This site has always been ad-free, free to read, and freely supports authors and their books via interviews and promotions. I do this because I enjoy the field of eco-literature and want to share it wide and far. I have never had a grant, patreon, or kickstarter. This site is one of my passions. I also get annoyed with big pop-ups and ads on other sites, and, increasingly, some of the knowledge and information we need these days is behind a paywall. I can assure you that won’t ever happen here. I think important knowledge and information should be accessible.
But I want to mention ways that you can help support this site, monetarily and otherwise. Supporting me in the following ways gets you something in return! It also allows me to keep up the otherwise huge volunteer effort at Dragonfly and helps me to afford other resources used at the site, such as my yearly subscription to Canva, licensing of artwork at Can Stock Photo, the continuation of the .eco domain and costs of yearly hosting, the buying of books to spotlight when a review copy is not available, the occasional cost of pro plug-ins, such as forms used in contests, and so on–all costs involved with running a site this large.
Supporting Me as an Author
I’m a fledgling novelist. My first novel, Back to the Garden, sold fairly well and got nearly fifty positive reviews. I’m writing the second part to that now. An anthology I edited and published, Winds of Change, is still selling and is used at colleges that teach about climate change in fiction. My newest novella, an experiment in the eco-weird, Bird Song: A Novella, needs a bit more love. My new children’s series, The Adventures of Finn Wilder, has its first title, Finn’s Tree Alphabet, coming in November. You can help by buying my books and reviewing them. Note you might find some of my titles at IndieBound and can order them directly through Bookshop or Dragonfly Publishing.
Hiring Me as an Editor
I have well over two decades of experience as a writer and editor. Since graduating from Purdue in 1993 (I doubled-majored in English and anthropology), I’ve worked professionally and privately as a copy editor, development editor, managing editor, proofreader, publisher, technical writer, documentation specialist, web content creator and editor, fiction writer, grant writer, and so much more. My rates are reasonable, and I like to establish professional but friendly relationships with my clients. Find out more here.
Hire Me as a Book Reviewer
For years, people have asked if I would do book reviews for them, but there’s only so much I can volunteer freely. Dragonfly.eco is a non-funded, no-ad resource that already freely promotes authors and books. However, after a lot of thought, I’ve decided to write reviews, charge less than the market rate, and post them here at the site, at least if they are environmentally focused. It’s just a way for me to continue to support authors and myself. Click here for the fees, conditions, and details. My other promotions, such as spotlights and interviews, will remain free.
Networking is a way to find new friends and learn more about mutual interests—in this case, the large field of eco-fiction. You can follow me (see the icons at the top right of the site) on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The beauty of this media is that I follow you back if your account does not seem trollish or spammy, and hopefully we’ll have time to get to know and support each other’s work. You can also join in the Rewilding Our Stories Discord, which I run with ecofictologist Lovis Geier. Already, just from that Discord alone, we’ve established a new book club and opportunities have come up for mutual interviews and spotlights.