My name is Sinmisola Ogunyinka, and I need you!
I’m an author of more than forty books spanning from one end of romance to another end of inspirational non-fiction. I can write. In fact, I wonder where the gift is from. From God, I know, but many times I look at what I’ve written, and I am inspired by it. Besides the forty-something books I’ve written, I write for free for an online magazine and have done this for numerous magazines in the last 15 years!!!
In 2017, I was recognized by the Nigerian Writers’ Award organization when I won the award of the Faith-based writer of the year 2017.
Here’s the problem, though: I have a full-time day job, and a “suffering” writing career. Don’t get me wrong, my day job has helped me a lot, but I am a mother of four teenagers, three in high school. I work 40+ hours every week, and I am still my husband’s wife, cooking (I dodge cleaning, though.) Recently, I got admission for an online masters’ degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment at Full Sail University. I am super excited about my course, and each day I labor over my coursework, I realize this is what I was created for. To write.
In 2015, I started my blog on WordPress, zealous about writing three stories a week for my followers and I did for about a year but with no income, I gradually got more frustrated and by the end of 2017, not only was I struggling with a post a week, I badly needed to add to our family income…It drove me to get a part-time seasonal job. From there, I got my current job, which is far better than what I had before, but still gives me little or no time to write.
Believe me when I say writing is my life…and I need you to help me be fulfilled in my life’s call.
My main challenge is that I need more time to write. I have tons of awesome stuff, and I suffer to push them away just so I can be sane, and concentrate on my day job. And I have a confession to make…I sometimes write at work, which makes me miserable because that is not how I want to focus on my writing career, and neither is it the way I want to give my best at the job.
If only I could earn from my writing…
Help me stop the suffering…please. BECOME MY PATRON HERE
I know it is time I devoted myself to my life’s career. Writing.
I calculated that if I could earn $3000 a month, I’d be able to cover my part of the bills and pay student loans. And I could also organize my free training and contests which had to be stopped due to my need to work for a pay.
Writing income is inherently unstable. It arrives in dribbles and dollops, at unpredictable times. Will I make the same money this year as last year? No way to know in advance. Will I make enough to afford health insurance? Most likely not. Will the next check show up in time for me to pay monthly rent? Probably not. Will I be able to give myself a pension? Not the way it looks right now.
This is why I have a) kept the day job, and b) even tried to get a job as a writer (which has become a farce.)
- Write full time.
- Earn from my writing and save enough to resume my writing contests.
- Resume my free training program.
- Be able to cover my personal bills and student loans.
The big goal ahead of me is to quit my day job. I want to quit my day job. An extra 40 hours/week will make a big difference for my writing productivity. I can do this, safely, if I can earn a minimum of $2000/month.
Currently, my car note, contributions to the monthly feeding, rent, and phone bills take about $1800/month, add paying my tithe (because my faith is the basis of my existence) and other faith-based obligations, and I cannot forget my charities, which are the ways I give back (Money Woman, and Dorcie).
By this time next year, I will add my student loan to it, and I’m not sure of the figure yet. Also, if I quit my day job, I’d have to pay for my health insurance and I will love to give myself a pension. The figures climb from there.
My patrons will enjoy me, believe me, all I need is time, and I will give you the best. In the last fifteen years, I did for little or nothing, and the great part is that the month I don’t add value, you can also withdraw your patronage (which by God’s grace will not happen.)
3000 of $1/month or 600 of $5/month or 300 of $10/month. How about 150 of $20/month or 60 of $50/month…
All patrons get my flash fiction and my news and updates. With $5/month, you will get short stories in addition to random free gifts of my memes. Also, you will get sneak peeks of upcoming books. Patrons with $10/month get all of these plus exclusive offers, and backstories. With $20 a month, there will be free memes, access to my reviews, pictures of my life and other fun stuff. And with $50/month, you can make requests on my plans, books and get free series.
Want to contribute more than $50/month? Awesome. I’m adding some stuff that will be exclusive for people who contribute at higher levels – audio books, thank you calls, signed copies, that sort of thing.
I am counting on you…thank you!