon campaign and this Patron Drive.

Here’s an overview of the goals for this Patron Drive:

How do you become a Patron?

Becoming a Patron is easy! Just visit my Patreon page, choose your Patron level, and enter your payment information.

Once you’re a Patron, you can find your rewards on Patreon itself or on the Patreon section of my website.

Thank you for supporting my Patreon campaign. If you like what you see, be sure to tell your friends!

I’m pleased to announce that the winner of the Spring 2022 Donation Poll is Hip Hop Caucus!

I’ve made a $25 donation to Hip Hop Caucus in support of their good work. I also encourage my readers, listeners, and followers to support this organization in whatever ways they can. This includes spreading the word online and by word of mouth, asking them about volunteer opportunities, and donating to Hip Hop Caucus and its projects.

Here’s a brief overview of the work of Hip Hop Caucus from their website:

Hip Hop Caucus is a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change.

Our Focus Areas: Strengthening Democracy, Climate Change and Environmental Justice, Civil and Human Rights, and Economic Justice.

I don’t remember where I first heard about Hip Hop Caucus, but I’ve been listening to their podcast on and off for years. The Coolest Show is a podcast about connecting the audience to brilliant leadership from Black, Indigenous, and Brown people, where they discuss the root causes of climate change and how we can right wrongs by solving the dual existential crises of climate and racism together. The podcast is a project of Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100%, an award-winning climate justice communications and activism platform with four divisions: podcasts, music, film, and activism.

The Coolest Show is the first place I heard about some of the other Black-led climate justice groups that I considered for this donation. It’s also where I consistently hear powerful Black, Indigenous, and Brown voices speaking about the intersection of the climate crisis and racism, with an emphasis on the many ways the speakers are working for climate justice. Hip Hop Caucus also does a lot of other great work, including their Respect My Vote campaign which works with Hip Hop artists and influencers to register and educate voters and help them get to the polls. They’ve reached tens of millions of voters with information and affirmative messages about voting.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Spring 2022 Donation Poll. And thank you to Hip Hop Caucus, Think 100%, and The Coolest Show for the work that you do for climate justice!