I’ve always been very proud of the writing that I do here at The Experience. Sure, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of being published at other, fancy-schmancy outlets. But I’ve had some of the best, most intelligent conversations about pop culture here when, for example, I’ve talked about whether or not Katniss Everdeen is a ‘character of color’, or why Camille Paglia was very, very wrong about Lady Gaga, or how an awesome episode of Girls forces viewers to recognize the difference between what TV has taught us people are attracted to and what people in real life are actually attracted to.
I would love to write pieces like that more often. But as I’ve moved slowly but steadily into a more firmly freelance lifestyle, I’ve had less and less time to devote to writing I do for free. Too many scripts to write, paid blog posts to edit, essays and articles to submit. It’s all I can do to throw up a blog post giving you an update on what I’m up to! But I love doing it. And even though I consider myself more of a fiction than a non-fiction writer, I think my non-fiction work is also really valuable. But in order for me to be able to continue to be able to do it, it needs to be made sustainable.
This is where Beacon comes in.
Beacon is a great site for non-fiction writers and journalists where readers can subscribe directly to writers whose work they love, supporting them financially for the work they enjoy. What’s better is that for a teensy subscription fee ($5/month, a little more than one large latte a month), a reader can access not only the work of the writer they’ve subscribed to, but also ALL of the writers on Beacon – amazing writers with fancy pedigrees out the ying-yang from all over the world who’ve written for everything from the New York Times and Al Jazeera to Vice and Jezebel. Better still, Beacon’s business model puts writers first. For every subscription a writer receives, the writer gets 70% and Beacon gets 30%, and it’s direct deposit, so there’s no invoicing Beacon once a month and hoping they pay you in thirty days. Every month, the writers automatically get the money owed to them from their subscribers. Done and done.
I tell you all this, because it’s so rare that writers are put first. This site is damn near miraculous.
I also tell you all this, because Beacon has invited me to be one of their writers! That’s right – I’ve been accepted into Beacon’s roster, and now Beacon will be the home for all my best pop culture writing.
Beacon launches it’s writers via subscription drives, or “Projects,” that are similar to crowdfunding campaigns. I’ll be launching a project on March 3rd, and when that day comes, I ask that if you enjoy what you’ve been reading here, or are currently “Liking” my fan page on Facebook, or if you enjoy the writing of mine you’ve seen in other publications, that you subscribe to me for only $5 a month.
Once I begin writing for Beacon, that will be the exclusive home of my pop culture criticism. I’ll still be writing here at The Teresa Jusino Experience, but the posts here will strictly be personal updates.
So if you don’t want to miss out – subscribe to me at Beacon! I’ll be reminding you all week via social media, so don’t you worry.
See you all on March 3rd! And thank you so much for your support thus far!