Patronage is the support, encouragement, privilege, or financial aid that an organization or individual bestows to another. In the history of art, arts patronage refers to the support that kings, popes, and the wealthy have provided to artists such as musicians, painters, and sculptors. It can also refer to the right of bestowing offices or church benefices, the business given to a store by a regular customer, and the guardianship of saints. The word “patron” derives from the Latin: ‘patrons’ (“patron”), one who gives benefits to his clients.
On the surface, it appears that self-representing authors might not have expenses, but that would be far from the truth. There are supplies, cover art, professional editing, copyright fees, legal fees, etc, and we, unlike Mr or Ms Famous Name, do not have the financial backing of a “brick ‘n mortar” publishing house or a hefty advance to help defray costs. We have to pay those costs up front, hoping against hope that you, the public, will like the product enough that we can recoup at least part of those expenses. And we are most appreciative.
If you would like to encourage me or any other writer, artist or craftsperson, you can show your appreciation in several different ways.
First, of course, is monetary appreciation, either in the form of a one-time donation just click here to Make a donation and fill in the amount. If you wish to support through a monthly subscription, that would be wonderful and I have appreciation gifts at varying levels for that.
You might want to show your encouragement by purchasing something from my Amazon Wishlist, which you can find in the sidebar. All writers are first readers.
Lastly, you can always enable my coffee addiction by buying me another Venti Vanilla Latte from the local Starbucks. That too is most appreciated. I can’t afford much Starbucks recently.