I never thought of myself as a true patron of the arts. Sure, I go to art museums, donate to the arts, and once bought a piece of lawn art, but that’s about it. Well, I recently entered the world of commissioning a piece of art. Well, actually, my wife did – and it feels great. It also looks awesome!
We hired a talented high school artist to paint a wonderful mural on the backside of our house, facing our backyard. She came to the house maybe 15 times, each one for several hours at a time. In just a quick span of maybe five or six weeks, she was done. And we are delighted with her masterpiece.
It’s nice to help launch someone’s art career. She can now point to this as her signature work and hopefully get into a good college. For us, we get a one-of-a-kind artwork that gives the house a personalized touch.
On this side of the house we had her paint a silhouette of our rescue lab, Ferris. It’s cool. He looks like he is walking in our garden. He’s been immortalized!
Writers don’t necessarily work the way artists do. No one really commissions a writer, except for work-for-hire jobs where they write a book, get paid a flat fee, and then someone takes credit for writing their book. There are also people who pay writers to pen their biography and tell their life’s story. But writers deserve to be paid more and more often – for their talents.
Will you hire a writer today?
There are sites that can raise funds for an author before he or she writes a book. Sites like GoFundMe or /KickStarter can really help an author out. There are also some people who will financially back a writer, hoping to strike it rich with book sales or rights deals, though few of those investors ever see a nickel back, often losing money while sponsoring a writer.
Writers can explore these sites for funding as well:
Writers can apply to enter contests and book awards competitions. Some of these have prize money.
Writers can also apply for grants, which are highly competitive, hard to find, and often take a lot of time and effort to apply for.
Here are some resources to consult:
We should all support talented, creative artists. Let’s start with those who are writers!
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