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Government Grants and Photoshoots

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Government Grants and Photoshoots

I have a new photoshoot up on my Facebook page, which can be accessed: here. It was a trial with makeup effects and demonology - you know, sticking to walls and what not.

So now the point of this post is this: To cover the Government Grant application process. I can't be the only one who has thought of doing it, and I can't be the only one who was intimidated by the thought of "grant", "competition", and "budget" in the same descriptive sentence. I am an emerging author according to their standards, which means that I would have had to have at least one book published by a legitimate house. But what I didn't know was that the definition of an emerging author, and therefore an eligible author, is that having articles published in some form of media also counts towards your credit.

Previously, I had been looking for a way around the system, because I had not yet been published, but that didn't mean that I wasn't destitute for money, like the government seems to think. But, this is because the grant may not be used for the purpose of marketing or seeking publishing. The grant assumes that the author knows what they’re doing in terms of those things already, and is meant to be used as a supplement to the author’s income so that the author may take the time to write and publish. I finally became eligible for the grant with the publication of THE REALITY FILTER, but there is another way to become eligible, and that is to publish 5 or more articles in magazines or other media like that. I hadn’t realized that article publishing was acceptable for the grant, or I would have applied years ago with the articles I was publishing for MAYDAY MAGAZINE, where I worked at the time. The more you know…

The grant application process is actually pretty easy. The most difficult thing was planning the budget. Authors are not usually fluent in math or finances. As an emerging author, I had a budget of $3000 a year for up to 4 years. This budget allowance changes depending on what point in your career you’re in. The budget is broken down into substinence costs, material/other costs, and travel costs. I was just fine allowing $1000 for each category, to help supplement my income, pay for gas to go do research, and to buy or rent research equipment. The good thing is that you don’t have to provide the government with a detailed budget, so the reports you must give throughout the grant’s lifetime are not strict.

You must have a project in mind which you will be working on during the course of the grant. The competition process is actually based on the project you plan to be doing, and you must provide a detailed description of the project. I pitched the next novel that I wish to published, TETHERED ROMANCE. [Fun fact: I often write 'Tethered Tomatoes' for some reason.] I made sure to include information about the themes and character growth along with the description of the plot line, because I wanted to stress that the reasons I write the stories I do is to send a message. I wanted to make sure that the story was coming across for what it is – a compilation of lessons in the human condition when it comes to the dangers of beauty, innocence, vanity, and power.

The other sections of the grant application are pretty straightforward: a resume, a list of publications, and a sample. Basic things that anyone in the publishing industry wants from a writer. I ended up with a document about 35 pages in total to send as my application.

The deadline for english language applications is October 1, 2011. For french and other languages, April 1, 2012. Get granting!

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P.S. Jevanael's latest book is The Reality Filter. You can find her online at www.supermandisposition.wordpress.com and on Facebook.

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