If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a great patron of the arts–just like the Medici family of Renaissance Florence–read on.

In past centuries, patrons supported their writers and artists by engaging them directly. They welcomed them into their homes and around their dinner tables. They made paintings, sculptures, buildings, and great works of literature possible. Without patronage, we may never have had the Sistine Chapel, the Mona Lisa, or countless other masterpieces. Together, these creators and their patrons made the world a better place.

Now, I’m not asking you to put me up in your guest room or cook me a meal (though I rarely turn down a good invitation). But what’s exciting about being a creator today is that technology allows us to work directly with people who want to support our work. Today, it’s easier than ever for you and I to work together to make the world a better place.

Here I am with the funerary mask of my dream patron, Lorenzo de Medici. Only, he’s… dead. Darn.

Today, I’m excited to announce that I’m partnering with Patreon to bring more great stories–both true and imagined–directly to you. You can support me for as little as $1 a month. And there are higher levels for those who want to receive cool extras.

It would mean the world to me if you would take a minute to watch this video and decide if becoming my patron is right for you. You don’t have to have a Medici budget. Even if each supporter contributes $1–less than a coffee a month–it shows that you value my work and want it to continue. Your contribution will help me bring you more of the art history and art historical fiction that you’ve been asking for.

I’d like to thank you by offering my latest work of fiction. The story is called “Little Bird,” and it’s set in medieval Siena. There’s a renowned fresco painter, the famous Palio horse race, the plague, and, at the center of the drama, a young girl with a remarkable gift. I can’t wait to share this new short story with you, and to hear what you think.

I hope you’ll consider becoming my patron, and I am thanking you in advance. Let’s create something great together!

P.S. My new story, “Little Bird,” is not for sale anywhere. It’s exclusively available as a thank you to my new Patreon supporters at any level, and available to download directly to your e-reader via Patreon. Learn more.