It’s been a dream for quite some time now—to
make The Smoking Poet (TSP) into a business, a revenue source, one which can pay at least a small wage to our hard-working
and talented editors, and a small stipend to our many contributing writers and artists—and, now and then, publish an
anthology of our best of the best.
It is time—time to repay the faith our growing number of readers
have in TSP to continue to offer the highest quality art, both visual and literary, along with insightful book reviews, music
reviews, cigar reviews, an expanding page of links and resources, and a spotlight on the arts community of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and beyond—covering the entire Great Lakes state. We also spotlight good causes, people
and organizations working to make a positive difference in our world.
It is indeed time. With seed money from one of our writers,
we opened up our pages to donations. A “Donate” button now appears on the home page and other pages throughout
the ezine. It is a safe and secure way to make donations to TSP, using PayPal, cash, or a major credit card. Each and every
gift goes toward creating higher quality pages that reach an ever expanding audience. Each gift contributes to a pool from
which we hope to soon begin paying a stipend to everyone who contributes as a writer, editor or artist to our pages.
So where do your gifts to TSP go? We are currently in the process of acquiring LLC status—as a limited liability company. That will enable
us to operate as a business, and to make investments so that we can begin to pay our staff and contributors and
issue an occasional print publication.
With the LLC status in place, we will begin to accept advertising.
Our goal is to include relevant and appropriate ads on our pages without interrupting the flow of the creative work we feature
here. We hope to enhance our readers’ experience by offering a connection to products and services that may be of interest.
If you are interested in featuring your product, service, or website
on TSP, please contact our editor-in-chief, Zinta Aistars, for pricing information and to discuss placement and format.
We are especially excited to open the doors of
Our Gift Shop. All proceeds go to support our ongoing efforts to showcase the very best in literary talent. Shop, enjoy, and do good for
writers who work hard to excel. It is one more way to support The Smoking Poet while enjoying a quality gift for
yourself ... or a favorite writer or cigar aficionado in your life.
We hope our readers and writers will be as thrilled about
this next important step in our growth as we are. We hope you will consider a gift to The Smoking Poet. Or, to
become a quality advertiser on our pages.
What kind of ads will we consider? Examples include fine cigars
and products of interest to cigar aficionados, and products or services that are useful to writers and artists.
If you're not sure if your business, service or product are a good fit with TSP, ask! We'll be happy to tell you about our readership and traffic statistics. We will not feature
any marketing that is discriminatory to gender, religion, or ethnic background.
Your gifts to The Smoking Poet will help finance:
- LLC status,
so that we can begin to operate as a business
and expansion of the website
pool from which writers and editors can be paid for their work
efforts to promote TSP across the Web and in southwest Michigan
by contributing TSP authors
in print of TSP's best work
Thank you for helping us to achieve this next important step
in our continued growth. How heartening to know that others are as enthused and committed to supporting the arts as we are! With
your gift, we intend to continue into our fifth year of providing a respected platform for the finest writers and
artists to share work with a global audience.