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 books (novels/short stories/non-fiction) from suggestions (my own and other people’s). Supporters on Patreon then vote on these. Once a winner is decided, we read and discuss it (if you want to), like a normal book club. In the meanwhile, I design a book cover. Here are some past examples:
These will then be available as prints (free to patrons – see information on Patreon below).
At the moment, due to professional work commitments, I can only dedicate a day or two a month to work on this. However, if it became more popular, then this would allow me to spend more time and resources, and introduce such things as:
- Scenes from the books
- Character sketches
- Author portraits
- Art raffles/giveaways
You can visit the page to see what’s currently going on. Anyone can suggest titles and read along, but only patrons can vote and receive rewards. However, if you just want to read along, then you can follow developments on Facebook and Goodreads (all finished designs are published publicly).
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.