What do Marie de France, the Medici family, and the Earl of Southampton have in common? They we all great patrons of the arts. Without their support the world would not have had the romans of Chrétien de Troyes, the art of Michelangelo, or the plays of Shakespeare.
The arts have always required patronage, whether in the form of deep-pocketed individuals or government subsidies. Here at Pulp Literature Press we receive no government funding, and subscriptions alone do not cover all our costs. We have funded the first eight issues of the magazine through two Kickstarter campaigns supported by you, our loyal readers, supplemented with bridging loans at the end of the year when things get lean.
However, this feast and famine model requires a huge annual effort that sucks away the time and energy we would rather put into selecting, editing, illustrating, and publishing the wonderful stories that arrive in our submissions inbox. This year we have switched our crowdfunding model to Patreon, where we can generate a steady stream of income. This will guarantee our bank account always has the money to pay professional fees to the writers, artists and, eventually, the editors who contribute to the magazine.
How does Patreon work?
Patreon allows you, the individual, to become a patron of Pulp Literature by pledging a monthly amount to help fund the magazine. You can pledge as little as $1 to show your support, or as much as your heart and budget allow. Thank-you rewards at ascending pledge levels include ebooks, print subscriptions, and the keys to our digital library. In addition, as we reach funding milestones we will release free ebooks, new material and extra perks.
If you enjoy our magazine, the writing tips on this website, or our monthly newsletter, please consider leaving a tip in the jar. Just $1 a month will help set up a stable budget to keep these stories alive. Join the ranks of Marie, the Medicis, and the Earl, and become a patron on patreon.com/pulplit.
Thank you, and happy reading, dear patrons!
Jen, Sue, and Mel