What’s The Illustrated Book Club?
The Illustrated Book Club is a personal project that I’m currently running on Patreon.
The idea is simple. I compile a list of three public domain novels/short stories/non-fiction, which supporters on Patreon then vote on. Once a winner is decided we read and discuss it (if you want to) while I provide illustrations. These may include:
- Scenes from the books
- Author portraits
- Mock-up book covers
At some point, we move on to the next book (though I may occasionally revisit books we’ve already covered). I’d like to do this monthly, but, due to professional work commitments, this is unlikely at the moment – unless it becomes very popular, which would allow me to spend more time on it.
You can visit the page to see what’s currently going on.
If you’re not sure what Patreon is, then read on.
What is Patreon?
In case you don’t know, Patreon is a bit like Kickstarter, but instead of pledging to support individual projects (which may or may not get made), you support creators (whatever they do). In my case, if enough people make small gestures of support (which can be as little as $1/£0.78 per month), I’ll be freed up from mundane, bill-paying work to devote my time to the Illustrated Book Club. The arrangement is flexible – you can cancel or alter your pledge at any time – and each level of support entitles patrons to exclusive rewards.
At the moment, I’m asking for pledges PER ARTWORK (collected at the end of each month). This means that if I’m busy with other work in and don’t upload anything in a particular month, then you don’t pay for that month. Also, if I’m very productive, and I upload a lot, you can still cap your pledge at a total number of times you’re comfortable with (once, twice, etc) so that you don’t pay more than you want to. Also, not all posts are paid posts as I’ll mix in a fair amount of free stuff. If you want, you can even make a one-off pledge of support by simply cancelling or amending after one month. So, it’s all flexible, and as everything is done through Paypal it’s all perfectly safe.