I'm so thrilled to have joined the site Contributoria, which allows readers to back the content they want to see by awarding points to proposals. My first pitch is on Iran and the country's history with terrorism, and it's a story I've wanted to write for a long time!
But the Contributoria system relies on the votes of readers, which means I have to do some serious self promotion to make sure I get enough "points" before the end of the month. A few months back I read Amanda Palmer's book "The Art of Asking," and her message about asking your community for help really hits home now that I'm relying on readers rather than editors to give me the green light. It's a bit nervous-making to post a pitch on the web and ask people to support it, even though no money is involved in backing a project. It's sort of like pulling the curtain back on the process, and letting everyone in on an exchange that's usually very personal and quiet.
My project, which went up today, is currently at 25% backing. I'm excited and touched that both friends and strangers have already said that they want to read the piece I pitched, and I really hope I have the opportunity to deliver! It's also got me thinking about how a writer can build a community of readers, particularly in the internet age. My writing is everywhere -- both subject wise and in terms of location -- so what does a community based around that look like?
If interested, here's a link to my pitch! Feel free to leave me a comment on it, and of course, I'd just love to see it backed before the end of the month!
Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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