It’s hard to make a living from writing. Below are different ways to get funding for your work.
Grants and Scholarships
The Elizabeth George Foundation: “[…] committed to providing emerging playwrights, short story writers, poets, and unpublished novelists with one-time funding that will enable them to live and work for a period of time as a writer”
MacDowell Colony: “Since 1907, our mission has been to create a space where inspiration happens on a daily basis. We do that by providing essential support for emerging and established artists by bringing together diverse, multidisciplinary talent to exchange ideas and pursue creative work.”
“19 Grants for Writers and Other Creative Types” on Freelance Writing Jobs
Writers’ Conference Scholarships: A list of scholarships available for a number of conferences.
Creator Payment Options
Flattr: “Flattr users automatically pay you as they enjoy your work. It’s that easy – no tiers, no pressure, no hassle. Sign up, link your stuff and get creating.”
Square: “Every type of business, every stage of business—we’re here to help you run and grow. We bring together payment, software, and hardware tools that help you do it all.”
“Patreon Looks to Satisfy Creators and Investors” on Publisher’s Weekly
“Book Awards for Self-Published Authors” on The Book Designer (some you have to pay to enter, but winners get some money)
“How Book Pricing is a Powerful Strategy to Sell More Books” on IndieReader
“Tracking Kindle Sales with Book Report” on IndiesUnlimited
And last, for fun, there’s You Need a Budget (YNAB). According to their site, “What really makes You Need A Budget different is that we can teach you how to manage your money and get ahead—for good. What if your bills rolled in and instead of piling up, you just paid them? No sweat. What if you didn’t even realize it was payday because you had money in the bank and weren’t desperate for that check to arrive? Forget everything you think you know about budgeting and prepare to experience total control.”
Any other tips or platforms? Recommend them in the comments!