I'm not broke, but it does take about $250 a year to run this site through SquareSpace and that doesn't include the time it takes to create content. I love doing it and I'm not going to stop,
but if you get value from this site, I'd be honored if you'd throw me some tip jar dollars.
And no worries if you're short on cash because there are other ways to help!
There are a couple of ways you can support this site.
Buy a subscription to Literistic.
Literistic is a monthly email newsletter that alerts writers to contests, fellowships, and literary magazine submission deadlines. I use it and it saves me hours every month. I love it, so I'm an affiliate. The literary magazines featured have been vetted to ensure quality. So you're not going to be getting these lit mags that were started by college freshman last week, have no following, and probably won't last a year. Literistic is a must-have for any serious writer.
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Not only will you get a super discount on your first box, I'll get a free book. Considering how many books I buy in a year, I'd be grateful for the help.
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No, it's not especially bookish, but I like looking good while doing bookish things.
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I don't have the time nor interest to meet a therapist face-to-face, so I use the Talkspace app to text or video chat or leave audio messages for my therapist. It works better for my lifestyle because I don't have to leave work early once a week or try to remember everything I want to talk about––I can just message my therapist as the need arises. And yes, she's licensed and is very good.
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If you have bookish goodies you're selling, hit me up. If I think my readers will like it I'll share it with them. I'm open to receiving free stuff and/or dollars.
Buy me a coffee. Being caffeinated helps me write.
Send a donation using the "donate" button below or my PayPal link.
(Please note that donations are not tax deductible since this isn't a nonprofit.)
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Sign up for my email list. I'll even give you an infographic with time management tips to help you read more than you ever thought possible. It’s called the “7 Habits of Highly Effective Power Readers.”
Forward my weekly newsletters to your friends who might be interested and encourage them to subscribe. They'll get the free ebook, too, when they subscribe.
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Read and share the writing I've done for other websites. Here are links to my essays in literary magazines and book news for other publications.
If you hear about publications needing someone to cover books on a freelance basis, let me know.
And if there's someone you know who would benefit from Literistic, Book of the Month, Glossier, or Talkspace, please encourage them to use my affiliate links above. I love them all and wouldn't promote them if I didn't.
I'm immensely grateful for any support you can provide.
Off the Beaten Shelf wouldn't be possible without you.
Thank you from the bottom of my bookish heart.