It’s that time again where something crosses your dashboard and you should stop and actually read it.
My name is Mike and I’m in a bind.
I am flat-out broke.
As of right now I’m to attend the School of Visual Arts in NYC starting in the fall. I have been extremely excited to this and have been looking forward to it since December. Everything has been situated, I have a dorm, a schedule, all my registration fees and whatnot are done.
With less than two months to go until I start college, my parents have decided to refuse to cosign any loans. I am currently staring at a ridiculous bill with no way to pay it. To top it all off, financial aid is a bitch.
I’m flat broke, unemployed, and my attempts to get published have been repetitively squashed over the past three years.
My personal life has been in shambles and I’ve gone through a lot of trouble. My parents are horrible, I haven’t had contact with people in real life for over two years, I have almost no clothes, I haven’t had a decent meal in well over a week. And in depth post regarding my personal nightmare can be found here.
With all of these things combined I have debated withdrawing from SVA. That would, however, put me in a position to continue down a very self-destructive and dangerous path. I do not think I can survive another year in my current situation.
That being said: I am turning to the wonderful people, fandoms, communities and miracles of tumblr.
I am offering a slew of different commissions in order to pay my bills. I have no other choice. So without further ado let’s get to business…
See above for the basics. I am very willing to haggle. More examples of my work can be found here: (x)
I will admit that tag is sparsely populated. I do not upload everything I draw for various of reasons. However, I am becoming very happy with the direction of my style and will be filling that tag soon enough.
I can work with any fandom, ocs even, so long as I have adequate reference. I am open to most everything, nsfw included. But if someone were to commission something way out of left field, well, at that point and time we can discuss our options.
This is where I am most comfortable in my talents. However, these can take, and will take, more time to complete. Onward!
Drabble (~1K words): $3
Standard Fic (~3k words): $5
Multi-Chapter Fic (~5k-7k words): $10
Illustrated Long-Fic (~20k words + Two illustrations of commissioners choice): $30 This is approximately a ten to fifteen chapter fic with 2 associated paintings included. Please specify what you would like drawn when contacting me.
Novel-length Fic (~50k-70k words): $100 Okay, I understand offering this may seem ridiculous, but I have experience writing this much. And its a steal. Do you know how much literary magazines and pay per word? THIS IS A STEAL. (illustrations optional at the request of the commissioner)
As with the paintings, I am very willing to haggle. If you want a drabble and a pic or just a long fic or whatever, I’m game.
Pay up front. My paypal is email@example.com. Please understand that I have no idea how to circumvent paypal’s fees and that if you do, please tell me how.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE
This is how desperate I have become: I am opening up donations. This is done through Wepay. But I refuse to be a charity case.
So here’s the deal: If, between commissions and donations, I manage to make it through one year of college then I will self publish my novel, Paper Crowns, through Amazon and make it available for .99 cents.
This may not seem like much, but I have been trying my absolute hardest to land a literary agent and get a traditional publishing contract. Unfortunately, that has not happened in the past three years. I have an aversion to e-readers and Amazon. I never thought I would resort to this. Its actually rather bittersweet. But I’m pulling myself up and going ahead with this.
More information on Paper Crowns can be found here: (x)
If I can make it through one year at SVA I will publish Paper Crowns in the summer of 2014. Why should you care?
I am offering a chance, for you all, to help give birth to a fandom. It’s got talking animals, escapism complexes, a gung-ho female protagonist, substance abuse, parental issues, *magic*, a manipulative female antagonist, wonderful platonic relationships, etc.
Seriously, over the next few days I am not only going to be working on further revisions for Paper Crowns, I am going to be making a ton of posts concerning it.
And if you help me out, you can make Paper Crowns real. I know it seems far-fetched, but must I remind you all that Fifty Shades of Grey was a New York Times bestseller? Let’s rectify that. Please.
So that’s about it. I know I’m not burdened with a terminal medical condition, I know this isn’t a Kickstarter, I know this isn’t celebrity related, I know this isn’t a fluffy pet or fandom specific. But I have the utmost faith in tumblr.
I don’t have thousands, or even hundreds of followers, but I trust the dozen or so friends I’ve found here. And I trust the community.
I need $4500 by August 1st for tuition, supplies and fees, and another $4200 each month afterwards. I know this is a lot. But I know tumblr can do amazing things.
Please don’t let me down. Thank You.