The Mad Writer Project is something that’s very special and new to me. It’s a project and community that I’ve created where I can produce and introduce my work, through a creative platform called Patreon. Call it another way of reinventing myself, but this time I’m going back to what made me love writing in the first place.
The entire JB Burrage writing and media business will either be solely on this platform or launched from it. For that reason, I’ve pulled all samples of my work from jbburrage.com and placed most of them on The Mad Writer Project platform on Patreon.
Until I figure out how this is going to work and create a balance, I’m only accepting work from potential clients who reach out or referred to me. I won’t be actively searching for projects. This won’t affect other projects I’m currently working on, such as my contribution to bphope.com.
Why did I decide to move my writing business to this experimental platform?
Although Patreon has been around since 2013, I first heard about it in May 2018. I was very skeptical about it at first, even though I found out about it from researching a major bestselling author and playwright. After further research, I decided to try it out as a supplement to the business model that I was using at the time. I eventually became impressed with the amount of support that they give to their creators. I started to really like their model and I made the decision to use it to operate my primary business.
The Mad Writer Project, LLC, the company managing The Mad Writer Project on Patreon, is my theater production and publishing company, which will create and distribute different kinds of work.
By using Patreon and the tools available from them, it allows me to better centralize my business, have more control over my work and its direction, and feel artistically free. I can experiment with my work, all while having a dedicated and loyal audience who respects and looking for my style of work.
What can be expected from this new project?
Pretty much anything that I determine should be out there. I’m in full control. New releases will be found here before they go public. Certain stories that I create will strictly be available. I’ll maintain a blog and vlog. More things will come as this project grows. There’s no limit.
I will have four series on the platform. More will be planned as the project grows.
- The Diary of a Mad Writer: Until I’m able to integrate Patron with this site, I’m transferring my blog on this site to the new platform. Included will be the Sunday Night Thought series. The last Sunday Night Thoughts post before moving to the new platform will be August 5, 2018, and picking up on The Mad Writer Project platform on September 2, 2018.
- Through the Fire: A series of articles and vlogs dealing with mental health issues. These will especially be from a personal aspect, as I suffer from bipolar disorder; something I publicly disclosed in 2017. The subjects in this series shouldn’t be taken as professional or medical advice, as I’m not a medical professional or expert. These articles will be posted once or twice a month.
- The Mad Writer Theater: All theater projects that I will create or post, such as ten-minute plays, samples of one-act plays, first act releases of full-length plays, and draft scenes of my play I want to produce.
- The Mad Writer Stories: This series is for my short stories, chapter releases of books, and other stories and samples.
The name of The Diary of a Mad Writer on this site will be changed after August 1, 2018. It will be used for samples of posts from The Mad Writer Project and various events and projects until it can be figured out how to fully integrate the platform into this site.
How does it work?
This project has three membership plans for you to join; Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Don’t ask me why I gave them these names; they just came out of my head suddenly. With each membership has perks, with current and future loyalty benefits for patrons who maintain their memberships.
This is a per creation (per post) membership platform, meaning you’ll be charged per post. I set this up so when I have to take some downtime to focus on projects or to take a break, you won’t be charged continuously when I’m not posting as much. With that in mind, so you won’t be charged for excessive posts in one month, I will make certain posts for the public, meaning you won’t be charged. You can also set a monthly cap (read this article for details). You can upgrade, downgrade, or cancel your plan at any time.
So how can you check out my work and be a part of it?
Click on the logo below and it will take you to my Patreon page. Everything else you need to know will be there. Simply sign up by clicking the “Become a Patron” button on the site.
Can you still work with me for projects outside of Patreon?
Yes, you can. Even though my business is operating on Patreon, that doesn’t change my availability to work on serious projects. If you would like to work with me, visit the Contact page for information on how to reach me.