As a few of you know, last month I began a new book project using the Patreon site. I’m publishing the first (official) drafts of my novel set in Bangladesh – ‘The Pukur’ – one chapter per month to subscribers (actually, you get two, shorter, chapters for each of the first two months).
Subscription starts at just $2 per month which is pretty much as cheap as I can make it but you can subscribe for a lot more if you wish and receive extra goodies over time (such as signed copies of my book, extra stories etc).
But the real reason for doing the book this way is to raise funds specifically for various charity work projects I’m involved with (such as education for street children in Dhaka) or to continue supporting charities I’ve worked for in the past (such as LAMB, the NGO where I lived and worked in Bangladesh for five years). Earmarking funds like this allows me to raise money for flights through private means and still be able increase the amount I can give. You can view the opening pages of my Patreon page and see more details there.
The supporters on Patreon all get mid-month blog posts and video posts (the chapters are sent to them at the beginning of each month) with my thoughts about the book, Bangladesh and life.
This month I’ve just done a video log which, after a little something about the book, talks about the situation at the moment regarding the Rohingyas which has finally hit the mainstream headlines. I thought, as a one-off, I’d share this video with you guys too. I won’t normally, but I felt it important to get this out to a wider audience. I hope you’ll take the time to watch and, if you feel appropriate, to reblog, share, tweet and otherwise encourage others to watch it too. Feel free to join me on Patreon too!
Writer and journalist D K Powell is the author of the bestselling collection of literary short stories “The Old Man on the Beach“. His first book, ‘Sonali’ is a photo-memoir journal of life in Bangladesh and has been highly praised by the Bangladeshi diaspora worldwide. Students learning the Bengali language have also valued the English/Bengali translations on every page. Ken has two new books coming out over summer – don’t miss them!
Both ‘The Old Man on the Beach’ and ‘Sonali’ are available on Amazon for kindle and paperback. Published by Shopno Sriti Media.
D K Powell is available to speak at events (see his TEDx talk here) and can be contacted at email@example.com